Why, you're nothing but a creature with a very limited experience with very limited understanding. Answer me, if you can; set your words in order before me; take your stand. For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it. (Job 33:8-11 RSV). "I am clean without transgression, I [am] innocent; neither [is there] iniquity in me." For I do not know how to flatter, else would my Maker soon put an end to me." He is beginning to understand something about life that he never knew before, and there are references to it we have seen all along. We thank you for the ministry that has mediated on our behalf before you. Message transcript and recording © 1977 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. And I believe that this is indicating that God does speak to us sometimes, not so much in predicting the future, but in showing us what we are trying to hide from ourselves in the present. Then, in Chapter 16 he said, "Even now, behold my witness is in heaven, and he who vouches for me is on high." So he winds up saying to Job, \"Is not your wickedness great!\" (22:5). Oftentimes they do take the form of warnings in which we see ourselves doing things that we are ashamed of or horrified by, and it is a warning that the tendency, the possibility of doing that, is deep within us all. For a listing of open positions, ... 33: Agricultural Srv Supervisor I: 34: Agricultural Srv Supervisor II: 35: Agriculture Service Aide I: 30: Athletic Service Aide I: 30: Athletic Service Aide II: 31: Athletic Services Assistant I: 32: Athletic Services … Elihu urges that he had spoken wrong, and that he ought to humble himself before God, and by repentance to unsay it. Behold, he [God] finds occasions against me, he counts me as his enemy; he puts my feet in the stocks, and watches all my paths.'" eum gratum vel acceptum habere), and he (whose state of favour is now established anew) sees God's countenance (which has been hitherto veiled from him, Job 34:29) with rejoicing (as Psalm 33:3 and freq. In Chapter 32 we get, basically, the introduction to his message, and he opens it with a word of courteous explanation for his silence: And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered: "I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. His youth renewed, and he seem young again; become hale and robust as in his youthful days; see Psalm 103:5. 7 I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'. 11 I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words. I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none that confuted Job, or that answered his words, among you. For טרפשׁ is correctly explained by שׁומן, fat. 6 So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: "I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know. JOB’S DELIVERANCE (38-42) A. 13 Why do you complain to him that he answers none of man's words. It is not the old that are wise, nor the aged that understand what is right. Have you ever felt that way listening to an argument? : His flesh had been weakened (אתחלישׁ), or made thin (אתקלישׁ), more than the flesh of a child; Raschi: it had become burst (French אשקושא, in connection with which only פשׁ appears to have been in his mind, in the sense of springing up, prendre son escousse) from the shaking (of disease). The fourth, and probably most important, thing is that Elihu claims to speak not as the other men did from their experience, but he claims to speak from revelation. 4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was formed from a piece of clay. Accordingly, Job 33:26 is not intended of prayer that is heard, which resulted in pardon, but of prayer that may be heard continually, which results from the pardon: if he prays to Eloah (fut. Chapter 33 is Elihu's address to Job. What did Job’s three friends have wrong, and what did they have right? He is not rebuked for what he says, and he does not have to ask Job to pray for him, as they have to do. 5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused. But Elihu helps us here with this. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. And then he gives him the means of doing it, Verse 26: "Then man prays to God, and he accepts him, he comes into his presence with joy. If not, listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom." The Chateph instead of the simple Sehev is only in order to give greater importance to the passive u. 2 Now, I open my mouth; My tongue speaks in my mouth. (Job 32:21-22 RSV). Moreover, the interpretation: He causes his (the favoured one's) countenance to behold joy (Umbr., Ew. He recognizes the depth of Job's suffering, and he always speaks with understanding. I think they project their view of themselves into infinity and they say, "God acts the way we do. So Elihu cries, Verse 31: "Give heed, O Job, listen to me; be silent, and I will speak. And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he became angry. For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it." Daniel, and Ezekiel, and others of the prophets, understood much from God by means of dreams. 8 "But you have said in my hearing— I heard the very words-. God calls men to repentance. Originally, however, the former signified the cushion of fat under the pericardium on which the heart rests, especially in the crossing of the furrows; the latter the accumulation of fat on the porta (πύλη) and between the laminae of the little net. From this Arab. And third, he always speaks with courtesy and sensitiveness to Job, despite the strong feelings which he admits he has. 1 “But please, Job, hear my speech, And listen to all my words. 