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FRAMEWORKS: Job

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Context:

Because Elihu's speech covers six chapters, we provide this simple overview to help the reader see where they are in each chapter:

Ch.32: Introducing Elihu

Ch.33: God IS a Communicator

Ch.34: Job has got it wrong!

Ch.35: Misguided Questions?

Ch.36: God IS Just

Ch.37: God IS Supreme

  

FRAMEWORKS: Job 37: Elihu – Part 6 of 6: God IS Supreme

  

[Preliminary Comments: The previous chapter ended with Elihu extolling the works of God in the creation [36:26-33] and now to conclude this speech, he continues that in a way that seems to act as a prelude to what the Lord is going to say in the following chapters about His power in creation. Each section and subheading is sufficiently clear we do not have to add paragraph notes.]

 

 

v.1-5 The voice of the Lord is mighty on the earth within creation

   

v.1 “At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place. 

v.2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth. 

v.3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth. 

v.4 After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back. 

v.5 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. 

 

  

v.6-13 He's only got to bring rain, ice, or snow to bring all activity to a halt

  

v.6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.' 

v.7 So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor. 

v.8 The animals take cover; they remain in their dens. 

v.9 The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from the driving winds. 

v.10  The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. 

v.11 He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them. 

v.12 At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them. 

v.13 He brings the clouds to punish people, or to water his earth and show his love. 

 

   

v.14-16 Do you know, Job, how He does this?

 

v.14  “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders. 

v.15 Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? 

v.16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? 

 

 

v.17-20 Can you do this, can you tell Him what to do?

 

v.17 You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind, 

v.18 can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze? 

v.19 “Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness. 

v.20 Should he be told that I want to speak? Would anyone ask to be swallowed up? 

 

  

v.21-24 Like the sun His splendour is too bright to look at; worship Him

   

v.21 Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean. 

v.22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty. 

v.23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. 

v.24 Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?”

 

 

[Concluding Comments: As an almost perfect transition passage between the arguments and declarations that went before and the strength and power of what follows, this chapter prepares the way for us. As a declaration by this young man to conclude his ‘presentation' it says to Job what he had declared to Job before: “How great is God—beyond our understanding!” and that will be the gist of the following chapters spoken by the Lord Himself.]

      

      

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