Job – Chapter 38

Job chapter 38

God Questions Job

In your Christian walk, if you think God is not listening or sees what you are going through, you need to read what’s been written next, very carefully. We get full of pride and self because of the good we’ve done or the moral lifestyle we have led. Then we think that God All Mighty owes us an explanation of what is transpiring. Trust has to come into the picture at this time. Knowing that our God is a good God and He’s got you in the palm of His hand, not to harm you but to turn everything around for your good is what we need to remember.

Verse 1 – God is speaking to Job from a whirlwind. This was not from a windstorm such as the one that destroyed Job’s houses or the winds of judgment. It was a manifestation of God that He used to get Job’s attention. God didn’t answer any of the questions Job had asked throughout this ordeal. Instead God used Job’s ignorance of the earths order to reveal his lack of knowledge of God’s moral order. If Job couldn’t understand the workings of God’s physical creation, how could he possibly understand God’s mind and character?

Verses 4-6 – God’s first round of questions challenged Job to understand the Lord’s creative power. God all by Himself, brought the worlds (earth) into being.

Verses 8-11 – Just in case there is any doubt from the ancient Near Eastern mythology group about whom created the oceans and seas: Genesis 1:6, 7 – (6) Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” (7) Thus God made firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. Still in doubt? Read Psalm 104:6-9. God is the one who sets the boundaries, not only for where seas and oceans are to stop but boundaries for everything.

Verses 12-15 – As an evildoer’s arm is rendered impotent by being broken, so the plans of the wicked are thwarted by the light of day.

Verses 17, 18 – Job had not seen even the shadow of the gates of death, let alone passed through them.

Verses 22, 23 – God tells Job that He’s got storehouses in heaven filled with snow and hail to be used for “times of trouble.” Just as armies keep weapons in the armory, God uses all the forces of nature that are in His control. Job couldn’t even begin to know all of God’s resources, and neither can we.

Verse 24 – God reminds Job that his knowledge did not include where lightening came from or when it would strike.

Verses 31-33 – Now, God turns Job’s attention to the constellations–Pleiades. Although Job had mentioned them earlier and knew of their existence, he certainly didn’t understand the laws of physics and astronomy and their effects on the earth.

Verses 39-41 – Now God lets Job know that it was He who established the complexity of predator and prey. Not only does He care for the needs of ravens, He controlled them by bringing food to His prophet (1 Kings 17:4-6) God knows all and controls all. He lets Job know He is the creator of all and sets everything in its order.

 

 

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