A Message from the Lord
Book of Job Chapters 38 through Chapter 41
If we do not learn anything else from the last lesson, let us learn that God has the final word at all times.
Nothing is ever over until God says it is over!
We should ask ourselves, just how much do we know about God, or do we think about all the things in this world that God causes to happen every day.
The Lord Jesus is the “Master” of “Life”!
We should understand that there is nothing that goes on of this planet called earth that Jehovah, or El Shaddai, the Almighty God does not have His hand upon good or evil.
God is righteous and does no wrong, but He does allow some evil to continue because it suits His plan.
Remember it is the Holy Spirit who holds back evil as it suits Him. The Holy Spirit is God!
Every living human will go through temptation where they will be given the choice to accept the Living God or to reject Him.
To choose life or to choose death!
Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Deu 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Jos 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Everyone that has ever lived and those who live now, and those who will live in the future, right up until the end of the Millennial Kingdom will have to make this choice.
In the end, all unrighteousness will be eliminated!
All death will be eliminated.
We need to have a complete understanding of our Lord!
There were some things that Job needed to understand. Job had not sinned, but he did not understand everything about the Lord.
The message of Elihu was cut short by the arrival of Jehovah or we could say the Lord.
We must understand that when we look out upon God’s creation, we just take too many things for granted!
*Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Job did not get an opportunity to answer Elihu this time.
God answered Job out of the whirlwind because no one is allowed to see God in all His glory.
With these conversations with all these five men, they had forgotten that God is real.
We cannot discuss God like He is a million miles away when He is everywhere!
God is very presently near us at all times.
God does hear and see all things that are going on at all times.
Psa 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, “a very present help in trouble”.
Psa 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psa 46:3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
We must never get so caught up in the things of this world and forget God is always close to us!
Job had forgotten this.
Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
Job 23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
Job 23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
Job 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
If we will take our minds off of the world, we will be in a position to feel the presence of our Creator!
God will vindicate Job, but first He needed to set Job straight on a few things.
We must understand that God does what God does anytime God wants to do it!
We cannot put words in God’s mouth!
We now have every word God wants us to know!
There will never be a new prophet!
There will never be a new book of the Bible!
There are no lost books of the Bible!
The Bible is alive, and the Bible is just as relevant today as the day it was assembled as one Book!
Job did not have the written Word of God, but he did have the Word of God that had been passed down throughout all the generations since Adam.
Job was confused about a few things, and it is no wonder after having sat through the conversations of these four men, but this is still not an excuse.
We are to cling to the Word of God until the day of our death, then we will be judged by this same Word of God!
Eph_6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph_6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
We seem to have a problem on that remain to stand, after we are ridiculed by the world.
We had better stand today or we may not have a nation that allows us to worship in freedom!
*Job 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
God told Job, “here I am Job do you really want to defend yourself against Me”.
Do we ever want to defend our actions that are against the Word of God?
All God wanted Job to admit was “are you as perfect as I am”?
This is our biggest problem as Christians!
We try to compare ourselves with other Christians or other humans about our sin, when we are to compare ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ who was not only pure but also perfect.
When we compare ourselves to Jesus, we find that we are nothing in comparison to Him!
When we compare ourselves to Jesus, we see how vile and worthless we truly are!
The Lord says gird up Job like a warrior and let us battle over this thing.
1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
How are we to compare ourselves to our Holy God!
*Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Do we want to learn about nature then we must listen to our Creator!
To answer this question put to Job, “where were we when God laid the foundations of the earth”, we were on the mind of God.
Psa 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psa 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Psa 139:17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
We are always on the mind of the Lord!
Psa 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and “thy thoughts which are to us-ward”: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Pro 8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
Pro 8:30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and “I was daily his delight”, rejoicing always before him;
Pro 8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and “my delights were with the sons of men”.
Jer 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you”, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
No matter what the Lord is doing at any given time, His thoughts are always on His greatest creation, “humans”, especially those who love Him!
This is something we need to clearly understand!
What does the Lord say?
The formation of the earth is described as a building erected upon foundations and constructed according to specific specifications.
Our God-given habitat was precisely planned. The earth was no accident!
Psa 24:2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Psa 89:11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
Psa 102:25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
Psa 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
Psa 104:6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
Psa 104:7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
Psa 104:8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
Psa 104:9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
Praise the Lord our earthly home is built upon a solid foundation and will remain this way, until the Lord makes His changes, and we go to our true home in Heaven!
