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;
Once again today I want to deal with the man of God, Elihu, who set the stage for Job and his friends to hear from God. Likewise, I want to put you in remembrance of a statement I made yesterday. If you want to hear from God, especially when the atmosphere in which you live is a defiant, argumentative, self-seeking, self-justifying atmosphere such as that we live in today, you must first hear from the man of God. In the Job scenario, they desperately needed to hear from the Lord, but before they could hear from the Lord, they needed to have their ears prepared by first hearing from the man of God, Elihu.
We have already discovered how closely Elihu was connected to the Lord in being able to hear and understand what we see plainly recorded in the narrative, but sadly, so often missed, overlooked, or even disguised by the traditions of men that make the Word of God of none effect (Matthew 15:6; Mark 7:13). Elihu saw through the traditions of men, and did not overlook the things God had said and revealed in the opening chapters. His words were strong, insightful, accurate, truthful, and correcting. Because Job and his friends listened to the words of Elihu, they were prepared to hear the voice of God when He began to address them at the close of Elihu’s reproof, rebuke, and instruction.
It is the close of Elihu’s words that we address today. In Job 37:23-24, Elihu said, “Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.” His closing words to Job and his three friends cleared up all their debate based on their thinking that God was doing all this to Job; that it was God Who was doing the afflicting. Look closely at Elihu’s words. He said of God that He was “excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice.” God was not lacking in any of the things so often addressed by Job and his friends. The Elihu spoke four words that should resound in our hearing today. I’m sure these words were like arrows shot from the bow of a master bowman, hitting the center of the target. Elihu said of God, “He will not afflict.” Do you see that? All along, Job and his three friends thought it was God Who was afflicting Job. They were sense ruled, and tradition saturated. But these words unlocked the prison of their minds that held them captive. Hearing these words, they were finally ready to hear what God had to say to them personally.
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