Job 38:1 "Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and
Remember that Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind, and Ezekiel witnessed God coming down in a whirlwind. This "whirlwind" is the vehicle that God uses to transport his throne when He has a job to do here on earth. Elihu told us that when a tempest of a storm comes, that God spoke from it.
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Job 38:2 "Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?"
God's first answer was in the form of a question. Remember from verse three of chapter thirty six, Elihu said, "I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and I will ascribe righteousness to the Maker. For truly my words shall not be false: He that is perfect in knowledge is with thee." Elihu was presenting himself as a spokesman for God, and I feel that God was even personally addressing Elihu here. God is asking Job; who is this man who is standing before you, claiming to have all knowledge, and knowing Me?
This should be a warning to us today that there will be many that present themselves to be speaking for God, and all the time their words are empty. We had better be careful what man or woman we study under. If they are speaking on behalf of God and His Word, there had better be documentation direct from the Word of God. Listening to teachers like Elihu is the sure way to be led astray.
So God's first answer to Job is; What are you listening to these men for? It is addressed to Job but aimed at Elihu, as well as the other three.
Job 38:3 "Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou Me."
This is God's advise to Job. Stand up like a man, for I am going to tell you a few things, and I will demand an answer of you. In these early days men wore long robes, and when they were about to do some serious work and walking, they drew the back side of their robe between and through their legs, and tied it to their belt in front. This is to "gird up now thy loins like a man", for there is going to be some serious discussion and God wanted Job alert.
Job 38:4 "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding."
God is asking Job, but directing the question to Elihu as well as Job; where were you when I laid the foundation of earth.God is letting Elihu know that nothing that he has said came from Me, so don't put words in My mouth.
Job 38:5 "Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?"
Who has determined the measurement of the sun, moon, and earth, and placed the line or signs of the constellations around the earth?
Job 38:6 "Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;"
God is asking, what holds this earth exactly where it is, do you know Job? do you know Elihu? Stop and think for a moment of all the laws of God, those dealing with gravity, with magnetism, with heat and pressures and all the other things that go to make up the atmosphere of the earth that we live on, and rely on for our life, as we live here in these flesh bodies. This sets our Heavenly Father in a class all by Himself. Man is nothing compared to the Creator.
Job 38:7 "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for Joy?"
Who were these "sons of God" [the stars that sang], and when did these sons of God sing for Joy? Are we talking about the first or second earth age here. All souls were there and Satan also was there with them when God created the first earth prior to Satan's rebellion. Some how the people of this earth age are trying to forget Satan and the role that he played at the rebellion in that first earth age. We see that Satan was not in the conversation with Job and his friends at this time. They all have overlooked the overall plan of God.However had Job known the plan of God, where would he have been then, when the foundations of this earth were laid and the angels were rejoicing? Of course He would have been there with the rest of them, where we all were.
You see, we who are the chosen of God, were chosen before the foundations of the earth were laid, and so was Job.