Job – Chapter 40: God Continues

Job Chapter 39 brought us God asking Job a number of rhetorical questions regarding wild animals.  God completely ignored the real issue of Job’s suffering at the hands of the same God!  God continues speaking in Chapter 40, but we also hear from Job.

“Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?  Let him who accuses God answer Him!” – Job 40:2

Okay, I will.  You kill my children for no reason and punish me for no reason, damn straight I’m going to contend with you!  Job responds by saying:

“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?” – Job 40:4

Oh Job, don’t do this to yourself.  Stand up to God.  He is the one to blame, not you.  God then returns to speaking.

“Would you discredit my justice?  Would you condemn me to justify yourself?” – Job 40:8

When that justice includes killing innocent children, yes, it should be discredited!  Job is not trying to justify himself.  He simply wants a justification for God’s actions on him.

“Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low, look at every proud man and humble him, crush the wicked where they stand.” – Job 40:11-12

God says this after telling Job that if he has “an arm like God’s” then do the actions of God.  God constantly says how wicked men are.  Message to God, but these are YOUR creations.  If they are wicked, they are wicked because of YOU!

God then talks about creating a behemoth, although the name of this animal is not stated.  In referring to the behemoth, God says:

“He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword.” – Job 40:19

The Bible just diminished the power of God.  God is supposed to be the creator of all.  We learned in Genesis that God created man in HIS image.  Yet God creates a behemoth that He ranks above man?  God creates a being that He ranks above HIS own image?  Who’s more powerful and more important here?  Is it God, or is it the behemoth?  This verse places the behemoth above God.

That concludes Chapter 40.  I’m still less than impressed with God’s words in Job.  God has no interest in responding to the true question Job is asking.  Instead God goes on a rant about how the behemoth is ranked higher than man in God’s eyes.  Interesting.

Coming Soon:  Job – Chapter 41:  More From God

2 thoughts on “Job – Chapter 40: God Continues

  1. Just an observation: you’re equivocating some. For instance, ranking first among the works of God can mean many different things. It can mean, as you observe, first in importance in God’s sight, as it does with humankind being created in God’s image. It can also mean first in size, as in the behemoth. But nowhere from the context here does first in importance and first in size have to be one and the same. Logically speaking, you’ve just equivocated.

    This is but one example.

    I’m really glad you’re trying to read the Bible critically. I’ve been doing the same for thirty years and am still struggling. But when you equivocate like this it comes across more that your mind is already made up, that you’re mad at the Bible and are merely seeking to justify your anger, rather than that you are trying to read through it critically.


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