Our church has been reading through the Bible, together, chronologically, and we finished the book of Job in January. I love the beautiful poetry in the latter chapters, where the Lord speaks to Job out of a whirlwind, and through a barrage of posed questions and even a couple of sarcastic comments, breaks down the reasoning behind any appeals for mercy Job could have given.

These chapters are one of the moments where instead of God “becoming less” – tearing down the curtain of the tabernacle, drawing close and lifting us closer to Himself – He reminds us, almost coldly, of our smallness juxtaposed to His infinite glory.

With every question He gives and every answer He demands, we are forced to sink lower and lower, our pleas and excuses for why we deserve mercy caught in our chest, our hand pressed to our mouth to avoid presenting foolish words to the great YHWH.

Being able to understand, even slightly, just who we are compared to the Lord, makes His grace and loving attention to us all the more great and praise-inspiring.

From these chapters I was inspired to do a drawing, which I just finished about a week ago. Smile Check it out.

Job 38-40

…the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.

img-304085833-2What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?
Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

Surely you know, for you were already born!
You have lived so many years!

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Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook
or tie down its tongue with a rope?
Can you put a cord through its nose
or pierce its jaw with a hook?
Will it make an agreement with you
for you to take it as your slave for life?
Can you make a pet of it like a bird
or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?
If you lay a hand on it,
you will remember the struggle and never do it again!
Any hope of subduing it is false;
the mere sight of it is overpowering.

No one is fierce enough to rouse it.
Who then is able to stand against me?
Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
Everything under heaven belongs to me…

Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?img-304085833-4

Can you bind the chainsof the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasonsor lead out the Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?

Can you raise your voice to the cloudsimg-304085833-5
and cover yourself with a flood of water?
Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
when the dust becomes hard
and the clods of earth stick together?

Then Job replied to the LORD:

I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.img-304085833-7

I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer—
twice, but I will say no more.

My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes

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