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October 3, 2021 at 1:16 pm #78
What do you know about Elihu in the Bible?October 3, 2021 at 1:21 pm #83LateephaParticipant
Elihu was one of the friends of Job who explained that Job’s illness could be a discipline from God.
Job was a righteous man whose faith in God was tested with adversities.
During his sickness, Elihu and some of his other friends tried to explain the possible causes of Job’s predicament.
Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused. JOB 32:4–5
Elihu in the book of Job is a bit of an enigma. He seems to come out of nowhere, ready to set things straight with both Job and Job’s friends, yet in the end, he, too, seems to fall short of truly addressing Job’s concerns.
We don’t hear about Elihu until the last several chapters of Job (Job 32–37). By this point in the story, Job has experienced great suffering, the reasons for which are not at all clear to him, for he was a righteous man. Three of Job’s friends have come to visit him and then begin to
offer various reasons why Job must be experiencing suffering. For the most part, their reasons boil down to a basic belief that all suffering is the result of sin on the part of the sufferer, so Job must have sinned in some way.
Finally, with no previous mention of his existence in the story, Elihu speaks. He begins by saying that he was waiting to speak because he is younger than the other friends, but he has become frustrated by their failure to adequately explain the reason for Job’s troubles. Then he begins his monologue, mostly saying that there is a disciplinary role in
suffering and that this should be accepted. But even if Elihu’s words are
true, why would Job, a righteous man, be disciplined by God?
Eventually Elihu’s words are cut off by the Lord (Job 38:1), who speaks from the storm to address Job, and this brings all disputing to a close.
Elihu is described as a Buzite, which may mean that he was descended from Nahor, Abraham’s brother (Genesis 22:20–21).The descendants of Buz appear to have lived somewhere in the desert of Arabia near the desert oases of Tema and Dedan.January 18, 2023 at 12:17 pm #1298
Elihu is a minor character in the Bible, appearing in the book of Job. He is described as a “young man” who enters into the dialogue between Job and his three friends, who have been discussing the reasons for Job’s sufferings.
In the book of Job, Job is a wealthy and righteous man who suffers a series of devastating misfortunes, including the loss of his wealth, his children, and his health. His three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, come to visit him and try to explain his sufferings by saying that they are a punishment for his sins. They argue that God is just and that Job must have done something to deserve his fate.
Elihu enters the dialogue after Job and his friends have been speaking for some time. He is upset that Job’s friends have not been able to provide an adequate explanation for his sufferings and that Job has not been able to defend himself effectively. Elihu argues that God is sovereign and that Job’s sufferings are part of a larger plan that he cannot understand. He also suggests that Job’s suffering may be a test or a form of discipline, intended to teach him wisdom and humility.
Elihu’s speech is notable for its emphasis on the idea that God is just and that Job should not question his authority. He also stresses that Job should not blame God for his sufferings and should instead seek to understand the purpose of his trials.
In conclusion, Elihu is a minor character in the Bible but play an important role in the book of Job. He reminds us that suffering is a part of life and that we cannot always understand the reasons behind it. He also stresses the importance of humility and trust in God. It’s important to remember that even though we may not understand the reasons for our suffering, we can trust that God is in control and that everything happens for a reasonJanuary 18, 2023 at 12:17 pm #1299
Elihu is a character in the Bible who appears in the book of Job. He is described as a “young man” who enters into the dialogue between Job and his three friends, who had been discussing the reasons for Job’s sufferings.
Elihu is upset that Job’s friends have not been able to provide an adequate explanation for his sufferings and that Job has not been able to defend himself effectively. He enters the dialogue and argues that God is sovereign and that Job’s sufferings are part of a larger plan that he cannot understand. He suggests that Job’s suffering may be a test or a form of discipline, intended to teach him wisdom and humility.
Elihu’s speech is significant for its emphasis on the idea that God is just and Job should not question his authority. He also stresses that Job should not blame God for his sufferings and should instead seek to understand the purpose of his trials. He also reminds us that suffering is a part of life and that we cannot always understand the reasons behind it, but we can trust that God is in control and everything happens for a reason.
It is important to note that Elihu’s speech is not considered as one of the main point of view in the book of Job, but it is a reminder to reflect on the nature of God, his justice, and the importance of humility in the face of suffering.January 18, 2023 at 12:18 pm #1300
Bible verses that mention Elihu:
Job 32:2, “So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.”
Job 32:6-7, “And Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God; he was angry also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job guilty.”
Job 32:12, “I am young in years, and you are aged; that is why I was timid and afraid to show you my opinion.”
Job 33:1, “Therefore, Job, hear my speech and listen to all my words.”
Job 36:4, “For truly my words are not false; one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.”
Job 34:36, “My desire is that Job may be tested to the end, because of his answers for the wicked.”
Job 37:14, “Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.”
Job 37:23, “The Almighty—we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.”
Job 40:2, “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
These verses give us a sense of Elihu’s perspective on Job’s situation. He believes that Job should be tested to the end and that his suffering is a form of discipline, intended to teach him wisdom and humility. He emphasizes the greatness of God and his power, justice, and righteousness. He also reminds Job that it is not appropriate for humans to question or argue with God.
Overall, Elihu’s speech in the book of Job is a reminder of the sovereignty and justice of God, and the importance of humility in the face of suffering. He encourages us to trust in God and to seek to understand the purpose of our trials, even if we cannot fully comprehend them.
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