Job – Chapter 38: The Lord Speaks

To recap Job Chapter 37, Elihu was speaking, passing along his so called wisdom to Job and Job’s three friends.  Elihu finished speaking and now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the Lord is about to speak in Chapter 38.  This is the Lord’s first speaking appearance in the book of Job since Chapter 2.  Will God reveal His wisdom to us?  Will God have a good, reasonable explanation for the harm He caused Job?  We’re about to find out!

“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?” – Job 38:2

Um…you are THE Lord.  The knower of all.  The creator of all.  Don’t you already know?

“Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” – Job 38:3

LOL!  Job has already braced himself like a man.  He is willing to accept responsibility for his actions if only he knew what they were.  God doesn’t seem interested in answering Job’s questions.  Instead, God is going to ask the questions.

“Where were you when I laid the Earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand.” – Job 38:4

When it concerns the killing of Job’s innocent children, this question is irrelevant.  Job not being there at the moment of creation is no justification for God’s actions against Job’s children.  God goes on telling Job all about the different aspects of creation, asking each time, where were you?  Were you there?  No, Job wasn’t there.  Job won’t say this, but here is my response to God:  “No, I wasn’t there, however, I was there when you brutally murdered my children because you were tricked by Satan.  What say you?”

Most of God’s comments to Job are jackass comments such as:

“Surely you know, for you were already born!  You have lived so many years!” – Job 38:21

Again, Job is not questioning the stars or the Earth or the weather.  Job simply wants to know why he is being punished.  He wants to know why his children, servants, and livestock were killed.  Basically God responds with “I did a bunch of stuff before you were born.  Therefore, I command you to shut up.”  Such a kind, loving God.  Some of what God says makes no sense and is in direct contradiction of known science.

“Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion?” – Job 38:31

The Pleiades is a young star cluster whose stars are bound by gravity.  I supposed one can argue God created gravity, but aside from that, God didn’t bind the Pleiades.  The laws of physics did.

“Do you send lightning bolts on their way?” – Job 38:35

Actually yes.  If one runs around in a storm with a metal rod, the chances of getting struck by a lightning bolt are greatly increased.  So yes, a man can send a lightning bolt on its way.  A lightning bolt is simply a discharge of built up charge in the cloud and the ground.  Using a metal rod (lightning rod) increases the chance of a discharge.  Simple physics that God apparently never learned.

“Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?” – Job 38:37

Uh…a 3 year old!  Anyone who can count has the wisdom to count clouds.  I realize knowledge such as counting is against the will of God for He wants His creations to be dumb for fear of them realizing the truth (there is no God), but seriously, to mock Job for being able to count?  That’s a dick move and a dumb one at that.  Look back to the Tower of Babel story for God’s views on man gaining too much wisdom and knowledge.

To sum up Chapter 38, God has very little to offer.  He simply says in many different ways “I am awesome, I created everything, you are a dumb man, therefore, shut up.”  I really expected more from God.  Maybe we’ll get more in the last couple of chapters of Job, but given what we’ve read thus far, I’m not holding my breath.  God completely ignores the point of Job’s pleading.  He answers Job with a non-answer, using a fallacy to deflect Job’s questions.  God lacks basic science knowledge, which is remarkable given that God supposedly created science!

Coming Soon:  Job – Chapter 39 – God Continues

5 thoughts on “Job – Chapter 38: The Lord Speaks

      1. I think his message was that I was in no position to question God. I could almost agree with that if I knew God existed and it was just a question of his motives. But I was questioning the existence of God based on stories about his motives. I decided God could handle my questions and proceeded. I ended up an unbeliever.

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      2. It makes so much more sense as poetry written by ancient people trying to make sense of suffering. They are basically admitting there is no good answer.

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