Tag: Job 35-37

Perfect knowledge?

Scripture reading for May 31st: Job 35-37

“I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.  Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you.” Job 36:3-4

Have you ever been around a person who thinks he knows everything?  For every question, he has an answer and he even has information you did not ask for.  Elihu was such a person.  He boasted of his great wisdom and but was not much different from the other three friends.  He talked down to Job and subtly accused Job of not knowing God, yet he claimed to know God perfectly.  (Job 36:4)

Elihu stated that God commanded sinners to repent and that if they listened, they would spend the rest of their days in prosperity.  (Job 36:11)  This argument had already been hashed around and Job had reminded them that this was not always the case.  Sometimes the wicked prosper and nothing seems to touch them here on earth.  (Job 21:7-14)  We cannot always presume that our life on earth has to be a certain way based on our behavior. God may allow other things to work out His purposes, but they will all be for our good if we love him.  (Romans 8:28)

Elihu stated that our sin had no effect on God.  (Job 35:6)  Sin does have an effect on God.  It provokes His anger and all sin is against God first.  Without His Law we would not know sin, good or evil.  God’s revelation of His Law and the consequences of sin show God’s concern.  Job was before the Law was given but God never changes and His character was the same then as now!

Elihu also warned Job not to turn to evil and accused him of preferring evil to affliction.  (Job 36:21)  When we think that we are perfect in knowledge, we can easily become judgmental and critical of others.  Knowledge puffs us up, but love builds us up!  (1st Corinthians 8:1b)

As I ponder these dissertations by Job’s friends, I am reminded of my own need to be more quiet and listen longer before I speak. (James 1:19-20)  No one is perfect in knowledge and understanding but the Lord!  He is our helper and guide!  In all our ways we must acknowledge Him, and He will direct our paths!  (Proverbs 3:5-7)

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One perfect in knowledge?

Scripture reading for June 1st: Job 35-37

“I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.  Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you. Job 36:3-4

Have you ever been around a person who thinks he knows everything?  For every question, he has an answer and he even has information you did not ask for.    Elihu boasted of his great wisdom and did give some good information.  But Elihu was not much different from Job’s other three friends and he claimed to know God perfectly.  (Job 36:4)

Elihu stated that God commanded sinners to repent and that if they listened, they would spend the rest of their days in prosperity.  (Job 36:11)  This argument had already been hashed around by Job and he concluded that this was not always the case.  Sometimes the wicked prosper and nothing seems to touch them here on earth.  (Job 21:7-14)  We cannot always presume that our life on earth has to be a certain way based on our behavior. God may allow other things to work out His purposes in our life, but they will all be for our good if we love him.  (Romans 8:28)

Elihu also stated that our sin has no effect on God.  (Job 35:6)  Sin provokes His anger and all sin is against God.  God’s revelation of His Law and the consequences of sin show God’s concern.  Of course, Job was before the Law but God never changes and His character is the same then as now!

Elihu accused Job of preferring evil to affliction.  (Job 36:21)  This also was presumptuous on Elihu’s part.  When we think that we are perfect in knowledge, we can easily become judgmental and critical of others.  Knowledge puffs us up, but love builds us up!  (1st Corinthians 8:1b)  We must not judge others by what we see or think we know.  There is often much more than meets our eye!

God alone has perfect knowledge!   He has given His followers the Holy Spirit as a helper to bring small portions of His perfect knowledge to us as we have need.   He can give us understanding in all situations and show us when to speak and when to remain silent.  As we walk with the Holy Spirit, we can ask Him for knowledge and wisdom to effectively minister to those who are hurting.

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Beyond Our Understanding!

Scripture reading for June 1st: Job 35-37

“How great is God–beyond understanding! The number of His years is past finding out.” (Job 36:26)  Elihu was young and had great wisdom in spite of his youth, but he still lacked a complete understanding of God and confessed that.  How can one who is finite grasp that which is infinite?  How can man have complete understanding of the Almighty One?  He  concluded that we must worship Him and ponder His many wonders.  Wonder and worship lead to revelation and faith!

“God is mighty, but does not despise men; He is mighty and firm in His purpose.” (Job 36:5)  Contrary to the view of one of Job’s friends who felt that man was a maggot, Elihu believed that God took notice of men and worked with them throughout life.  When they were bound by trials, God used the trial to correct them and lead them to repentance and restoration.  To be restored, a man must listen, learn and then respond to God’s correction.  If man does not respond, they die without knowledge.  (Job 36:8-12)

Elihu told Job that his crying out in his suffering was good sign.  Wicked and godless men did not cry out when they suffered and they perished.  (Job 36:13-14)  God would deliver Job from his suffering and restore him.  Job must watch out for temptations to escape the affliction through evil means, like thinking money might save him.

Elihu’s advice to Job was wonder and worship!  God is so amazing and does so much that provokes wonder.  If we would focus on the amazing wonders of God, then this God that is beyond our understanding would more deeply reveal Himself.  Elihu pointed Job to the thunderstorm and the wonders of a cloudburst, snow, or ice.  (Job 37:1-12)   How God makes that all work is a mystery that reveals His great power and thoughtfulness.  God is so creative and has amazing abilities beyond our understanding!

“Out of the North He comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty.  The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in His justice and great righteousness, He does not oppress.  Therefore men revere Him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?” (Job 37:22-24)  Elihu ends his words to Job with a call to worship!  Whatever our physical state, the way to God is through reverence and worship!  It is the way of faith!

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One perfect in knowledge is with you!

Scripture reading for June 1st: Job 35-37

“I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.  Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you. Job 36:3-4

Have you ever been around a person who thinks he knows everything?  For every question, he has an answer and he even has information you did not ask for.  Elihu seems to be such a person.  He boasts of his great wisdom and does seem to have some good information.  However, as I read this section, I get the feeling that Elihu is not much different from the other three friends.  He seems to talk down to Job and subtly accuse Job of not knowing God.  He claims to know God perfectly.  (Job 36:4)

Elihu stated that God commands sinners to repent and that if they listen, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity.  (Job 36:11)  This argument has already been hashed around by Job and Job reminded them that this was not always the case.  Sometimes the wicked prosper and nothing seems to touch them here on earth.  (Job 21:7-14)  We cannot always presume that our life on earth has to be a certain way based on our behavior. God may allow other things to work out His purposes in our life, but they will all be for our good if we love him.  (Romans 8:28)

Elihu also stated that our sin has no effect on God.  (Job 35:6)  Sin does have an effect on God.  It provokes his anger and all sin is against God first.  Without His Law we would not know sin, good or evil.  God’s revelation of His Law and the consequences of sin show God’s concern.  Of course, Job is before the Law was written but God never changes and His character is the same then as now!

Elihu also warned Job not to turn to evil and accused him of preferring evil to affliction.  (Job 36:21)  This also is presumptuous on Elihu’s part.  When we think that we are perfect in knowledge, we can easily become judgmental and critical of others.  Knowledge puffs us up, but love builds us up!  (1st Corinthians 8:1b)  Elihu’s analogy’s of God’s greatness and majesty must have caused Job to think and further examine his own heart.  Elihu’s last words told of God coming in majesty and splendor, but beyond our reach!  How ironic that God Himself next speaks to Job!

As I ponder these dissertations by Job’s friends, I am reminded of my own need to be more quiet and listen longer before I speak. (James 1:19-20)  No one is perfect in knowledge and understanding but the Lord!  He is our helper and guide!  In all our ways we must acknowledge Him, and He will direct our paths!  (Proverbs 3:5-7)

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