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Monday, March 23, 2015
Bonus Reading, Job
Elihu's Defense of Youth
Today's reading offers the introduction of the first surprise speaker in the book of Job. Before God speaks out of the whirlwind, a younger man named Elihu arrives to chastise Job's three friends. Evidently, Elihu was a younger man. After deferring to his elders, he suggests their arguments for why Job has sinned against God are unproven. First, though, he argues that older does not always mean wiser. Sometimes the younger ones can understand and see the truth clearer than older people.