Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Job picture 12

A new man is born; the child within comes forth (a happy child?)

Job 32:6-8:
6 So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said:
"I am young in years,
and you are old;
that is why I was fearful,
not daring to tell you what I know.
7 I thought, 'Age should speak;
advanced years should teach wisdom.'
8 But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.

Edinger page 47: "Elihu is the young and fresh aspect of the psyche, the undeveloped function, the child, that which is closest to the unconscious." Things are looking up for Job; he's been in the pit; he's had this pitiful nightmare (Picture 11).
If that could be called the "dark night of the soul", then Elihu presages the dawn, a new day; like the AA person he hit bottom and started coming up.

In Job 33:14-18 Elihu points out that the pitiful dream is to "turn him away from evil doing and make an end of his pride".

"[14] For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
[15] In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
[16] Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
[17] That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
[18] He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword."

Elihu is in fact a 'Christ figure', a messenger from Heaven to welcome Job's recovery.

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