Saturday, November 3, 2007

Job's Interaction with God

So I wanted to write something really good and deep, because it’s been a while since I’ve really written anything, but I decided that I can’t say what I want to say any better than the Maker Himself has said.

To give a little context, Job was a well-known man in his city, had a large family and numerous assets, and then lost it all because God spoke of him to Satan. God said, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is not like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” Satan responded by saying that God had protected Job, and if He removed His protection, Job would curse God. God then allowed Satan to afflict Job.

Job never cursed God, but he did question (raise accusations against) Him and request his own death. After Job’s friends attempted to counsel him, God answered Job out of a storm (whirlwind) and said the following (and oh, so much more!):
Job 38:3 Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

Job 38:4, 6, 12, 16, and 18 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths? Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.

Job 38:31, 33, 36–38 Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth? Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart? Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven, when the dust hardens in clumps, and the clods cling together?
Oh, if I could quote the rest, and chapter 39 too! God mentions His love for and control over the lion and her cubs, the raven and her young, the mountains, the goats, the deer, the bear and her young, the wild donkeys, the wild ox, the ostrich, the stork, the horse and rider, the locust, the hawk, and the eagle and its young.
Job 40:2 Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”
Job answered that he was guilty as charged: he should not have found fault with God, insisted on his own understanding, thought God unjust.

God continued in Job’s silence:
Job 40:9 Have you an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like His?
Then in 40:15–24, God talks about the behemoth (possibly an elephant or hippo, but definitely and strong and extraordinary beast). In 41:1–34, God talks about the leviathan, a mighty beast that could easily overwhelm man but was no match for Himself.

Job answered, “I know that you can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You” (42:2). “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You” (42:5).

Not only does God ask this all of Job, the way He asks the questions implies that He Himself has done all these things!

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