Truths and Half-Truths
Job 35-37 Dear, dear Elihu, you know much, but you know so little. Both are true; he knows much about God and reminds Job and us to magnify the Lord. So far, so good. However, he tarnishes what he knows with words that show his weakness in truth. I still have words to speak on God’s behalf. OUCH! Is this how we speak? Is this what we say? “With my knowledge I will speak comprehensively,” Another OUCH! This again sounds rather like the Pharisee of Luke 18 again. As to truths and half-truths: the Almighty–we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power. Clearly, Isaiah corrects that thinking: seek the Lord while he may be found, call to Him while He is nearby. Yet, Elihu has not had Isaiah to read and correct his thinking, yet if he is all-knowing as he surmises, he should have known that.
How often do I/we presume to speak for God? Elihu is a reminder to not assume where we have no firsthand knowledge.