Behold, I Am Here!

Elihu was the youngest guy that sat with Job. He refrained from speaking out of respect for his elders. At the same time, his elders were really annoying him.

Elihu disliked what the friends said because they assumed Job was bad, but everyone knew Job was a good guy. Elihu was mad at Job though, because Job maintained his righteousness and was boggled as to the suffering.

Elihu’s answer is that they should leave these things to God as He is in control of all things.

God has no negative thing to say to Elihu. God told Job to be quiet, who are you, Job? God told the three friends they needed Job’s intercession to stay alive.

Nothing to Elihu. Why? Many think, myself included, it’s because Elihu was exactly right. He put God at the forefront, not Job nor the opinion of the friends.

What amazes me though, is that if Elihu was right in what he said, or at least not deserving of a rebuke, how did he get away with saying this?

“For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.”

That is some amazing stuff right there! I believe I have found my new life verse.

9 thoughts on “Behold, I Am Here!”

  1. It would be nice to have a deeper discussion on the issues going on in Job. I understand that God allowed Job to be tested, to prove to Satan that folks do serve God, not just for reward or protection, but because they believe His ways are the best.

    Job could not have contradicted that, otherwise his witness would have proven Satan to be correct.

    So, Job and his three friends go back and forth: they say that his suffering must be a result of some sin in his life, he denies it and clings to his good conscience, at the same time acknowledging that he has no answer as to why the suffering is taking place.

    Then along comes Elihu, and I’m not sure in what way his argument differs from what has gone before (I find the poetic style a bit difficult to follow).

    At the end, Job repents for having said too many words in his defence; God approves of what Job said about Him, and Job’s three friends are corrected.

    But Elihu is somehow not included. What about the words God speaks right after Elihu’s talk, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” The question is, who was God referring to? Elihu, Job’s friends, all of them…?

    Also, I’m not sure what that verse you quoted is really saying, either. Maybe you can explain a bit more. I have a quote from Luther that might apply here, but I’ll put it in another post.

  2. Here’s something that Luther said about when the saints say something that might not be quite correct according to grammar, but is correct according to the Spirit. Maybe it fits here, maybe not…but it is interesting!

    On Heresy and Interpreting Scripture
    – from Disputation on the Divinity and Humanity of Christ (1540)

    Therefore heresy lies in meaning, and not in words, as St. Jerome rightly said when he was provoked by his calumniators. Otherwise Moses would be the greatest of heretics, for he recounts the Decalogue itself in different forms in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.

    On the other hand, anyone with a wicked meaning, even if he shall speak aptly and brandish the Scripture itself, is not to be tolerated. For Christ did not permit the demons to speak when they testified that he was the Son of God, as if they were transfiguring themselves into angels of light.

    Such is the simplicity and the goodness of the Holy Spirit, that his agents, when they speak falsely according to grammar, speak the truth according to the sense.

    Such is the craftiness and the wickedness of Satan, that his agents, while they speak truly according to grammar, that is, as to the words, speak lies according to theology, that is, according to the sense.

    Here it may be said: If you are lying, even in what you say truly, you lie; on the other hand, if you are speaking the truth, even in what you say falsely, you speak the truth. This is what it means to be a heretic: one who understands the Scriptures otherwise than the Holy Spirit demands.

  3. Jeff,
    I hope folks discern your veiled sarcasm, and don’t think you have gone off the deep end with that last sentence in your post. (heh)

  4. Jeff,

    Hey I know this is question is random, and off topic but could direct me to some verses in the OT concerning the millennial reign. I know about Isaiah 2 but is there verses that speak in concrete terms about Christ’s thousand year reign.
    Thanks Brother

  5. Paul,
    Are you looking for a verse that says the Millennium will be a thousand years? Or do you just want passages about the Millennial Kingdom?

    I don’t think there are any OT Verses that mention anything about a thousand years. Revelation 20 is the key passage on that.

    As to the Kingdom age itself in the OT, there are a ton of passages throughout the prophets. Isaiah has a bunch, particularly after Isaiah 53, like Isaiah 66. Look up “all nations” in a concordance and you’ll hit many there. Ezekiel 36, particularly after verse 26. Psalm 72; Joel 3. Many of the minor prophets have brief snippets on it. There’s a bunch.

  6. Jeff,
    I found out there are no verses in the OT after seaching, about the actual time table (being a thousand years) of the “Millennial Kingdom”, just the promised Kingdom.

    Thanks for the response, I’ll check out the books and verses you suggested.

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