Job 32:12-22 “The Spirit Within Me Constraineth Me”

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Job 32:12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
Job 32:13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
Job 32:14 Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
Job 32:15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
Job 32:16 When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)
Job 32:17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
Job 32:18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
Job 32:19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
Job 32:20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
Job 32:21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
Job 32:22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

Introduction

We have learned in our studies that “Man shall… live by every word of God” simply means that we are all “the first man Adam”, and we must live out our own “the first man Adam” by “bearing the earthy” before we “bear the heavenly”.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Both “the earthy” and “the heavenly” are inevitable. It is going to happen. This book of Job is about bearing the image of the earthy before “we… also bear the image of the heavenly”. Indeed, that is the message of “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”, and that is what our Lord is telling us when we read that we must “live by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Mat 4:4).

Like Adam, Job is a figure of who we are and what God is doing with us. So we must all come to know who Job is before his trial began while God had Satan hedged out of Job’s life. Only then will we know who Job is in the midst of his trial. But we must also come to know who Job is while he is in the midst of his trial, losing all of his ten children, and losing everything in this world he had worked so hard to acquire, and then being taunted mercilessly by his “inward friends”. Only after that can we know the Job who finally was granted to see the “corruption” which is flesh, and then to be able to say with deep conviction:

Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

We cannot know the Job who was given double all his possessions and had his family replaced and was given the blessing of being the means by which his “miserable comforter… friends” were received by God until we have known the first Job, “the first man Adam”. Notice the order in which all this is accomplished:

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
Job 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

Verse six demonstrates that Job had not always “spoken of me that the thing which is right”. Indeed he has spent all his time ‘reproving, contending with, and condemning God’ for making Himself Job’s enemy while, at the same time, blessing those who are less righteous than he. That is what we all do when we are first placed into Job’s position. Accepting God’s ways simply does not come to us naturally.

But in the end God deals with Job first, then it is through Job that He deals with Job’s friends.

Here is how the order of things in Job 42:7-8 is described for us in the book of Revelation:

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

In other words, God’s elect, who are being judged in this age, are the door of God’s temple through which Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, who typify all who are to be cast into the lake of fire, will be brought into the presence of God. The door to the tabernacle of God consisted of five pillars at the east end of the tabernacle.

Exo 26:36 And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.
Exo 26:37 And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

So just as our Lord is our ‘door’ into the temple of God, Christ will make all who are granted to be in that “blessed and holy first resurrection” (Rev 20:6) to be the door, or “a pillar”, in His temple. But if we are to have any hope of being in that “blessed and holy first resurrection”, we must first see ourselves as Eliphaz, Bildah, and Zophar, who are nothing more than Job himself before God took down the hedge He had around Job and before He sent Satan to try Job. We cannot have any vestige of the spirit of the Pharisee who thought that he was not “as other men” and who looked down on the lowly publican. That is the same spirit which had Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar looking down on Job because of His trial. That is also the very same self- righteous spirit which caused Job to say that the fathers of Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar were “viler than the earth… [ and unworthy] to sit with the dogs of his flocks”. Job made that statement even as he protested to them that if their souls were in his soul’s stead he would comfort them.

Job 16:4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
Job 16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

Of course those words only serve to demonstrate how blind indeed Job was to the sin that was his self- righteousness. God is going to great lengths to demonstrate to us just how insidious is the spirit of self righteousness in all who are in Adam. How could Job assuage the grief of His friends while he himself believed that one’s righteousness was of himself, and that one’s own righteousness obligated God to bless him? Here it is right from Job’s own mouth. Remember, Job is me and you:

Job 10:2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
Job 10:3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
Job 10:4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
Job 10:5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man’s days,
Job 10:6 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
Job 10:7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.

Job’s words in Job chapter ten prove that his words in chapter 16, where he tells his friends that he would comfort them if they were in his stead, are not true. Job 10 proves that before his trials Job was spiritually nothing more than Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. These words of Job prove, to all who have eyes to see, that we all, Job himself included, are first Job’s miserable comforters before God takes down His hedge and sends Satan to try us.

That is also why, in last week’s study, we saw that Elihu was right there all along with Job and His friends. He was there all along to demonstrate to us that we are there all along and that we are all first that Pharisee who looks down upon the lowly publican before we are humbled and can see ourselves as “chief of sinners”; before we see ourselves as that lowly publican.

Luk 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Luk 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luk 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

So Elihu represents those who are being judged now so as to become the fire that is “the lake of fire”.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

The story of Job is the story of “judgment… begin[ ning] at the house of God”. It is the story of “the fiery trial which is to try [ us]”. God has now prepared Job to begin to see and to hear why He counts Job’s “old… first man Adam” to be His enemy. Job is now at last able to receive the revelation he has been asking God to give him. Remember Job’s request:

Job 10:2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore [ Old English for ‘why’] thou contendest with me.

