"Elihu's words to Job's friends."
chapter is almost straight reading, however it shows us what kind of a
man that Job has been listening to.
34:1 "Furthermore Elihu answered and said,"
"Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give unto me, ye that
feels free to let everyone know that what he has to say must be
knowledge, for he claims that even the wise men can gain from his
"For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat."
"Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves
what is good."
take a closer look only at Elihu's fact and decide "what is
from the prior chapters we have said all along that we should look only
to the facts. However lets
pay close attention to what Elihu calls the facts.
Don't let him fool you.
"For Job hath said, "I am righteous: and God hath taken
away my judgment."
is a true statement, Job sure did say that he was a righteous man, and
he also put the blame of all his troubles on God.
That is a true statement.
"Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable
is also a true statement. Job
said he was wounded to death and innocent.
"What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like
now turns to Job and asks, who is this man with his reckless talk, that
keep on hammering at God. This
young man is right to a degree, you should not blame every thing that
goes wrong on God, that is the whole point here.
"Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and
walketh with wicked men."
assumption is that Job chose bad company, and after we heard three of
Job's friends turn on him, this is also true.
Elihu is saying that Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar were bad company
to be with. Elihu sat and
heard how they took Job apart and accused Job of everything that they
could think of.
"For he hath said, `It profiteth a man nothing that he
should delight himself with God.' "
will now see Elihu's interpretation of Job's words.
Elihu let this hidden thoughts be know here.
What Elihu is saying was nothing but a continuation of the other
three men. Elihu is giving
out nothing but words, words, words.
So the facts are taking us in a circle and we ended up right
where we started from. The
problem stems from the fact that Elihu is setting his whole
discussion on the wrong facts.
"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."
is a true statement! God
will not do something wrong, or against His eternal plan.
God will not sin; never. It
is a statement of fact.
"For the work of a man shall He render unto him, and cause
every man to find according to his ways."
also is a true statement, if you sin you will pay the price in due time.
"Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will The
Almighty pervert judgment."
turns to Job and tells him to his face; God is not going to do this to
you unless you are a sinner and do wickedly.
Keep in mind through this entire chapter, Satan is completely
left out of this line of thought, and everything that Satan is doing is
being attributed to God. This
again is a type of what the elect will face in our generation.
Job is a type of the elect, and the thoughts and mind of these
men will be as it will be in the time of the end.
"Who hath given Him charge over the earth? or who hath
disposed the whole world?"
is saying another correct statement, "who can tell God what to
do?" He is God and
all power comes from Him. God
doesn't need permission to do what He does.
"If He set His heart upon man, if He gather unto Himself his
spirit and his breath;"
God took back the breath of life from your flesh body at one time;...
What would happen to your flesh body?
"All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again
flesh would parish instantly. This
is a true statement, for a time is coming when all flesh will be done
away with instantly, and that instant is not far away.
Paul talked about this time in I Corinthians
time is at the sounding of the seventh and last trumpet, all flesh good
and bad will be changed from their corruptible flesh bodies into their
(our) incorruptible spiritual bodies, as the angels have.
what Elihu is trying to say is that if God didn't allow breath to remain
within a person, that person would die instantly.
We can see that Elihu is full of all sorts of knowledge and
facts. Many of these facts
are true statements.
"If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the
voice of my words."
again Elihu is telling Job to pay special attention to what he is about
"Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou
condemn Him that is most just?"
you going to take that upon yourself Job, to determine what should be
condemned and what is just? are you going to take the part of God?
"Is it fit to say to a king, `Thou art wicked?' and to
princes, `Ye are ungodly?' "
course a normal man that is a subject to a king would not go to the king
and tell him what He should or should not do.
However Job, do you know how much control God has over the king
and the princes?
"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."
is saying, God doesn't care what the king, or prince; the rich or the
poor think, for they are all the same and equal in His sight.
God doesn't have to play favorites, or look down on anyone.
"In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be
troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away
king and rich man will die just like everybody else when their time
"For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He seeth
all his goings."
is telling Job that God knows everything.
Job doesn't need this young man to tell him that.
However Elihu is telling Job, Don't think that you have let
anything slip by the Almighty God. In
Job's day there wasn't another way, but for us living in this time of
grace, there is another way to the Father, and that way is through Jesus
Christ, the Son of the living God. The
things that we have done in secret that were against God, God has
provided a way back to Himself through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
That only way is by our acceptance of that way through repentance in Jesus name. When
we say, "In Jesus name" in our prayers, we are acknowledging
not only that Jesus is the Son of the living God, but that the shed
blood on the cross was sufficient to cover all of our sins.
Job did not have that then, for Jesus would not be born for about
1650 years after this conversation was held.
Jesus Christ is the way, and don't ever forget it.
"There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the
workers of iniquity may hide themselves."
won't be one thing that can hide a sinner from God, nor cover the sins
that are unforgiven. There
is absolutely no place to hide. This
is an absolute correct statement.
"For He will not lay upon man more than right; that he
should enter into judgment."
is now changing the thought a little bit here.
He is telling Job that God doesn't have a set time for you yet,
when he shall judge you. So
don't try to rush your judgment that God has for you, it shall all come
at the right time, God's time.
"He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set
others in their stead."
will do as he pleases without an inquiry, and no matter what the forces
are against Him, they cannot stand before God.
Friend, when God and you are together, it doesn't matter what the
number or forces are against you, you and God make a majority, and shall
have the victory. Elihu hit
the nail right on the head here with truth.
"Therefore He knoweth their works, and He overturneth them
in the night, so that they are destroyed."
can take your enemies down when ever He desires to.
