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May 20 - Evening

"So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.

Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.

So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said:

‘I am young in years,
    and you are old;
that is why I was fearful,
    not daring to tell you what I know.
I thought, “Age should speak;
    advanced years should teach wisdom.”
But it is the spirit in a person,
    the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.
It is not only the old who are wise,
    not only the aged who understand what is right.
Therefore I say: "Listen to me;
    I too will tell you what I know."
I waited while you spoke,
    I listened to your reasoning;
while you were searching for words,
I gave you my full attention.
But not one of you has proved Job wrong;
    none of you has answered his arguments.
… I too will have my say;
    I too will tell what I know.
For I am full of words,
    and the spirit within me compels me;
inside I am like bottled-up wine,
    like new wineskins ready to burst.
I must speak and find relief;
    I must open my lips and reply.
I will show no partiality,
    nor will I flatter anyone.' "

- Job 32:1-21

Elihu Let's Loose His Words

Job’s three friends (now merely called “these three men” in the text) have given up on Job since he was convinced his suffering was not a fair reflection of his personal righteousness. In the rules of debate in the ancient world the silencing of Job’s three friends indicates a victory for Job, but this also makes room in the conversation for a younger man who apparently has been observing this debate, but had not engaged with his own words. The fact that this young man, named Elihu, had not spoken does not mean he has not formed an opinion.

Elihu enters late into this debate in a fury of anger aimed, first, at the subdued friends for having failed to formulate a substantial argument to defeat Job, and second, targeted at Job for choosing to slander the character of God in order to defend his own character.

Elihu had disciplined himself to remain quite so he would not interrupt the three older friends. (Allowing the elder person the honor of speaking first was a cultural standard.) But, even as Elihu held back his words they had been fermenting like wine in expanding wineskins ready to burst. Elihu is so focused on sharing what he perceives to be “the truth” that he guarantees two things: one, his words will show no partiality, so everyone standing against “the truth” will get rolled over in spite of their age, rank, afflictions or social standing; two, his words will not be used with an ulterior motive of manipulation by flattering either Job or his friends. Elihu guarantees that he says what he thinks and he means what he says. To the best of his ability Elihu is going to bless his friends (or, those who were his friends!) with the “absolute truth” according to Elihu.

Elihu then follows his introduction with four sections in his speech that basically state his understanding of “the truth” as this:
1. God uses both dreams and afflictions to teach people and attempt to turn them from wrong (32:6-33:33)
2. Without partiality or exception, God rules the world with justice (34:1-37)
3. Men cannot effect God with their sinful behavior, but neither can they manipulate God with their righteous behavior. (35:1-6)
4. God will disciplines men in order to lead them to deliverance (36:1-21).

Then before God interrupts in chapter 38 Elihu describes the glory and majesty of God with the image of a thunderstorm in chapter 37.
Spermologos (Gr) – “Babbler” (Eng) – Paul was called a spermologos in Acts 17:18 while he was in talking and teaching in the market place in Athens. This Greek word refers to a person who went around the market place picking up scraps of learning and philosophy. Spermologos originally meant "seed picker" to refer to birds that pick up grain and then to men who picked up scraps of food in the marketplace. It was a derogatory term meant to label Paul as a worthless teacher. Spermologos is the combination of sperma, meaning "seed" and lego, meaning "to say, to speak, to teach."
Do I allow others to speak and share their opinions? Do I consider that my ideas and my thoughts may be incomplete, one-sided, limited to my own experience,
warped by my own perspective or simply wrong?
I will pursue a greater understanding of the Truth.
I will not merely defend my present opinion.

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text


Improved understanding of love


Living holy lives

A view from the remains of the royal palace in the City of David looking over the Kidron Valley at the Mount of Olives. The southeast corner of the Temple Mount wall can be seen in the top left corner of the photo.
Map detailing Joshua 8, the covenant is renewed at Shechem

Someone to Quote

“All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures" - Sir William Herschel

Something to Ponder

Corresponding Creation Days
Day 1 and 4 = light
Day 2 and 5 = water
Day 3 and 6 = land

Day 1 - God divided the light from darkness
Day 2 - God divided waters above from those below
Day 3 - God separated land from water
Day 4 - God made lights in the heavens
Day 5 - God created life in the water
Day 6 - God created life on the land

Here’s a Fact

Luke records that a member of the Areopagus in Athens named Dionysius believed Paul's message of salvation and the resurrection of the dead. Eusibius, the church historian from around 300 AD, records that Dionysius was thefirst bishop of Athens when he quotes from the writings of another Dionysius (Bishop of Corinth) around 170 AD. (Details 1, 2) (Fragments of Dionysisu of Corinth here.)


When a king sits on his throne to judge,
    he winnows out all evil with his eyes."

- Proverbs 20:8

Coach’s Corner

Where you focus is where you excel.
What you work on is what improves.
When you spend time is when you start to care.

Jonah 4
New International Version (NIV)
Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion
But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”
But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”
“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”
10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
Psalm 41
King James Version (KJV)
41 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?
And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.
All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
10 But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.
13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
Psalm 42
King James Version (KJV)
42 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

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