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30 August 2008

Elihu Syndrome?

Came across this in today's Scripture reading. Isn't it odd how Job's friend Elihu was absolutely right about what he was saying about God, but wrong in applying it to Job?

Look up into the sky,
and see the clouds high above you.
If you sin, how does that affect God?
Even if you sin again and again,
what effect will it have on him?
If you are good, is this some great gift to him?
What could you possibly give him?
No, your sins affect only people like yourself,
and your good deeds also affect only humans.
- Job 35:5-8 (NLT)

This is the same thing that we're prone to do when reading a Scripture and thinking, "Jeepers, so-and-so needs this word from the Lord (but I don't)." I've mentioned this syndrome before, and I think surely it's got to have a name.

(By the way, here's a great perspective-giving line from the above Scripture: "If you are good, is this some great gift to [God]?")

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