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Now Mine Eye. Now Mine Eye. Seeth Thee. Seeth Thee. Biblical Studies From The Book Of Job. The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6. The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34 Remember…during the course of his own speeches, Job had raised questions about & had even made charges against God

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Now Mine Eye

Now Mine Eye

Seeth Thee

Seeth Thee

Biblical Studies From The Book Of Job


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • Remember…during the course of his own speeches, Job had raised questions about & had even made charges against God

  • In his agony he had suffered through God’s silence to those questions

  • God will now begin to answer Job


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • Notice that He does not directly respond to what Job had requested Ù the reason why he has been suffering

  • God spends His whole speech defending His right to act as Sovereign, as seems best to Him


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • It appears God initially refers to Job in 38:2

    • Job had “darkened counsel by words without knowledge” Ù he had “darkened” God’s purpose by casting Him in an unfavorable light

  • God then challenges Job 38:3


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • God questions Job on creation 38:4-38

    • “Explain the earth’s foundation” vv. 4-7

    • “Explain how the sea stays put” vv. 8-11

    • “Explain the dawning of each day” vv. 12-15

    • “Explain the vast detail of all that has been created” vv. 16-18


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • God questions Job on creation 38:4-38

    • “Explain light & darkness, or tell Me about the snow or hail” vv. 19-24

      • God even uses sarcasm on Job v. 21

    • “Explain how the earth receives all its precipitation” vv. 25-30

    • “Explain the heavens, outer space vv. 31-33


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • God questions Job on creation 38:4-38

    • “Explain the control of the clouds vv. 34-38

What has been God’s point to Job thus far?

The things He has mentioned are all beyond Job’s knowledge, ability to understand.

How does this connect to Job’s situation?


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • God questions Job on animals 38:39 – 39:30

    • “Explain their food provisions” 38:39-41

    • “Explain their mating cycles” 39:1-4

    • “Explain why some are free, some are not” 39:5-12

    • “Explain the oddity of the ostrich” 39:13-18


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

Like before, these are all beyond Job’s knowledge and ability to understand.

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • God questions Job on animals 38:39 – 39:30

    • “Explain the behavior of the horse, especially in battle” 38:19-25

    • “Explain the behavior of the hawk and eagle” 39:26-30


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • Job has been reminded of the great distance between himself & the God he questioned

    • Remember, Job had questioned God’s control of the moral world

    • The same God that rules that world also rules the created, physical world


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • God continues with “unanswerable” truths and challenges for Job 40:1-14

    • God views Job as a “faultfinder” who has “contended with God” and as one who has “reproved” God 40:2

    • Job now admits the grave mistake he has made 40:3-5


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • God continues with “unanswerable” truths and challenges for Job 40:1-14

    • God again challenges Job to “gird himself up as a man” and teach God 40:7 cp. 38:3

    • He also dares Job to adorn himself in “majesty” and behave like God can…then, they can be peers or equals 40:10-14


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • God again argues re: creation 40:15 – 41:34

    • This time, He only focuses on 2 different creatures He has made, asking Job to offer his wisdom as to how they function in the created world

      • Behemoth 40:15-24

      • Leviathan 41:1-34

[Hippopotamus]

[Crocodile]


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The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

  • God again argues re: creation 40:15 – 41:34

    • Behemoth 40:15-24

    • Leviathan 41:1-34

  • Were these “real creatures” or mythological beasts? cp. 40:15

  • We see them as actual created beings

  • [Hippopotamus]

    [Crocodile]


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    The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

    The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

    • God again argues re: creation 40:15 – 41:34

      • Behemoth 40:15-24

        • Job is asked to consider this great creature, his awesome size and impressive features

        • Job must explain how he is provided for, while at the same time he is docile enough that other creatures are not afraid to play in his presence

    [Hippopotamus]


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    The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

    • Leviathan 41:1-34

    [Crocodile]

    The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

    • God again argues re: creation 40:15 – 41:34

      • Job is asked to consider this great creature, explain the details of his fierceness

      • God asks Job for the wisdom to give the intricate details re: this creature that is dreaded and feared by all other creatures, even man


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    The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

    The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

    • A Summary…

      • God has laid before Job an “unanswerable argument” Ù Job was left speechless!!

      • In cataloging His creation, God had sought to convince Job of the Divine wisdom necessary not just to create it, but to also maintain daily control over and provision for it


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    The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

    The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

    • A Summary…

      • God wanted Job to consider the vastness of the inanimateworld…the heavens & the earth

      • He wanted him to consider how all this came into existence and how it continues to function flawlessly


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    The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

    The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

    • A Summary…

      • God also wanted Job to consider the animateworld… the individuality of each specie seen

      • Each has been endowed with its own attributes that enables it to survive

      • As a whole, such a diverse range of creatures (raven & eagle to hippopotamus & crocodile)


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    The Dialogue Job 3:1 – 42:6

    The Speeches Of Jehovah 38:1 – 41:34

    • A Summary…

      • Over all creation is this great God who is aware of and watches over every small detail

      • The point?

      • Who is Job that he should question such a Being & how He has reacted towards him in his sufferings?


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