COMPENSATION

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Job-restored

REASSESSMENT

Job has endured death in his family, illness, poverty and insults.  Now God has ended his silence by speaking out of a tornado.  He got the attention of Job and his friends.  Job is finally brave enough to answer.

Then Job answered the LORD, and said,  I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.  Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.  Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.  Job 42:1-6

Job acknowledges that his words fall short of the wisdom of God.  He realizes that in seeing the tornado and in hearing the voice of God he is unworthy of more than listening.  He is humbled by the holy God and repents of his doubts.  God will answer his friends now too.

And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.  Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.  So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.  And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.  Job 42:7-10

So God addresses Job’s three friends with correction.  He sends them to Job to make offerings and to seek his prayer for them.  In an earlier chapter Job longed for someone to mediate between himself and God:

Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.  Job 9:33

In another Testament God will give the world a mediator, a perfect ambassador.  But for now God is asking Job to demonstrate, to be a shadow of the answer to come.  He will mediate for his friends.

But one friend of Job is not mentioned in this passage.  Elihu, the impertinent young man is not mentioned for this intercession prayer.  Perhaps we need to remember that not all reach the other shore.  In Revelation 12 tribes are sealed, but one is not among the original 12 sons of Jacob.  And one disciple of Yeshua will hang himself.

Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.  So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.  He had also seven sons and three daughters.  And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.   And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.  After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.  So Job died, being old and full of days.  Job 42: 11-17

So friends and family have come to restore Job’s good standing and prosperity.  When God speaks people may finally catch on.  Job’s new prosperity came when the community finally considered a little charity.  People had the means before, and now they had the motivation as well.  I am reminded of the Amish insurance plan.  If your barn is destroyed, the community has a barn raising.  When Yeshua returns to bless the earth with divine government he will find that we have had the means to make every suffering soul on earth prosperous.  We just don’t seem to have the hearing to make it happen…yet.

PERSPECTIVES

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MEASUREMENTS

By now Job and his friends know that God is speaking by the power of the tornado and of his voice.  They have nothing to say in the presence of the creator of the universe.  God checks to see if they are proposing to be his teacher.

Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,  Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.  Then Job answered the LORD, and said,  Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.  Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.  Job 40: 1-5

Who can feel righteous in the presence of God?  Job is humbled and will not step up to challenge God.  The Lord knows him and he knows his limitations as well.

Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?  Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.  Job 40  6-10

So God encourages him to intestinal fortitude and prepares some challenges.  So Job, can you prove yourself righteous by discrediting God?  If you have godly powers, dress yourself in glory and call your army!

Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.  Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.  Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.  Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.  Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.  Job 40  11-15

Job if you can defeat all the evil men on earth Then I, God, will admit that you can be your own savior.  But consider my huge beast behemoth too.  (We don’t know exactly what beast this was, but God had a lot of big creatures to point out.  Our art is the guess work of earlier artists.)

Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.  He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.  His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.  He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.  Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.  Job 40: 16-20

Is this an earthly beast we know, or some celestial being?  Perhaps there are life forms in the universe that we haven’t yet encountered.  At least we hope not to meet one in a dark alley!

He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.  The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.  Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.  He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.  Job 40: 21-24

Our image portrays God talking to the humbled Job and friends.  The beasts represent power that we can comprehend through the language.  Whatever they are they represent a power beyond the control of man.

Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?  Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?  Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?  Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?  Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?  Job 41: 1-5

The sea beast is not a game fish or a favorite pet.  One does not expect a gentle response from the creature being described.  This may not be a creature we know, but it is one we know better than to challenge.  Perhaps we can let these images represent the unknown forces of the universe that God created and which he considers his playground.  Let this chapter speak to us about being patient to learn and slow to anger with our God who knows a bit more about our destiny and purpose.  In this case Job will learn that his destiny was for the purpose of teaching us to hold our faith and to hold our peace with God.

ICONS

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WAR HORSE

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LOYAL POWER

God has taken over the conversation with Job now.  His friends have been silenced by the voice of God himself, and he challenges Job.  As we watched Israel and Judah slide into sin and captivity we witnessed the patience of God.  Now Job has been challenged to be patient with God.  Through all of these chapters we have seen Job cry for understanding while enduring horrible pain and loss.  He was hurting for a long time and he wanted to understand what God was allowing in his life.  God is about to let us know who is in charge.  Thus sayeth the Lord:

Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?  Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?  They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.  Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.  Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?  Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.  The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.  Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?  Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?  Job 39:1-10

Job, do you know the wild life that comes and goes around you?  What makes some free of servitude and how do they live without doing the work of man?  Do you have knowledge of what makes the world work for them?

Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?  Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?  Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?  Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,  And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.  Job 39:11-15

Is the unicorn your servant to care for you?  Or did you form the wings of the birds or left some lacking wisdom for their offspring?

She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her’s: her labour is in vain without fear;  Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.  What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.  Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?  Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. Job 39:16-20

If the ostrich is not made wise by God she lacks fear for her offspring and for her own safety.  Who formed the horse to be strong and fearless?  Can you challenge the courage of the mighty horse?  I have marveled that horses can be loyal to man even after they have been led into a war.  The movie “War  Horse” should make us marvel at their serviced to man.

He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.  He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.  The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.  He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.  He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting. Job 39:21-25

The war horse has gone with us into battle by divine design.  God has left them a place in scriptures long after the last cavalry charge.  They will be there for the unfolding of the book of Revelation.  God made a companion animal to carry man into the most horrible challenge of his life.  And the horse is also a gentle and loyal servant; does this reveal the genius of our creator and provider?  The form of the horse is not by accident, and it is a sign for us to understand our destiny.

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.  And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.  And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.  And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.   Revelation 6: 1-8

God has given honor to the horse and wisdom to man to understand the significance of this.  No part of creation is left to chance and God is the source of all wisdom.  The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, not our best imagination.

Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?  Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?  She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.  From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.  Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she. Job 39:26-30

Does man design creatures that soar as the hawks and eagles?  Is Job the creator of a great raptor that finds meat from great distances?  The creator has given the eagle a role in prophesy as the herald of his Messiah:

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.  Matthew 24: 27-28

It is nothing for us to wait faithfully if Job could endure for this revelation.  Every word of scripture of both Testaments is confirmed and fulfilled by faith.  Every piece of creation was designed to inspire our understanding and faith.  The word of God is alive and real, it is the living Messiah, Emanuel, God with us.  He speaks to us with power and mercy.  The scriptures are his voice, speaking for himself, alive and with us today.

While he was yet speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  Matthew 17:5

HE SPEAKS

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THEIR SHEPHERD’S VOICE…CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Elihu is the last of Job’s friends to speak against him.  He has gotten so absorbed in hearing his own voice that he didn’t notice another voice speaking.  If you don’t hear the still small voice he will speak up for himself.

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?  Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Job 38: 1-5

Elihu was talking about the power of God in the wind and rain but he wasn’t expecting to hear him coming in a tornado!  The Lord directed his answers to Job himself, not his friends.  He will get to them later though.  He challenges Job to tell where he was when God was building the earth.

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?  Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?  When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,  And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,  And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?  Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;  That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?  It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.  And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.  Job 38:6-15

Does Job know how God formed the earth, the seas, or the clouds?  Does he command the days or discover the evil men?  God promises to deliver their judgment; he is aware of them.  He challenges the men who questioned his ways.

Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?  Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?  Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.  Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,  That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?  Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?  Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,  Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?  By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?   Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;  Job 38: 16-25

Does Job know the source or depth of the oceans?  Does he know the place of death or darkness?  Could he be old enough to have seen it all?  Does he know the weather and weapons of his coming judgment?  So who made a way for the lightning and thunder?  I think this whole group is making a wide way for the talking tornado!

To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;  To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?  Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?  Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?  The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.  Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?  Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?  Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?  Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?  Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?  Job 26-35

Elihu made a little wind but God can make his own, and he can speak for himself.  God appearing in a burning bush was interesting, and a whirlwind is special for Job.  All these friends of Job thought they had considered the power of God until they saw and heard him in person.  He spoke from the tower of wind, and drew power from the far reaches of the universe.

Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?  Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,  When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?  Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,  When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?  Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat. Job 38: 36-41

Who could answer about feeding the lions or empowering the forces of nature?  All who heard this knew their imagination was far short of the power who spoke to them.  No one could speak of their own righteousness in his presence.  No one could question his.

THE SERMON

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HELLFIRE AND BRIMSTONE

Elihu the young friend of Job is convinced that Job has been punished for some hidden sin.  He is getting into preaching a fiery sermon which nature is beginning to join in on.  He ascribes to God the power to move the heavens to strike down the hypocrites.  In his zeal he is missing another voice that is rising around him; the real message of God.

