Bible In One Year-Day 255 (Friday, September 12, 2014)
Commentary: Job34-36. Elihu was a new character that just came into the scene. By his statement he had been waiting and watching the elderly ones respond to Job. But when Job was done speaking in chapter31 and the friends couldn’t say anything again, Elihu became furious against Job because he refused to see things from their own point of view.
Job 32:1-2 “So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.”
Though the statements of Elihu through chapter37 were true when talking about the attributes of God, unfortunately, Elihu was ignorant of the reality of all his words. He spoke by his own spirit or heart but without the breath of God who gives understanding. He was not in compliance with what he said.
Job 32:8 “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration (breath) of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”
The spirit or heart of man can speak without God’s inspiration, i.e. a word from the Lord. This is what God condemned in the book of Ezekiel.
Jeremiah 23:16 “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.”
Elihu and his company spoke at length with Job but their speeches were without God’s inspiration. Advices could look good, but the question is if God is in it. That which God is in will come to reality and it will remain true. We could have the whole Bible passages in the head, but without God’s inspiration, it will be misapplied. It is true that whatsoever a man sows, so shall he reap. It is not the case here with Job’s predicament; the friends assumed it but they were wrong. It even became a sin for them to call the innocent Job as wicked. If we judge after the flesh we shall always be wrong, but if it is by the Spirit we cannot be wrong in any form because the Spirit is true.
John 8:15-16 “Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.”
The only righteous judgment is that of the Holy Spirit. The flesh will profit nothing but bring rancor and strife.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Job37-39. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries