The Teacher is Silent During the Test

Job 34:29, “When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him?”

“Job had complained about God’s seeming inaccessibility (Job 23:3-9) and silence (Job 30:20), but Elihu reminded Job that God will accomplish his purposes on his terms, not man’s.

Job’s other three friends were from the East, an area known for the wisdom of man, and they had relied solely on their reasoning and presumptions to explain Job’s sufferings.

It is possible that Elihu (and perhaps others) had been there throughout the discussions between Job and his friends (Job 32:8, 9). Elihu identified God as a teacher (Job 35:10, 11), perhaps insinuating that Job’s afflictions were part of God’s teaching process. Elihu’s words were never condemned by God, as were those of Job (Job 38:2), Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (Job 42:7, 8).”

ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible Notes

Starting tomorrow, we will read how Jesus survived his severest testing. He went from being called “King” at his triumphant entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, to hearing the same people yell “Crucify Him.” Then he suffered unimaginable torment and died a cruel death. He conquered death and rose again.

If you are going through a trial…keep going. There is always resurrection in Christ.


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