Elihu’s Final Speech (Job 36:24 – 37:24)

Elihu begins by once again encouraging those around him to recognize the greatness of God, pointing to the fact that God causes the rain, thunder, and lightning to occur.  He equates the voice of God with thunder, and extols the great things which God does.  God causes the snow, the rain, and helps animals know where to hide from the extreme weather.  He then directly addresses Job, telling him to stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.  He asks Job if he knows the ways of God and understands them.  He mockingly asks Job if he assisted God with the creation of the earth.  He asks if man even has the right to speak to God.  

22 He comes from the north as golden splendor;

With God is awesome majesty.

23 As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him;

He is excellent in power,

In judgment and abundant justice;

He does not oppress.

24 Therefore men fear Him;

He shows no partiality to any who are wise of heart.”

This last statement is right in its estimation of God’s eternal majesty and power, but perhaps naive in relation to God’s grace and His immanence.  In other words, Elihu’s awe of God, which is well-founded, has unnecessarily made God unapproachable.  Today’s church sometimes makes God a buddy or pal, or else just sees Him as the “Big man upstairs.”  This familiarity can breed contempt.  However, to see God as completely transcendent and unreadable is just a damaging to an individual’s relationship to his Creator.  We must revere God, but still be able to speak to Him and approach Him as a child approaches her father.  God is immanent, near, close, and He is transcendent, distant, higher.  He is lofty and holy, but he is also personal and compassionate.  This God we serve gladly, with closeness and awe.  Elihu made a good start, but God is about to clear the air and make Himself known.

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