The LORD rocks Job's world when He speaks directly to Job and simply reminds Job of the beginning of the story--Creation.
Through a comprehensive set of questions that Job cannot possibly answer, the LORD reduces Job to respond to Him in deep humility and speechlessness, "Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further" (Job 40:4-5).
The first set of questions demonstrates God's preeminence, power, and wisdom in creation. He begins with a tongue in cheek question "Where were you?" (38:4-38) Men have tried their best for millennia to explain the earth's origins, but they, like Job, simply weren't there! Man cannot explain the vastness of the universe and how it all works; therefore, he is in no position to demand anything from God.
The second set of questions highlights God's creation of and provision for animal life: "Look at what I do" (38:39-39:30). The samples from the animal world demonstrate a wise Designer and Provider:
The unknowns of creation and the sampling of animal life confront Job with his finite smallness. God asks, "Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?" (40:2).
Wealth and prestige give men a false sense of greatness. Suffering brings them to their senses.
What aspects of God's creation does He use to cure Job of his self-pity?
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