4 # (Gen. 2:7); Job 32:8 The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. GOD HUMBLES JOB (38:1-42:6) 1. He has not directed his words against me, and I will not answer him with your speeches." Elihu entreats Job's attention. the confession of the penitent, Psalm 106:6), ולא שׁוה לי, et non aequale factum s. non aequatum est mihi. Job 33:15 Context. Job had represented God as severe in marking what he did amiss. So now in this introduction, in Verses 11 and on, he speaks of his patience that is now rather exhausted: "Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say. ), without any evident reason whatever, gets rid of the 1 pers. I'm speaking merely as God has taught me as the spirit of God has given me life.". טרפשׁא דליבא (Chullin, 49b) signifies, according to the customary rendering, the pericardium, and טרפשׁא דכבדא (ib. You just had to say something because you see it is going astray, or it is illogical, and you can hardly restrain yourself from speaking. 4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. Once again, one of the major problems we have is the silence of God -- unanswered prayer, as we see it. 221, a; but Job 33:25, according to which he who was hitherto sick unto death actually renews his youth, makes it more natural to take the מן as causal: it swells from youth or youthfulness. Job had not said … It is man who is bent upon destruction, and God's efforts that cause distress and pain and warning are designed to keep us from hurting ourselves and each other -- "to keep back his soul from the Pit, his life from perishing by the sword." tarfasha, or even from a Hebr. (lxx, Syr.). My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know. ), and He (God) recompenses to the man his uprightness (in his prolonged course of life), or prop., since it is not ויּשׁלּם, but ויּשׁב, He restores on His part his relation in accordance with the order of redemption, for that is the idea of צדקה; the word has either a legal or a so-to-speak evangelical meaning, in which latter, used of God (as so frequently in Isaiah II), it describes His rule in accordance with His counsel and order of redemption; the primary notion is strict observance of a given rule. 2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth. Some regard him as a rather brash young man with the cocksure arrogance of youth who speaks up to tell the older men what they were doing that was wrong, while others seem to see him as merely repeating in other words the arguments of these friends, without adding much. "I had sinned and perverted what was straight. 6 I am just like you before God; I too have been taken from clay. He is! His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen; and his bones which were not seen stick out. He recounts to men his salvation, and he sings before men, and says, 'I sinned, and perverted what was right, and it was not requited to me. 20 so that his very being finds food repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal. Behold, my heart is like wine that has no vent; like new wineskins, it is ready to burst." I see Elihu as a kind of John the Baptist of the Old Testament, if you like, in the book of Job. Elihu says, "It is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand." 25 then his flesh is renewed like a child's; it is restored as in the days of his youth. 9 'I am pure and without sin; I am clean and free from guilt. And the principal said, "Well, I have to disagree with you. The patience of Job—why is Job famous for being patient? He knew who his Redeemer was, he knew that He was a living Savior, and he knew that someday He would physically stand on the earth (Job 19:25). only because the passive quadriliteral would not so easily accommodate itself to inflexion (by which all those asserted significations, which suit only the perf. Elihu blames Job for reflecting upon God. He is not going to flatter and he is not going to speak out of experience; he is going to speak from what he has been taught. The first teacher protested to the principal, "I've had 25 years' experience and why was I passed over in favor of this younger one?" I will answer you." So Elihu is right here. Well, as Elihu says, it is the presence in our pains of a mediator, one of the thousand, who declares to man what is right and provides a ransom for him. That is why suffering, when it is interpreted by the mediator that God provides, is a blessing to us. 12 "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man. The speeches of Elihu (who is not mentioned in the prologue) contradict the fundamental opinions expressed by the 'friendly accusers' in the central body of the text, that it is impossible that the righteous should suffer, all pain being a … (Job 32:15-16 RSV). טרפּשׁ, (Note: The Talmud. Cancel. 14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In Jesus' name, Amen. 18 For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; 19 inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst. Man is too ignorant, too limited, too easily deceived (his history proves it), to ever lay a charge of capriciousness against God. So Elihu appears as the one who gives a witness to what Job is crying out for, an umpire who can lay his hand upon both man and God. Heavenly Father, we thank you for your loving care of us. God is not accountable to us. Now I think this is a reference to the slow and certain light that has been growing in Job's heart all through this time of suffering. (Job 33:31-33 RSV). The Spirit of God hath made me As a man; so every man is made by God, and not by himself; Father, Son, and Spirit, are his Makers or Creators, as we read of them in the plural number, ( Psalms 149:2) ( Ecclesiastes 12:1) ; and this is a proof of the deity of the Spirit, who was not only concerned in the creation of all things, garnishing the heavens, and moving upon the face of the waters on the earth; … Some of you who remember the days of the radio broadcast called The Lone Ranger, remember the question that was asked so many times on that program, "Who is this masked man?" But suffering without that mediation produces bitterness, resentment, anger, frustration, revolt and rebellion against God's will. Now viewing scripture range from the book of Job chapter 33:14 through chapter 33:15... Job Chapter 33. Possible pseudonymity of the character. Behold, I open my mouth; the tongue in my mouth speaks. