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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

May 20 - Evening

"So these three men stopped answering Job,
because he was righteous in his own eyes.
But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job,
and yet had condemned him.

Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.

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.
I thought, “Age should speak;
    advanced years should teach wisdom.”
But it is the spirit in a person,
    the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.
It is not only the old who are wise,
    not only the aged who understand what is right.
Therefore I say: "Listen to me;
    I too will tell you what I know."
I waited while you spoke,
    I listened to your reasoning;
while you were searching for words,
I gave you my full attention.
But not one of you has proved Job wrong;
    none of you has answered his arguments.
… I too will have my say;
    I too will tell what I know.
For I am full of words,
    and the spirit within me compels me;
inside I am like bottled-up wine,
    like new wineskins ready to burst.
I must speak and find relief;
    I must open my lips and reply.
I will show no partiality,
    nor will I flatter anyone.'

- Job 32:1-21

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Elihu Let's Loose His Words    

Job’s three friends (now merely called “these three men” in the text) have given up on Job since he was convinced his suffering was not a fair reflection of his personal righteousness. In the rules of debate in the ancient world the silencing of Job’s three friends indicates a victory for Job, but this also makes room in the conversation for a younger man who apparently has been observing this debate, but had not engaged with his own words. The fact that this young man, named Elihu, had not spoken does not mean he has not formed an opinion.

Elihu enters late into this debate in a fury of anger aimed, first, at the subdued friends for having failed to formulate a substantial argument to defeat Job, and second, targeted at Job for choosing to slander the character of God in order to defend his own character.

Elihu had disciplined himself to remain quite so he would not interrupt the three older friends. (Allowing the elder person the honor of speaking first was a cultural standard.) But, even as Elihu held back his words they had been fermenting like wine in expanding wineskins ready to burst. Elihu is so focused on sharing what he perceives to be “the truth” that he guarantees two things: one, his words will show no partiality, so everyone standing against “the truth” will get rolled over in spite of their age, rank, afflictions or social standing; two, his words will not be used with an ulterior motive of manipulation by flattering either Job or his friends. Elihu guarantees that he says what he thinks and he means what he says. To the best of his ability Elihu is going to bless his friends (or, those who were his friends!) with the “absolute truth” according to Elihu.

Elihu then follows his introduction with four sections in his speech that basically state his understanding of “the truth” as this:

  1. God uses both dreams and afflictions to teach people and attempt to turn them from wrong (32:6-33:33)
  2. Without partiality or exception, God rules the world with justice (34:1-37)
  3. Men cannot effect God with their sinful behavior, but neither can they manipulate God with their righteous behavior. (35:1-6)
  4. God will disciplines men in order to lead them to deliverance (36:1-21).

Then before God interrupts in chapter 38 Elihu describes the glory and majesty of God with the image of a thunderstorm in chapter 37.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures"
- Sir William Herschel

Something to Ponder??

Creation Days

Day 1 and 4 = light
Day 2 and 5 = water
Day 3 and 6 = land

Day 1 - God divided the light from darkness
Day 2 - God divided waters above from those below
Day 3 - God separated land from water
Day 4 - God made lights in the heavens
Day 5 - God created life in
the water
Day 6 - God created life on
the land

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Spermologos (Gr) – “Babbler” (Eng) – Paul was called a spermologos in Acts 17:18 while he was in talking and teaching in the market place in Athens. This Greek word refers to a person who went around the market place picking up scraps of learning and philosophy. Spermologos originally meant "seed picker" to refer to birds that pick up grain and then to men who picked up scraps of food in the marketplace. It was a derogatory term meant to label Paul as a worthless teacher. Spermologos is the combination of sperma, meaning "seed" and lego, meaning "to say, to speak, to teach."  

Luke records that a member of the Areopagus in Athens named Dionysius believed Paul's message of salvation and the resurrection of the dead. Eusibius, the church historian from around 300 AD, records that Dionysius was thefirst bishop of Athens when he quotes from the writings of another Dionysius (Bishop of Corinth) around 170 AD. (Details here and here.)
(Fragments of Dionysisu of Corinth here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I allow others to speak and share their opinions? Do I consider that my ideas and my thoughts may be incomplete, one-sided, limited to my own experience,
warped by my own perspective or simply wrong?
I will pursue a greater understanding of the Truth.
I will not merely defend my present opinion.

  "When a king sits on his throne to judge,
    he winnows out all evil with his eyes."

- Proverbs 20:8
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Jonah 4 Psalm 41 and 42
Prayer for Today
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Improved understanding of love

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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Kidron Valley, Mount Olives
A view from the remains of the royal palace in the City of David looking over
the Kidron Valley at the Mount of Olives. The southeast corner of the
Temple Mount wall can be seen in the top left corner of the photo.
Map detailing Joshua 8,
  Map detailing Joshua 8,
the covenant is renewed at Shechem
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