August 05 2018: “Then the LORD answered Job…”

Elihu has spoken about how Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar were unhelpful in helping Job, spoke to and about Job as “being someone whose words were generally ‘without knowledge’ (34:35; 35:16) or insight (34:35) and represented rebellion in addition to his sin (34:37).”* We recognize at this point that Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar all spoke out of their own experience and wisdom, and Elihu successfully points this out in his speech.

In conclusion, Elihu finishes by praising God for His greatness and majesty, and with famous Proverbial wisdom:
   [24] Therefore men fear him;
       he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.” (Job 37:24 ESV)
      (cf. Deut. 4:6; Psalm 111:10; Prov. 1:7; Eccles.12:13)

To make the contrast visible of how they have all been in their own conceit, God rightly breaks His silence as if to stir up their fear by speaking from a whirlwind! This alone should get our attention as to what God thinks of their lack of fear towards Him; and we are reminded of another famous incident in the Bible when God spoke to His servant in 1 Kings. 

Unlike how God spoke to Elijah at Mount Horeb in 1 Kings 19:9-13 (that is, not in a great and strong wind, not in an earthquake, not in a fire, but in the sound of a low whisper), where God was speaking to a broken, humbled, and very depressed, man of God, we read God speaks to Job in a very different manner. Both Elijah and Job seem to be in similar positions of brokenness and hopelessness, and both are regarded as a righteous person by God, but why the contrast in the way in which God speaks? 

We seem to find the answer in the difference of the attitude of their hearts. 

Both Elijah and Job recognize that God is sovereign and has all authority in His hands to change the circumstances they find themselves in. Both had been abandoned to himself, has had everything taken away, and death lingers nearby. However, whereas Job demands an answer, or even takes it upon himself to have done things differently if he were God as to not even being born, Elijah still would rather abide and have confidence in God in the situation. 

As we have heard from last week’s sermon on John 15, it is by abiding in Jesus that we bear any fruits for the glory of God. It is not by our own strength, our own experiences, our own wisdom, or our own might that we are able to be part of His Kingdom. It is His calling, His Righteousness, and His sovereignty that leads us to bear any fruit. 

And again we must ask ourselves each day, will we believe His words, and abide in Him at all times? 
  [5] I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he
      it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
     (John 15:5 ESV)

*Excerpt taken from ESV Study Bible

Bible Reading Column by Pastor Charles Baik. 
Mississauga Campus Assistant Pastor 

This Week’s Bible Reading Schedule:

 Monday: Job 34 Thursday: Job 37
 Tuesday: Job 35 Friday: Job 38
 Wednesday: Job 36 Saturday: Job 39