“…you will have a covenant…” Job 5:23a
Eliphaz concluded his response to Job’s lament by listing the benefits of those who dwell in the secret place of The Most High – perhaps an inspiration to King David many years later (read Psalm 91):
“You will be protected from the lash of the tongue…”
“…and need not fear when destruction comes.” (v.21)
“You will laugh at destruction and famine…”
“…and need not fear the beasts of the earth.” (v.22)
“…you will have a covenant with the stones of the field…”
“…the wild animals will be at peace with you.” (v.23)
“You will know that your tent is secure…”
“…you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.” (v.24)
“You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth.” (v.25)
“You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season.” (v.26)
In this list, God breathed into Eliphaz some significant observations. Notice the first benefit Eliphaz spoke to Job was being protected from the power of another’s tongue. The human tongue has the ability to bless and to curse (read Proverbs 15:4; James 3:12), and Eliphaz listed it first, before the tragedy of destruction by man or nature. In other words, the tongue can do a world of damage, which Eliphaz declared as powerless before The One Who made the heaven’s and the earth.
Eliphaz also gave Job a glimpse of heaven when he described the absence of fear and presence of peace between humans, wild animals, and the beasts of the field (vv. 22 – 23). In Heaven, the children of God will also enjoy the benefit of a wonderful reunion with family and the descendants from which their life sprang into being (v.25).
In this prophetic statement we also have a glimpse of The Messiah. Eliphaz asserted that Job would have a covenant with the stones of the field (v.22)! Prior to His crucifixion, Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of praise and adoration by crowds who threw palm branches upon the path ahead of Him and the donkey upon which He rode, shouting, “Blessed is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees demanded Jesus rebuke the crowds, only for Jesus to respond by saying if those praises stopped the very stones surrounding the city would cry out (read Luke 19:37-40). Job’s covenant with the stones is a covenant with all creation which bows to the authority and command of The King of Kings.
Eliphaz described the death of God’s beloved as grain gathered at harvest – fully matured and bearing fruit… full of life-giving power (v.26)! He declared all the benefits as fully observed by his friends and himself, and instructed Job to apply them to himself (v.27). Just as Eliphaz’s words were meant to encourage Job, allow them to encourage your faith walk in our time. Look for the blessings of belonging to God in this life and the next!
Have a blessed day…