Job 32 – 34

Job 32

Elihu Speaks

Job 32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.

32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job [without cause].

Elihu had sat back and listened to the arguments before coming forward with his own comments.

32:4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he. 32:5 When Elihu saw that there was no [correct] answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled. 32:6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.

A good understanding of spiritual things is a gift from God and is given to whoever God decides to give it to; godly wisdom in not exclusive to the aged, or to the mighty of the world.

32:7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 32:9 Great men  are not always wise: neither do the aged [always have good judgment] understand judgment.

Elihu then gives his own opinion: he says that the truth was hidden from them all lest they should think that wisdom was from man and not a gift from God or that they might think that they had figured this out for themselves.

32:10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion. 32:11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say. 32:12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words: 32:13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

Elihu would not speak like the other three

32:14 Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.

Thereupon the men were quiet and listened to Elihu

32:15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking. 32:16 When I had waited, (for [for them to hear Elihu] they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;) 32:17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.

Elihu is bursting with the wisdom of God at the ignorance of these four men.

32:18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. 32:19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.

Elihu refuses to flatter these four great men and insists on speaking the truth.  How rare and precious a thing are the true words of the wise, spoken with courage.

Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love. 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Job 32:20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer. 32:21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. 32:22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

Job 33

Elihu addresses his comments to Job

Job 33:1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words. 33:2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth. 33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.

Elihu says, “instead of ridiculing or rejecting my words; give me an answer if you can.”

33:4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. 33:5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.

Elihu stands to speak with Job as a kind of intercessor who is made of flesh. A man who prepares the way for Job to face God.

33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay. 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.

Elihu rehearses some of Job’s own words

33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying, 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me. 33:10 Behold, he [God] findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy, 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

Elihu hits the point square in his response. Who is Job (or any man) to demand an account of God)?

33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

Though God speaks, yet it is not in man to understand [without repentance and the Spirit of understanding from God].

33:14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. 33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth [directs their ways] their instruction, 33:17 That he may [convert man from sin] withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

God gives life and saves man from destruction

33:18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

Like a loving parent God corrects and trains his people for their good according to his own purposes; which may include instructing and perfecting his people, as well as correcting for sin.

33:19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: 33:20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. 33:21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. 33:22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.

God’s faithful will be saved in the resurrection to spirit.

33:23 If there be a messenger with him [God], an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his [God’s] uprightness: 33:24 Then he [God is merciful to the repentant faithful] is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit [grave]: I [God] have found a ransom [in the sacrifice of the Lamb of God].

The repentant who have learned from their correction, will ultimately be raised up to life eternal.

33:25 His flesh shall be fresher [The sincerely repentant and godly faithful will be forgiven and made pure from repented sin and more innocent than a new born child.] than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth: 33:26 He shall pray unto God, and he [God] will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.

The repentant will be delivered from the grave into eternal life

33:27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; 33:28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit [grave], and his life shall see the light.

33:29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit [grave], to be enlightened with the light of the living.

Elihu speaks on and dares to say that he will teach wisdom to Job

33:31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak. 33:32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee. 33:33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.

Job 34

Job 34:1 Furthermore Elihu answered and said, 34:2 Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge. 34:3 For the ear [should well consider] trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

34:4 Let us choose to us [godly] judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

Job claims that he has not sinned and Elihu confronts Job’s claim.

34:5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my [just] judgment. 34:6 Should I lie against my right? my wound [suffering] is incurable without transgression. 34:7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? 34:8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.

Elihu complains that Job listened to the words of his friends debating with them and they do not listen to the Word of God.  Job, by justifying himself and not seeking out the advantage in God’s correction; came to the conclusion that while he will obey God, there is no profit in such obedience.

34:9 For he [Job] hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

Elihu justifies GOD!  While Job justified himself!

34:10 Therefore hearken unto me ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. 34:11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. 34:12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

God is Creator and has power over all flesh to do whatever God wills, and God’s will is that every person grow towards the perfection of godliness (Gen 17:1, Mat 5:48).  

34:13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world? 34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.

How could God be Creator and Ruler if he was not just?

34:16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.

34:17 Shall even he that hateth [justice and the right] right govern? and wilt thou condemn him [God] that is [the most] most just? 34:18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly? 34:19 How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.

If God judged people as we deserve; we would all perish

34:20 In a moment shall they [the wicked] die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand. 34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

Nothing can be hidden from God

34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

God will not judge and condemn unequally.