Job was not around at the time of Creation and no one else was beside the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!
So who was the designer, who gave Jehovah the “blueprints”?
*Job 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
If our world happened by some accident how could it be so orderly. The only accidents I have ever seen were nothing but chaos!
The dimensions of our galaxy, our cosmos, our planets, our stars, and our earth, are in perfection except for the point that we live on a dying planet and this dying is brought about by sin and not by any actions of life!
It is the Lord who knows the dimensions of our earth and modern man cannot be precise nor can anyone understand how it was done!
Was Job there to see what and how God did these things? No and no one else was there, so to believe what some so-called evolution scientist says is all guess work, for God did not need any help to create this earth.
Isa 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Isa 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
Isa 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
I do not know about you, but I love the fact that I am God made and not man-made!
Just how does the earth just hang in the heavens as it does? What keeps the earth in place? The foundations of the earth are invisible!
It is held in place by the mighty hand of God!
*Job 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
These are questions that no one upon the face of the earth can answer!
What holds all God’s creation in place? Again claiming it all happened by some great accident is foolish!
It is obvious that none of these men were atheist, but at the same time all, but Job were polytheists.
Who or what are these morning stars?
What do we know?
Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the principle morning star!
These morning stars are not the angels.
Rev 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
These angels of the Churches are Pastors.
When our Pastors are in one accord, then the sons of God “by adoption”, the Church can sing out with joy!
Who is to say that the stars themselves did not sing out?
Psa 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Psa 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Psa 19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
These are certain things that were around at creation!
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Gen 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
Gen 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
We are all to praise the Lord!
Psa 148:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
Psa 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
Psa 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Psa 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Psa 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
God was not through with Job yet:
*Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
One of our greatest problems in this life is, we all sometimes try to pass judgment on God!
Who are we to question what God does at any time?
We may not understand why things happen as they do, but we always wrong to question the actions of our Lord!
I do not believe Job did this, but it may have appeared to those three men that he did, and we should not even have the appearance of doing evil.
Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Job 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Job 42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
God is never wrong in the things that He does, Never!
Do we condemn God?
There are those who get so mad at God for some things that happened in their life that they would condemn God to some sort of punishment.
All those that reject God do this, but even some of God’s people do also!
Maybe a parent died, or a child died, and we do not understand why.
First, we will all meet death!
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
The only way to avoid this death is to be alive when the Lord returns at the Rapture of the Church.
Some will be, and they will still be changed, and the Rapture could take place at any time!
We have no control over this time of death!
Death is in the hand of He who gave life to begin with!
We must always be prepared to die!
If we attempt to make our own selves more righteous than God, we are treading on dangerous ground!
If we just open our eyes to God’s creation, we will understand that we will never be able to understand how all the things of creation came about.
Rom 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
Rom 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
We are only righteous when we do things according to the Word of God!
God always does all things right Jehovah is always righteous!
We just cannot do the things that God does!
*Job 40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
As Christians we do many things right and it began with accepting by faith, that the Lord Jesus Christ died so that we may live.
The Lord Jesus Christ restored our relationship with our Heavenly Father by the works He did for our salvation.
Jesus Christ is our Redeemer!
Now if this is all we know, after we have accepted the “Grace” of God, then we are saved by “faith”.
So why not, after we are saved, do we not get to know our God, our Heavenly Father.
Many of us do not take the time to get to know Jehovah.
The Bible is full of things that the Lord God has done.
How He thinks.
His great love.
His Almighty Power.
What He likes and what He dislikes.
How to please Him.
How to get close to Him.
Most of us when we pray, we seek the arm of God because we know of His unlimited Power!
In reality we very seldom seek the face of God!
One on one, face to face, we can see the gentleness of a Holy and Righteous God of All Power, who is willing to sit down and listen as we speak with Him.
1Ch 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
How do we cleanse our nation and heal America?
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Psa 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
Even Job did not know the Lord as well as he should have, and most all of us are the same as Job.
Yes, the arm of the Lord is mighty!
Psa 89:13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
Psa 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
When we hear the thunder, it is not God speaking.
If we ever hear God speaking His voice will be as thunder!
Psa 68:33 To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
Even King Solomon as rich as he was, decked out in all his finery could not match even the glory of God’s creation.
Luk_12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
No one can match the glory of God.
*Job 40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
The only thing that comes the closest in reality to the glory of God that we can view upon this earth, is the “Rainbow”!
