Saturday, October 13, 2012

Job 33

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 33. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Elihu continues to speak to Job here.
  • At the end of all his other “friends” speeches, Job had lost all confidence in their sincerity towards him. This is why Elihu opens with telling Job how he was coming with honest intent.
  • It’s interesting because Elihu felt the need to speak on behalf of God to Job about Job’s claims of being innocent just like Job’s other companions had; only Elihu’s words lacked the aggressiveness against Job personally. Elihu was probably trying to make a similar point as the previous speakers but without contempt towards Job.
  • Elihu still tried to give Job advice within the same vein as the other speakers. Elihu mentioned that sometimes God allows suffering to instruct people. But Elihu didn’t make the same crude remarks the others did; that Job’s sufferings were proof of a wicked life.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Elihu didn’t have the benefit of being outside of the story and seeing how God was involved in it, and we obviously couldn’t expect that of him. It’s a luxury that we have but they didn’t. The cool thing about Elihu is that he is at least approaching Job in a humble way and in his best interest so far. He isn’t coming at him with an air of superiority but with seemingly genuine concern for Job; at least on some level. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Have you noticed this difference in the tone with the argument of Elihu compared to the others? This should show us that we have to approach each other in humility and with their best interests at heart. Only then can we hope to earn the respect of the person we are trying to talk to and have an audience with open ears.