“If you bring forth the precious from the vile,
you will be as my mouth.”
Elihu: The Messenger Again
I think Elihu realized he had blown it by speaking on his own behalf and quit interpreting the working of God to Job. Then began to attack him. I think he also realized he had better repent and start speaking worthy words, rather than unworthy words, if the Lord was going to restore him as His spokesman (Jeremiah 15:19). He asks them to excuse him, and to bear with him a little because “there is more to be said on God’s behalf.”
It was very unbecoming for him to address his elders the way he did and to deal directly with everything he saw wrong. The Lord was able to use him to explain what was going on around Job as long as he retained his sense of propriety and did not violate the bounds of courtesy and love. However, when he gave in to nursing his pride, he lost touch with the gentle working of the Holy Spirit.
As long as Elihu spoke from the standpoint of an instrument or a mouthpiece for God—someone standing “in God’s stead”—all his words were directed by the Spirit and had power, clarity, strength. However, as soon as his attitude changed, and he started speaking like someone who was supposed to plead for God, he lost the marked power of God.
This difference between the two is important for us to understand. If you are speaking for God, the listener is assumed to be in the position of an antagonist who has to be won over to the Lord’s side by the special pleader. However, if you are simply a mouthpiece, with your lips yielded to Him for His use, the listener is brought into direct dealing with God Himself.
Elihu regains his humble and gentle attitude toward Job and begins, again, to interpret the heart of God. The change in tone and language is amazing. The hand of God is on him again as he proceeds to “ascribe justice to (his) maker.”
The Heart of God
He is truly speaking from the right standpoint now as he tells Job that although the Lord is mighty, He does not despise any of His children, even the weakest. He knows their frame and remembers very well that they are dust. In all of their afflictions, He also is afflicted. Yet His strength of love toward them enables Him to bear seeing them suffer for their eternal gain, giving “to the afflicted their rights” after His purpose of love is accomplished.
“He doesn’t take His eyes off the righteous. Rather, he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.” That is the loudest cry of the New Testament! That he takes the redeemed of the Lord and calls them to be Kings and Priests. This is the “right” or the inheritance of the afflicted, because if we are willing to suffer with Him, we will also be glorified with Him. In His purpose of love, He has already set the “righteous”—those who are in union with the Righteous One—on the throne of victory with their Lord. He is patiently preparing each of us for our future position by placing us in the furnace of trial. Why? So that we will be prepared for our high and heavenly calling and learn to overcome, even as our Lord has overcome. “To him who overcame, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Revelation 3:21, also see Revelation 5:10; 11:12).
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