"He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of
statement states that God is always fair, for their crying He will
strike them down.
"Because they turned back from Him, and would not consider
any of His ways:"
"So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto Him,
and He heareth the cry of the afflicted."
other words, they cannot harm one of God's own without God hearing their
cry and coming to defend them. God
hears all the prayers of the righteous.
This was a very good set of facts that Elihu is delivering to Job
to help him during his time of need.
In Elihu's mind he is trying to help Job, however everything that
is said misses the mark.
"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:"
God hides his face and withdraws Himself from you, or your nation, you
can not reach him. He will
not listen to you. Elihu
states; God is all powerful and just because he keeps quiet and won't
answer your prayer immediately, that is His right to do as He pleases.
Many times we pray and we want to see the results immediately,
but what Elihu is telling Job is to have patience.
God will give him his answer when it pleases God at his time.
This is good advice to us today, we should have patience in our
lives and allow God to work according to His will.
Elihu is just full of facts, and individually they are all mostly true
and accurate, however they have left out the most important subject
matter for the time. They
have left Satan and his work and methods out of the formula and lesson.
They are attributing things of God to Satan and the things of
Satan to God. They are
taking the righteousness of Job and turning it against him.
This isn't helping Job one bit.
"That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be
"Lest" should read "nor".
"Surely it is
meet to be said unto God, `I have done iniquity, I will do no more:'
is telling Job that he needs to be chastised, and God is chastising you
for the iniquity that you have done.
"That which I see not teach Thou me: if I have done
iniquity, I will do no more,"
better confess the things that you have done in private, out of the
sight of people.
"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."
is a true statement, for Elihu is saying that only Job can choose his
own way. God can't do that
for you Job, and surely I can't do it for you either.
How many times have you sat in a church and heard the pastor
telling the congregation to get right with the Lord, come forth and
confess those things hidden in your life, when all the saints in the
congregation have been a Christian for the past many years [and not one
new soul has entered the church for a long time.]
That old boy wants to be your judge.
"Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man
hearken unto me."
this is saying in the Hebrew text is that wise men are going to talk
about you Job, and your confession will give them the ammunition
that they will use. So true,
your confession is the root of their gossip.
"Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were
is accusing Job of babbling on and not knowing what he is saying.
"My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of
his answers for wicked men."
is trying to set Job up before he drops the hammer right down on Job's
"For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands
among us, and multiplieth his words against God."
now is saying that Job is not only a sinner, but because he takes joy in
what he has done, he is also a rebel.
Job is nothing but a sinner, and in rebellion is sits before us
clapping his hands in rebellion against God.
We see just how far this young man
is taking of facts and twisting them to conform to the message
that he wanted to say. We
now see the spirit in Elihu is attacking a man of God, and accused him
of many things wrongly. He
used the right facts, and many truthful sayings, but he used them for
the sake of bring out lies and false accusations.
the spirit of Elihu from God? Of
course not, they were from Satan himself.
That is how Satan works, he takes the facts and twists them a
bit. In the end the entire
thing is nothing but a lie. A
spirit of falsehood is not of God. If
God had sent a Spirit to help Job, the Spirit would have identified just
where all Job's troubles came from, and Job and the rest would have
turned on Satan, as well as those doing the work of Satan.
didn't put the boils on Job, nor did God take the life of Job's wife and
family. God didn't cheat Job
out of his wealth, but the Kenites, the ones that are the sons of Satan
took Job's property. The
Spirit of God would have opened Job's spiritual eyes to Satan and the
methods that he uses to bring down men.
Preachers preach from this book of Job and paint the image of God
with a pitchfork, and Satan is aloud to get off free.
They paint God as the one that is ready to push man's souls into
the fire, and Satan and his work go unmentioned.
It is true that God corrects His own, and uses dreams to direct
our actions, however that goes into another set of facts that are
read certain facts in the beginning of this book of Job, for God held
Job in high esteem. All
those things that Job claimed were true.
Job was a righteous man, and what we have been reading by Job's accusers
have complete overlooked the one fact that Satan is the one
that caused all of Job's problems, all of them.
Satan enjoys it when men are blinded to him, and attribute all of
his wickedness to God. Satan
likes nothing better than for you to start accusing your neighbors,
friends, God, and letting Satan off the hook. Don't
make that mistake.
was filled with a spirit, and it was not the spirit of God.
He used the exact method that Satan uses, He gave nothing but the
facts, and he twisted them and placed them in order to make them nothing
but lies. This is what is
going on in the press today, it is going on in our daily conversation,
and it is also going on behind many of the pulpits of our land.
God is allowing this to happen for the purpose of alerting us to
what we will face in the close of this age of the flesh.
God loves you and He wants you to see the facts as they are, and
be wise enough to know that when they go against His Word, they are not
of God's Spirit. We are
entering a time when the entire world will be deceived and only those
with the true set of facts sealed in their minds will not be deceived.
works the exact way that this chapter is laid out, with ninety five
percent pure truth. The five
percent lies make the entire system a lie.
Most of the people get buried with the 95% truth to where they
simply don't care of the 5% lies, and they follow like a bunch of sheep
into the coral of the false shepherd.
In time the 5% lies become the issue of their traditions, and are
accepted as the most important part of the subject, and are even
accepted as fact. This is
how traditions are established, not only in politics, but in your church
house. Not only from the
lips of politicians, but from your pastor that stands up week after week
and spouts out the traditions that have become accepted because they
were told so many time.
are living in a time to be very careful as to what we accept as truth,
for the final hours are upon us. We
must know and understand that Satan wants nothing more than to have your
mind side tracked, so that he can move in and take control without
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