Job 32-34, Psalm 143
Elihu says many things in today’ readings which are true. In fact, in Job 33:23-28, he gives a good presentation of the gospel message. He also speaks of God’s judgments as being corrective, rather than punitive. In chapter 34, he brings out that God’s ways are beyond searching. The problem with Elihu and with many is their application.
In misquoting Job, he bears false witness against Job and misapplies Scripture. Though Job stated he was blameless, he never called himself sinless (God Himself calls Job blameless in Job 1:8 and 2:3). Elihu misquotes Job in Job 33:9. He also misquotes Job in 34:9, when he says that Job claimed, “It profits a man nothing That he should delight in God”. James 1:19, says,”So then my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” Biblical illiteracy is inexcusable. We live at a time where the Word of God is written in easy to understand language, with a plethora of commentaries both written and on line. But equally wrong is when we take Scripture and without fully listening or comprehending another person’s situation quote Scripture at them and misapply the Scripture or it’s relevance to the situation. Ephesians 4:15 says we are to speak the truth in love. We can only speak the truth if we have a working knowledge of The Truth in God’s Word. We can only speak in love if we take the time to listen to what someone is saying so that we can properly counsel with the Truth.
Elihu and Job’s other three friends all seem to be short on mercy and grace, but heavy on justice. In Matthew 7:1-2, Jesus says, “Judge not, that you be not Judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” When we read a book like Job, where the entire situation involves a conversation between God vs Satan and all of those involved, including Job, are unaware of what has really occurred, it teaches us all that we should be full of mercy and grace, and be slow to point our fingers at others.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: