Job 40

Job 40 has God challenging Job.  He says “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it”.  Job has been pretty confident until now, but suddenly felt like he had no place to contend with God, much less to correct Him.  Job has learned the lesson of God’s greatness through the last two chapters.  He knows that God is on the throne.  And Job has learned of God’s place using the entire world as the classroom.  But now, it’s time for Job to remain Job and to make sure God is kept where He belongs as God.

So Job responds.  “I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth”.  Job may hve been a big talker with his friends, but now that he’s dealing directly with God it is a different story.  Job was the only one of the five to speak to God. Yet now Job spoke after God’s great revelation of Himself, and will speak with a quite different tone than he had before.  It was Job’s turn to speak again but there would be no long speeches, no more anger, no more talking down and dirty to his God.

God continues by asking Job “Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?”  God comes to Job in a whirlwind again and begins with the same questioning that began their interaction back in chapter 38.  God basically says ‘I’m not done with you yet’.  Job fell into the trap of thinking that because he couldn’t figure God out, that perhaps God wasn’t fair.  The bottom line is that in order for Job to be right, God has to be wrong.

God makes it clear that He alone can save.  “Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you”.  If Job could do the things God did, then maybe he could save.  But he couldn’t and no one ever will, so God alone can save.  No man can save his own soul by works of righteousness which he has already done, is currently doing, or can possibly do in the future.  God alone can save.  He chose to do it through His Son Jesus Christ because there is no man, past – current – future, who can ever be good enough to gain everlasting life without Christ.

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