You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
10 Therefore hearken [shama`] unto me, ye men ['enowsh]
of understanding [lebab]: far be it [chaliylah] from God ['el], that he
should do wickedness [resha`]; and from the
Almighty [Shadday], that he should commit iniquity
10 'Therefore, listen to me, you
men of understanding. Far be it from God
to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong. NASB
'Men of understanding' means 'men of heart.' The Bible always refers to the heart as the
mechanism of the circulation of information in the soul. The Bible does not refer to the head or the
mind as the seat of that function. The
heart presents a clear and better reference to the pumping, the circulation action
of using what one knows, rather than just being a storehouse of 'mindless'
Now Elihu has stated that he has been listening to
everything that has been said by the four men.
That he wants to look at things objectively and not take sides. And to that end, he has misquoted Job and
misinterpreted Jobs words. And, now he
will seemingly go off into a stream of principles, which really have nothing to
do with Job or this conversation.
Most of what he has to say will be said correctly. But the relevance of his statements to the
current discussion isn't really there.
Kind of like the current political scene. Words are spoken in generalities, but lacking
substance and more often lacking relevance to anything in reality. They just sound good to anyone who listens to
them with mindless wonderment, instead of with discerning thought.
This is part of why the four men do not respond to
Elihu. He is simply itemizing scriptural
principles, but never making any point.
Elihu has misspoken Job. Now he asks a rhetorical question, 'Can God
do wrong? Can God pursue wickness? Is God a God of 'Do anything to anyone at
And the answer to those questions is, 'Of course not.'
God is perfect.
Gods is omnipotent. God is
omniscient. God is sovereign. God is veracity. God is righteous. God is justice. God is immutable. God is omnipresent. God is love.
God is eternal life.
Most folks get the 'love' part mixed up with the
emotion, but 'love' is a reference to the source and content of truth. Review the study in 1, 2, 3 Jn.
So the question.
Is God a god of haphazard thought and action? Is God a god of spontaneous reaction? Is God a god of reaction? Is God a god of indifference? Does God consider man as an inconvenience to
His existence? Does God do things
arbitrarily? Can God do anything
wrong? Does God cause harm to man for no
reason? And that last question is really
Elihu's point, and his subtle jab at Job.
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.