Job 26

Job 26 has Job questioning what these friends have done to help him.  “How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength! How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge?”  Lots of questions but not so many answers.  Job starts a long speech and targets it directly at Bildad.  He couldn’t contain his frustration any longer.  He points out that there have been plenty of words, but not much wisdom or knowledge.

Job asks who else they have impacted with their words and insensitivity to circumstances.  And Job asks where all their words have come from.  Eliphaz had said earlier he was speaking based on what a spirit had told him.  Bildad repeated that idea, and now Job questions where it came from.  Then Job launches into a description of God and His awesome power.  He praises the Creator and wants to show his friends that he knows more about God than they do.

Job describes God’s ultimate power, and how He has absolute authority over all.  “By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent”.  He refers to creation and His victory over the serpent, which seems to refer to an ancient serpent defeated by God named Rahab.  It is possible that it refers to Satan, whom God also defeated and cast down, who sometimes took the shape of a serpent.  No matter what the serpent refers to – God is superior and wins the battle.

Job ends his discourse on God’s power realizing that there was much more about God than he has spoken.  Job knew that this description did not begin to fully describe God.  Job knows he is only describing the edge of who God is.  “Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him”!  Job understood a lot about God; but He understood enough to know there was far more than he did not understand.  That’s about as close as we can get to knowing all there is about God – to the outskirts of His ways.

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