God finally speaks in Chapter 38, but has little to say other than blaming Job for his questions. God provides no answers and babbles about how He created everything and therefore Job has no right to question Him. More evidence of being a horrible parent. God continues speaking in Chapter 39, so let’s see if He has anything different to say.
“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?” – Job 39:1
Any farmer with livestock, and probably Job as well, can tell you they are often part of the birthing process, especially if there are problems during the birth. I’ve personally seen cows give birth, goats give birth, and cats give birth. So the answer to God’s first two questions in this chapter is a definite YES!
“Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth?” – Job 39:2
For anyone worried about the health of the animal, yes, I do! God goes on for another 28 verses, discussing wild animals and the domestic horse. God asks Job a bunch of rhetorical questions such as:
“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread his wings toward the south?” – Job 39:26
At this point I can only assume that God is trying to confuse Job as much as possible so Job doesn’t ask any more questions. All of these questions and comments are a deflection on the part of God from the real problem. The real problem is the killing of Jobs loved ones and pain caused to Job. God doesn’t want to address that apparently, so He chastises Job for having the nerve to ask an important question.
God isn’t done talking yet as there are still three chapters left in Job, but as this point, His return to the conversation has been a huge disappointment.
Coming Soon: Job – Chapter 40: God Continues Talking