Until now, most of Job has been the false accusations of Job’s friends against Job and his defense against such vilification. And after almost 37 chapters of this back and forth, God finally speaks for Himself. Over the next few chapters God poses questions to Job to show His great power, knowledge and sovereignty. Questions that only the an immanent, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, infinite Creator over all the earth would know. We just dealt with almost 37 chapters of mystery hearing jobs friends say he had to have sinned to suffer the way He’s suffered and Job defending his integrity but not knowing exactly why He has suffered knowing it wasn’t a result of sin in his life. In result of this, we did see several times how Job wondered and questioned God and himself this great mystery and now God is responding to this wonder. You’ll find out more on that in the next few chapters but for now I want to point us to God’s very first word and question.
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Job 38:2
This first question, although addressed to Job, really enraptures what was wrong with Jobs friends. They were really trying to help and counsel Job. But no matter their motive it put Job’s integrity and the theology of God in a bad light (hence the word “darken”) because they didn’t have true knowledge of the situation. We must take heed of this word ourselves. Counsel without knowledge, even if the counsel is biblical, may not always be applicable.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor