Getting to the Point
“Job, where is your wisdom compared with Mine?”
The Lord waits for Job to answer all these questions because Job already said that he was prepared to reason with the Lord over His strange dealings with him. Did Job still think he could instruct his Creator?
Job had protested that he would fill his mouth with arguments if he could just get the chance to talk to the Lord face to face. Well, here is his big chance.
“Then Job answered and said . . . I am unworthy and of little account. How can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth . . . I will say no more.”
What could Job say? What answer could Job give to the God he has misjudged? What could he say to such a revelation of His power, His infinite wisdom, and His sympathy with His creation?
Job feels horrible when he remembers what he had said about the Lord, and how he charged Him with cruel persecution when He was simply working out His purposes of love.
I realize that Job is silenced now, but the Lord has to have a much more frank confession of repentance, and a deeper turning from himself and the past, than this!
Patrice and I are very serious about the need of our children to apologize to each other, or anyone for that matter, when they offend them or hurt them in any way. They have to repent right immediately, but sometimes it seems that an “I’m sorry” just is not enough. They have to realize the extent of the offense. At least try to understand that they have done wrong and not only admit it or acknowledge the offense. They also need, in a sense, to grieve over that offense.
I think that is the point the Lord is concerned with now. It is great that Job admitted his error, and covered his mouth so he would not make matters worse, but it does not seem that Job has really realized the depth of his rebellion and offense toward the Lord.
>“Job I want you to declare your attitude toward Me now. Are you still determined to condemn your Creator in order to justify yourself? Are you going to discredit my justice, voiding all my patient dealing with you during this time of testing, by refusing to take the place of repentance?”
In the face of all God’s working in creation, was Job going to declare that he had been dealt with more harshly than any of the animals in the field?
It was obvious to the Lord that Job had not really given up his clinging to his integrity. Sure, he had confessed that he was of “small account.” He had admitted that he felt humbled in the face of the Lord’s majesty, because he could not control the stars, or feed the wild animals, or give the horse its strength, or cause the eagle to fly.
He even confessed that he probably should never have said what he did, and certainly would not say anything more. But was that enough?
“It was too painful for me till I entered the sanctuary of God,
then my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered.
I was stupid and ignorant, I was a brute beast before you”
Job is Conquered
The Lord saw that He had to deal a little more personally with Job to make him understand the depth of his error. He had just finished reminding Job of His overwhelming power in creation, and Job just simply stood silent in front of the greatness of his God. Now Job has to be reminded that none of the power and influence that he used to have over other people had been his own, and he needed to learn, in an even deeper measure, his own helplessness.
“Job, do you have an arm like God’s? Can your voice thunder like His? Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor and clothe yourself in honor and majesty . . . Look at everyone that is proud . . . and humble him; and crush the wicked . . . into the dust . . .
“If you can do any of these things Job, then I will admit that you are able to save yourself.”
Job had said that in the “good ol’ days,” he had sat as “chief in the midst of the people, clothed with righteousness and crowned with justice.” He talked about his power to pluck the prey of the wicked from their teeth, and of the way in which others had been silenced by his words.
Been there, done that . . . when I was in a time of ministry I began to look at the honor and position the Lord had given me was through my own gifts and talents. I forgot that I was simply His tool, His vessel for a season and He could withdraw that anointing at any time. So the Lord’s question to Job, hit close to home for me, as well.
Job knew all too well that all his authority and power had been stripped from him. He was painfully aware that he could not re-clothe himself with it, any more than he could array himself in the majesty of God. The fact that he could not humble any man was made obvious by his failure to convince even his friends of his integrity, and his inability to save himself was manifested in the complete uselessness of his self-vindication.
Job did not have an answer to this last round of questions any more than he did to the first round, but this last sword thrust hits him hard and touches him in the vital point of his despair. The Lord finally hit him in the most sensitive area and is slowly bringing him down to the place of emptiness and blessing.
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