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God is Setting All Things Right. So I am Blogging Through the Bible in a Year.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

January 13 - Job 35-37: Elihu Continues to Repeat Past Arguments Against Job

Today’s Reading: Job 35-37

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Elihu continues to promote the same ideas Job’s three friends did previously. Still nothing new. Still a misunderstanding of the situation.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

Elihu continued, “Job, you seem to think your innocence is important. Your innocence or evil could not make a dent on God’s earth. God has produced an earth to teach us, but man is too ignorant to listen. So stop talking such nonsense.
“God is too just to punish innocent people. He uses suffering to teach. So praise his wonderful ways! Think of rain. Thunder and lightning is beyond man’s control. Why would anyone attempt to question God’s works? Worship him, Job!"

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Elihu is more bold in accusing Job of wrong.

Elihu does the same thing Job’s three friends did before: tell of God’s greatness, interpret Job’s situation as happening because of his sin, and a call for Job to stop this "I’m innocent" charade and start confessing sin. He is more bold because he taunts Job even more than his friends – telling Job, "If you’re so smart, give us a lesson in how to address God. We’re in the dark and can’t figure it out" (37:19, The Message).

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