The LORD Answers

God’s knowledge, wisdom and power are infinitely beyond our understanding. In part 7 of Job: Suffering and Sovereignty, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Job 38:1 – 42:6.

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Study Notes

General Outline

I. Prologue (Job 1:1 – 2:13)

II. Dialogue (Job 3:1 – 42:6)

III. Epilogue (Job 42:7-17)

Understanding the Text

II. Dialogue (Job 3:1 – 42:6)

A. Job’s death wish (Job 3:1-26)
B. First round of speeches (Job 4:1 – 14:22)
C. Second round of speeches (Job 15:1 – 21:34)
D. Third round of speeches (Job 22:1 – 31:40)
E. Elihu’s four speeches (Job 32:1 – 37:24)
F. God speaks (Job 38:1 – 42:6)

1. God’s first speech (Job 38:1 – 40:2)

“Who are you to question My wisdom with such ignorant words, Job? I have some questions for you… Did you create the earth? Are you in charge of the forces of nature and the motions of the stars? Do you know everything about the animal world? Do you still want to argue with Me? Can you answer My questions?”
2. Job’s first reply (Job 40:3-5)

“I am nothing… I cannot answer Your questions. I’m going to be quiet now.”
3. God’s second speech (Job 40:6 – 41:34)

“I’m not finished questioning you, Job… Are you going to discredit my justice and condemn Me so you can say you are right? Are you as strong as Me? Is your voice like thunder, and do you clothe yourself in splendor and majesty? You cannot even control my mighty creatures, and yet you presume to know more than Me.”
4. Job’s second reply (Job 42:1-6)

“I know that You are the Sovereign LORD. I was speaking of things too great for me to understand. I had heard about You before, but now I have seen You with my own eyes. I take back all I said and repent.”

Applying the Text

  • Have you humbled yourself before God… even in hardship or suffering?
  • Do you trust in God’s infinitely greater wisdom and love?