Thursday, July 16, 2009

Elihu Part 4 Job 35

Job 35:1-3 "Elihu spake moreover, and said, Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's? For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?"

The advantage is to man and the profit is to man. It brings him into a closer relationship to God.

Those things done on earth have a direct bearing on the state of the person committing the acts. However, it is not for God's benefit that people do right for our activity will neither diminish nor lift God up.

v7 "If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?"

Elihu then tells us how God has elevated man above the animals by teaching us more than they. v11 "Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?"

We are reminded that it could have been different if God had so desired it. He is the designer.

Then we come to one of those statements that man makes that is really out of man's control. I've heard people talk about how they are unafraid of the legal system and they will go on and on about how they will tell them a thing or two or maybe not even show up. It is a different story when they stand before the judge either willingly or by the hand of the law.

v14 "Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him."

People can say all they want that God is not real and therefore that they will not stand before him to give account for their life. That belief does not change the fact that God is real and will hold man accountable whether or not they belief in him.

v16 "Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain, he multiplieth words without knowledge."


Elihu talks to Job about righteousness or wickedness before God.

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