Jan. 23. Elihu Breaks His Silence Job 32:1-37:24
Job’s three friends had nothing else to say because they saw that he would not be convinced of his “unrighteousness.” Elihu, a man much younger than they, had politely refrained from speaking until they had finished. He was angry with Job because he had justified himself instead of God. His anger was against the three friends because they had condemned Job, but had no answers to correct him. He reasoned that with their age, they should have had greater wisdom. If one cannot offer positive suggestions to correct a situation, it may be best to remain silent. He was eager to offer his solution to Job’s complex life.
Elihu humbly addressed Job and offered his assistance as a spokesman before God on his behalf. He used their shared heritage—creation from the dust as common ground to gain Job’s trust. Elihu then rebuked Job because as a mere man he had accused God of being unjust. He is greater than man and has His own methods of chastisement. Man is made stronger by the things that he suffers. The younger man paused and gave Job an opportunity to reply or to allow him to continue to speak.
As he resumed his speech, Elihu asked all present to continue to hear his plea for justice. He summarized Job’s declarations of innocence, but defended God’s righteousness and justice as being in conflict with Job’s claims of injustice. God, the all-powerful creator of all things has the right to destroy it all if He wishes. Job had no special rights from an impartial God that were not available to all. Nothing is hidden from the eyes of God and He has the divine right to exercise His will. Elihu charged Job with rebellion along with challenging God to accept his righteousness on his terms instead of God’s.
God does not depend upon our righteousness for His survival nor does our unrighteousness diminish from His existence. However, without HIM, WE are NOTHING! He desires for us to be righteous for our own welfare. Our actions also have an influence and impact upon others. Elihu spoke words to that effect as he continued his speech to Job and his three friends. He charged vain speaking as another reason that Job had not heard from God.
Elihu continued by further speaking for God. He is mighty and just treating everyone alike whether rich, poor, wise or foolish. However, the righteous enjoy special blessings and hypocrites are subject to His wrath. It is imperative that His children give Him the proper praise even when there may be upheavals in their lives. God is mighty beyond words. He has complete control over all of His creation.
As he continued, Elihu further described the control that God has over the universe. Weather and nature obey His directions. Man has no control or power over any of the forces of nature. God causes all things for His own good. Since He and His creation are so great and hard to understand, it is necessary for lowly man to submit to and fear Him.