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Bibliotheca Sacra 97 386 Apr 1940 211 16 Copyright 1940 by Dallas Theological Seminary Cited with permission Job and the Nation Israel 211 JOB AND THE NATION ISRAEL Third Study Face To Face With The Lord By CHARLES LEE FEINBERG TH D Concluded from the January March Number 1940 The Book of Job reveals a victory but it is not the victory of man s remarkable reasoning nor the victory of superior argumentation but the blessed victory of faith 13 15 This triumph was not won in a moment nor by one leap but in definite and progressive stages When the last words of Job are given in chapter 31 his friends are still of their opinion and Job is still of his conviction The problem is deadlocked as it were The argument of the book is summarized in 32 1 3 So these three men ceased to answer Job because he was righteous in his own eyes Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite of the family of Ram against Job was his wrath kindled because he justified himself rather than God Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled because they had found no answer and yet had condemned Job Then Elihu comes preparing the way for the words of the Lord which follow We take his words as appropriate because the Lord utters no rebuke of him later In a sense he is the answer to Job s burning desire that he might have a Daysman mochiach lit an umpire arbiter to stand between God and himself 9 33 The burden of Elihu s several addresses is 1 God is infinitely and eternally greater than man in power In view of this it behooves man to be in a place of submission before his Creator 2 God is infinitely greater than man in wisdom He has no need to detail His ways and plans to man even if man could understand them 33 13 Man does best when he awaits God s solution which He alone can give and will give when it pleases him 3 God is infinitely greater than man in righteousness Far be it from God that he should do wickedness and from the Almighty that he should 212 Bibliotheca

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