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Job 36-40

August 2, 2013

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

10 thoughts on “Job 36-40”

  1. 36:16 He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

    Rather that suffering being a sign that God is displeased with us, perhaps we should see it as a sign that he is calling us to a closer walk with him, to a place where we can be free of the restrictions that our spiritual blindness has created – free from the restrictions of low self-esteem, resentment etc.

  2. 36:16 He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

    Rather that suffering being a sign that God is displeased with us, perhaps we should see it as a sign that he is calling us to a closer walk with him, to a place where we can be free of the restrictions that our spiritual blindness has created – free from the restrictions of low self-esteem, resentment etc.

  3. 37:23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

    Yes, the Almighty is beyond our reach yet he chooses to interact with his creation. He is beyond our reach so he chose to send Jesus to bridge the gap.

  4. 37:23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

    Yes, the Almighty is beyond our reach yet he chooses to interact with his creation. He is beyond our reach so he chose to send Jesus to bridge the gap.

  5. 38:33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?

    Job didn’t know enough to be making the statements he was making. Job had to accept mystery. God is not going to explain everything to our satisfaction.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) “…the basis of Job and God's relationship was not a legal one, as Job had assumed. A legal relationship requires just compensation by both parties for what each of them has done to the other. The basis of God's dealings with Job was gracious, not legal (cf. 1 Cor. 6:7).”

  6. 38:33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?

    Job didn’t know enough to be making the statements he was making. Job had to accept mystery. God is not going to explain everything to our satisfaction.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) “…the basis of Job and God's relationship was not a legal one, as Job had assumed. A legal relationship requires just compensation by both parties for what each of them has done to the other. The basis of God's dealings with Job was gracious, not legal (cf. 1 Cor. 6:7).”

  7. 39:16-17 She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain, for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense.

    The poor ostrich! God did not give her enough sense to look after her babies. Yet this is seen as God’s fault for not giving her enough wisdom.

    It is only if God gives us wisdom and good sense that we can act right. We are way more dependant on God that we realize. Only God knows what is best for us and we would be wise if we asked Him.

  8. 39:16-17 She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain, for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense.

    The poor ostrich! God did not give her enough sense to look after her babies. Yet this is seen as God’s fault for not giving her enough wisdom.

    It is only if God gives us wisdom and good sense that we can act right. We are way more dependant on God that we realize. Only God knows what is best for us and we would be wise if we asked Him.

  9. 40:8 “Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

    Job has been discrediting God in order to justify himself and God asks him how he can do that. Since Job is so inferior in every way to God. Inferior in strength, in wisdom, in knowledge etc.

  10. 40:8 “Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

    Job has been discrediting God in order to justify himself and God asks him how he can do that. Since Job is so inferior in every way to God. Inferior in strength, in wisdom, in knowledge etc.

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