JOB Chapters 34-37

Job 34

Elihu condemns Job

Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
3 For the ear tests words
As the palate tastes food.
4 Let us choose justice for ourselves;
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 “For Job has said, I am righteous,

7 What man is like Job,
Who drinks scorn like water,
8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity,
And walks with wicked men?
9 For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
That he should delight in God.’

14 If He should set His heart on it,
If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,
15 All flesh would perish together,
And man would return to dust.

Listen to the sound of my words:
17 Should one who hates justice govern?

34 “Men of understanding say to me,
Wise men who listen to me:
35 ‘Job speaks without knowledge,
His words are without wisdom.’
36 Oh, that Job were tried to the utmost,
Because his answers are like those of wicked men!
37 For he adds rebellion to his sin;
He claps his hands among us,
And multiplies his words against God.”

35

4 “I will answer you,
And your companions with you.

8 Your wickedness affects a man such as you,
And your righteousness a son of man.
9 “Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.

8 Your wickedness affects a man such as you,
And your righteousness a son of man.
9 “Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.

36

2 “Bear with me a little, and I will show you
That there are yet words to speak on God’s behalf.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar;

16 “Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress,
Into a broad place where there is no restraint;

14 “Listen to this, O Job;
Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.

23 As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him;
He is excellent in power,
In judgment and abundant justice;
He does not oppress.
24 Therefore men fear Him;
He shows no partiality to any who are wise of heart.”


 

EX IDEM HOMO

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus… (Heb. 12:1,2)

  • The Book of Job is a “before & after picture”

  • The Book of Job is the race set before us

 

ELIHU IN THE RACE

  • Lagging behind and not even realizing!

 

THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS IN ELIHU’S RACE

  • Loss of empathy

  • Growth of Judgmentalism, and lack of forgiveness

  • Rise of arrogance

  • Speaks for God

  • Self-conflicting faith

  • Coming so close, but missing the mark.

 

BEFORE & AFTER

  • The potential, good or bad- out of the same person.

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