Jesus responded to the Pharisees' anger toward the children's praise of the Messiah and quoted from the Old Testament, "Have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise?'" (Matthew 21:16).
Elihu is the "babe" among Job's friends. As a youth respecting his elders, Elihu sits quietly by while Job and his friends exchange barbs. Finally, when everyone is silent, he speaks. He begins by stating that he is no different from Job and his friends, "Truly I am as your spokesman before God; I also have been formed out of clay" (33:6). Then he brings God front and center into the conversation by declaring that, "God is greater than man" (33:12), and that He speaks "in order to turn man from his deed and conceal pride from man" (33:17). He continues his discourse by exalting God:
Only eternity will reveal how hard and difficult things delivered us from doing grievous evil. Not bad theology from a young guy!
Describe Elihu's attitude toward Job's three friends (34:8).
Describe Elihu's attitude toward Job.
What truth about God's character does Elihu highlight to Job?
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