Book of Job: part five (more speeches and the end)

Over the past couple weeks we have heard Job’s friends, Eliphaz, Bilidad and Zophar, telling Job about how he must have done something wrong which upset the Lord so that’s why bad things are happening to him. Yet, Job stayed consistent saying that he did nothing wrong and want to explain it to the Lord. This week we has a pair of speeches from some new characters, Elihu and The Lord both of them give some speeches.

We begin with Job rehashing his whole situation and tries to understand why he is being punished. Job comes to the point that he’d done everything that God has asked of him and wants an God to explain why these bad thing happened. Then Elihu speaks up, now Elihu might have been there from the start with Eliphaz, Bilidad and Zophar but he doesn’t speak since he is the youngest. Elihu is angry with everyone Job for justifying himself rather than God and the others for having declared Job to be wrong but had no real answers. Elihu then goes on and on for a couple of chapters (32-37) where he puts everyone in their place. Elihu’s speech is pretty great, at times he had me smirking with the youngest of the group speaking the most wisdom of everyone in the book so far and he continually urges Job to listen to him and Elihu lays down some truth. Elihu says that Job isn’t necessarily a sinner just because he is being punished and Job is being a fool for trying to get God to explain why it happened to him. Elihu continues to explain that God does many things that we can not comprehend like the weather.

Then God shows up in a whirlwind and asks Job some questions. We are then given two full chapters of questions (38-39) and they are all to show Job how small he is to the universe. These are all great questions ranging from “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” to “Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew?” and “…are [the wings of the ostrich] the pinions and plumage of love?” No human can reasonably answer these questions as God is showing Job that God has more concerns than just Job and they are rather big things. God wants a reply from Job and the only thing Job can muster is I am of small account what can he really say. God then answers Job by saying that Job is powerless. God then changes the subject and talks about Behemoth and Leviathan my Bible notes these as the hippo and the crocodile respectively but Behemoth is something bigger and Leviathan is more of a dragon type creature since it breath fire. We then return to the actual story Job answers and humbles himself before the Lord even going to repent in dust and ashes. God then turns toward the Job’s three friends Eliphaz, Bilidad and Zophar and saying that “my wrath is kindled against you for you have not spoken of me what is right, as Job has.” so each of them has to take seven rams and seven bulls and offer them up to Job for a holocaust, Job will pray for them and God will accept Job’s prayers . Then God restored the fortunes of Job and gave Job back twice as much as he had. And he had seven sons and three daughters Jemimah, Keziah and Keren-happuch  and they were treated like Job’s sons. The book goes on to say that Job lived a 140 years and saw four generations.

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