God’s Defense, pt. 2

Today, we continue our reading from Job 38. Most likely written over 2600 years ago, one has to marvel at the comprehensive and penetrating thought behind each question God poses to Job.  Even with the scientific framework through which we see the world today, the questions still give us post-moderns, pause. British poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson called it “the greatest poem of ancient and modern times.”

Job 38:12-21

““Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
so that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be shaken out of it?
It is changed like clay under the seal,
and it is dyed like a garment.
Light is withheld from the wicked,
and their uplifted arm is broken.
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.
“Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
and where is the place of darkness,
that you may take it to its territory
and that you may discern the paths to its home?
Surely you know, for you were born then,
and the number of your days is great!”   NRSV

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