At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.  Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.  He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.  After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.  God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.  Job 37:1-5

Elihu’s heart trembles because the skies are thundering, and he hears the noise of that voice.  Elihu is impressed, and he sees the lightning without considering that the God he speaks of is speaking now. 

For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.  He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.  Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.  Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.  By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.  Job 37:6-10

He goes on declaring the power of God even as it manifests around him.  How do I know this storm is happening as he speaks?  I cheated; I read the next chapter.  At my age I have read this several times, and it’s about time that I finally noticed what I was reading.  I need to hear what he is saying above what I am saying.  Elihu has spoken of the whirlwind, and it is becoming prophetic.

Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:  And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.  He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.  Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.  Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?  Job 37:11-15

So Elihu reveals that God sends the clouds of water and light to correct and cleanse.  He challenges Job to consider God’ works.  He asks if Job understands how the storms are powered and directed.

Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?  How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?  Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?  Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.  Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. Job 37:16-20

The works of God swirling around them now may have been much like the Arizona monsoon portrayed above.  Israel is a similar climate, and I know this was a spiritually motivated storm for them.

And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.  Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.  Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.  Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart. Job 37:21-24

Storms and the God who formed them are unknown to man, but Elihu insists that God will not afflict the righteous.  He warns that God does not respect those who think themselves to be wise.  Elihu has made a prophesy against himself.

What is worse than an open enemy?  A dishonest friend, because he steals trust and leaves injury.  At least Elihu makes his charges to Job’s face.  A worse neighbor is one who leaves an anonymous note or prank.  They lack the courage of honest face to face words.  Fear is not of God, but rather it is of Satan. 

POWER AND LIGHT

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WINDS OF CHANGE

Elihu is still trying to beat Job into submission with lies.  He presents himself as God’s spokesman.  God didn’t ask for his help though.

Elihu also proceeded, and said,  Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.  I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.  For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.  Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.  Job 36: 1-5

Suffer me a little?  Job has suffered from him a lot!  Elihu is going to fetch knowledge from afar…far out!  He is right about God being righteous though.

He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.  He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.  And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;  Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.  He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.  Job 36: 6-10

As Elihu says God has judged evil and promoted the faithful, but in his own time.  We do not have evidence of other’s failure just because they are enduring a trial.  And evil men do have fine things for a season.  The young man may be a bit impatient to see the end of things come out as promised.

If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.  But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.  But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.  They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.  He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression. Job 36: 11-15

Elihu expects all to be rewarded for their deeds while hypocrites will be punished.  He clings to this conviction that judgment is rendered in life, and that it is not withheld.  Faith can be a weapon to discourage the righteous if affliction is identified as a badge of sin.

Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.  But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.  Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.  Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.  Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place. Job 36: 16-20

To Elihu God would have delivered Job from punishment if he were innocent.  But Elihu speaks boldly to proclaim that Job is a sinner deserving punishment from God.  He warns Job to repent because God will not respect his wealth.

Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.  Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?  Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?  Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.  Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off. Job 36: 21-25

Elihu warns Job not to favor his sin because God is showing his punishment for this.  Our lives and works represent the Lord to the world around us.  The accusations of Elihu do not have basis in fact, so he does not slow down to consider a possibility of his error.  By attempting to do God’s role as judge Elihu has become the hypocrite that he has proclaimed doom on.  He is beginning to speak of things that might wake him to his error.

Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.  For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:  Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.  Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea. Job 36: 26-30

God makes the drops of water that become rain.  Rain falls on man and who can understand the clouds or the noise of thunder?  Elihu is talking about rain, is it because the weather is changing around them?

For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.  With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.  The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour. Job 36: 31-33

Elihu declares that God uses the rain to judge man as in Noah’s day.  He talks about the clouds that cover the light even as they are beginning to swirl around them.  He remarks on the sound of the thunder which would concern cattle and man alike.

Does it occur to Elihu that his lesson is getting some added drama from above?  Is he so absorbed in hearing his own voice that he does not consider the danger to himself of the growing lightening?  There are times when the zeal of a warrior may take one beyond the safety of his own lines.  God is beginning to issue a warning and correction for Elihu even as he has suggested that Job was experiencing.