Job’s friends were a clear sign of those who speak factual words without being actually The Truth. We are all called to speak spiritual words from the Spirit or we are just abusing our hearers. Both Spirit and Truth have to be paired together or we are simply giving out error. It is all about who is speaking not what is spoken.
I have been reading the Chronological Bible when I wake up in the middle of the night. Seems a fruitful task rather than just laying there staring at the ceiling. But this early waking time has turned out to be wonderful. I am in the Old Testament currently and am always wowed by the depth of the New Testament realities found in the Old Testament. Truly our Lord is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow for all eternity.
In this Bible version, you will find right after the story of Joseph, the story of Job. Job lived somewhere between Jacob (now Israel) and his family going to Egypt to live in the Land of Goshen and the great Exodus of the Hebrew children from Egypt. A strange location indeed, but it seems to be in the chronological timeline, so there you have it.
Words of Life or Just Words
Anyway, as I have listened to the plight of righteous Job, I heard a reality we all currently face. Those who speak true words without being The Truth. Oh, this is a tricky one. If we speak from logic, reason, or flesh, even if what we say is correct, it can still be death to the hearer. Only the Spirit can communicate spiritual words and bring forth His Life.
Crazy thing, I have personally witnessed people speaking the same exact words as someone who is bringing Life but their words fall flat because the Holy Spirit wasn’t behind them. In order for us to convey spiritual life in our words they must be spoken by the Spirit. We have to have the Spirit’s words with the Spirit’s power. This is a strong reality and one we all need to heed.
How many times have you had someone come bring you a so called “word of life” that brought death? I have had it happen even when someone spoke it through the Word of God. We’ve all been clubbed by someone’s spouted scripture verses. Scriptures spoken without the Life of Christ, who is the Word, is just death. It isn’t just empty words, it is literally death. Why is this, you might ask?! Because source is everything.
God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:24 Berean
For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.
Philippians 3:3 Berean
Being in the Words You Bring
One proof is in the story of Job. Job’s friends came with words that might have been true, but they had no life behind them. On the contrary, they were filled with death and trashed poor Job. And Job was not the only one who hated the words spoken from these “friends.” God was not pleased either. The consequences of bringing themselves rather than God was punishment which required them to go back to Job to receive his healing prayers.
God is jealous to be God and when we subvert His Life with our own, we receive the due punishment of our actions. This is incredible grace, because many of us would go on in our error thinking we were right and doing right. It is never right to feign having spiritual life, while only delivering simply spiritually sounding words. This path only ushers in death. It doesn’t please God ever to pretend that our death is His Life, on the contrary, it ensues His great displeasure and wrath.
The moral of this post is to always seek to bring both Spirit and Truth. Our words must emanate from His Life and mind. He is Truth and He is Spirit, the union of the two brings forth His Life to both us and our hearers.