From Brazen to Blessed (Job 40-42)

There are times when to justify our own beliefs, we inadvertently judge God. We reject His Word. We trust our opinions over His clear declarations.  

Job 40:8 Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me [say I'm wrong, unjust] that you may be justified?

We do this particularly on matters of justice.

Ever since Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil mankind assumes we know better about justice than God.

God calls some things an abomination but society says God is wrong. People deny concepts of sin and judgment to justify themselves. They condemn hell as proof He's an angry, hateful God.

When tragedy struck Job, he criticized God for allowing this to happen. God was wrong, unjust. He suggested how God should have done things different.

As we wrap up Job, the Lord shows how brazen his boldness was, to think of questioning the Lord. "Job you talk big about justice, and you think you know how best to handle such things, but do you have what it takes?"

Job 40:9 Or do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like His? 10 Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity, and clothe yourself with honor and majesty.

God says, "So you have a better way than Me? So you want to act as God? Then adorn yourself with the apparel of Deity: put on your glory, honor, and majesty."

Job 40:11 Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look upon everyone who is proud, and make him low. 12 Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him, and tread down the wicked where they stand. 13 Hide them in the dust together; bind them in the hidden place.

Take their souls to wait for judgment. Do all that, God says, adorn yourself with deity, do the simple things which I do, and...

Job 40:14 Then I will also confess to you, that your own right hand can save you."

I.e., Then I'll admit that you have what it takes, you can save yourself, that you don't need Me!

Let us remind ourselves and admit that we need God and that we are in no position to judge Him. That we need His help. We can't guarantee we'll see tomorrow, let alone grant ourselves eternal life. But you don't have to! It's not your role!

Colossians 2:13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and [our LORD] has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Not only can't we save ourselves, but having been saved by His grace we can't sanctify ourselves, make ourselves love like Jesus! We need God for this too. And just as Jesus saves sinners that trust Him, He sanctifies believers as we trust Him.

This is great news because you haven't the power to confront Satan or to tackle sin but our LORD Jesus Christ has that very power and He walks with you. He can overcome every challenge, and get you past every temptation.

If you sense Him leading, yield to Him. Take one step this week to nurture an active relationship with Him so that you experience His life-giving power.

What God is pressing is since we don't have the power or ability to save ourselves, so who are we to question of criticize or oppose God.  

But if you're not there yet—if you still feel God's not fair; He's not treating you or a loved one as He should; He shouldn't have let this happen; He is wrong; He owes you an apology—that's where Job was and God helped him to see his foolishness by pointing to two animals: Behemoth and Leviathan.

Job 40:15 "Behold now, Behemoth [lit., the colossal beast], which I made as well as you; he eats grass like an ox. 16 Behold now, his strength in his loins and his power in the muscles of his belly. 17 He bends his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together. 18 His bones are tubes of bronze; his limbs are like bars of iron. 23 If a river rages, he is not alarmed; he is confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth. 24 Can anyone capture him when he is on watch, with barbs can anyone pierce his nose?"

You and I can't herd cats. We can't ride a great white shark. We can't take down behemoth, for God made him too strong.

Since you cannot overpower a simple beast, how will you take on the devil or rid the world of evil, eradicate racism or make people kind?  

Let's consider behemoth for a moment.

The Lord points to this colossal beast that was clearly seen or known to Job. But this animal doesn't fit any animal that's here today.

Some say it is an elephant or a hippo or rhino but their tails aren't anything like cedar trees.

Others say it's a crocodile but they don't eat grass and people have wrestled and defeated them for millennia.

So what is it? It's a gigantic beast with a huge tail, great stomach and muscular thighs, apparently now extinct.

What do you think it is?

Why is it so difficult for Christians who believe God's Word to say this may be an extinct dinosaur?

No other known animal fits God's description. But Brontosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Sauroposeidon clearly do. If we believe what God says in Genesis, He made dinosaurs the same day He made other animals.

Dr. Henry Morris wrote, "Modern Bible scholars, for the most part, have become so conditioned to think in terms of the long ages of evolutionary geology that it never occurs to them that mankind once lived in the same world with the great animals that are now found only as fossils" (115).

Knowing the animal won't make us any holier. But here is this great land animal that God's proud of. Yet it's not as fantastic as Leviathan of the sea.

Job 41:1 Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord? 2 Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? ... 7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons, or his head with fishing spears?

Here's God's main point,

Job 41:10 No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him; who then is he that can stand before Me? 11 Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.

You don't dare arouse Leviathan for fear of his greatness, yet I made him, I'm the One who gave him his power! 

The LORD is the only Sovereign. He cannot be defeated, He can't be proven unjust for He owes us nothing. Yet He chooses to relate to us according to His grace and our humble trust.

Back to Leviathan for just a moment, what is he? It's not a shark or a whale,

Job 41:12 "I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, or his mighty strength, or his orderly frame. 13 Who can strip off his outer armor? Who can come within his double mail? 14 Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror. 15 His strong scales are his pride…"

This is a creature Job was aware of that doesn't fit any animal alive today.

Job 41:31 "He makes the depths boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a jar of ointment. 32 Behind him he makes a wake to shine; one would think the deep to be gray-haired. 33 Nothing on earth is like him, one made without fear. 34 He looks on everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride."

Leviathan was a real animal that Job had knowledge of. No living animal fits God's description, but several extinct dinosaurs clearly do. E.g., Kronosaur, Sarcosuchus Imperator or some other which we don't know of but Job did.

As huge, fierce and dangerous as they are. More powerful than any animal, more than any man. Job never dared to challenge either of these creatures, so can we see how brazen it is to think we can defeat our God and Creator.

With that God is finished; He lets the dust settle,

Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD and said, 2 "I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. 3 [You asked me,] 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know." 4 [When you said,] "'Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.' 5 I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear [I knew you from reading about you, hearing about you]; but now my eye sees You. 6 Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.

This is what God wants for us. Not a second-hand knowledge but a firsthand relationship. Humility before God's glory. Trust in God's goodness. Awe of God's glory. The LORD who cannot be defeated can be trusted, befriended.

Job 42:2 I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

You don’t have to go through the first 41 chapters of Job to get here.

If you have even a little bit of Job in you, you hold something against the LORD, question His goodness, think you know better, say with Job. "Lord, You know all things and I am clueless. You are good and I am prone to sinful thoughts and desires. You are powerful and nothing happens apart from you. You are my Father, my Savior, and my greatest advocate. Your will be done."

Job 42:12 The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning... 13 He had seven sons and three daughters. 14 He named the first Jemimah [turtle dove], and the second Keziah [cinnamon], and the third Keren-happuch [eye-shadow]. 15 In all the land no women were found so fair as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers. 16 After this, Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations. 17 And Job died, an old man and full of days.