Job 40-42: Who are you?

Ah the end.  You’ve made it!  The last reading in the book of Job.  These last chapters of Job, to me, are very powerful and beautiful.  And if I am not mistaken, they are also the single longest section of God’s speech in the Bible.  The whole thing, from chapter 38 to 42, is an exposition of God’s sovereignty, His work in nature, and perhaps most importantly, our inability to fully comprehend God and our unworthiness to question God.  After all, that is what Job had been doing.

Wiersbe lays out these chapters in this way:

  1. Can you explain my creation
  2. Can you oversee my creation?
  3. Can you subdue my creation?

These questions merely lay a basic groundwork for these chapters.  In actuality, God asks Job over 70 questions in these four chapters, with divine comment following each question.  It is a very power section of scripture.

Job’s response to these questions is much the same that yours and mine would be in Job’s place.  Job shrinks away from God’s presence, he realizes the arrogance of his attitude and he repents.  He humbles himself before God.  I love the words he speaks in chapter 42 verse 5 “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.”  How many of us are in that boat?  How many of us have heard about God, have read about Him, but what we really need is a one-on-one encounter with the living God.  Job thought he needed an explanation for what was happening to him and why he was experiencing this grief.  In reality, Job needed an encounter with God.  For that is always the answer to the questions we have in the difficult times of life: to draw nearer to God and have faith in his sovereignty.

One other thought: notice that in the end, God is not angry with Job for doubting, for challenging God’s authority, for demanding answers of the Most High.  Job is not condemned by God.  Challenged…yes.  Rebuked…yes.  Corrected…yes.  But not condemned.  In fact, Job’s three friends catch God’s wrath, especially Eliphaz; all because they had not spoken the truth about God.  This is another reminder to us to be in close proximity to God and be instructed by His word so that we are not guilty of the same thing!

There it is my friends, the end of Job, and I hope you agree that its pessimistic and even depressing tone is redeemed mightily in the end.

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture?  What was something I already knew?
  •  What was new from this piece of scripture?  What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  •  How does this passage apply to my life, here and now?  Do I need to do anything about it?
  •  What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 12-15

Trivia:

  1. What are the names of Job’s friends?
  2. How many characters are in the book of Job?
  3. What land was Job from?
  4. How long did Job live after his suffering?

God in the whirlwind

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