In Job Chapter 8, Job’s second of three friends, Bildad, does his best to shame Job by uttering a bunch of nonsense that is contradicted by Genesis and the early chapters of Job. Job replies to Bildad in Chapter 9. Job begins by describing how powerful God is, but one early verse sticks out to me.
“His wisdom is profound, His power is vast. Who has resisted Him and come out unscathed?” – Job 9:4
His wisdom is profound? This is the same God who screwed up His creation of man and tried to fix it with a flood, only to then state that man will always be evil. This is the same God who said man would only live 120 years (just before the flood) and then people born after the flood lived longer than 120 years. This is the same God tricked by Satan into causing harm to Job. His wisdom is profound? Hardly. In addition, it turns out you don’t have to resist God to come out unscathed. Job is the perfect example. Job never resisted God, but God still caused undue harm to him.
“He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.” – Job 9:5
Why is God, the Creator of all, an all-knowing, all-perfect God angry? What does He have to be angry about? Whatever anger God has toward man is God’s own fault as it was God Himself who created man in His own image.
“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” – Job 9:10
Uh…what wonders? What miracles? Is the flood a wonder/miracle? Is the punishment of Job a wonder/miracle? If so, I want nothing to do with God’s wonders and miracles.
“When He passes me, I cannot see Him; when He goes by, I cannot perceive Him.” – Job 9:11
Is it possible you can’t see or perceive Him because He’s not there? 🙂 Sorry, couldn’t resist that jab.
“Though I were innocent, I could not answer Him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy?” – Job 9:15
What kind of God is Job worshiping if all an innocent (and Job is surely innocent) one do is plead for mercy?
“Even if I summoned Him and He responded, I do not believe He would give me a hearing. He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.” – Job 9:15-16
Let me be clear that these are the words of Job, not God. However, Job has the evidence (God’s initial punishment of Job) that God would do exactly as Job thinks. This furthers the theme in the Bible that it’s not okay to think and ask questions. Do as God says and be a mindless human being until the end. What a wonderful life God has given His creations…NOT!
“It is all the same; that is why I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’” – Job 9:23
Yep, Job states it perfectly. God destroys whoever He wishes and whenever He wishes. Again, who would worship a God that does this? Why would one worship a God and devote one’s life to that God only to possibly be destroyed by that God because He has a bad day? It makes no sense.
“Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?” – Job 9:29
Job asks an excellent question. God is treating Job as if Job is guilty and there’s nothing Job can do about it.
Job says a few more similar statements to end Job Chapter 9. The theme of Chapter 9 is that of Job describing how God has wronged him but also stated there is nothing he can do to stop God. Job’s quest for innocence is all for naught as God has made his decision and nobody should ever question God. The Bible continues to tell us that humans are not allowed to critically think for themselves.
Coming Soon: Job – Chapter 10: Job II