Job 39

Jehovah’s First Words from the Whirlwind   (38:1 – 40:2) — continued

39:1-30
As God continued to question Job He asked Job what he knew about the obstetrical care of animals (39:1-4). Job did not understand the gestation periods of animals or how animals know when to send off their young. If Job was ignorant of such things how could he possibly understand the season of pain through which God was bringing him? God would deliver Job in due time just as certainly as animals give birth to their young at the end of their gestation periods.

Again, God asked Job what he knew about the ways of the wild donkey (39:5-8). Job, perhaps feeling a little like a donkey himself, had no answer. God asked Job is he understood why a wild ox cannot be tamed (39:9-12). If Job cannot control an ox, he certainly cannot control God. Once again, Job, perhaps feeling as dumb as an ox, had no answer.

God asked Job if he understood why an ostrich can lay an egg and forget its location (39:13-18). If Job cannot understand why such a funny looking bird does such strange things, how can he possibly hope to understand everything that God does?

God asked Job if he knew why the horse was so courageous and willing to gallop into battle (39:19-25). He asked Job if he understood the way of the hawk in the air (39:26).

God asked Job where the eagle got its understanding to build its nest on the rocky crags and its keen eyesight to find food (39:27-30). Again, Job, perhaps feeling a little like a turkey, had no answer. Job was unable to answer a single one of God’s questions.

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