Vs. 2, “Doubtless you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.” There is definitely a dose of sarcasm in this statement. The three friends…Eliphaz, Bildad & Zophar…all came to Job as “know it alls” impessing their knowledge & wisdom upon Job. But Job was pretty exasperated with all of their attempts to look wise & Godly. Job pointed out that there are many bad people living at their time that were not suffering like Job (vs. 5-6). Job reminds the three of them that God can do whatever he wants (vs. 14-15), he is not limited by their feeble understandings.
Regarding application…Persecution. Vs. 4, “I have become a laughingstock to my friends…” By choosing to be a Godly man, Job begins to suffer…and as we see…becomes persecuted by his friends and all the people in the area near Job. When we choose to follow the Lord, the enemy looks upon us as a target. Even people within the church can bring upon persecution. When a believer strives to live wholeheartedly for the Lord…others out of jealousy, contempt or just plain meanness…can begin to ostracize that person. It’s just like in school room setting…no one likes the teachers pet whose grades and efforts always make everyone else look bad. Likewise…I’ve seen this phenomenon even in the church as students begin to get on fire for the Lord, but the others will poke fun and negatively influence them to the point that they won’t want to be the one who always brings their bibles, prays, sings with passion, etc. There will undoubtedly be times when we are persecuted and made fun of. Let’s remember to remain steadfast in the Lord and trust him no matter what happens around us.