42:2–3 “I know you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”
Found at the end of Job we see the conversation shift back to God and Job. Chapters 40 and 41 spend much time discussing unknown (to us), extremely large animals. Some have compared these descriptions with those that we know to be dinosaurs. It is interesting to read these 2 chapters with dinosaurs in mind. Especially since these words are words from God. The animals discussed could very well be what we think of as dinosaurs.
In God’s description of the Behemoth he says something in 40:19 that caught my eye.
“He is the first of the works of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!”
It is very clear that whatever this beast is , is powerful and very large, so large that only God himself can come near him dat take his life. If this is a “dinosaur” then it even fits with science that says dinosaurs existed first. The other interesting verse that comes from chapter 41 is verse 11.
Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
In the middle of the description of the 2nd large animal we see God make this declaration. No one has ever given anything to God, it is his own doing. he establishes what we know from Genesis 1:1. Everything starts with God and no one else. Everything that exist under all of heaven is His. And then God continues in great detail, to describe the Leviathan. This is another extremely large and powerful beast that man could not even begin to challenge.
God on the other hand is the one who created and has the ability to give and take life. He alone is the one who is in control.
Spoken by Job we see in chapter 42, Job confesses what he has just heard from God. God can do all things and God’s purpose will be fulfilled. Job even confesses
that he has spoken words he did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
Job acknowledges that he is not worthy and that he is only given what God provides.
Reading about what Job went through and hearing directly from god, it puts me in my proper place. God is the one who is all powerful and all knowing. He is the ultimate authority in all the world. meaning he is the one who is in absolute control of my life. His will and purpose is going to be the final say. I must submit my life to His authority. I am only able to know what god reveals and my understanding of this world must com from Him and Him alone.
My life is yours, I submit to your authority. Help me to surrender to you more and more as you mold me into the man that you want me to be. May my life bring glory and honor to your name. I desire nothing more than for your purpose to be accomplished in my life. I must decrease so you can increase. To your glory forever and ever.