We are just finishing up in our study of the book of Job.
As we looked at God’s answer to Job I realized some exciting things.
Let me explain:
Job and his friends have had their say from chapters 3 – 31, and it ends in a stalemate. Job has lamented his suffering, and proclaimed his innocence. Job’s friends play the same song over and over. “You must have done something wrong. . . God only punishes wickedness, and only blesses righteousness”
Then Elihu speaks for 6 chapters. He speaks on a bit different level, and I don’t know what to do with it for sure. He is angry, and chastises both Job and his friends. It does appear to me that he seems to say God does things for his own reasons, and sometimes suffering is for our own good. But he makes some rather harsh statements, that I have a hard time reconciling with God’s own statements saying Job is blameless. So I have to just sort of shelf the whole Elihu thing, and ponder it for a while.
But then we get to God wrapping things up from chapters 38 – 42.
God answers Job with questions designed to make Job think in a way he hasn’t thought before. The questions lead in a direction.
In Chapter 38:1-30 God asks questions about how He made things. Summed up: (sort of), “Are you the Creator of all?” Implied, “I Am”
Chapter 38:31 – 40:2 God asks questions about how thing are sustained, from the galaxies, to all of nature. Summed up: (sort of) “Are you the Sustainer of all?” Implied: “I Am”
Chapter 40:3-5 Job is speechless.
Now God makes His main point.
He begins with a challenge:
Job 40:6-14 ESV
(6) Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
(7) “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.
(8) Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
(9) Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?
(10) “Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor.
(11) Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on everyone who is proud and abase him.
(12) Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked where they stand.
(13) Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below.
(14) Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.
Look specifically at who is to be brought low in verses 11 and 12 – the proud, the proud, and the wicked.
And then, in verse 13, look at where they are to be bound – below.
“Then I will acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.”
Now God speaks of two more beasts. The greatest of land creatures (40:15-24), and the dragon (chapter 41).
The question is in essence, “Can you defeat the dragon?”
And this is the sum of who the dragon is:
Job 41:33-34 ESV
(33) On earth there is not his like, a creature without fear.
(34) He sees everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride.” (emphasis mine)
He is the proud one. The one of audacity. We have seen him before:
Job 1:6-12 ESV
(6) Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
(7) The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
(8) And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
(9) Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason?
(10) Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
(11) But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.”
(12) And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Notice in this passage, who brought the subject up (verse 8):
And then let’s look at God’s first question to Job regarding the dragon:
Job 41:1 ESV
(1) “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord?”
God went fishing. The dragon took the bait, and was defeated.
Job’s answer from God looks to me like this:
Are you the Creator? Are you the Sustainer? Can you defeat the wicked and proud one, and put him in his place? If you can do this on your own, then I will acknowledge that you can save yourself.
I spoke when I did not know.
I had heard of you, but now I see you. (my Redeemer)
I do not have the power to save myself, and I repent in dust and ashes.
Then God turns to Job’s friends and says:
Job was right (he wasn’t suffering because of something he did wrong)
You were wrong and have accused him falsely. This makes me angry, and you need forgiven. Go to Job and ask him to pray for you. (he will pray for you correctly, and I will honor that prayer)
And they did.
(Side note: Job is not a type of Christ here as mediator, but he is Christlike – as we are to be, in mediation as we extend God’s forgiveness to those who have wronged us. . .)
In their defense, they were good guys, they were just wrong. They came from afar and sat with Job for a week before speaking. They had the problem figured wrong, but they tried to help. When God corrected them they obeyed immediately.
God blessed Job after he forgave them.
Satan meant for this to be the end of Job, but God doubled everything for him.
The Dragon is defeated. Sometimes that means stuff happens that I don’t understand. But our God is mighty to save.