Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
The first two chapters of Job set the stage of Satan’s roll in stealing, killing, and destroying in the Job’s life. From chapter three through chapter 31, we behold the two-way debate in attacking, accusing, defending, and self-justification of Job and his three friends. At that point, when Job and his friends ceased their verbal dueling, a heretofore personality comes on the scene. Apparently, he had been there as an observer all along. His name was Elihu. He had become angry with Job because of his self-justification, and his friends because of their ceaseless condemnation that accomplished nothing. He became the forerunner for God in this scenario with Job.
Being younger than Job and his friends, Elihu had shown respect for them by not interrupting their debate. But when he did speak, he wasted no time coming directly to the point. He said, “Great men are not always wise, neither do the aged understand judgment.” This was a cunning way of telling them they were unwise and without understanding. He said to them with cunning words that he was fed up with all their useless words, empty, non-effective words. And then for five uninterrupted chapters, Elihu stood in the role of the “daysman,” (mediator, intercessor) Job had sought. He declared himself to be in communication with the Lord, and that what he said would be wisdom with understanding. Job 33:14 shows how closely Elihu was listening and being made aware by the Lord of what to say. As you read chapters one and two, you see that Jehovah had spoken on two occasions concerning Job. The words of Job 33:14 still ring so true today as it relates to how Christians generally read Job and miss the great truth he (Elihu) spoke. God had spoken twice in the opening chapters, but did not speak after Job and his friends began their discourse until they completely ceased, and Elihu, speaking for the Lord, spoke into the matter.
There is a great lesson to take from this. Later we will see how Job is a perfect picture of what has happened to the church, especially since 9/11. In the chapters of Elihu’s speaking, no one interrupted. Elihu held the stage. It was only when Elihu had finished speaking that the Lord spoke into the matter once again. The lesson we should learn is this. In times when men have rejected the wisdom of God for their own miniscule, diminutive intellectual attempts that lead to believing and embracing outright lies, men, as never before, need to hear from the Lord. But until they have heard from a man (or men) the message sent by the Lord, they will not hear from the Lord. Now is the time for the voice(s) of Elihu.
Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job