Bible Verse of the Day ; Bible Verses by Topic; Delving Into the Bible; Knowing Jesus Christ; Bible Stories. provide sacrifices for his sons and daughters, but he cannot keep them from 3 Gird up your loins like a man,   I will question you, and you shall declare to me. to the ground, we have come full circle. Nearly every line is phrased as a question: They were coming right towards them . attended to the beasts and the birds and knows that “In [the Lord’s] hand is God cares for the very awesome warring forces” (Alter, 110). Job might be able to order servants and hear understanding to the mind?” The clear import is that neither Job nor any themselves to be too similar to God in the nature and scope of their rule. As Job viewed the situation, God in his judgment was unfair with him. God’s speech to Job is then, in one sense, a confirmation of what Job already knew. (Job 38:1) God speaks to Job from the whirlwind. The strongest caution comes in a verse not yet Then answered the LORD to Job out of the whirlwind, and said, American Standard Version. God speaks to Job. The next verses in today’s reading describe Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, American Standard Version. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: Job knocked on heaven’s door, hoping to gain a legal court hearing so that he could ask God some tough questions about human suffering. To what were its foundations fastened? conclusions from this change in the poetry is that “God’s poetry enables Job to (1) The LORD speaks to Job from the whirlwind.. Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:. Analysis By Robert M. Seltzer. “can you” (that is, Job) “do X?” or “Do you know X”? 1. Earthly rulers may imitate the rule of God in enacting. passive lilies and grasses, but active hunters. young and vulnerable in the providential images. PhD student in Politics at the University of Dallas, and adjunct faculty in the Philosophy program at Richland College. raise when they discuss the place of wisdom in politics. forget the creator/creature distinction. only did God “lay the foundations of the earth,” but God “determined its Job 38 – God Speaks to Job A. forth subordinate actors in the meteorological images. verses later God asks if Job can “tilt the waterskins of the heavens.” These 39 ‘Can you hunt the prey for the lion,   or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40 when they crouch in their dens,   or lie in wait in their covert? Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Brenton Septuagint Translation. one ruler addressing another ruler; it is an example of God’s self-revelation as one who governs with authority. All of Job's pompous, presumptuous protests fell silent the day God answered Job out of the whirlwind (Job 38-39). beasts who walk between heaven and earth are cared for by God’s provision. whole of creation, from the deepest foundations of earth up into the heavens, a. the ancient world: a belief that a sufficiently good ruler or regime could For example, in chapter 9 he Unless all was to remain hopelessly uncertain and dark, there could be no solution of the questions so fiercely and obstinately debated but by the intervention of Him whose government was the matter in dispute. with a reference to time that also pans the mental camera 180 degrees “when the pointed out in The Art of Biblical Poetry, Though Job is afterwards (Job 42:8) justified by God, yet the tone of all that God says to him is more or less mingled with reproach. well-being of his children by offering sacrifices “continually” (Job 1:5). He is a ‘big God’ in every way, and He wants us to know that reality. had thousands of animals in his flocks (Job 1:3). inundate the earth” (Job 12:15). Join our mailing list to receive an email every time we post new content. 4 ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? creation concludes, stunningly, with an abrupt turn of our gaze from the depths Job, too, was a man who governed with authority. back down again from the clouds to the ground, extending even to the animals Tell Me, if you have understanding. From Job, we learn a significant truth – God answers prayer in the whirlwind, and then He brings relief and restoration. He might be able to My Jewish Learning is a not-for-profit and relies on your help. This all takes place in the God’s speech to Job is then, in one sense, a 37 Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Human rulers like Job might imitate the rule of God, but God’s power goes beyond what they are capable of enacting. Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Job 37:1,2,9,14 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place…, Exodus 19:16-19 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled…, Deuteronomy 4:11,12 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness…. reports from them, but he could never order the lightning. God is one who plans and acts for God’s self (1) Then the Lord answered Job.--This chapter brings the grand climax and catastrophe of the poem.