Job 40:1-14 “Will You Condemn Me That You Might Be Righteous?”

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Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Job 40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
Job 40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
Job 40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
Job 40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
Job 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
Job 40:13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
Job 40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

Introduction

Like the first man Adam before he is tried or tested, Job started out so good and so humble. At the very first this was Job’s attitude toward God concerning the great loss he had suffered at the “hand [ of the Lord]”:

Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

His friends who had come to comfort him started out very well also, just as we all do when we first receive our “deadly wound” to our “old… first man Adam” (Rev 13:5).

Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
Job 2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
Job 2:13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.
Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

But that “deadly wound” heals very quickly, and we become a “child of hell [ Greek – Gehenna]” and begin to blaspheme and condemn our own God:

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte [ a repentant sinner, the “deadly wound”], and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Now here are the Old and New Testament accounts of the same “one event” we must all endure when we are first being judged of God. When we contend with, reprove and condemn our heavenly Father for what we think is excessive trials of life, we are guilty of blasphemy:

Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Rev 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Rev 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

This “plague of hail” causes us to “blaspheme God”. But what is it that ‘hail’ does? What is the function of ‘hail’ in scripture? Here is what hail does, and this is why we “blaspheme God”:

Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

We just naturally hide ourselves from the fiery Words of God in “the refuge of lies”.

Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

In time with the ‘hail’ of His Word, God will “sweep away the refuge of lies”, destroying the kingdom of the beast within us all. It is through and during the process of this destruction that we “blaspheme God” as our old man dies, and as we come to understand that “the Lord is [ the] refuge” of the new man within us.

Psa 46:7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Jer 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.

The first thirty- one chapters of this book chronicle Job’s trials, the accusations of his self- righteous, “miserable comforters”, and Job’s self- righteous defense of himself and his contending with, reproving and condemning of His God. Chapters 32-37 are the words of Elihu, the type of God’s two witnesses, who reveals to Job his self- righteousness, and the fact that he is guilty of reproving, contending with, and condemning His own Maker. In the past two chapters, God Himself has granted to Job his wish to come before God so he could declare unto God just how unjust are God’s ways, and just how righteous are Job’s ways.

Job 23:1 Then Job answered and said,
Job 23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
Job 23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
Job 23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
Job 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
Job 31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
Job 31:34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?
Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
Job 31:36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
Job 31:37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
Job 31:38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
Job 31:39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
Job 31:40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

Job’s sincere desire to confront God reveals to us just how insidious is the sin of self- righteousness. Without realizing it, we attribute our actions to ourselves and think that we are able to serve God better as we are, instead of serving Him as He would have us to. Without realizing it, we end up condemning our own God in defense of our own righteousness.

Job 16:9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
Job 16:10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
Job 16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
Job 16:12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.
Job 16:13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.
Job 16:14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.

These verses reveal that ultimately it is God who is the “enemy” of our old, self- righteous man.

Job 16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
Job 16:12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.
Job 16:13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.
Job 16:14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.

But Job speaks way beyond his own understanding when he wishes that God, “[ his] enemy”, had “written a book” inasmuch as we later learn that every day of every man’s life was written in God’s book before any of those days were:

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

God has already revealed to us, in chapters 1-2, that Satan is nothing more or less than His own hand to carry out the function for which “His hand… formed the crooked serpent”.

Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

God Himself also had Job’s and our own self- righteousness “written in His book” before we were born. He had all of Job’s trials written in that book; the loss of all of his material possessions, the torment of the false accusations of his “inward friends”, the witness of Elihu who spoke for God. In the past two chapters God Himself has been demonstrating to us and to Job, just how insignificant and worthless we are of ourselves, and how foolish we are to question Him and His ways. He has been demonstrating this by means of and inquisition of Job concerning things in nature which are far beyond Job’s and our means of understanding, much less being controlled by any of us.
But now God reveals to Job and to us exactly what our contending and reproving of His ways amounts to, and what He tells us we all do when we resent His ways of dealing with and destroying our old, self- righteous, first man, Adam, is this:

Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Job 40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

Since Job is the Old Testament type of the old, self- righteous, first man, Adam in each of us, just for our own edification, let’s look again at what Job earlier was so confident would be his attitude if this day ever would come. Here is the insidious spirit of self- righteousness within us all, at our own appointed time:

Job 23:1 Then Job answered and said,
Job 23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
Job 23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
Job 23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
Job 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
Job 31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
Job 31:34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?
Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
Job 31:36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
Job 31:37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
Job 31:38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
Job 31:39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
Job 31:40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

“I would order my cause before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments.” Is that what Job did? No, of course not. Instead of ‘filling his mouth with arguments’, Job “answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. Such a humiliating experience is nothing less than the birth pains of the new man, “the last Adam”. The crushing to powder of the old self- righteous, “first man Adam” continues:

Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

When God comes in a whirlwind, it displays His contempt of sinful flesh and His wrath towards the law of sin He Himself placed within “sinful flesh” for the purpose of pouring out His wrath upon the kingdom of our old, self- righteous, sinful “first man Adam”

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Here are just a few instances of God appearing in a whirlwind to pour out His wrath as He judges the earth:

Psa 58:9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
Pro 1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
Pro 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Isa 5:28 Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:
Isa 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
Isa 40:24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
Isa 41:15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.
Isa 41:16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
Jer 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
Jer 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
Jer 25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.
Jer 25:32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
Jer 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
Eze 1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

“A whirlwind” typifies God’s wrath upon the kingdom of our old man within, and upon the kingdoms of this world without. Both are true, and both the inward and the outward have their own appointed time of application.
But the spiritual inward application is always primary for God’s elect. So God continues to grind Job within us to powder:

Job 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Do we say to God, “Why do [ You] yet find fault… why have you made me thus?” The answer is, yes, we do:

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Rom 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

“Nay but, O man, Who are you that repliest against God?” What God is revealing to us through Job is that when we contend with and reprove God, we are guilty of blasphemy, and we are guilty of condemning our very Maker and Creator.
So God is asking us to consider this:

Job 40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
Job 40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

Of our natural selves, we have not so much as a clue what the majesty, excellency, glory and beauty of God are simply because all of these attributes are known to us only through the spirit, and the things of the spirit are known to us only through the destruction and the death of our natural carnal mind.

1Ch 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

When the natural man hears that “if we suffer with Him we will be glorified with Him”, those words simply do not compute. Like James and John, we have no idea what we are even discussing.

Mat 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
Mat 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

“You shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with” is just an affirmation of the fact that there is one event to all men and that all things come alike to all:

Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

“All things” is not ‘One thing comes alike to all’, as so many want to make this verse read. The “all things” of this verse is the same as the “all things” of these verses:

1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

Just to leave us all without excuse the phrase “all things are yours” is qualified, so we cannot miss its intended meaning. It is not speaking only about death, and is so often asserted in reference to Ecc 9:2.

1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

Death is included, but it is not all that “comes alike to all”. What does “come alike to all” is the fiery process of the judgment of God upon all the kingdoms of men which stand in opposition to Him and His ways.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

What does “come alike to all” is “liv[ ing] by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God [Mat 4:4, and] keep[ ing] the things written… in [ the] book… of the Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev 1:3).

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

“The time is come… the time is at hand… that judgment must begin at the house of God”, and that judgment is accomplish by “keep[ ing] the thing which are written… in [ the revelation of Jesus Christ].
But we do not have an arm like God, and we cannot thunder with a voice like Him. We cannot deck ourselves with majesty and excellency or array ourselves with glory and beauty because we are not like God of ourselves, and as we have seen, excellency, glory and beauty come only through God’s judgment, and the destruction of our old, self- righteous, proud, first man Adam. From all of this we all just naturally recoil, and refuse to acknowledge the need for the destruction of our proud, self- righteous, old “first man Adam”. We actually think that we can make a covenant with death which will avoid the need to die:

Isa 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

So God continues to demonstrate just how unqualified we are to be gods, while we are “yet carnal” (1Co 3:1-4).

Job 40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
Job 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

God knows that this is how we just naturally think of ourselves:

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

God knows that this is the truth of man’s wrath:

Jas 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

It is not in man to abase the proud, or to tread down the wicked in their place. “The wrath of man” is but the fruit of what is in the hearts of the proud and wicked. So He instructs us:

Jas 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

This is not the time for the Lord’s Christ to judge this outward world. Rather this is the time to war against the kingdoms of the beast within us. If we are granted to destroy that beast and to overcome the beast and his name, his number, and his image, then we will be given to opportunity to rule over the kingdoms of this world and to reign on this earth with our Lord for “a thousand years”.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

We must first overcome the kingdom of the beast within us, and we must first destroy the man of sin who sits in the temple of God claiming to be God, before this blessing of being given power over the outward nations will be granted to us. We must spiritually “lie dead in the streets of that great city where our Lord was crucified” before we will “find [ our] lives”.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

So then, if indeed we are God’s elect at this time, what this means is that we have first been given power over the kingdoms of this world within, and we must “die daily” to our own beast within, and be crucified daily constant and continuous opposition to the words of Christ from the very people who claim they believe on Christ, just as was our Lord. This too, if we are granted to be crucified with our Lord and die daily with Him, is nothing more or less than a gift from God, and it is nothing we can accomplish of ourselves.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We of ourselves cannot ‘cast abroad the rage of our wrath, humble and abase the proud, or bring low and tread down the wicked, within or without.’ It is God and God alone who has made the wicked for the day of evil, and it is He alone who can humble the proud and wicked in the day of His judgment for which the wicked and proud were made.

Job 40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
Job 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
Deu 32:35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
Isa 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

It is in “the day of the Lord that we are all abased and brought low and judged. It is a time of fiery trials and tribulations, and it brings us to our wits’ end, just before we are brought back from death to life.

Psa 107:25 For he [ the Lord] commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

It is all of God. He Himself “raises the stormy wind” and He Himself “maketh the storm calm so the waves thereof are still”.
It is He who bring us all “to our wits’ end”, causing us to “cry unto the Lord in [ our] trouble”. It is all of Him, and nothing of us.
So the Lord continues:

Job 40:13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
Job 40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

We neither give ourselves life, nor do we know the day of our own death. Our “own right hand… live moves and has its being in [ Christ]”, and does nothing of itself.

Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

So this is what God wants us to know and do:

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

God is bringing us all to glorifying Him for all of His “wonderful works to the children of men”.
Next will, if the Lord wills, we will come to know the mind of our Lord just a little more when we place our hands over our mouths and let the Lord reason with us with these words:

Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
Job 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
Job 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
Job 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
Job 40:19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
Job 40:20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
Job 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
Job 40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
Job 40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
Job 40:24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

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