"The Ministry of Elihu: the Mediator."
has ended his defense before his three friends, and Eliphaz the Temanite,
Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Nammathite have all ended their
accusations against Job. They
have nothing more to say concerning Job's problems.
All the while Job blamed God for all that had happened to him,
the three friends blamed Job for things that he has not done.
Satan was the one causing all the trouble, yet that fact had not
even entered their minds. So
these old men are done with their talking and a new fresh mind is
entering the scene, and young Elihu is going to express himself to Job.
So let's see if we can understand what our heavenly Father would
have us see from this chapter, and from the mind of Elihu.
32:1 "So these three men ceased to answer Job,
because he was righteous in his own eyes."
can see from this verse that they still put the fault for all of Job's
problems on Job. They still
blamed him for all that has happened.
They simply had nothing else to say, for they could see that in
Job's own eyes, Job saw himself as being righteous, and nothing they
could say would move him.
"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."
that in your mind right from the start, Elihu's wrath was kindled
against Job because Job justified everything in his life as being
righteous, and there was no blame against God.
This name "Elihu" in the Hebrew, correctly
translated means 'He is El [God]".
Elihu was the son of Barachel, the Buzite, an offspring of
Abraham, but not of Israel. Elihu
was an Adamic person.
"Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled,
because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job."
only was Elihu angry at Job, but he also was angry at the three friends
because in all their words they had not found one answer; yet they and
condemned Job. The
indication they made was that God was wrong in that He would allow this
to happen to a righteous man. This
young man was angry over this. So
now we have a man that doesn't care about the words, but he is
looking only for the facts.
"Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were
elder than he."
was a well mannered young man, and he waited for his time to speak.
The older men always spoke first before the young men could voice
an opinion. He was willing
to seek their wisdom first before he would say a word.
He knew his manners.
"When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of
these three men, then his wrath was kindled."
after they were all done speaking, Elihu was anxious to speak.
"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."
kept quiet while all of you had your say, and now it is time for my
opinion. The question here
is if we had been in Elihu's place, and these three long winded men went
on for days with their many words of accusation, could you hold your
peace? Say nothing until the time was ripe for your comments?
Could you have shown patience waiting for the right time to
"I said, `Days should speak, and multitude should teach
years of experience should give you wisdom in your speech.
"But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the
Almighty giveth them understanding."
here is the wisdom that does not come from age, but it is a gift from
the Almighty God. Elihu is
presenting himself as a man with spiritual discernment.
There is some hope for this young man because he is thinking, and
he recognizes exactly where the spiritual gifts come from.
All spiritual gifts come from Almighty God.
"Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged
is implied here that even aged men do not have the understanding that
the Father has for judgment.
"Therefore I said, `Hearken to me; I also will shew mine
"Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your
reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say."
you brought about all your conclusions and reason, I sat and heard your
"Yea, I attended unto you, and behold, there was none of you
that convinced Job, or that answered his words:"
contended that neither of these men had addressed Job's claim nor his
request, and your conclusions were not correct. Take care that you do
not claim the wisdom that you do not have.
"Lest ye should say, `Ye have found out wisdom:'
God thrusteth him down, not man."
states that whatever happens to Job, it is God that brings Job down, and
regardless what you claim. The
problem here with Elihu's thoughts is that it wasn't God that brought
Job down and gave him all his sickness, for it was Satan.
God allowed Satan to have his way with Job, because God felt that
Job was righteous enough to handle himself.
Job 1:8 "And
the Lord said unto Satan, "Hast thou considered My servant Job,
that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man,
one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?"
So we see that what happened to Job was not caused by God because
of some sin in his life. But it was given by Satan to test Job whether
he could take it and still not curse God to his face.
is an type of the elect of the end times, and we are living in those end
times today. God is going to
allow Satan to test his elect to see how sharp we are in holding fast to
His Word. Though we will be
tested like Job, we have something today that Job did not have, for
since Job's day, Jesus Christ the Son of God has been born in the flesh,
suffered the cross, and resurrected from the dead to defeat death, who
is Satan. When Christ
defeated death, He gave us the power and the authority over Satan and
his Kenite children. So who
has been left out of their searching?
Satan of course.
"Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will
I answer him with your speeches."
is talking to the three men here, and what he is saying is don't let
those heated discussions from the past debate fall upon me and my words.
I am not going to take sides with either of you, for I have a new
thought to add to be considered.
"(They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off
old men sat there and didn't have a word to say after that.
"When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still,
and answered no more;)"
paused for a moment, considering if he had better stay out of their
"I said, `I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine
"For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth
am full of words from the spirit within me, and it presses me to speak
these words. We can assume
that this is the Holy Spirit within Elihu, forcing him to speak his
mind? When God's
Spirit places words in our mind, he expects us to be sharp enough to
speak them wisely when they conform to His Word.
"Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready
to burst like new bottles."
have to say this no matter what the consequences.
"I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips
"Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither
let me give flattering titles unto man."
is saying that he is just a plain person without titles who wants to
speak his mind.
"For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my
Maker would soon take me away.' "
is not going to make any earth shattering statements, but he is going to
just stick to the facts with plain simple words.
This is what has been wrong from the beginning of the book, there
has been no sticking to the facts at any time.
It seems like Elihu is going to get to the bottom of the problem
and face the facts squarely in the face.
Elihu did have Job's welfare truly in mind.
So now in Job 33 we see what those facts were.
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