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JOB SERIES: CHAPTERS 32- 37 – SPEECHES OF ELIHU

November 11, 2017

In chapters 4-31 Job and his three friends engaged in three cycles of debatable speeches and now chapters 32 introduces Elihu the Buzite a young man who apparently has been waiting on the sidelines to join in the conversation. The bible nor commentaries give much background information on this young man; however, most agree he is overconfident in his own wisdom, arrogant in his presentation, angry with Job’s critics for failing to answer him satisfactorily, and disturbed that Job questioned the justice of God’s actions.

Elihu declared himself to be a neutral bystander that wanted Job and his friends to listen to what he had to say. Elihu shared his belief that God uses dreams, visions, secret inspirations, messengers, and suffering for instructional purposes to bring sinners to Him; rather than punishment. Also he continued with the theme that Job had sinned and needed to repent; thusly, restoring his physical health and reuniting him spiritually to God. Furthermore, throughout his speech he extols the sovereignty, omniscience and brilliance of God while telling Job that he is nothing and God who is just will judge him in His time.

I conclude this blog with these reflections:

  1. You would be surprise who is listening to you.
  2. People will standby and listen to your conversation; waiting for an opportunity to interject their opinions/thoughts.
  3. Words are powerful, be careful of what comes out of your mouth.
  4. Young people want to share their knowledge.
  5. It is respectful for young individuals to give their seniors an opportunity to speak first.
  6. When addressing people be mindful of your tone.
  7. Everyone has an opinion whether expressed or not.
  8. Suffering is not just retributive.
  9. Verbosity is a turn off.
  10. There is a lesson to be learned from all experiences.
  11. Repentance when needed is always in order.
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One Comment
  1. Brenda h permalink

    Excellent breakdown for anticipated breakthroughs.

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