Job 35 (NLT)
Elihu Reminds Job of God’s Justice
Then Elihu said:
“Are you more righteous than God?” Elihu asks Job:
2 “Do you think it is right for you to claim,
‘I am righteous before God’?
3 For you also ask, ‘What’s in it for me?
What’s the use of living a righteous life?’
Elihu accused Job of a cold calculation; of saying that he denied God’s moral order and said that there was no point to sinning or not sinning.
“Once again Elihu puts words into Job’s mouth, and in the process not only misquotes him but grossly misrepresents his position.”
“Elihu had missed Job’s point, that he wanted to be vindicated because he did believe God was just.”
“God is farther above you than you can imagine” Elihu tells Job:
4 “I will answer you
and all your friends, too.
5 Look up into the sky,
and see the clouds high above you.
6 If you sin, how does that affect God?
Even if you sin again and again,
what effect will it have on him?
7 If you are good, is this some great gift to him?
What could you possibly give him?
“If it is true that because God is so great and so high, the innocence or guilt of a petty human being is a matter of profound indifference to his Maker, on the ground that it can bring Him neither gain nor loss, we are landed, we see at once, on a very gloomy shore. We reach a conclusion fatal to all religion.”
–George Granville Bradley
8 No, your sins affect only people like yourself,
and your good deeds also affect only humans.
“Your pride blocks God’s answer” Elihu tells Job:
9 “People cry out when they are oppressed.
They groan beneath the power of the mighty.
10 Yet they don’t ask, ‘Where is God my Creator,
the one who gives songs in the night?
11 Where is the one who makes us smarter than the animals
and wiser than the birds of the sky?’
12 And when they cry out, God does not answer
because of their pride.
“God does not want to hear your empty talk” Elihu tells Job.
13 But it is wrong to say God doesn’t listen,
to say the Almighty isn’t concerned.
14 You say you can’t see him,
but he will bring justice if you will only wait.
15 You say he does not respond to sinners with anger
and is not greatly concerned about wickedness.
16 But you are talking nonsense, Job.
You have spoken like a fool.”
Elihu’s general idea was — “Job, if you were really a godly man, then God would have answered you by now. The fact that He hasn’t shows your ungodliness.”
Reading verse 10 about “songs in the night” reminded me of a radio program from many years ago — NightSounds with broadcaster and trombonist Bill Pearce as host. HERE is the theme song of the program, “Beau Soir” by Debussy. How many nights did I drift off to sleep with this show playing on the radio? Enjoy the soothing and peaceful music.
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