When You CanŐt Hold It In Any More

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction:

A. This lesson certainly is NOT going to be teaching that we should lose control of our tongues (Proverbs 21:23 and James 1:26).

1. Any corrupt communication is wrong (Ephesians 4:29).

2. Anger is not an excuse to run your mouth either (Psalms 37:8 and Ephesians 4:26).

B. With full control of our tongues (Proverbs 17:27-28), there are times when we have to speak up (Titus 1:10-14).

1. You canŐt be involved in a situation wherein someone is erring and not attempt to correct them (Galatians 2:11-17).

2. This must be measured with an understanding of when not to speak up (Proverbs 15:10 and II Timothy 2:23).


II. Body: Elihu had heard enough (Job 32:1-3).

A. Though Elihu had heard enough; he was respectful (Job 32:4-5).

1. He gave place to his elders (I Timothy 5:1-2).

2. Yet, there is a point wherein silence can be no more (Isaiah 58:1).

B. While Elihu respected his elders; he knew that aged men can be wrong (Job 32:6-12).

1. While older and righteous [at the start of this book; Job 1-2], JobŐs words were foolish (Job 3:1-4, Job 34:35-37, and Job 35:16).

2. JobŐs friends foolishly charged Job as a sinner being punished by God without considering that what Job was facing wasnŐt punishment (Job 8:6, Job 11:1-5, and Job 22:5-10).  *More on this later (Point C).

3. Older men should have had wisdom to share (Job 12:12).

4. Regardless of age, the one who uses GodŐs word to speak is going to be the one with the right words (Psalms 19:7, Proverbs 6:23, John 6:63, and II Timothy 3:15-17).

C. Elihu was answering, in part, so that these guys donŐt get away with their human reasoning that Job is wicked because heŐs suffering (Job 32:13-17).

1. ŇWoe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sightÓ (Isaiah 5:21)!

2. Even Job was falsely concluding that God was punishing him (Job 19:21).

3. We donŐt know GodŐs thinking (Job 37:14-24 and Romans 11:33-36) unless He tells us (I Corinthians 2:9-13).

D. When itŐs time to bustÉ (Job 32:18-22).

1. Your spirit is stirred (Acts 17:16-17).

2. Let your words be right (Proverbs 8:6-7).

3. DonŐt allow yourself to become a respecter of persons (James 2:1 and James 2:9).

4. DonŐt try to flatter people (Proverbs 26:28, and I Thessalonians 2:1-8).

5. Know that God is listening (Jeremiah 16:17, Jeremiah 23:24, and Hebrews 4:13).


III. Conclusion: There MUST be times when we cannot hold it in (Jeremiah 20:8-9).



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© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain.  Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  – Brian A. Yeager