Epistles of Thomas

January 19, 2010

Job 38-42

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 16:15

Job 38 is the beginning of God’s response. “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Prepare to defend yourself; I will question you, and you shall answer me” (38:2-3). God then asks a series of rhetorical questions designed to demonstrate Job’s inadequacy to understand. God challenges Job to reply and he can hardly utter a word: “I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more” (40:4-5). God then launches into another set of questions and statements demanding that Job answer him. Job is awed and concludes, “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know” (42:3b). “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (vv5-6).

God then spoke to Job’s three friends commanding them to seek Job out and repent of their sinful attack against him and have him pray for them. They did this and God accepted Job’s prayer. In conclusion, God again blessed Job and gave him twice as much as he had before. Elihu and Job’s wife are not mentioned here. Perhaps his wife was left speechless at the prospect of bearing another seven sons and three daughters!

It is interesting that all three daughters are named while the brothers remain anonymous. It also emphasises that “Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.” Beauty and equality – what more could a daughter ask for?


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