Gilbert House Fellowship #253: Job 38

GOD ARRIVES on the scene to respond to Job’s complaints, and boy, does He bring the thunder. Literally.

Speaking from a whirlwind, which is an image that had been co-opted by the fallen elohim to represent the Mesopotamian storm-god called Addu or Hadad (i.e., Baal).

In fact, there are multiple references to the spirit realm and its rebellion in Job 38. God establishes His unequaled status in all Creation by reminding Job that he wasn’t there when God “laid the foundations of the earth” and “determined its measurements” while “all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy”.

God also mentions the chaoskampf (“struggle against chaos”) in verses 8-11, which are more than a description of God separating the land from the sea; this is a reference to a well-known story in the ancient Near East in which a warrior god subdues the forces of chaos represented by the sea or a sea-dragon (called Leviathan and Rahab in the Bible). We’ve encountered this already in Job 7:12, 9:13, and especially 26:5-13. (Go back to GHF #250 for a deeper dive into the chaoskampf).


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7 Responses to Gilbert House Fellowship #253: Job 38

  1. Pingback: Out of the whirlwind – Weapon of Mass Distraction

  2. karen

    Your Home Fellowship always a highlight of my Monday Morning ! Thank you for sharing and insight uhmm have bought The Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser Hoping to gain more insight into the small letter elohim ? Fascinating.
    Enjoying hearing about Sam T as well! May you continue to receiving God’s blessings which you share so willingly with all of us!

  3. Lare Mitchell

    Have y’all ever studied Chuck Missler information? Years ago he presented the same information that Mike Heiser has that y’all like to give so mu ch credit to. His series on the Bible in 24 hours is excellent. Love y’alls studies. I have heard them all..

  4. karen reed

    I am sure you have received a Plethora of messages re Sam T Dogson? Yes I must admit I felt your sadness!!
    This has given me comfort in years gone past! And Yes I have also often wondered re the Horses in Heaven!
    The Rainbows Bridge Poem
    RainbowBridge.comJust this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown..

  5. Lare Mitchell

    Can you research why there is BC and AD in keeping time? I have never have understood that. Love the studies

    • That’s actually pretty simple: Instead of marking time by the number of the year of a king’s reign, Christians began marking time by the year of Christ’s birth (or what they thought was the year of his birth, since we’re pretty sure now that he was born in 3 BC). BC is Before Christ, and AD is Anno Domini (Year of Our Lord).

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