• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 12, 2021

Daily Reading: Job 38-39

Job 38:3

Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

In the days when men wore long flowing robes, the abundance of fabric could impede work, running, and overall dexterity. Before going to work of a physical sort, men would often gather up the fabric of the robe, bring it between their legs, from back to front, and tuck it under their girdle, or large belt around their middle section. This would produce the ability for a man to move freely with some agility and without the cumbersome robe getting in the way.

When the Lord God told Job to Gird up now thy loins like a man, He was saying “It’s time to get to work.” From Chapters 38-41 the Lord asked Job about 84 questions. Many, if not all, of which were impossible for a human man to answer. In my estimation, God was not humbling Job, that had already been accomplished and was not the purpose of the entire story. But rather the Lord was elevating Himself by comparing His knowledge with that of Job. Upon reading the questions the Lord asked, it is apparent that His knowledge supersedes human knowledge in that there are questions that mere mortal people would not even know to ask. Questions like Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Who knew, or knows that the earth has foundations, or that they are fastened to something, or that there is a corner stone holding it all together, or that the morning stars sang together, or that – or when – or what the sons of God shouted? Who would even know to ask these questions, or presume to know the true answers? If it were not for God asking these, we would know nothing of them.

Over the next four chapters of Job amazing things are spoken of. Oh, that we would learn from them, for they have much to teach. It's time to go to work.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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