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6 Behold, I am according to thy wish [peh] in God's ['el] stead: I also am formed [qarats] out of the clay [chomer].
7 Behold, my terror ['eymah] shall not make thee afraid [ba`ath], neither shall my hand ['ekeph] be heavy [kabad] upon thee.
6 'Behold, I belong to God like
you; I too have been formed out of the
clay. 7 'Behold, no fear of me should
terrify you, Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you. NASB
Earlier, Job had expressed his fear that if he had to
appear before God, Gods overpowering presence would be so intimidating that he
would lose all concentration. He would
simply be overwhelmed by Gods essence.
Life itself would overwhelm him.
But here Elihu, in his youth, modesty and humility,
states that he will speak the words of God, though he is not God, but will not
be so intimidating as God, because he is man, mere man, a mere pinch of clay as
Elihu takes the position of mediator stating that he
will speak the truth, though he is mere man. The truth makes him equal with God
in words, and the clay makes him equal with man in essence.
Where the age and experience and wisdom of man have
failed in the three friends, now Elihu hopes to take up the slack with his
youth and humility and truth of his own understanding.
Interesting enough, and though this representation is
not actually stated in the context of the book, Elihu has placed himself in the
position of the savior by implication.
Being simultaneously both equal with God and man, as well as placing
himself in front of man (Job in this case) such that man can have his say
without fear, without being intimidated, feeling as though he is on the same
level as those who are hearing him.
Being formed out of clay, Elihu makes it very clear
that man should never fear man. This clay is actually a pinch out of the same
batch. All of humanity came from the
same origin. We did not evolve from
separate historical batches or origins.
We did not evolve out of unrelated origins.
All of humanity came from the same source. We are all clay vessels and we are all bound
by the same constraints inherent with our physical limitations. One human being is not better nor worse than
another, as far as their human characteristics are concerned. There are no super humans, no superior humans
and so forth.
We are all conceived in the same manner, born in the
same manner, assembled in accordance with the same template for life, grow up
in the same manner, and of course we will all leave this world in death.
Only man invents or imagines himself as better than
Likewise, man should not fear God, as God gives
everyone a fair and honest hearing.
Fear comes from the lack of confidence. Confidence comes from practice, preparation,
experience, even education. When you
lack these, then fear arises out of the uncertainties of the unknown or
anticipated results of something.
Don't study, don't practice, don't prepare for
something and the results you anticipate or hope for, tend to make you uneasy,
fearful, filled with anxiety and so forth.
However, repeated studies, repeated training, repeated
practice brings results that are consistent with your preparation and that
produces confidence. You know it, you
have done it, and therefore you become confident because you have already
This principle applies to life and this principle also
applies to your relationship with God.
Elihu tells Job, that he should not fear this
confrontation, because he is an equal and truth cannot intimidate he who is on
And so too, life should be viewed in the same
way. Job is under tremendous suffering,
but truth is on his side. His suffering is merely an experience, an adventure
through which he is presently traveling.
Man is on the one side and fear of man should be non-existent. On the other side is God and confidence in
God is a result of spiritual preparation.
The Savior, Jesus Christ is equal with both God and
man. Jesus Christ controls history.
Therefore, under these conditions, aligning ones self
with Christ through a consistent daily Bible study, then there is nothing in
existence that one should be afraid of, because training produces preparation,
With advancement to spiritual maturity then, the
experiences of life eventually present themselves as proof of this truth.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.