Job has now been conditioned by God to receive Elihu’s words. This is not yet true for Eliphaz and company, or God would not have to tell them to go to Job and ask Job to pray for them.

Since God does send them to Job as their door to Him, it follows that those three men considered Elihu to be nothing more than a presumptuous usurper of their position. There are some modern commentators who feel the same toward Elihu. Here is the assessment of the author of Halley’s Bible handbook concerning the words of Elihu. Let us examine ourselves and be careful that this judgmental, self- righteous spirit is not within any of us:

“Job had silenced the three friends. Elihu was angry at them, because they were too dumb to answer Job. And he was angry at Job because Job seemed to him to be righteous in his own eyes, and justified himself rather than God. And now it is Elihu’s turn to tell them a thing or two. And was he conceited? Let all the earth keep silence: Elihu is about to speak.”

Job 32:12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
Job 32:13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar had brought grievous, completely untrue accusations against Job, assuming, as we all do to begin with, that it was Job’s ways, not his self- righteous composition, which necessitated the wrath of God being poured out upon Job. Eliphaz, in his last discourse was especially offensive:

Job 22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
Job 22:2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
Job 22:3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
Job 22:4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
Job 22:5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
Job 22:6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
Job 22:7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
Job 22:8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
Job 22:9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
Job 22:10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;

The concept of God working all things after the counsel of His own will was foreign to Eliphaz and to Job. The concept of self- righteousness being offensive to God is also foreign to any of these men but Elihu. It is also foreign to the natural man within us all. We all want to be in control of our own lives. We want to be responsible for both God’s blessings and His curses. We want to believe that God is reacting to us, not us being caused to do the things we do because there is a “law of sin” innately working in our members. The fact of this matter is that God, by sustaining that “law of sin within [ our] members, causes us to sin so that we need a Savior. This is what the scriptures teach us from Gen 1:1 to Rev 22:21. Here are but a few of many such scriptures which reveal that God is sovereign over all good and all evil:

Gen 45:8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man [“even the wicked”], and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Pro 20:24 Man’s goings [ Good or evil] are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.
Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

These verses all express the force of Elihu’s message when he tells Job and his friends, “God thrusteth him down, not man.” It was not Job who caused God to thrust Job down. That was all “written in [ God’s book of Job’s life] … even the days ordained for [ him] before there were any of them”.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

Job had to live what had already been “written in [ God’s] book… the days ordained for [ him], when as yet there [ were] none of them”, just as surely and for the same reason any blind man must be born blind. It is written in God’s book in advance, and it must be lived out. So the words of Christ’s apostles when they ask Him why a man was born blind typify how we all think before God opens our eyes to know of His sovereign hand within all the affairs of men. They too, thought mankind’s actions were the deciding factor determining how God deals with each of us, instead of God’s sovereign will for mankind.

Joh 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

As with all things, we cannot at first accept or understand that our Lord’s words apply to anything beyond this particular case of this particular blind man. But such is not the case. Christ’s words concerning this blind man apply to all men of all time. It is He who tells us this is so:

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Here are our Lord’s words in answer to His disciples question concerning why this man was born blind. This is the reason for all the evil which has ever been, or ever will be, experienced by mankind:

Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Christ is not saying that this man and his parents had never sinned. What He is telling us is that the sins they committed are not the reason for this man’s affliction.
Joseph make this same point concerning the evil His brothers perpetrated upon him. He puts it in these words:

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it [ the evil done to Joseph] unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Gen 50:21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

As Christ makes clear in this very same 9th chapter, denying that we ourselves are born in blindness and sin, by His design, keeps us in our blind and sinful state.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Joh 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Joh 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

So Christ is telling us that when we think that our righteousnesses or our sins necessitate His actions, then we have the cart before the horse, and that the Truth is “that [ it is] the works of God”, which necessitate that we must be born blind, and err from His ways because of our blindness. Only after we come to understand that God is working all things after the counsel of His own will, can we be delivered from the blindness and the lie which teaches us that our good works or our sins are our own works, and are independent of His sovereign hand.

The scriptures teach that God causes us to err. The scriptures teach us that our sins are not of ourselves. The scriptures teach that God makes men evil and they never ever, teach that man makes himself evil! The fact is that the scriptures have always taught us that Adam’s sin, and our sins are not of ourselves but are the sovereign work of a God who is “work[ ing] all things after the counsel of His own will”.

