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January 16, Job 38-39: The Lord replies

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have a personal policy about asking questions. You should never ask questions you don’t want to know the answer to. So if you ask me a question, you should expect me to answer honestly. So, ladies, if you ask me if you look good in something, I’m actually liable to say “no.”

Job was basically asking what gives God the right to determine the punishment for both the wicked and blameless. Well, Job will get an answer.

The Bible says that the Lord answered Job out of the storm. How fearsome that must have been…

Job 38:2-3 says:
2 “Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

Who laid the earth’s foundations?
Who marked off its dimensions?
Have you ever given orders to the morning or shown the dawn its place?
Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
What is the way to the abode of light?
Where does darkness reside?
Have you ever entered storehouses of snow or hail?
Does rain have a father?
From whose womb comes ice?
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons?
Can you raise your voice to the clouds?
Do the lightning bolts report to you?
Who endowed the heart with wisdom, or gave understanding to the mind?
Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out?

The Lord continues in Chapter 39.

Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you count the months till they bear?
Who let the wild donkey go free?
Will the wild ox consent to serve you?
Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?
Does the hawk take your wisdom and take flight to the south?
Does the eagle soar at your command and build his next on high?

Questions: Have you ever asked a question you didn’t want to know the answer to? Have you ever gotten answers to questions you didn’t ask?

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