Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Job picture 12
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".
" For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
 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.