Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Elihu Part 6 Job 37

Job 37:16 "Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?"

We come to the last of Elihu's chapters. He here speaks of the way God balances the weather. We have a weather observation system in place now but back in those days when there was no global travel, this would have been great information but that was not the purpose for giving it here.

Elihu is magnifying the Lord. It is he who set these things in motion and it is he who keeps the delicate balance necessary to keep the earth fertile and yet not destroy it with too much of any one thing.

v5 "God thundereth marvelously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend."

He brings the snow. v6 The beasts go in their dens. v8 Whirlwinds come from the south, cold from the north. v9

v10 "By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened."

I cannot see the relationship of two things but our text verse does say they are wondrous works.

Then of the turning of the clouds at his bidding upon the earth, the world.

v13 "He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy."

Then Job is asked the question: v15 "Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?"

Which is followed by a series of questions to which Job had no answer. Remember there has been much speech about just about everything in previous chapters. Now, all the talk is quiet while these questions are asked. Truth is, these smart men just do not know the answers.

v19 "Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness."

Job had said he would reason with God if he could just come face to face with him. As Job was, I too would be overwhelmed. Perhaps when there is nothing to say, it is best to say nothing.

v23 "Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict."

Exodus 33:20 "And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live."

John 1:18 "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."

Like with Adam in the garden, God often shows us our way by asking a question. A person who does not know they are lost will do little if anything to be found. Jesus also asked questions of learned men to show them they were in the presence of one who had more wisdom than they.

Psalm 33:11 "The counsel of the LORD standeth forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations."

Elihu's last words to Job.

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