Job 33

Job 33 has Elihu continuing his speech to Job.  He implores Job to listen – Elihu speaks as a spokesman for God.  “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life”.  Here’s a reality that we all can cling to – that God has created each of us wonderfully and uniquely and is the source of life.  Elihu is a bit overconfident in his place.  He talks too much, repeats himself continually and is a bit conceited.  But he does realize that God is the source of life.

He challenges Jobs assertion that he is without sin.  “You say, ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am clean, and there is no iniquity in me….Behold, in this you are not right”.  How’s that for calling Job on the carpet.  He basically calls Job a liar.  Technically Elihu is correct as no one is without sin.  But realistically he is off base because Job’s situation is not related to any sin in his life.  It’s a confusing situation, and both Elihu and the three friends are somewhat right.

Elihu does give us a picture of God’s provision for our sin.  “If there be for him an angel, a mediator, one of the thousand, to declare to man what is right for him, and he is merciful to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom….then man prays to God, and he accepts him; he sees his face with a shout of joy, and he restores to man his righteousness”.  Here’s a picture of God’s mercy and grace.  Man is a sinner.  Yet God will provide a mediator who will stand in our place before God.

Elihu is describing Jesus, certainly without knowing what God was going to do.  Jesus is our mediator.  He stands between us and God and covers us from our sin if we have received Him as our personal Savior and Lord.  Through Him we receive God’s grace (forgiveness and cleansing from our sins that we don’t deserve) and His mercy (freedom from the punishment for our sins that we do deserve) so that we can be made righteous before God.  We have the opportunity to come to God and be accepted by Him through the blood of the Cross where Jesus died.  The way has been made.  We simply need to act in faith and believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ!

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