Eze_1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
No one could keep our planet livable except the Lord God Almighty!
*Job 40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
Job 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
Job 40:13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
Did Job question the manner in which God made His judgments?
All of us ask that question “why Lord” from time to time.
Those that say they do not are probably liars.
Is it even possible to view this world with God’s perspective?
Can any one rule this world as God does? Absolutely not!
There are actually those who question the way God manages this world. What foolish people they are!
How can anyone think of comparing themselves to our Redeemer, who can make a star as easily as He makes a flower, who can build the cosmos just by speaking and in that same breath speak to a human who has the smallest question.
Job had faith that never moved, but Job did not know Jehovah as well as he should have and neither do we unless, we dig into the Word of God and search the wonders of our Lord and Savior and seek His face.
God said to Job, “if you can do all the things that I do, then you can save yourself and you will not need Me”.
*Job 40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
We must always know that the only thing we have to offer the Lord is a “dirty, rotten, sinner”!
In reality, we need to be extremely careful how we approach God. We must never forget His power!
The fear of the Lord is just the beginning of knowledge about Him!
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
When we understand the fear of the Lord, we will find the knowledge of God!
Pro 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
When we have the knowledge of God, we will mark our words.
Pro 17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
Job did not have the power to save himself, no more than we do.
Once we acknowledge we are a sinner, it should open our eyes to the fact that we need a Savior and there is only One Savior!
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
God gave Job a whole list of things that he could not do and that we cannot do.
*Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
Before we start, we should first know that this leviathan is much more than a crocodile or alligator as some would have you to believe.
Isa 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
Psa 104:26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
I reject all that say God would compare Himself to a crocodile.
We all know crocodiles and alligators are caught with hooks every day.
I believe this creature to be a dragon.
We all know that what are now called dinosaurs, did exist and this sea creature would be one of those or similar to one of those.
Maybe, the fiercest, of all the extra-large animals, that God created.
In this comparison it says that it is impossible to capture this animal.
In comparison mere humans in no way can limit the power of Jehovah, the Almighty God.
He cannot be bound, tied down, hindered, or stopped in any form or fashion.
There is nothing made that can contain our Lord!
*Job 41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Many large animals can be made docile by placing a ring in their nose.
They will submit to that pain.
God is Spirit, who in their right mind would think that our Lord would be led around with a hook in His nose.
Believe it or not there are those who believe God can be swayed to do what humans want, which is a farce.
We can ignore the power of God if we so choose, but we are foolish to think God’s power is limited in any way.
Job did not think this way, but let us just say that God said, “are you clear on this matter Job”?
God is not some fish that be preserved on a ring for captured fish!
God cannot be made a prisoner and be led by a ring through His jaw as some captured slave!
In all of Scripture we know of only one thing that can move the hand of God by humans and this is the “prayer of faith”.
Even then it must be in God’s will for us!
The Lord Jesus had compassion on all of us, but even the grave could not hold Him.
The Lord Jesus may have humbled Himself for the cross, but that was a onetime deal.
Heb_9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
That second time Jesus will return in all His glory!
Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Will the Lord return on a good will tour?
*Job 41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
Job 41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
The Church will be with the Lord already!
All those on the earth will be the enemies of God at that time!
Will the Lord return begging for forgiveness?
Will He be subject to the will and whim of mortal men and women?
Will mortal men judge the Almighty God?
Will God consent to be as some domesticated animal?
It would take a fool to answer yes to any of these questions that our Lord has asked Job!
God is omnipotent meaning He has unlimited power!
We should have this fear of Him along with reverence of Him if we are to be the children of God!
Can we play childlike games with the Master of Life?
*Job 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Will God submit to being as some pet!
In reality we as humans will never be in such a position that we could judge our Creator.
Some do this today!
In fact every time we question the acts of God, we are saying that we know better than He does.
How could we ever think such things?
In other words we try to put God in a box and take Him out only when we need Him.
We try to use God as some Idol that we put in a place of high regard, but leave Him there and take a cloth and dust Him off as we see fit.
Are we able to control God!
We had better humble ourselves and submit to the Lord while we still have an opportunity, because God is patient, but His patience does have an end.
Job never sinned, but Job did not have a full understanding of the power of God and like God told Job, “you had better get this part right”!
We owe God more than we could ever pay if He just saves us from His wrath, but He gives far more than this, but Jesus said, “if you love me you will keep my commandments”.
Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
If we do this one thing, we will live a joyful life in the Lord!