5.30 Job 35-37

Stephanie Hinsch


Job 35-37

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
These 3 chapters are the continued response of Job’s friend, Elihu the Buzite. During
his speech, Elihu gives detail about how God brings about justice and then discusses
how powerful God is. Elihu is defending God and his right to do what he wants, and
he continues by asking Job, ‘who are we, as humans to question God and His
actions?’ He does this by asking what can humans possibly give him (35:7) and if we
can explain how God makes any of his creation function. During his speech, Elihu is
defending God but he never gives any real answers to any of Job’s previous
questions about his suffering.

What is one key verse?

“‘Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him? No one can tell him what to
do, or say to him, ‘You have done wrong.’ Instead, glorify his mighty works, singing songs of praise. Everyone has seen these things, though only from a distance.“
Job 36:22-25

How does what you read change your vision of God?
These chapters humble me and help me to see more of God’s love and power. He is
the creator of everything and controls creation, yet he wants a relationship with his
own creation, people. It also helps me remember that through my sufferings, God is
still God. My circumstances in life, does not change who God is or creates any limit
to what his power can do. It may not provide answers as to ‘why’ things happen, but
it gives me comfort in knowing that God, the one that created everything, is with me.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
This scripture helps me put perspective into my own importance. It is humbling to
see that, as humans, we have no real power like God. It helps me remember during
hard times, instead of asking ‘why me?’, ask ‘why not me’. However, God is the one
that gives us importance and desires a relationship with us.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
Looking at scripture that describes a glimpse of God’s power helps me step out of
my own little world. I need to tell people about God’s power more and even talk
about my past sufferings as a way to reach out to people.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about

I see Jesus in these verses in the descriptions of God’s power. Jesus had the power to
step down from the cross; yet, he chose to die for our sins.

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