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My Ongoing explanation of the book of Job.

 

First of all I would like an understanding of one character in Job that, as I have found and encountered, that all who love to have a religious self righteous view of God to uphold their religious form, but denying the power thereof, and not wanting to walk in faith “hate” and I mean “detest “Elihu Barachel” to no end”, to the point of threatening, wanting to cut him out of the bible, because he dispels their precious religious form they so dearly love to proclaim and push blame elsewhere for their short comings in pleasing God. There is only a small percentage that realize that Elihu is the answer to the book of Job, whom the Father sent to Job to answer him as to Job’s  “why this and why that, trying to justify himself rather than God”.

 

Elihu is a young man and knows, with confidence and respect, that God has sent him, Elihu’s very name indicates he is of God, sent to Job and that God gave Elihu wisdom to answer Job, which Elihu indicates.

It is always the way when some one comes with the truth of God people hate that person, the young especially. He or she is said to be disrespectful and arrogant. Elihu means “Whose God is he”[Jehovah]   Hitchcock’s bible names dictionary: “Elihu  means; he is my God himself”

“Barachel [Elihu’s last name] means;  â€œthat bows before God”.  The mere fact Elihu’s name has any thing to do or reflect God should alert anyone that there must be a message here that the Lord wants Job [and us] to know.

 

410. 'el      la 'el ale
shortened from 352; strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity):--God (god), X goodly, X great, idol, might(-y one), power, strong. Compare names in "-el."

See Hebrew 352 <

 

Elihu is hardly ever mentioned in religious circles. I never heard of him when I was attending denominations as a kid or even in later years. I had never read the whole bible much less reading Job!! All I listened to were men and never ever heard him mentioned that I can remember, but I remember Job’s name for its been the symbol of “God making one sick if he chooses to test ones faith”. Elihu destroys the admiration of Job and makes the story not so “self justifying” as one would like to be, tearing down the pillar of unaccountability and puts blame on Job “that he should be tried with wicked men” because Job justifies himself rather than God. Job talks like he is “more righteous than God”, as Elihu continues.

 

Listen folks if you want to discount Elihu because he is young and talks contrary to the beginning of the book, seems like, to what God said about Job, twice, in the beginning as Satan came and accused Job, then I guess you can be accounted as one of Job’s friends, whom God was very displeased with. They hated the truth and did not speak truth about God but just condemned Job. I suspect, in a way, justifying themselves also rather than God.

What was done to Christ, when He came and spoke truth, by the High priests, and even unto Christ’s disciples after He ascended? It is always that way between the religious in the flesh and the crucified ones in the Spirit.

We can look at Elihu, as like Christ in the form of a mediator, but I prefer to look at him as the N.T. disciples bringing truth in the Spirit of the Lord for deliverance from sin and rebellion, if they choose the deliverance. It was a loving God that sent Elihu just like He sends us to speak God’s truth. Elihu represents us who love the truth to justify God rather than ourselves by faith, being clothed in God’s righteousness, and not religious fairy tales of goody works of the flesh, self justification in our deceived zealous ways of serving God rather then humbly seeking the truth to walk in. Hating the light in one instance can be addictive to hating the light in other instances so we can perform our deceived works for God. I believe Elihu was telling him also he had one foot in the grave if he did not change his mind and repent.

 

The problem then stems from Elihu vs God’s comments in the beginning of the book about Job twice.

The question arises how do we reconcile God’s comments and Elihu’s comments?

First God looks at the heart and knows. Second Satan, in the old testament can accuse the brethren to God but not in the new. Do you think that God knew what Satan was up to when he came before God? I do. Third we need to look at some things about Job.

Job was justifying himself rather than God. Also Job was always looking for iniquity even to the point of “just in case”. [Job 1:5  And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, “It may be” that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.]

Do you think that Satan knew this as he was watching Job? Another thing to point out, Job was a prominent person in the community and was setting some type of Godly example to the people but he was more important and so was his way of serving God than Knowing who God was and how to serve God properly in faith. Satan wanted Job to discredit him in the eyes of the people and get Job to denounce God.

 

Job 34:12  Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

 

Job is represented as a chieftain of immense wealth and high rank, blameless in all the relations of life.  [Job 34:18-28]  Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly? “How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor?” for they all are the work of his hands. In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.  For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.  He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.  Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.  He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;  Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:  So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.

 

 

 Job 1:21-22  And [Job] said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: “the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away”; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

 

 

Job 2:10  But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? “shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

[Both these are used to escape accountability to faith in the Lord today to stand in religious righteousness and not God’s righteousness believing His word in Christ.]

 

Lets ask this; If he believed those statements why did he continue in asking the lord the reasons why and also giving God how righteous he was and good? Why didn’t he just accept : “the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away”; blessed be the name of the LORD” AND “shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” as God’s will and die. He persisted in asking why! If Job believed that to be true why did Job persist in asking why and justifying himself to God? Why did he not accept his way of viewing God and die faithfully?

 

We do not want to forget Ezekiel 14; 14,18,20 where Job is mentioned as righteous along with Noah and Daniel in the midst of, once again, Israel’s rebellion against God.

Which also brings us to a statement of Elihu concerning the reasons why, “[Job 36:20-21]  Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place. Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.  [this is what denominations do constantly being hypocritical not wanting to know God but not wanting also the punishment God promises for sin, or if you are like Job, worried about God destroying you now in this life!]

 

This is one of Job’s problems and attitude.  Noah suffered affliction of 120 years building the Ark in the midst of a wicked world believing God’s word of judgment looking to God for deliverance. Daniel suffered affliction by being in a foreign land and not in the promised land but always cried to the lord in a repentant heart as to deliverance and reinstating the nation as God promised, not justifying himself or Israel knowing the time was drawing near.

 

Job only became Godly righteous after listening to Elihu then believing God as God showed Himself to Job to have Job understand who God is, which Job then repented in dust and ashes of having justified himself rather than God, having not cried out for deliverance but justifying himself rather than God.. [Job 42:1-6]  Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that “no thought can be with holden from thee”.  Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

 

Job 42:7  And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. [What did Job speak right? all the chapters He spoke in? “No”! These are what Job spoke right, “[Job 42:1-6]  Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that “no thought can be with holden from thee”.  Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

{[Luke 18:13]  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.}

Elihu said; “[Job 33:27-28]  He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;  He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

 

Romans 3:9-10  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 10:2-3  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:14  I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.