Elihu is a powerful speaker. You don’t know whether to cheer him on or question his intentions. The advice seems sound but he is insistent that job must have done something to warrant God’s actions. He claims that Job is arrogant against God. I can remember a time when Jenny (my wife) was dealing with an illness. A friend of ours forced her into a healing experience as he said it was the only way she would be healed. Neither Jenny nor I felt very good about this offer but didn’t want to be seen as people of little faith. After the laying on of hands and prayer, he asked her if she were healed. When she said no, he told her it must be because of unconfessed sin. His prayer would have worked if she were not such a sinner. Wow!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.