Today’s reading is: Job 35-37
Job Chapter Thirty-Five
- Elihu again quotes Job, and details the sinfulness of Job’s fatalistic assessment (Job 35:2-5).
- Elihu reminds Job of God’s absolute essence, and the futility of man’s relative righteousness (Job 35:6-8).
- Elihu admonishes Job to quit demanding God’s answer, because God will never answer any empty demand of pride (Job 35:9-14a).
- The answer is to “wait” until it pleases God to explain Himself—if ever (Job 35:14b-16).
P= God is never obligated to give any explanation of His workings, but chooses to do so on occasions, when such instruction is edifying to His creatures (Isa. 45:9; Jer. 18:1-12; Rom. 9:19-24).
Job Chapter Thirty-Six
- Elihu begins the conclusion to his discourse with an affirmation of perfect knowledge, certainly in the presence of God with the speaking of truth (Job 36:1-4 cf. 37:16; Ps. 34:18; 145:18).
- Elihu goes beyond the three critics in their simplistic retribution theology (Job 36:5-7a) by stressing the eternal consequences for our temporal life (Job 36:7b-c).
- God’s affliction in your life is instructive and beneficial (Job 36:8-16).
- God is teaching you a lesson, if you will learn from it, and quit accusing Him of being wrong (Job 36:17-23).
- God is above and beyond our comprehension (Job 36:24-33; Isa. 55:9).
Job Chapter Thirty-Seven
- Elihu is stressing lightning and thunder as the visible and audible testimonies for God’s judgment (Job 36:24-33 & 37:1-13). God has promised to never again destroy the world with a flood but He remains the exalted and awesome God of the Flood.
- God is great, and His works are to be greatly praised, especially when we don’t understand them (Job 36:24-26; 37:1,2; Psalm 145).
- Elihu’s conclusion: we must listen, stand and consider (Job 37:14). We must humbly stand before God in fear, and not in pride (Job 37:14-24).
Important to note: Elihu is not rebuked by the Lord for his message and does not require Job’s intercessory prayer (Job 42:7-9).