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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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