Job 38- “the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind”, nowhere in the in the book that we see God speaking to Job although he and his friends were arguing about what God was doing. God was the one who let evil happened to Job, but yet he waited until the men were silent. Then in chapter 38 the Lord showed up in the scene and He spoke. the Almighty One spoke!
He spoke of Himself in relation to His creation.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
(Job 38:4–7 ESV)
“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?”
(Job 38:34–35 ESV)
He spoke of us in relation to His creation.
“Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in their thicket? Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?”
(Job 38:39–41 ESV)
“Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars and spreads his wings toward the south? Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high?”
(Job 39:26–27 ESV)
He spoke to us in relation to Himself.
“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
(Job 40:2 ESV)
“Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right? Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?”
(Job 40:8–9 ESV)
“Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.”
(Job 41:11 ESV)
Just reading these texts make me tremble. Not only do I get to see His majesty, it also reminds me of who I am. One cannot truly know himself without understanding the Almighty One. What is the response then? Job in his agony and pain, gave the response to the Creator/ the Maker/ “I AM”.
“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
(Job 42:5–6 ESV)
The LORD is a relational God and a speaking God.
He wants to be known and He knows everything about us. He wants to have relationship with His creation for it is that very purpose that He has created us for. For the reconciliation of the relationship and restoration of the creation that Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the darkness.
He is a speaking God starting with Genesis 1, the very beginning of time. He creates heavens and earth not by waving his hands in silent nor by accidentally murmuring, but by speaking precise words into them.
Listen and learn from the LORD. Delight in the fear of the LORD.
** I am trying to finish reading the Bible chronologically, and I just finished this book. Interesting fact: the story of Job happened right around the time of Abraham (Genesis 11).