At last God appears, in person, in a whirlwind, and discloses Himself to Job. With a series of (rhetorical:asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information.) questions, God presents Himself as the God of creation, magnificent and mysterious {Job 38:1-Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, } {Job 40:2– Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it. } God alone created all, and He alone understands His handiwork.

God’s message to Job is not entirely new. Eliphaz, Elihu, and Job himself also spoke of God’s creative mystery (Job 15:7-9 -Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills? Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us? ) (Job 28:23-27 – God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.  For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;  To make the weight for the winds; and he weighed the waters by measure. When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:  Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.) (Job 36:26 – Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. ) (Job 37:12 –  And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. ). Comparable passages appear outside the book of Job, such as the wisdom of teachings of Agur, whose rhetorical question (Proverbs 30:4 – Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? ) is strikingly similar to those that God asks Job. Nevertheless, when God Himself speaks this familiar theme, Job is silenced (Job 40:3-5 – Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.  Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further). 

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