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Leaning on a Bad Worldview

Job 33:13-22 :

Why do you strive against him,
because he doesn’t give account of any of his matters?
For God speaks once,
yes twice, though man pays no attention.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men,
in slumbering on the bed;
Then he opens the ears of men,
and seals their instruction,
that he may withdraw man from his purpose,
and hide pride from man.
He keeps back his soul from the pit,
and his life from perishing by the sword.

He is chastened also with pain on his bed,
with continual strife in his bones,
so that his life abhors bread,
and his soul dainty food.
His flesh is so consumed away that it can’t be seen.
His bones that were not seen stick out.
Yes, his soul draws near to the pit,
and his life to the destroyers.

Elihu's argument is that Job is wrong to ask God to tell him what's going on, because God has told him what's going on. It's just that he isn't paying attention. He then goes on to say that God gives visions in the night that have instructions. Perhaps Elihu is referring to the vision that Eliphaz told Job he had back in chapter 4. Perhaps Elihu is amazed that the others can't see that Job is simply not accepting God's word he gave Eliphaz in that vision. The problem is that the vision Eliphaz supposedly had, might not have been one from God at all. Just because a person has a vision, doesn't mean that it is from God.

Elihu also points to troubles as being instruction from God. He says that pain is when God chastens a person, but we already know, Job's trouble had nothing to do with being punished or corrected.

Elihu's view of both visions and troubles, was being filtered through his incorrect worldview that assumed that visions were from God and troubles were punishment. Neither of these assumptions were correct. The Bible tells us that we must test spirits to see if they are from God (See 1 John 4:1). It also tells us that troubles can come to us that have nothing to do with punishment or correction. When we allow the Bible to provide us with the basic assumptions that form our worldview, we think properly. A bad worldview can cause a person to feel confident when they should be afraid. Elihu was giving Job bad advice, thinking that his views were obvious.

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