God’s Defense

Job 38:1-11

I love the Book of Job. We should make it a focus of study in the near future.

You will recall that Job was “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and very many servants; so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

To win a bet with Satan, God caused Job to lose everything and suffer incessantly all to prove to Satan that because of Job’s extraordinary righteousness, he would never turn on God or blame God for all the loss and suffering Job endured. In many respects, the narrative casts Job in the role of a laboratory rat as the heavenly beings around God observe Job’s behavior and attitudes as calamity upon calamity is thrust upon him.

In chapters 29-31, Job makes his defense of his righteousness before God, a brilliant statement on faithful living.

Our reading, Job 38:1-11, is, in essence, God’s defense of all that God has done to Job. When might say it is a marvelous “job’ description for the role of God.

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up your loins like a man,
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
“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 heavenly beings shouted for joy?
“Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb?—
when I made the clouds its garment,
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
and prescribed bounds for it,
and set bars and doors,
and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?”   NRSV

Be a blessing to someone today (like Job)!

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