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The Outskirts of His Ways

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The Outskirts of His Ways

Job 26:5-14
“The dead tremble
under the waters and their inhabitants.
6 Sheol is naked before God,
and Abaddon has no covering.
7 He stretches out the north over the void
and hangs the earth on nothing.
“ He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
and the cloud is not split open under them.
9 He covers the face of the full moon
and spreads over it his cloud.
10 He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters
at the boundary between light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble
and are astounded at his rebuke.
12 By his power he stilled the sea;
by his understanding he shattered Rahab.
13 By his wind the heavens were made fair;
his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,
and how small a whisper do we hear of him!”

The Story: “I’ll see your offering about the greatness of God, and raise it!” Job shows that Bildad’s little lecture about the might and holiness of God was not news to him. He knows God is sovereign, and that all creation hangs together by the power of His might. Do you think Jesus knew this passage? Or the apostles, when they saw Him still the stormy sea? Count on it. This passage resonates with Psalms 29, 104, 147, and others, and it shows that a consciousness of God’s greatness was in the minds of His people throughout the period of the Old Testament. But, as we’ll see, though Job knew all this about God, he didn’t know what to make of it. God would teach him, however, and that right soon. For now, though all we can see – all the immensity and wonder and beauty of the creation – is but the outskirts of the power and will of God, and though the most we can hear of Him is but a whisper, yet that whisper is true and reliable, and we must cling to it.

The Structure: Job wants God to whisper a word of justification for him, and He will do precisely that in due course. It seems to me that the words Job utters in these chapters, prior to Elihu’s comments and then God’s intervention, are setting him up for a fuller understanding of the Lord and His ways. So much of what we will see him say in the next several chapters will come back to him from God, only in slightly different form.

Does God “whisper” to you in the things of creation? What is He whispering?


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The Worldview Bible examines the teaching of Scripture according to the Story and Structure of Truth – the Framework of Christian Worldview – using only other Scriptures for illumination. Information about The Framework of Truth is available on this site. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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