10:11; Isa. Job does not claim to understand why he is suffering, nor does he insist on his right to know why. Can you establish their rule on the earth? You can follow him on Twitter. But Job silences these three by showing that is no correlation in this world between righteousness and prosperity or between wickedness and suffering. Essentially, God’s response was, “Who are you to question me?”. 104:5; [Prov. The point for Job—and the point that the narrator is making for the reader—is that God is not obligated to answer Job’s question. The righteous often suffer more than the wicked and the wicked often prosper more than the righteous. Job is victorious over the superficial theology of his friends. κυριόυ [the purpose/goal/end of the Lord] with Job is to show “how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (Jas 5:11). To what were its foundations fastened? Instead, God asked Job a series of questions. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Key People: Job . 8:24-29, Ps. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? God is not obligated to give Job anything, not even answers to his questions. Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens, Ps. 31 “Can you bind the chains of (AI)the Pleiades or loose the cords of (AJ)Orion?32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth[b] in their season, or can you guide (AK)the Bear with its children?33 Do you know (AL)the ordinances of the heavens? English Standard Version (ESV). Job’s accusation against God is wrong beyond reason, but not beyond forgiveness. 3. Packer and Ryle Team Up to Ask: Do You Read the Bible as You Ought? Job understood that God has a reason for everything although we may not understand what it is. 38 Then the Lord (A)answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 2 “Who is this that (B)darkens counsel by words (C)without knowledge?3 (D)Dress for action[a] like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. Justin Taylor is executive vice president for book publishing and publisher for books at Crossway. I will question you, and you make it known to me. 30:4; Isa. Elihu's charges, 32:2; 33:8-13). 22 “Have you entered (W)the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen (X)the storehouses of the hail,23 which I have reserved (Y)for the time of trouble, (Z)for the day of battle and war?24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth? Affiliate disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases on Amazon.com. And so the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, or tempest: that is to say, the tempest which had been long gathering, and which had been the subject of Elihu's remarks. Have You Ever Fasted for Abortion to End? 1. 8 “Or who (I)shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb,9 when I made clouds its garment and (J)thick darkness its swaddling band,10 and prescribed (K)limits for it and set bars and doors,11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your (L)proud waves be stayed’? 38:10; Matt. Correspondingly, Job is too large in his own eyes. So an effect of God’s piercing questions is that Job repents by humbling himself before God as insignificant, 2. God as the Creator of the universe owns everything and owes nothing to anyone; a finite person cannot understand the inscrutable ways of the infinite God. God is punishing Job. It is as though he senses the approach of God in this storm and brings his words to a close. Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,38 when the dust runs into a mass and (AP)the clods stick fast together? Tell me, if you have understanding.5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know! [d]37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? 34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that (AM)a flood of waters may cover you?35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?36 Who has (AN)put wisdom in (AO)the inward parts[c] or given understanding to the mind? Declare, if you know all this. Job is asked whether he truly thinks he can annul God's judgment, or condemn Him so that he can be justified (cf. (We recently wrapped up a study on the Book of Job at Community Bible Church. He does not answer the main question that Job repeatedly asks: “Why am I suffering?” The closest God comes to answering it is rebuking Job for defending his own righteousness at a. Or who stretched the line upon it? 25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain and (AA)a way for the thunderbolt,26 to bring rain on (AB)a land where no man is, on (AC)the desert in which there is no man,27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground sprout with (AD)grass? 3. Rather, he repents of his conceited perspective about God’s justice that he expressed in the midst of his suffering. We cannot understand God completely and we need to just let God be God. Prior to God’s interrogation of Job, Job’s perception of God is too … And sure enough, somehow, out of the whirlwind comes the voice of God to Job (chapters 38–41). Summary: The account of Job proclaims the sovereignty of God over all things. Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Then the LORD: Over the previous 35 chapters (since Job 2), God has been directly absent from the account.We read nothing of God’s direct role in comforting, speaking to, or sustaining Job in the midst of his crisis. ESV MacArthur Study Bible--genuine top grain leather, black, ESV My Creative Bible for Girls, Hardcover, Purple Glitter, ESV Student Study Bible, TruTone, Sky Blue with Ivy Design, Romans, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal, ESV Student Study Bible, Trutone, Chestnut, ESV Large Print Value Thinline Bible (TruTone, Ruby, Vine Design). God does not answer Job’s “Why?” question because Job’s question, though sincere, is misguided.