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January 15, Job 35-37: Elihu continues his response

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

When you feel your cause is just, you can argue for your cause at length. So stirred was Elihu that he had quite the eloquent response ready for Job.

The first thing Elihu notes is that Job believes he will be cleared by God, yet asks what will it profit him if he avoids sinning. If God doesn’t listen to the wicked, why would he listen to someone who claims he doesn’t punish the wicked?

Why do we suffer? Elihu defends God as a teacher.

Job 36:15 says:
15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering;
he speaks to them in their affliction.

Job 36:22 says:
22 God is exalted in his power.
Who is a teacher like him?

In other words, God teaches us through both the good and the bad. We’re sharpened by the ups and downs of our lives, even if we don’t like the downs as much.

Elihu then goes to go over God’s wonders, the mysteries of his lightning and control of the clouds and rain. God does not oppress us with his justice and righteousness. Men are right to revere God for God has regard for all wise men in his heart.

Questions: Isn’t it wonderful that God is our teacher? Have we been the best of students?

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