Chronological Bible Reading – Job 32-34

12 Jan 2020, Chronological Bible Reading, Job 32-34

My wife, Lori, and I are reading through the Bible in chronological order, which is the order in which the events happened. Her blog on this can be found here. This is not intended to be a lesson or a sermon. It is my thoughts and notes as I read through the text and as I sometimes look things up. Today we read Job chapters 32 to 34.

Job 32

Elihu spends the whole chapter saying how he was angry because the elders had been unable to convince Job he was wrong, and trying to lay out how the elders had failed but God had given him the words with which to argue Job was wrong. Elihu tried to clarify that what he had to say came from a position of righteousness. He spent a lot of time trying tome polite. But he was busting ready to express his thoughts.

Job 33

Elihu wanted everyone to know he was speaking sincerely and truthfully. He didn’t want Job to be frightened by him. Elihu quoted the substance of what Job had said, and then responded. He reminded Job that was greater than man, so Job was wrong just for that reason. God didn’t need to answer for himself or defend his actions to Job. Job had complained that God wasn’t speaking to him, so Elihu reminds him that God speaks through dreams and visions – maybe job had missed it. God also speaks by chastising men through sickness.

Then in verse 23, Elihu mentions an angel who was a mediator for man. This is reminiscent of the angel of the Lord being our mediator. The mediator will pray to God and God will accept him restore his righteousness to him. He will repent and God redeem him from Sheol, to reestablish the sufferer’s relationship with him. He ends the chapter reminding Job to be silent and let him speak.

Job 34

Elihu wrongly accuses Job of being friends with workers of iniquity, walking with wicked men, and claiming it does no good to delight in God. It seems Elihu is wrongly quoting Job – as we see Job is supposed to have claimed to be sinless. But that’s not exactly how it went.

At least Elihu is correct in that God does not sin or do wrong. God will not pervert justice. But again – Elihu does not understand the situation, nor Job’s relationship with God. God is righteous and shows no favoritism, because they are the creation of His hands. God keeps His eyes upon man. God knows what man does; He sees it all. God can break mighty men without sin and put others in their place. God judges those who turn aside from Him, those who hurt the poor and afflicted. God ignores man who is like that, that the wicked not rule.

Elihu ends the chapter contending that Job speaks from a lack of knowledge and lack of wisdom, and was being rebellious against the almighty sovereign God and so should be tried to the max.

Its interesting that God had the author of Job write this dialog this way. We know that Job did not sin. We know that God is proving to Satan that Job is a righteous man who loves God. Yet, Job is suffering. Why? Because of something neither Job nor his friends are aware of – that Satan has permission to afflict Job with suffering. We know that Job is right in that he did nothing to deserve what he got. We know is also in the right in that the wicked do not always get their comeuppance in this life. Sometimes evil men DO rule nations. Yet, God has allowed this to happen to Job. Job is standing firm on his innocence in this matter. Would that we would know ourselves so well. God IS sovereign. We know God does not tempt people, but this is a case of God proving Job will stand firm in His faith.

James 1:12-14

12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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  1. […] For more thoughts on today’s Bible reading, be sure and visit WB Moore’s Biblical Insights. […]

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