If you cannot contend with the first of God’s way…

Job Bible Background

07.09.2017 Old Testament: Job 40.19–24

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 40–42 on July 9, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Job wanted to contend with God, the Maker of all things in heaven and on the Earth. Yet, Job could not even go one-on-one with behemoth, probably a sauropod dinosaur,

“He is the first of the ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
Surely the mountains yield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.
He lies under the lotus trees,
In a covert of reeds and marsh.
The lotus trees cover him with their shade;
The willows by the brook surround him.
Indeed the river may rage,
Yet he is not disturbed;
He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
Though he takes it in his eyes,
Or one pierces his nose with a snare.”
(Job 40.19–24) 

Only God could go one-on-one with behemoth; no man could do it, regardless of how wise, wealthy, and mighty he might be. This creature was huge; we even use the word, “behemoth,” today to speak of something gigantic.

If Job could not contend with behemoth, why did Job think he could contend with God?

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