January 20, Reading 2 – Job 32, 33


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SAA Notes

What do you think of Elihu’s anger towards Job and towards the three friends? Is he justified? Elihu is the angry young man who charges in where angels fear to tread! His words burst forth in a passionate torrent. Elihu paints himself as the angel in 33:23 who comes to mediate between God and Job. Elihu will plead with God for Job, so he begs Job to repent of his sin! Elihu, too, believes that the issue is Job’s sin.

SJA Notes

Here is Elihu! He takes the stage for six chapters, pouring forth his arguments that are burning within him.

Look at the first five verses of chapter 32.

Four times it speaks of Elihu “burning” with anger. His anger was directed at Job and his three friends.

The problem with anger is that for us it’s like a super power. But an evil one. It stops us from caring about our words, our actions. Because we give in to desires while angry that are not godly, not true.

See Elihu, he may have some good stuff to say, he may have been respectful and waited, but he’s got it wrong.

In chapter 33 verse 9 Elihu says of Job that he has said, “I am pure, without transgression; I am clean, and there is no iniquity in me.”

This isn’t correct. Job has never said he is pure and blameless full stop.

Job’s statements have been within the framework of what has happened to him, and the idea that he had done something to deserve it (the crooked theology that says good people only have good things happen, bad people only have bad things happen on this earth).

Elihu is full of wrath that Job would acquit himself as innocent before the Lord.

He’s misunderstood Job.

But also, he has misunderstood the Lord.

We don’t bring God glory by firing up and unloading on our friends, especially when we think we are in the righteous corner.

Jesus came to save sinners, such as we are. He came to call the lost, the lonely, the down and sorrowed, the burdened.

And praise God for that!

Let’s be looking at our own conversations with and opinions of others, looking out for the mistakes we have seen and will see continuing in Job.

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