In our daily readings we are reading the words of God to Job, which commences in Job chapter 38, and extend towards the end of the book. The opening words are a challenge.
“1 Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel By words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; For I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.” (Job 38:1-3 ASV)
“Except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken?” (1Co 14:9) R1481:4* 201481
The object was, to reprove Job and Elihu for the presumptuous manner in which they had spoken of God and of his government. It was important before God manifested his approval of Job, that he should declare his sense of what he had said, and show him how improper it was to indulge in language such as he had used.
Job had asked that God would answer him (Job 31:35) and now out of the storm (Chethibi), we may find some self-manifestation of God in the world, of that at least by which He reveals Himself in His absolute awe-inspiring greatness and judicial grandeur.
Jehovah God surprises Job with questions which are intended to bring him indirectly to the consciousness of the wrong and absurdity of his challenge — questions among which
‘there are many which the natural philosophy of the present day can frame more scientifically, but cannot satisfactorily solve.’
Job was rebuked by God, who was responsible for laying the foundations of the earth. This was God who restrained the sea that created light and created darkness that knew the treasures of the snow and caused it to rain on the earth where no man is.
Job was brought to see the government of creation, by God questioning him about the mountain goats (Job 39:1-4), the wild ass or donkeys (Job 39:5-8), the unicorn and/or wild ox (Job 39:9-12), the peacocks and/or ostrich (Job 39:13-18), about Who made horses strong (Job 39:19-25), the hawk and the eagles (Job 39:26-30).
It was the Eloah that brought the frost upon the earth that maintained the stars in their stations and sent forth lightning. It was He, the Most High Elohim, who provided the raven with food, that taught the hawk to fly and instructed the eagles where to nest. A picture is painted of God, as being very great, clothed with honour and majesty, God whose government of the natural creation reaches from the heights of heaven to the depths of the sea.
In chapters 38 and 39 we may think about all the works God’s hands have made. When we look around ourselves we can see the glory of God in the stars, by hearing the rolling thunder finding His Great Power throughout the universe displayed.
When going through the woods and forest glades do you ever wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees? When you look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze do you ever think of the One Who is behind all that?
Let your soul sing and praise the Maker of it all. Come to recognise how great He is.
If we ever begin to downsize God and think that He is not much more than us, we need to re-read these chapters. The power and glory of God leaps off the pages displaying his awesome majesty and creative works. What hope does any man have of answering his questions? All we can do is bow in humility and worship, giving honour and praise to our creator.
O Lord my God, how great thou art!
- Glory of only One God Who gives His Word
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 1 Works of God and works of man
- A Divine Plan or God’s purpose in creation
- Nature: God’s Great Blessing
- The Glory of God 1
- The Glory of God 2
- New Jerusalem, the City of the Great King
- Ponder and Treasure
- Oh God, You are Lord of All
- Vessels Of His Glory (2 Corinthians 1:20)
- Everything for God’s Glory (1 Cor. 10:23-11:1)
- Job 38Job 38, The LORD answers Job out of the Whirlwind.
- Finding Our Place
- The Honour of God
- Wild Lectionary: Wild God, Wild Beauty
- Job 38, Daniel 7, Revelation 5 – Angels
- Job 39
- Job 39, the LORD Proclaims His Magnificent Creation.
- A Crush of Stars
- Snap Judgement
- Sacred Spaces 594 – Boundary lines
- The Enormity of God Wrapped Up in a Tiny Baby