Job 34 and 35

  1. 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?
  2. 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?

Notes.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 35:10. God is the only source of all true comfort. Cf. Ps. 42:8; 2 Cor. 1:3, 4.
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