Job 41 Commentary

Job 41 Commentary

The LORD is sovereign. Mortals cannot contend with God any more than they can compete with Leviathan, a creature of immense strength. Any hope of subduing it is false. Everything under heaven belongs to Him. This calls for reverence and worship – the definition of worship.

Is suffering for the saint part of ‘everything’ under heaven that is said to belong to God? Where does this thought leave Job’s appeal for justice? We get the impression here that it is actually the Judge, the LORD God who is responsible for Job’s suffering. Let not Job ask any more questions. This is one battle Job cannot win. The argument has many turns and twists.

In this book, Job is the victim and the complainant. God is the defendant. But importantly, the same God is Job’s lawyer and presides over the court process as the Judge. How can Job win his case?

Your suffering is very deliberate. It appears this is the message the LORD is communicating to Job. There is no court case. There is also no injustice done requiring a court session. The saint can learn something from this thought.

The founders of our faith, the apostles, didn’t think of their suffering as an injustice but as a portion of worship specially ordained for them by Job’s God. We probably don’t have the right view of suffering!

The LORD is not definitely Leviathan of this chapter, or Behemoth of the previous chapter, but the point is that the LORD created both. There is invincibility and authority on display in God’s creation. God cannot be tamed any more than you can tame Leviathan. God cannot be enslaved and fall under human definitions. Let God be God; that is real worship.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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