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

While we are here in James, we will deal with a couple of verses which has been greatly misused, twisted and abused in an attempt to make our own will more powerful then God’s own will, Christ or His cross. Here are those two verses:

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Is it Biblically true that God does not tempt any man? Nearly every translation, besides the King James version, catches the proper meaning of the Greek words of this verse. Here is how that verse is properly translated in the American Standard Version:

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man:

“He [ God] Himself” does not do the tempting. This book of Job, in the first two chapters clarify what James is saying. When God “put[ s] forth His hand” He tells Satan “put forth thine hand”, demonstrating that Satan himself is God’s hand. God Himself did not tempt Job, yet God had Job tempted and tried by Satan.

Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

The Greek word translated ‘he’ in this verse is ‘hautou’. and this is how Strong’s defines this word:

G848 αυτου hautou how- too’ Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation): – her (own), (of) him (- self), his (own), of it, thee, their (own), them (- selves), they.

Here is but one of many examples of how this word is so translated elsewhere in the New Testament:

Joh 9:21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself [ Greek, hautou].

So James can truthfully say “He Himself tempteth no man”.
So is it true that we are tempted only because of “[ our] own lust]?

Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

“[ Our] own lust” is ‘our own lust’ in the same sense that we “work out [ our] own salvation”

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Do we “work out our own salvation? Yes, in the same sense that we “[ are] drawn away of our own lust”, and this is the sense in which that is done by us. It is explained in the very next verse:

Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Job 32:13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

Even Job on his own was not self- righteous. God was working that in him.

Job 32:14 Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
Job 32:15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.

God has prepared Job, but not his friends, to receive His words via His witness, Elihu. God has given his elect, typified by Elihu, the wisdom to understand that He really has made all things for His own pleasure, even the wicked within us all for the day of evil within us all. For this to be true He has to be in complete control of even our very thoughts, causing us to err from His ways, and hardening our hearts from His fear, before he then causes us to accept his sovereign will for our lives. When Elihu says “Neither will I answer him with your speeches”, he is telling them that he understands God’s sovereign hand in Job’s life and trials; that will be the basis of his arguments.

Job 32:16 When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)
Job 32:17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
Job 32:18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.

Elihu represents the witness who Job is becoming. He is the Old Testament type of those who have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Elihu is the Truth that comes to us only after we have been victimized by the lies of the accuser. This witness never comes to us until we have heard and lived out the self- righteous lives written in our books, followed by the chastening work of God’s grace within the lives of all who are ordained to come to God:

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching [ Greek, paideuo, chastens] us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

God has chastened Job. As the Old Testament type of us, Job is now “at [ his] wits’ end” and is now prepared to be brought “to [ his] desired haven” and be shown what God has been doing in his life all along:

Psa 107:25 For he [ God] commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Elihu tells us this of himself:

Job 32:18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.

What constrains us all to stand with and walk with Christ is the fact that His spirit is within us, and that spirit is “the testimony of Jesus Christ”, and that “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” which “constrains [ us]” to share that testimony “of all the things we [ see]”.

Here is the revelation of Elihu in the book of Revelation:

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Rev 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Rev 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

It is “the testimony of Jesus” which is in type “fill[ ing Elihu, and] constrain[ ing him]” to witness to the Truth he has been given. So it is with all in whom “the testimony of Jesus” has been placed. We may at times tire of that witness, but it cannot be contained within, and it will in time come forth from within.

Job 32:19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
Job 32:20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

Here is the same experience as it was expressed by the prophet Jeremiah:

Jer 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

The story of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem is but a type and shadow of those who were yet to be converted and would indeed proclaim Christ to be their King, and would be willing to stand and to walk in His footsteps. Here is what Christ says of those who must speak of “His wonderful works to the children of men” (Psa 107:21-31).

Luk 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Neither Christ, nor His Christ, can contain themselves, when God sends them to speak on His behalf:

Joh 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Those who are ordained to preach and to teach must do so:

1Co 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
1Ti 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

Christ within us gives His words freely to all who are granted to receive them. Christ within us does not budge on His words. Christ within his people is not a respecter of persons and is not impressed with the status of the wealthy. Those in whom Christ dwells never reject the poor or give them any less of their time and efforts.
This is Elihu’s prayer as the type and shadow of those in whom Christ dwells as His witnesses:

Job 32:21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
Job 32:22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

God wants us to know Him, and as we do so, to become who He is as He reveals Himself to us in His Word:

Lev 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Deu 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
Deu 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift [ Hebrew, bribe]: for a gift [ bribe] doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
2Sa 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
Isa 65:5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Mat 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Mat 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

Act 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

To fail to listen closely to these words would cost us the removal of our candlestick, and we would be guilty of swapping our birthright for a mere bowl of pottage. “I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.”

Here are the verses we will cover in next week’s study:

Job 33:1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
Job 33:2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
Job 33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Job 33:5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
Job 33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
Job 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
Job 33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
Job 33:10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
Job 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
Job 33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
Job 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
Job 33:14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
Job 33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Job 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
Job 33:17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

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