34:23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God. 34:24 He shall break in pieces [unrepentant both great and low] mighty men without number, and set others in their stead. 34:25 Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them [wickedness] in the night, so that they are destroyed.

Those who begin to tolerate sin and compromise with God’s Word will be corrected by God because they have no zeal for righteousness.

34:26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others; 34:27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways: 34:28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.

God is mighty; who can change his will?

34:29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only: 34:30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

It is good to repent before God

34:31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: 34:32 That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

34:33 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.  34:34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.

34:35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. 34:36 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end [to repentance] because of his answers for wicked men. 34:37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.

These are very profound words. Job had thought himself without sin and during his affliction he had refused to sin against God for his trials.

Then what was Job’s sin?

Pride and Self-Justification!  The very sins overwhelming today’s corporate Spiritual Ekklesia!

Job continually justified himself instead of acknowledging that God has the right to perfect his creation in the manner that God deems best.

By justifying himself, Job was implying that God was unjust.

When we are afflicted, we are to go to God and say: “Thank you Father for this trial: Please show me if I have done wrong, and reveal to me the lesson that I need to learn. HELP me to learn from this experience and to stop doing any sin, and HELP me to be a better person in future because of this experience.  Make this trial a learning and growing  experience for me, and help me to become more like you.”

Job’s sin was personal pride and an insistence that he was sinless and perfect before God; therefore while he did not directly attack God he WAS blaming God in a round about way.

Job was rebellious in that he was resisting correction, and thereby accusing God of injustice!

Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

Why does God chastise his children? So that we might learn to be like HIM!

12:10 For they [our parents] verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he [God] for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down [in the affliction of correction], and the feeble knees [by repentance]; 12:13 And make straight [understand God’s ways to walk in them] paths for your feet, lest that which is lame [spiritually deficient] be turned out [go astray from God’s Word] of the way; but let it rather be healed [by bowing to God’s correcting and being spiritually healed].

God is a loving Father who corrects us according to his will for the purpose of bringing us to his righteousness.

This lesson on the evil of self-justification before God, is a very profound lesson for today’s Spiritual  Ekklesia. Self-Justification is the sin of Laodicea, who are zealous for their own idea of what is right, instead of for what Almighty God says is right!  Who think they know it all and that they are justified in all that they do (Rev 3:16).

Self-justification comes out of pride and is the foundation of [sin] rebellion against God.

Today’s leaders know the scriptures, yet they justify themselves by saying that their organization allows or teaches this or that and they will not accept the authority of God’s Word above the human leadership. They utterly reject knowledge and understanding from God justifying that rejection by clinging to the false traditions of men.

God has this to say to the spiritual shepherds of this generation of the Spiritual Ekklesia:

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 4:7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

They claim to be godly like Job, and they justify themselves like Job.  Instead of going to the Word of God; they go to some man, human tradition or organization to justify themselves.

They self-justify and they reject any zeal to live by every Word of God which is the foundation of knowledge, for their own false traditions.

Job DID obey God; but his self-justification in the face of God’s correction proved that he was more about what HE THOUGHT was right, than about what God commanded.

Mark 7:7  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia DOES go through the motions of paying lip-service to and making a pretense of obeying God; but our self-justification in the face of God’s Word proves that we are more about what WE THINK is right, than about what God commands.

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

There are even those who dare to declare “We do not keep the commandments because we must, we keep them because we want to.”  Such an attitude makes them the sovereign deciders and God subject to their whims.

God revealed this problem to Job through this trial; not to abuse Job but to save him!  This self- justifying attitude will always lead to sin, because we will do what we think is right; instead of living by every Word of God (Mat 4:4).

Brethren, this state of self-justifying against God by justifying what WE THINK is right, instead of faithful, zealous obedience and submission to God; will lead to our correction, just like the correction of Job!

This is EXACTLY the state of today’s major COG Groups and most of the brethren who do whatever the organization teaches; the corporate churches doing what they think is right by their false traditions and NOT living by every Word of God!

I tell you the truth: Our own tribulation is waiting at the door, and we shall all suffer as Job did unless we sincerely repent and turn to a genuine zeal to live by every Word of God.

Job’s trials are analogous of the soon coming great tribulation, when those in the faith who have the same problem of pride and being just in their own eyes will be corrected as was Job.

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