40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
April 9, 2019, 5:00 AM

Lent 2019 Day 30 Job Chapter 32


This morning we hear of a new character. His name is, "Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram," There are a lot of speculation to if he was a real character, but he is the only one of Job's friends who actually has a tracable genealogy. He was from the family of Ram. To be from the family of Ram, makes him a descendent of Judah, who was the son of Jacob/Israel. 

Elihu has a genuin Hebrew name, which means "My God is He." Some have argued that because he was a descendant from the tribe of Judah, and his name means, "My God is He" that Elihu represents Jesus. Without trying to speculate who he was, I want to identify a few things we learn about Elihu in this chapter.

1. Elihu waits to speak up because of his age, verses 6-9, " So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are very old; Therefore I was afraid, And dared not declare my opinion to you. I said, ‘Age should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.’ But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. Great men are not always wise, Nor do the aged always understand justice." I wonder how many times the younger generation is afraid to share their opinion with the church? 

2. Elihu apparently has been there the whole time, because he has heard all their arguments. If he was there the whole time, then why was he not mentioned before? Have you ever felt like you were invisible? Have you ever felt like nobody cared that you were there? 

3. Everyone else has used up all their words. They have nothing left to say, but listen to Elihu verses 18-22, "For I am full of words; The spirit within me compels me. Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent; It is ready to burst like new wineskins. I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer. Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone; Nor let me flatter any man. For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away." This guy, is about to explode and demonstate his youthfulness. He has no filter. He has big feet and is about to step on some toes. There are people who needs to be flattered it seems. They can't stand to be corrected. Elihu will even step on Job's toes.

Elihu will demonstrate great wisdom beyond his years these next few chapters, but will anybody be listening?How well do we receive correction, especially from those younger than we are?  

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