"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Preaching Series on Job
Job 38:25-27; 41:1-8; 42:1-6 Commentary
by Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
[This is Week 5 of a 6-week preaching series on Job.]
Job 38:25-27; 41:1-8; 42:1-6
God continues to show Job the wild beauty of creation. The horse runs and the eagle soars, rejoicing in their freedom. Leviathan, that fiercest of creatures, answers only to its Maker. It cannot be controlled and will not be used by human beings. (Leviathan is, of course, one of the names of the legendary sea dragon in the ancient Near East, a symbol of chaos. See Ps 74:14 and Isa 27:1. For a positive portrayal of Leviathan, as in Job 41, see also Ps 104:25-26.)
Again, humanity, in this vision of the world, is not the center of creation. Instead, creation is made to praise its Maker. At the same time, humanity (in the person of Job) is the only passenger on this grand tour of the cosmos. God invites Job to see the world from a God's-eye point of view, and to delight in its beauty as God does.
Job responds to these speeches of God by recanting (a better translation in vs. 6 than "I despise myself") and by acknowledging that he spoke of things he didn't ...
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