Job 32

Job 32 brings a new man into the story.  The three friends of Job have stopped answering him “because he was righteous in his own eyes”.  They hve tome to realize there was nothing left for them to say.  Job’s arguments are pretty persuasive, and even though they still believe he is completely wrong, they are not willing to continue to argue with him because he is absolutely certain of his righteousness.  It was futile and useless to continue the discussion.  Elihu suddenly shows up on the scene and now dominates the discussion.

Elihu was a young man and had been quietly listening up to this time.  “Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he”.  Now he can’t contain it any more – he is angry with the three friends because they had found no answer to the situation.  He is also angry with Job because he felt Job was justifying himself.  “He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God”.  Elihu is mad at the world here and at both sides of the debate that has been happening.  He’s taking the position that God alone is right and everyone else here is wrong.

He explains his slowness to get involved and his hesitancy to speak as being related to his age.  Elihu was a younger man than the others, so he had deferred to their wisdom to this point.  “But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right”.  Elihu comes to the conclusion that it isn’t age that makes one wise.  It is the fear of the Lord and understanding of Him that gives wisdom.

Elihu can’t contain himself any longer.  “I must speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer”.  Whether he is young or not no longer matters.  He can’t contain the energy that has built up within him, and the words begin to flow.  His waiting is over and now he is getting ready to speak.  He takes a long time to get to his real message here – ‘look out, I’m going to say something’.  But he sheds light on why he’s been waiting and gives the reason that he can no longer continue to sit by on the sidelines and observe Job and his friends.

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