A quick recap the Book of Job is a book of testing of one of God’s Old Testament Saints’. It is the only book dedicated to such a topic in the bible, and as such deserves close attention.
In chapters 1-3, God tests Job’s faithfulness by allowing Satan to attack him.
In Chapters 4-37, Job’s “friends” inundated him with a ton of BAD advice as they discuss his situation back and forth.
Chapters 38-42, are about God speaking directly to Job and restoring fellowship with him.
Chapter 38 v.1-11, God begins His lesson with Job by asking a simple question; ‘Who are you to question my authority and wisdom?’ He humbles Job showing him that although he had fought hard to answer his arrogant and ignorant friends, Job’s wisdom was sorely lacking.
In v.12-24, The Lord begins a more or less one sides question and answer session with Job pointing out his ignorance and arrogance to presume his wisdom.
The finally verses 25-41 God had previously shown how ignorant Job was now He shows how weak Job is.
19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, – God says, so you think you are smart Okay tell me this ‘what is the source of light and where does darkness go to?’
20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? – To add insult to injury as they say, God further asks Job; ‘Since you are so knowledgeable you must be able to take me to the home of light, you must know road there!’
The speed of light in a vacuum is 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), and in theory nothing can travel faster than light. In miles per hour, light speed is, well, a lot: about 670,616,629 mph. If you could travel at the speed of light, you could go around the Earth 7.5 times in one second.
So basically God is calling out Job’s arrogance and ignorance by asking him something no man can (physically) track.
21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? – You can almost hear God’s underlying giggle in His voice as He makes this final statement in our test stating; ‘but of course you know all this for you where there before creation was.’
Was Job God? Of course not and God makes this clear here. Genesis 1:1-5
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
We all think we have know stuff, and knowledge is a good thing when rightly or better put righteously applied.
Yet man, as far back as Job’s day, has a consistent habit of applying his knowledge wrongly. One only has to look at the happenings of the past few months in America to see the destructive evil that can come about from unbridled Arrogance and biased knowledge gone awry.
That (in my opinion) is why God gave us the Book of Job, as a permanent reminder that when ever we think ourselves high and mighty, whenever we think we have the answers, we need to Humbly go to God for the real solution.