Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 36

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: A Young Man Answer Job (c 32-37)
Message: Elihu Speaks to Job (v 1-33)

Job 36 Commentary

(36:26) Elihu Speaks on the Depth of God - One theme in the poetic literature of the Bible is that God is incomprehensible. We can have some knowledge about him, for the Bible contains many details about who God is, how we can know him, and how we can have an eternal relationship with him. But because of our finite nature, we cannot know him completely. We can never know enough to answer all of life's questions (Ecclesiastes 3:11), to predict our own futures, or to see how all his purposes fit together. Life always creates more questions than we have answers for, and we must constantly go to God for fresh insights into life's dilemmas and the strength we need for each day (see Job, 37:19-24).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Trust and Obey

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 36. In our text today we see Elihu continuing to speak to Job and he brings up a relevant point for today in verse 26 of how we can know God but cannot truly predict what he is going to do in our lives. In making application, today, we have the Word of God and we can know who God is, and the principles of which He works. We don't know what he will do in the future. We are not promised tomorrow, nor do we know what a day will hold, we can only trust and obey Him. The Lord does have a plan for your life, He calls us into service, and will reveal His plan as time goes by but we must not speculate or delay in what he tells us to do. How about you? Do you follow the Lord's instruction? OR do you obey only on what you speculate He is doing in your life? Let us learn from our text today and Elihu who reminds us that the Lords ways are not our ways, we don't know what the future holds so we are to simply trust and obey the Lord.


Job 36

Job 36

 1Elihu also proceeded, and said,

 2Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.

 3I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

 4For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

 5Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

 6He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.

 7He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.

 8And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;

 9Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.

 10He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.

 11If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

 12But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

 13But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.

 14They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.

 15He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.

 16Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.

 17But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.

 18Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.

 19Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.

 20Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

 21Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

 22Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?

 23Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?

 24Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.

 25Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.

 26Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

 27For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

 28Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.

 29Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

 30Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

 31For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.

 32With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.

 33The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.