Before we dive back into Elihu’s speech, I want to remind you of why he was angry. The author says …he burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God. He burned with anger at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong.
What is interesting is that the author allowed the emotions of Job’s friends to be revealed through their words and attitude, but he told us straight out what Elihu was feeling. Now, just because Elihu is angry doesn’t mean he’s right. Nor does it mean he’s wrong. We don’t know why the author divulged this. And because there has still been no commentary – either from the author or from the LORD – we’re still best advised to simply listen with discernment to what he says.
Elihu, like Job’s other friends, charges Job with iniquity. But his charges are new and distinct. In chapter 34, Elihu focused not on what Job did before his calamity but on what he has said since then. “You say, ‘I am pure, without transgression…’” Turning to the jury of Job’s friends, he reminds them: “Job has said, ‘I am in the right…’” “He has said, ‘It profits a man nothing that he should take delight in God…’” “Would that Job were tried to the end, because he answers like wicked men,” he concludes. “For he adds rebellion to his sin.”
Remember this when Elihu turns again to Job and asks “Do you think this to be just? Do you say, ‘It is my right before God,’ that you ask, ‘What advantage have I? How am I better off than if I had sinned?’” Elihu’s answer, of sorts, fills the following three chapters. Listen to how he justifies his position. Discern, as you have all along, how well he grasps the God whom you have met in Scripture.
And finally, pay close attention when you turn to chapter 38, because there is yet another speaker who wishes to enter the fray.
Our verse for this week is Luke 16:13: No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Job 35 through 38. Now let’s read it!
No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”