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The book of Job is an interesting scripture I felt that it showed a lot about accepting evil and torture To me religion helps people deal with accepting these things Knowing God would later rebuke Job and his friends for things they said it was difficult to discern when to take what they said as gospel and what would incur Gods wrath Some of the points being made were difficult to follow This may be due to cultural differences or perhaps the Hebrew proved to be a challenge for the translators in conveying the thoughts of the speakers Or maybe it was just my own dullness Elihu remains somewhat of an enigma to me The Lord neither condemns nor approves what Elihu had to say There are times it seems he is saying the same thing as Jobs three friends that Job is suffering due to his sin for example when he says that Job adds rebellion to his sin 3437 I do see a major distinction between Elihu and the others in that Elihu focuses on Jobs suffering as a disciplinary expression of Gods grace as opposed to simply a punitive manifestation of Gods wrath I also see how Elihus reproach for Job to stand still and consider the wondrous works of God 3714 prepares Job for what is to follow when the Lord finally speaks Perhaps it best to say that Elihu serves as a transition between Jobs friends and the Lord himself presenting thoughts that will make it easier for Job to consider what the Lord Himself will actually say Despite its challenges I find the book of Job fascinating and filled with a lot of good for anyone studying religion Studying the book of Job we can learn of Christians perceptions of Gods power wisdom and sovereignty in the world we can see how men of God grappled with the question of Gods justice and we can observe that God
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