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. 26 He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God's face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state. We thank you for the Lord Jesus who came as the great Mediator, who found a ransom for us in his own life's blood poured out on our behalf; who has found a way to set aside the daily contamination of our sins and helps us to face every day fresh and vital, forgiven, alive, without guilt, without a sense of rejection, having found an adequate power by which to live, by which to do the things we ought to do. Those last words seem to describe the experience that we would call today being born again, a return to the freshness and vitality of youth. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, Read verse in New International Version How patient God is! 23 "Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator, one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him, 24 to be gracious to him and say, 'Spare him from going down to the pit ; I have found a ransom for him'-. The second thing is that he is given an obvious, prominent part in this drama. b, to have pleasure in any one, with the acc. He can get up in the morning and be grouchy and hard to live with and you have to live with that kind of a God all day." I had sinned - he says, as he looks back ashamed and thankful - and perverted what was straight (comp. Your very sufferings are speaking to you; but not so much, as the friends were arguing, to punish you for something you did that you're trying to hide, because that isn't true. But psychologists tell us, as one voice, that dreams are a way by which reality suppressed comes into our consciousness, whether we like it or not. In this description of the renovation which the man experiences, it is everywhere assumed that he has taken … Here he summarizes all that Job has been saying -- that God mistreats him without a reason; that he is doing these things without justification in a capricious way. It contains a strong spiritual message that you must also nurture your creative gifts. And through the love of God shed abroad in our hearts we can realize that God's love is training us, steadying us, and teaching us through the time of stress," (Romans 5:3-4). Behind every act of God is a loving heart. Therefore there must be a mediator, Elihu says. Chapter 33. 160-166), there is no reason for regarding it as a mixed form derived from two different verbs: it is formed just like פּרשׁז (from פּרשׁ, by Arabizing equals פּרשׂ) with a sibilant termination from רטף equals רטב, and therefore signifies to be (to have been made) over moist or juicy. his flesh shall be fresher than a child's—so Naaman, 2Ki 5:14, spiritually, Joh 3:3-7. Version. 13 Why dost thou strive against him? And what brings it about? His words will be honest and without partiality. Proclaiming God’s justice, goodness, and majesty (34-37) III. What an amazing fore-view this is of the gospel of the grace of God! 33. Remember Paul argues this in Romans 5. The general purpose for carrying out job evaluations using this or similar job evaluation methods is to enable organizations to map and align their roles/jobs. The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Now I believe that Elihu therefore comes into the book as the answer to Job's cry for an explanation. 3 My words come from my upright heart; My lips utter pure knowledge. God rebukes his critics (42:7-10) 2. for he giveth not account of any of his matters. What I may say to help has come from what God has taught me. That is what we read in Verses 8-9. Job’s plight, from the death of his children and loss of his property to the physical torment he endured, plus the harangue of his so-called friends, never caused his faith to waver. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Elihu offers to reason with Job. Therefore I say, 'Listen to me; let me also declare my opinion.'" This is in line with what we have seen previously in Job, that knowledge is something you gain by the years as they go by, but understanding and wisdom is something only God can give, and he can give it to the young as well as the old. Job 33:23-24. We thank you for the ministry that has mediated on our behalf before you. 14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, [yet man] perceiveth it not. 13 Why dost thou strive against him? I know we who have been young a long time tend to think it is the years that have made us wise! 10 "Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know. And further, he goes on to say they will come from a humble heart, Verse 4: "The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. "Because in our sufferings we're being taught by God that he is working out purposes that we do not understand but are for our good. 1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words. 16 he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings. C. S. 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