In Chapter 36 Elihu spoke to us about the wonders of God in complete contradiction to God’s attack on Job. Elihu ends his conversation in Chapter 37. He begins with several verses stating how wonderful and marvelous God is. He goes on to say that all aspects of weather (rain, snow, wind, etc.) are the direct cause of God.
“At His direction they swirl around over the face of the whole Earth to do whatever He commands them.” – Job 37:12
If we are to believe Elihu, God directly commands all weather. Thus tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, etc. are the direct result of God. All of the deaths and destruction caused by these events are the direct result of God’s actions. God choses to kill thousands of people each year through weather events. What a loving God the Bible describes. After a few more words on not being able to understand weather, Elihu says:
“Tell us what we should say to Him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.” – Job 37:19
People in Job’s time did not understand weather, so it makes sense at that time to think a God commanded weather. However, we know the cause of weather events today, proving the ‘God of the Gaps’ argument has been and will continue to be chipped away to nothing.
“The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in His justice and great righteousness, He does not oppress.” – Job 37:23
God’s justice and great righteousness? He does not oppress? Has God been just and righteous to Job? Has God been just and righteous to Job’s children and servants? Hardly. This is NOT a just and righteous God and the book of Job proves that.
Thus ends Elihu’s speech to Job and his three friends. Up next? God! God returns to speak for the first time since Job Chapter 2. Get your popcorn ready because this is going to be good!
Coming Soon: Job – Chapter 38: The Lord Speaks