Job Chapter 38
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Matthew Henry's Job Chapter 38 Bible commentary...
God calls upon Job to answer. (1-3) God questions Job. (4-11) Concerning the light and darkness. (12-24) Concerning other mighty works. (25-41)1-3 Job had silenced, but had not convinced his friends. Elihu had silenced Job, but had not brought him to admit his guilt before God. It pleased the Lord to interpose. The Lord, in this discourse, humbles Job, and brings him to repent of his passionate expressions concerning God's providential dealings with him; and this he does, by calling upon Job to compare God's being from everlasting to everlasting, with his own time; God's knowledge of all things, with his own ignorance; and God's almighty power, with his own weakness. Our darkening the counsels of God's wisdom with our folly, is a great provocation to God. Humble faith and sincere obedience see farthest and best into the will of the Lord.
4-11 For the humbling of Job, God here shows him his ignorance, even concerning the earth and the sea. As we cannot find fault with God's work, so we need not fear concerning it. The works of his providence, as well as the work of creation, never can be broken; and the work of redemption is no less firm, of which Christ himself is both the Foundation and the Corner-stone. The church stands as firm as the earth.
12-24 The Lord questions Job, to convince him of his ignorance, and shame him for his folly in prescribing to God. If we thus try ourselves, we shall soon be brought to own that what we know is nothing in comparison with what we know not. By the tender mercy of our God, the Day-spring from on high has visited us, to give light to those that sit in darkness, whose hearts are turned to it as clay to the seal, #2Co 4:6|. God's way in the government of the world is said to be in the sea; this means, that it is hid from us. Let us make sure that the gates of heaven shall be opened to us on the other side of death, and then we need not fear the opening of the gates of death. It is presumptuous for us, who perceive not the breadth of the earth, to dive into the depth of God's counsels. We should neither in the brightest noon count upon perpetual day, nor in the darkest midnight despair of the return of the morning; and this applies to our inward as well as to our outward condition. What folly it is to strive against God! How much is it our interest to seek peace with him, and to keep in his love!
25-41 Hitherto God had put questions to Job to show him his ignorance; now God shows his weakness. As it is but little that he knows, he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels; it is but little he can do, therefore he ought not to oppose the ways of Providence. See the all-sufficiency of the Divine Providence; it has wherewithal to satisfy the desire of every living thing. And he that takes care of the young ravens, certainly will not be wanting to his people. This being but one instance of the Divine compassion out of many, gives us occasion to think how much good our God does, every day, beyond what we are aware of. Every view we take of his infinite perfections, should remind us of his right to our love, the evil of sinning against him, and our need of his mercy and salvation.
Alicia's Job Chapter 38 comment about verse 32 on 10/07/2013, 11:16pm...
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Adesuyi Ajayi's Job Chapter 38 comment about verse 12 on 9/06/2013, 6:32pm...
God is telling believers their untapped and unused powers to direct elemental forces of creation. Christians have the power to alter the trajectory of events,the secret that satanic forces know and use to alter human destiny. Gods words in the mouth of the righteous is potent. it is en dunamis, it can spoil principalities . Joshua ordered the moon to stay in the valley of Ajalon and the sun to stand still over Gibeon. Whether its literal or allegorical, we can alter time space sand events therein.
Samuel K. Amani's Job Chapter 38 comment on 9/04/2013, 1:13am...
The book of Job chapter 38 declare the wisdom and the power of God Almighty who has dominion over everything both living and the dead infact we serve the awesome God.
Phill's Job Chapter 38 comment about verse 32 on 7/26/2013, 5:53pm...
Awesome,only the everlasting being!can make this happen,GOD is all powerful no words i may be able to comprehend,to explain what he was saying to JOB,only he(GOD}KNOWS how this awesome Universe operates!
Peter Morgan's Job Chapter 38 comment about verse 7 on 7/17/2013, 2:39am...
I believe that we [the sons of God] were there
Evalena Jacobs-Latham's Job Chapter 38 comment about verse 37 on 6/19/2013, 10:09am...
Only God who created the clouds knows the number of them in the heavens and only he can cause water to flow from the clouds. Man cannot as he was questioning Job. This is in response to James' comment.
Brian's Job Chapter 38 comment about verse 32 on 5/18/2013, 8:48am...
[see Job 38:31a] - "Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,...? Constellations are seen by those on the Earth as a "snap-shot" of the movement of stars, which may be seen to stay in the same relative positions for centuries, because of their distance from Earth. Most stars move in random directions relative to each other, even though they're moving away from the center of the "Big Bang"; they DON'T move in groups. The Pleiades, however, is a group of about 250 stars which ALL MOVE TOGETHER, in the same direction, and at the same speed! It's the only star group of its type in existance - and it's mentioned, by name, by God. (Things that make you say, "Hmm...".)
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