2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)
38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
What?! God is on earth?! Ohhh somebody is in trouble. So God comes in the form of a whirlwind and I ask myself “Is it a tornado or a hurricane?” A whirlwind is kind of vague and after all the things that have been said here I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be small.
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up your loins like a man,
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
Who here does not know that Our Heavenly Father God Almighty knows all and sees all and probably heard the entire debate between Job and his 3 friends? Then God says, “Gird up your loins like a man” if I was there and God said that to me I’m pretty sure two parts of my anatomy would have already found their way back into my abdomen. If I had a discussion with my friends and it drew God’s attention I would immediately assume I said something wrong…repeatedly.
If you are a parent and you had a very angry discussion with your child you probably said “I’m going to ask you a question and I want you to answer me and tell me what is going through your head right now!” To me that’s pretty much what God said “I will question you, and you shall declare to me.”
For the remainder of the chapter God asks a few profound questions like:
Who set the earth’s foundation?
Who measured the earth and set its dimensions?
Who created the seas and set its boundaries?
Have you ever visited the springs of the seas or walked in its deep?
Have you seen the storehouses of snow and hail that I keep for times of trouble, for the days of war and battle?
Was it you that did all of these things?
Pretty sure God is not happy right now but that’s just me.
39 “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
God continues all through chapter 39 asking more profound questions much like the above scripture. Basically God’s point is can you do what I do? Have you created what I have created? Have you paid attention to every detail of those creatures that you have created?
40 The Lord said to Job: 2 “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!”
3 Then Job answered the Lord: 4 “I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. 5 I spoke once, but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more.”
This is the wisest thing said in this entire book. I would say the same thing that Job says or most likely say nothing at all. In my perception God is more powerful and has greater wisdom than me besides God did create the heavens and the earth so why would I want to argue with our Heavenly Father God Almighty or debate or discuss I would just put my trust and faith in God so simple that way.
Then God continues to talk about all the animals and rivers that God has created all the way into chapter 41.
41“Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? 2 Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook?
In dictionaries the word “Leviathan” is a word used for very large sea monsters and sometimes used in reference to whales or very large oceangoing ships. Our Heavenly Father, at this point of the story is on earth, God Almighty describes to Job of the mighty, indestructible, massive and powerful leviathan in great detail throughout the entire chapter. When I finished reading this chapter I was definitely impressed by this sea monster and vowed to stay on dry land.
42 Then Job replied to the Lord: 2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. 4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ 5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. 6 Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”
What impressed me the most about Job is that he always wanted to know why this was happening to him. He never cursed God or blamed God Job just wanted to know why. There are a lot of times when things hit me days later and this is one of those moments. I just realized that, like Job, that if God is talking to you and you can see him, i.e. the whirlwind, then our Heavenly Father God Almighty has been listening and watching the entire time and the only reason Job is still alive is because of God. Because Job asked why these things happened to him he did not have the confidence that it was God that protected Job. It was not a lack of faith or trust but just that Job did not realize that until now.
7 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
All I can say for Job’s three friends is “oopsy”.
God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)