Value of a Trial (Job #17)

Text: Job 34

Direction of Elihu’s conversation (vss 1-4)

  • Judgment as in fairness; as in balancing and setting things in order.
  • Knowledge of good instead of a knowledge of evil.

Accusation against the Judge of the whole earth (vss 5-9)

  • Job’s says what wicked people say: serving God is pointless.
  • 34:9 is said by most people: pleasure or pain will bring about this thought.

The Lord as Judge ensures man gets what he’s looking for (vss 10-11)

  • God is like a mirror

The Lord doesn’t pervert justice because the Lord is not tempted (vss 12-19)

  • Reason why the Lord will not pervert judgement
  • James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

The Lord will not tolerate hypocrisy forever (vss 20-30)

  • The Judge is the Creator and thorough in judgment

Perhaps there is something to learn in the tragedy (vss 31-33)

  • On the other hand, the Lord chastens his own.  Wickedness will be put to an end, but the Lord will use evil to make his own people better.
  • Responsibility of God’s people is to do right and trust God.

Value of a trial (vss 34-37)

  • In a judicial setting the trial is where the evidence is gathered. The prosecutor brings the accusation and the defense attorney advocates for the one charged.  And the Judge speaks.
    • Elihu is like the defense attorney who explains there is much more evidence to be considered that hasn’t been considered.
    • God is the Judge and he will speak and ask questions that overwhelmingly lead to Job’s reconsideration of the situation.
  • A trial can also be a qualifier.
  • A trial can be a fire that improves the value and strengthens the material in the trial.
  • Relationships are strong if they survive a trial.
  • The trying of a Christian’s faith is what is precious to God.