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In Case You Missed It -- Job 36-37, Psalm 123

Elihu reverts to some basic health-and-wealth concepts about God’s justice in today’s discourse (Job 36:6-9). This should cause the reader to wonder, one last time, why Elihu isn’t rebuked by God in the end. I argue that Elihu demonstrates mistaken ideas about God in some particulars, but he is enchanted with God’s total splendor.

Elihu, as opposed to Job’s three other friends, talks not as a detached speculator about God’s majesty and power, but speaks as a worshipper. As Elihu calls Job to, “stop and consider God’s wonders” (Job 37:14), we see that Elihu loves the God responsible for, “spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze” (Job 37:18). Elihu has a few mistaken ideas about God, but he does not fail to revere and love God. As we will see, God will indirectly correct some of Elihu’s theology.

In the meantime, it is important to consider the relationship between love and knowledge with respect to God. They both are necessarily linked, but I would argue that the one who genuinely loves God will be consistently filled with greater knowledge about God. This is so because love must pursue greater knowledge about one’s beloved. However, it is very possible for someone to have knowledge about God without having love for Him. Considered in such light, may we avoid the danger of disinterested or dispassionate responses to God.

Jeremiah Vaught