Job 36 has Elihu with something to say on God’s behalf. He speaks with directness and authority that Job’s other friends did not. Elihu claimed to speak on God’s behalf. “God is mighty, and does not despise any”. In His perfect justice, God punishes the wicked and works for the oppressed. It is because God is so great that He despises none. In Elihu’s mind, the righteous man was marked by many things; things that were conspicuously absent from the life of Job:
- God’s eyes are upon the righteous
- The righteous are exalted
- If the righteous are bound, God convicts them, sets them free, and are restored to prosperity and pleasures
Elihu thought Job was a hypocrite for continuing to deny his guilt. He believes Job is just creating a bigger and bigger problem for himself with God. If Job would only have repented then God would have:
- Brought Job out of his distress.
- Brought Job into a broad place where there was no cramping
- Brought Job to a table . . . full of fateness.
Elihu again remembers the greatness of God. “God is exalted in his power….Remember to extol his work, of which men have sung.” Elihu here again wanted to exalt God in the eyes of Job, thinking that Job’s problem was that he had too low a view of God, and too high a view of himself. We have to keep God in His rightful place in our lives – on the throne of our heart. God is not fighting for his place of authority and exaltation – He has earned it and our only response is to give it to Him fully.
“Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable”. This was Elihu’s most truthful and powerful argument, yet it itself was based on the premise that Job had to do this in light of his great transgression against God. It was a powerful, good principle wrongly applied to Job’s situation. God is great and we cannot ever truly understand Him. But the truth is that Job’s situation was not related to a misconception of who God was, but rather God’s approach to prove Job’s faithfulness to our great enemy Satan.