Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Elihu Part 5 Job 36

2Job 36:3-4 "I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. For truly my words shall not be false; he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee."

Those words are from Elihu who has a special place in these studies. He reminds me of John who came before Jesus declaring that people repent and that one greater than he was coming.

Elihu is preparing Job to hear words directly from God who will speak from the whirlwind.

v5 "Behold God is mighty, and despiseth not any; he is mighty in strength and wisdom."

The next few verses remind us of Israel and how God told them if they would follow and obey Him, he would establish them in the land but if not they would be chastened.

v7 "He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous; but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them forever, and they are exalted."

II Chronicles 7:14 "If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

I think many people think that God must do things to people to discipline them but it is that he only has to take his protecting hand off people for bad things to happen. If we push Him away, then he will not impose on us. We do need his protecting and guiding hand in these days.

v10-12 "He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge."

We could say it like this, There are two kinds of rulers: 1) is not a rightful ruler and forces people to serve them, they perhaps are not of the blood line of the king and so do not have a right to the throne; 2) there are rightful rulers, those who treat their people well, who came to the throne because it belongs to them. That is a simple way to put it but it's the best I can do to make my point. God is a rightful ruler. There is none above him. He created what is. It is in His prerogative to establish right and wrong concerning all that is made because he made it.

v26 "Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out."

Things that man could not possibly do, He does. Some would say that it is 'just' the elements or 'mother nature' but it was God who set these things in order so that they would be compatible with man. We could not take the moisture falling from the clouds in one big blast. It would wash away our land and probably us but look at this verse.

v27 "For he maketh small the drops of water; they pour down rain according to the vapor thereof; v28 Which the clouds do drop and distill upon man abundantly."

So tender is the rain that a rose pedal can be hit and glisten in the light but not be damaged.

So the chapter says that God is mighty and then that he is great. I agree.

'God is great, God is good and we thank Him for our food. Amen.

Psalm 107:8 "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!"

Elihu part 5.

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