Job (06) - Fun with Dragons

Date: 11/15/2015
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Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Job
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“Let those curse it who curse the day, Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan. Job 3:8

“Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.” Job 13:15

“Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat! 4 “I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments. 5 “I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me. 6 “Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me. 7 “There the upright would reason with Him; And I would be delivered forever from my Judge. 8 “Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; 9 When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him. 10 “But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:3–10)

“When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn? And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him, That is, in regard to both nation and man?” (Job 34:29)

“Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you; He eats grass like an ox.” Job 40:15

“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?” Job 41:1

Throughout Job’s responses to the three friends, he wants to stand before God and plead his case (9:14-20, 32-35; 13:3, 15; 16:21; 31:35-37). But God is hidden (Deus Absconditus, 34:29). “There have been many windy words (6:26, 8:2, 15:2, etc.). Now the culmination: “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said . . .” (38:1). The first dialogue of Yahweh is unusual, as is the structure of the book. Two features of Job usually vex scholars: 1) The structure is a prose prologue and epilogue, then poetic dialogues (the middle section). Critical scholars tend to reject the unity of Job believing that Hebraic cavemen cobbled this book together, not realizing that it “don’t make no sense.” 2) The dialogues of God out of the whirlwind never address the central message of innocent suffering. God rants about ostriches and sea monsters. Critics and sufferers alike look at this as calling into question God and this part of His word. Many of us take the speeches of God as Him revving up His power engine and showing how his V8 is louder than Job’s VW Beatle. ““Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding” (Job 38:4–5). I am all-powerful. We must reconsider tone of these rhetorical questions and consider the structure of the book, especially considering the theme of Satan, the dragons, and Behemoth and Leviathan. ‘

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more