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.
God speaks again, and the beginning of ch 40 is almost a mirror of ch 38. There’s a cycle here, a repeat.
God calls on our questioning and commands us to dress for action like a man – And speaks from the whirlwind.
If the first portion of God’s entry into the debate shows us the reality of who He is and who we are – How much more this second entry!
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?”
But not only that!
God has put within creation itself humble lessons.
Look at these two creatures, Behemoth and Leviathan. Read and dwell upon what God says about them, what He infers to Job, his friends, and to us the reader.
These creatures laugh at man. Get your perspective right!
Job’s first response is found in ch 40 (his second one we will read tomorrow). These are words to take into our hearts.
“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.”
May the Lord teach us all of this humility, this right perspective. Of our place in this creation. And of the wondrousness of this creation!
And of our God. Our Lord. Our King. He is the Almighty. Hallelujah to that!