Elihu’s Torrent of Words
Elihu complains that Job persists in thinking his wounds are incurable. Well, what do you expect? According to Elihu, Job has scorned all efforts to help him! If he has not sinned himself he must have associated with “workers of iniquity” and walked with evil men! “Job said himself, ‘It doesn’t profit a man anything to delight himself with God.’“
Wait a minute! Job never said that as regarding himself. The words that Elihu is supposedly quoting were words that Job had used to describe the attitude of the ungodly.
By reverting to his own understanding, Elihu brought a dimming of spiritual wisdom and power. His tactfulness was gone, His poise and gentleness, even his sense of exact truth in quoting Job’s words, were all gone.
As silly as it sounds, Elihu proceeds to “teach wisdom” to his elders and he takes up the same line of argument they had presented from the beginning. God is so great, so holy, He would never do anything wicked and men simply get what they deserve. His judgments would be absolutely right. He is the Sovereign Lord of the whole world, yada, yada, yada . . . .
Surely the only right attitude before a God like this, according to Elihu, is a humble acceptance of His chastening, saying, “I’m guilty but I won’t offend you any more. Teach me what I can’t see, if I have sinned, I won’t do it any more.”
“Should God reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You’re the one that has to choose, not I.” Well, what do you have to say, Job?
Job just sits there and Elihu gets even more impatient with him. “Everyone knows that Job spoke before without knowledge and without wisdom . . . Father, go ahead and try him to the end … he’s simply adding rebellion to his sin.”
How embarrassing for him. Elihu just keeps rattling on about what he thought Job had said about the profit of serving God, despite Job’s silence.
Job had never even thought about any “advantage” or “profit” in serving the Lord, but he doesn’t say anything to set the record straight, he just lets him go on and on with his torrent of harsh and severe words.
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