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.