The Omnipotence of God in Job 9

  Hywel Jones’ commentary on Job is one of my favorites on this OT book.  It is textual, theological, practical, and devotional. Though Jones doesn’t deal with every Hebrew nuance, it is evident that he has wrestled with the text – it shows in his writing.  Also evident is the fact that Jones wants the reader to ‘get’ the main message of Job in a Christ-centered way.  I appreciated a few of his comments on Job 9, where Job responds to Bildad on the majesty and power of YHWH. (As a side note, compare Mark 6.48 to Job 9.11.)

“…It is not only Bildad (and Eliphaz) who can talk about God’s greatness.  Job can do so as well (Job 9:5-10).  Here he describes God’s great works of creation and providence.  Earth and skies, sea and stars are all at his behest and command.  But he not only directs their movements with regularity; at times he also disrupts them in his anger – yet still remains in control.  His ways are unfathomable and innumerable.”

“Job is certain that it is such a God that has stalked him, and savaged him (9:11).  God is invisible and invincible, and in comparison with him even the fearsome personifications of evil in Canaanite mythology like Rahab (see 26:12) and Leviathan (see 3:8; 41:1-34) are powerless.  Devastated by his anger, Job is helpless.  Who can overcome God and stop him [from] doing what he wants to do?  Who can arraign him and call him to account for what he has done?  Job wants to present his case to God, but he knows that he will be dumbstruck when he appears before him (9:14) and that he will only be able to plead for mercy.  But he will not do that prematurely.  He believes that he is in the right (9:15) and wants God to entertain his case (9:16).  But in his darkened state of mind he cannot believe that God would do that, even if he were to grant Job a hearing.”

There’s more to it, of course, but that gives a window into the quality of this commentary; it is clear, concise, and in many ways a joy to read and study in learning about the portion of God’s word we call Job.  Most Christians who are at all familiar with commentaries will benefit from this one – not just pastors and teachers, but any student of the Bible.   Highly recommended!

shane lems

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