Treasures from the Tanakh

A weekly Torah lesson with Ira Michaelson broadcast live on Truth2U with Jono Vandor


In this week’s episode of Treasures from the Tanakh we continue our study of the book of Job. This week we have the first speeches of the mysterious character Elihu. Unlike Job’s friends, he does not deal with Job as an unrepentant sinner, but as one who has sinned in his attitude toward G-d. Job has been looking for a mediator, and he may have finally found one.

“If there be for him an angel, a mediator, one of the thousand, to declare to man what is right for him, and he is merciful to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom. “– Job 33:23-24

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This week in Job 32 we introduce the mysterious stranger Elihu. He has been waiting in the wings, until the friends of Job and Job have finished their debate. Now, unable to restrain himself any longer, Elihu brings an answer to Job that none of his friends could. Instead of berating Job and speaking of his wickedness, he instead chooses to bring glory to G-d, and rebukes Job for thinking that he is somehow more right than G-d.

I also will answer my part, I too will declare my opinion. For I am full of words; The spirit within me compels me! – Job 32:17-18

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In this week’s episode of Treasures from the Tanakh, Ira & Jono discuss Job 31. We discuss the contrast between Job 31 and the previous chapters, as prior, Job declares all that he is done in his position of influence. However, in this chapte he begins to list all of his moral qualities, and then lists the punishment that would occur had he actually failed in this area of morality. The question is, did Job in his influnence perform out of obligation, or from a burning love for G-d that permeated his being? Does not he see my ways and number all my steps? If I have walked with falsehood and my foot has hastened to deceit; Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity! – Job 31:4-6

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In Job 30, Ira Michaelson and Jono Vandor discuss some significant verses and contrast it with other verses in Tanakh, and those brought by Christianity. “And now my soul is poured out because of my plight; The days of affliction take hold of me. My bones are pierced in me at night, And my gnawing pains take no rest.”

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