In Job Chapter 35 Elihu tells us Job is wicked and therefore God won’t answer his pleas. Elihu is still not done speaking, so let’s see what he has to say in Chapter 36.
“Bear with me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said in God’s behalf.” – Job 36:2
Excuse me if I remain skeptical, but Elihu is now on his fifth chapter and has said nothing more than “Job is wicked, God is great, and God works in mysterious ways.”
“Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you.” – Job 36:4
Elihu is now describing himself as perfect in knowledge. Yet I thought only God was perfect? Man is always imperfect? This is a very odd verse that is supposed to justify Elihu’s comments, but to me, it just adds more questions to Elihu’s validity.
“God is mighty, but does not despise men; He is mighty, and firm in His purpose.” – Job 36:5
God doesn’t despise men? Really?!?!? Has Elihu paid any attention to Job’s plight? The death of Job’s livestock, servants, and children? The painful sores all over Job’s body? If that’s not God despising Job, I don’t know what is.
“But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction, He tells them what they have done—that they have sinned arrogantly.” – Job 36:8-9
Elihu is drunk or really has paid no attention to Job’s condition. Job is the one bound by chains and held fast by cords of affliction. Yet God has said not one word to Job, in direct contradiction to Elihu’s supposed perfect knowledge.
“If they obey and serve Him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.” – Job 36:11-12
This is more of the “good things happen to good people, bad things happen to bad people argument.” If you are suffering of some disease, for example, and you give yourself to God, you will live happily ever after. If not, you will die a horrible death. What if you do give your life to God and still die horribly? I guess you didn’t give enough of yourself over to God. God is never at fault. If things don’t work out perfectly, you are the one at fault. God is perfect. Man sucks. It’s the perfect excuse Christians use to explain away bad things in life.
“The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when He fetters them, they do not cry for help. They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines.” – Job 36:13-14
I guess I’m fated to die among male prostitutes! LOL!
“God is exalted in His power. Who is a teacher like Him?” – Job 36:22
I’m going to start by looking at anyone who hasn’t killed an innocent child. In my view, that’s the only criteria needed to be a better teacher than God.
“Who has prescribed His ways for Him, or said to Him, ‘You have done wrong?’” – Job 36:23
Um…me, and everyone else who thinks murdering innocent children is wrong.
“How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of His years is past finding out.” – Job 36:26
Again, if God exists and we don’t understand Him, He must work in mysterious ways. An ounce of critical thinking reveals the nonsense in that argument.
“Who can understand how He spreads out the clouds, how He thunders from his pavilion?” – Job 36:29
Meteorologists, for starters. Anyone with basic science knowledge can tell you how and why it rains/thunders. God isn’t needed to explain that.
“See how He scatters his lightning about Him, bathing the depths of the sea. This is the way He governs the nations and provides food in abundance.” – Job 36:30-31
Yes, God governs with fear as any good…er…horrible parent does. 🙂
To conclude this chapter, Elihu tells us several things about God that are in direct contradiction to the obviously clear plight of Job. Elihu then asks several questions that are all easily answerable with a tiny bit of critical thinking. Elihu has one more chapter in him before God finally speaks! Yes, at long last, God is about to speak!!!
Coming Soon: Job – Chapter 37: Elihu Finishes