January 24, Reading 2 – Job 40, 41

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SAA Notes

The Lord humbles Job using two examples of huge animals – both land and sea. Behemoth and Leviathan sound like dinosaurs on a straight reading. No hippo or crocodile matches this description. Nature humbles us when we experience its force and might.

SJA Notes

“Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.”

God speaks again, and the beginning of chapter forty is almost a mirror chapter thirty-eight. There is a cycle here, a repetition.

God calls on our questioning and commands us to dress for action. Then speaks from the whirlwind.

If the first portion of God’s answer shows us the reality of who He is and who we are – How much deeper and further does this second portion!

We see the folly of man putting ourselves in the place of God,

“Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?”

And more. God has put within creation itself great lessons of humility.

Look at these two creatures, created by God, Behemoth and Leviathan.

They laugh at man.

So let us get our perspective right!

And Job’s first response are words to take into our hearts.

“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?”

May the Lord teach us all this humility, this right perspective. Of what our place is in creation.

And of our God, our Lord and King.

* Almighty God,

You are the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-everywhere God – We praise You!

Please help us see You today.

Help us wrestle with our own pride, and come to a right and true understanding of our place in this world.

Please help us continue to find our identity in You, in what You have done for us, in what You have given and promised to us.

Amen.

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