Job 34 and 35
- According to Elihu Job says: (a) that God is wronging him (34:5, 6), and (b) that there is no profit to be gained from delighting in God and doing his will (34:9; 35:3). How does Elihu answer these contentions? What precious truths about God does he declare?
- ‘In the setting of the book of Job it is not a question whether Elihu is right or not – obviously he is right, at least in large measure – but whether he contributes anything to the solution of Job’s “Why?” Obviously he does not ‘ (H. L. Ellison). Do you agree with this judgment? Why did a man who knew so much fail t be helpful? Of what danger should this make us aware?
- 1 34:13-15. The thought here seems to be that God as Creator has no motive for injustice; and that the existence and preservation of the universe is an evidence of God’s interest in his creatures.
- 34:23-30. There is no need for God to act as men do by process of trail and judgment. God knows all and acts at once.
- 35:10. God is the only source of all true comfort. Cf. Ps. 42:8; 2 Cor. 1:3, 4.
Job 36 and 37
- What does Elihu assert here concerning: (a) the character of God’s rule, and (b) the evidences of his greatness? To what conclusion about his troubles does he seek t lead Job?
- Of what is Elihu profoundly aware concerning: (a) the character and the ways of God, and (b) his own attempts to describe them? Cf. Rom. 11:33-36.
Note. 37:20. Elihu expresses dread at the thought of contending with God.