Monday, March 31, 2014

JEHOVAH Continues

Job 40:1-24 NIV

1The Lord Said to Job:

2“Will the one who contends with The ALMIGHTY correct Him?
Let him who accuses GOD answer Him!”

3Then Job answered The Lord:

4“I am unworthy—how can I reply to YOU?
I put my hand over my mouth.
5I spoke once, but I have no answer—
twice, but I will say no more.”

6Then The Lord Spoke to Job out of the storm:

7“Brace yourself like a man;
I Will Question you,
and you shall answer ME.

8“Would you discredit My Justice?
Would you condemn ME to justify yourself?
9Do you have an arm like GOD’s,
and can your voice thunder like His?
10Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14Then I Myself Will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you.

15“Look at Behemoth,
which I made along with you
and which feeds on grass like an ox.
16What strength it has in its loins,
what power in the muscles of its belly!
17Its tail sways like a cedar;
the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
18Its bones are tubes of bronze,
its limbs like rods of iron.
19It ranks first among the Works of GOD,
yet its Maker can approach it with His Sword.

20The hills bring it their produce,
and all the wild animals play nearby.
21Under the lotus plants it lies,
hidden among the reeds in the marsh.

22The lotuses conceal it in their shadow;
the poplars by the stream surround it.

23A raging river does not alarm it;
it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth.
24Can anyone capture it by the eyes,
or trap it and pierce its nose?

Chapter 40

Many humbling confounding questions GOD Had Put to Job, in the foregoing chapter; now, in this chapter,

I. HE Demands an answer to them (v. 1, 2).

II. Job submits in a humble silence (v. 3-5).

III. GOD Proceeds to reason with Job, for his conviction, concerning the infinite distance and disproportion between him and GOD, Showing that he was by no means an equal match for GOD. HE Challenges Job (v. 6, 7) to compete with Him, for Justice (v. 8), Power (v. 9), Majesty (v. 10), and Dominion over the proud (v. 11-14), and HE Gives an instance of His Power in one particular animal, here called "Behemoth," (v. 15-24).

The word בהמות behemoth is the plural of בהמה behemah, which signifies cattle in general, or graminivorous(grass eating) animals, as distinguished from חיתו chayetho, all wild or carnivorous(meat eating) animals. See Genesis 1:24.

The former seems to mean horses, asses, sheep, etc., and all employed in domestic or agricultural matters; the latter, all wild and savage beasts, such as lions, bears, tigers, etc.

Animal Instinct Comes From JEHOVAH The CREATOR

Job 39:1-30 NIV

Jehovah Continues

1“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?

Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?

2Do you count the months till they bear?
Do you know the time they give birth?
3They crouch down and bring forth their young;
their labor pains are ended.
4Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds;
they leave and do not return.
5“Who let the wild donkey go free?
Who untied its ropes?

6I gave it the wasteland as its home,
the salt flats as its habitat.
7It laughs at the commotion in the town;
it does not hear a driver’s shout.
8It ranges the hills for its pasture
and searches for any green thing.

9“Will the wild ox consent to serve you?
Will it stay by your manger at night?
10Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness?
Will it till the valleys behind you?
11Will you rely on it for its great strength?
Will you leave your heavy work to it?
12Can you trust it to haul in your grain
and bring it to your threshing floor?

13“The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully,
though they cannot compare
with the wings and feathers of the stork.

14She lays her eggs on the ground
and lets them warm in the sand,

15unmindful that a foot may crush them,
that some wild animal may trample them.

16She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers;
she cares not that her labor was in vain,
17for GOD Did Not Endow her with wisdom
or Give her a share of good sense.

18Yet when she spreads her feathers to run,
she laughs at horse and rider.

19“Do you give the horse its strength
or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
20Do you make it leap like a locust,
striking terror with its proud snorting?

21It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength,
and charges into the fray.
22It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;
it does not shy away from the sword.
23The quiver rattles against its side,
along with the flashing spear and lance.

24In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground;
it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.

25At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’
It catches the scent of battle from afar,
the shout of commanders and the battle cry.

26“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom
and spread its wings toward the south?

27Does the eagle soar at your command
and build its nest on high?

28It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night;
a rocky crag is its stronghold.

29From there it looks for food;
its eyes detect it from afar.

30Its young ones feast on blood,

and where the slain are, there it is.”


GOD here Shows Job what little acquaintance he had with the untamed creatures that run wild in the deserts and live at large. Even wild beasts, cut off from all care of man, are cared for by GOD at their seasons of greatest need. Their instinct comes direct from GOD and guides them to help themselves.