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5 Which removeth [`athaq] the mountains [har], and
they know [yada`] not: which overturneth [haphak] them in his anger ['aph].
6 Which shaketh [ragaz] the earth ['erets] out of her place [maqowm],
and the pillars [`ammuwd] thereof tremble [palats].
7 Which commandeth ['amar] the sun [cherec], and it
riseth [zarach] not; and sealeth up [chatham] the stars [kowkab]. KJV-Interlinear
5 'It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how,
When He overturns them in His anger; 6
Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble; 7 Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets
a seal upon the stars; NASB
Job begins listing a number of events
which God, Himself can cause, if and when it is His pleasure. Job did not read about volcanoes and
earthquakes on the internet or in books.
He did not see documentaries covering these events on television. Those media did not exist in his day.
Job could only have known about them by
hearing from others, who have actually witnessed these events, speaking of
them, or by witnessing them himself.
Remember that in Jobs day, the flood of
Noah's time had occurred only a few hundred years prior. Most people still lived in the Middle East,
and had not ventured too far out across the planet.
The common belief is that the seven
current continents existed before the flood as they exist today. Their relative positions differing a little
due to continental drift over the last 4500 years, give or take. However, I have proposed the idea in past
studies, that perhaps the separate continents did not exist prior to the flood
as they do today, and that one huge continent was broken up as a part of that yearlong
flood of the planet.
Of course this is speculation, but here
is my point.
Back in those days following the flood,
there might very well have been many violent earth-altering events, such as the
moving and colliding of continents, volcanoes, floods, earthquakes and
such. If the bulk of the planet were not
inhabited, then there would be no danger to people in general. Even Mt. Everest exists as a result of continental
plates pushing it up, causing its great height.
Whatever the form this planet was in,
clearly Job was aware, of the extreme violence that the planet was capable of,
without having the convenience of television coverage of such events.
In any case, Job ascribes these events
to Gods power.
But more than that, Job uses these
things, the mountain, the ground, the sun and stars, as examples of immovable objects.
Objects that have been put in their place by God, and of which their nature is
so vast, that nothing imaginable, certainly nothing of human origin, could move
or alter them.
God and God alone possesses that kind of
The contrast is then clear. Man is weak, despite mans imagined strengths
and innovations. God is powerful, and
God needs no machine, or mechanism, or invention to do whatever He pleases.
This reinforces the question, 'Who can
argue with God?'
And of course none of us can argue even
a single point, with God.
So, if all recognize Gods infinite
knowledge, wisdom, and power, then why wouldn't more folks want to get to know
And the answer to that is, that most
folks are indifferent. Most folks do not
look beyond their immediate environment and life, for answers to life, and to
the formation of their own beliefs.
Gods plan for each of our lives, for
history, for all of creation, is so phenomenal, that we cannot even begin to
imagine all of its components. Yet,
humanity is so self-centered, that he cheapens Gods views on just about
Humanity approaches nearly everything in
life by first discounting or even eliminating Gods role in everything. Life is then viewed as nothing more than the
forces of society and nature doing their own thing, with little or no guidance
from any outside force. Which means, if
we learn enough about nature and society, then we as a human race, will one day
be able to overcome those uncontrollable forces and flaws, and bring a greater
experience into the human realm.
So, in the mean time, the planet's
climate is changing. The how's and why's
we don't know for certain. The polar ice
pack may well be gone in the next fifty years, causing even more climate
disruptions. The oil reserves are
diminishing and may well be depleted in the next thirty years, except for any
new discoveries that may arise. The
population of the planet will double in the next thirty to forty years. Those folks will need an education, jobs,
transportation, shelter and so forth.
And if you put your mind to it, you
could come up with many more potential problems which the human race will be
faced with over this coming century. And
what of the century after this one, and the next and the next.
At some point, humanity will reach his
limit and life will come crashing down around us all.
That is Job's point here. God is infinite, eternal, and capable of
doing anything. Man is not.
God is capable of bringing your life
together with perfect precision. You are
So do you look to God for the answers in
your life, or do you ignore God and try to do things yourself?
21 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood
from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is He who sits above the vault of
the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the
heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
23 He it is who reduces rulers to
nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
24 Scarcely have they been planted,
Scarcely have they been sown, Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither, And the storm carries them away
like stubble. NASB
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