Summary: A study of the book of Job 32: 1 – 22
Job 32: 1 – 22
Who Invited This Guy?
1 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God. 3 Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Job. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused. 6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are very old; Therefore I was afraid, and dared not declare my opinion to you. 7 I said, ‘Age should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.’ 8 But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. 9 Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice. 10 “Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me, I also will declare my opinion.’ 11 Indeed I waited for your words, I listened to your reasoning’s, while you searched out what to say. 12 I paid close attention to you; And surely not one of you convinced Job, or answered his words—13 Lest you say, ‘We have found wisdom’; God will vanquish him, not man. 14 Now he has not directed his words against me; So I will not answer him with your words. 15 “They are dismayed and answer no more; Words escape them. 16 And I have waited, because they did not speak, because they stood still and answered no more. 17 I also will answer my part, I too will declare my opinion. 18 For I am full of words; The spirit within me compels me. 19 Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent; It is ready to burst like new wineskins. 20 I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer. 21 Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone; Nor let me flatter any man. 22 For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.
Have you ever been involved in ‘Hospitality’? You know - let someone come and stay at your house for awhile. Or how about on a holiday invite someone over for a meal that probably has nowhere to go to. It is something the bible points out that Christians should do?
I think one thing that keeps us away for being hospitable is receiving an ‘unwanted guest’ that you ultimately cannot get rid of. Whether you are a hospitable and friendly person or not, sometimes you feel uncomfortable with unwanted house guests, don’t you? They will make you annoyed or even stressful. Therefore, how to get rid of unwanted house guests politely? In order to do this successfully, you need to gain some certain skills and tactics. He are a few that I came up with;
. Where a phony hearing aid
. Sing or whistle loudly on a consistent basis
. Turn the TV up real loud all the time
. Assign them chores
. Get a guard dog or a bunch of dogs that like to bark
. Constantly cook food that smells bad.
. Ask for advice in composing emails that ask how you get rid of bed bugs or lice
Begin a significant home renovation which begins in the room where they are sleeping
. Hide all the remotes
Apparently Elihu had come with the other three men but was not mentioned. He just kept quiet until now. We get use to thinking that three guys were the total amount of visitors because of the dialogue that went back and forth between them. To give you an example we believe that 3 wise men visited our Lord Jesus when He was an infant. Why do we think this? It is because of the gifts that were given which were in three categories – gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It could have been more kings in the group who gave duplicate items of the three mentioned gifts.
1 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God. 3 Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Job. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.