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Job 11:7-9



7 Canst thou by searching [cheqer] find out [matsa'] God ['elowahh]? canst thou find [matsa'] out the Almighty [Shadday] unto perfection [takliyth]?

8 It is as high [gobahh] as heaven [shamayim]; what canst thou do [pa`al]? deeper [`amoq] than hell [sha'owl]; what canst thou know [yada`]?

9 The measure [mad] thereof is longer ['arok] than the earth ['erets], and broader [rachab] than the sea [yam]. KJV-Interlinear



7 'Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? 8 'They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know? 9 'Its measure is longer than the earth, And broader than the sea. NASB



In Job's time, the dimensions of the earth were unknown. No one knew that there were continents on the other side of the oceans. Probably only those who ventured over the distant mountains, knew what was on the other side.


Where did it all end? No one knew except God.


But as history unfolded and as humanity ventured out across the continents and oceans, and peered into the night skies, we have discovered that not only is the universe more vast that anyone can imagine, but we simply do not know where it all ends.


Zophar gives us some insight, which I'll bet you have never considered.


We know that the universe is something like 13 or 14 billion light-years to our outermost viewing point.


But Zophar suggests that not only are the heavens so vast, as is Gods wisdom, that even the underworld, that world beneath, the world of the dead, is just as vast. How can that be? The planet is only 8000 miles in diameter and the universe is measured in billions of light-years.


But there you have it. The vastness of Gods knowledge goes beyond our ability to comprehend. There are things that we cannot measure. There are things that we cannot detect. There are things that we will never be able to discover while in this life.


Man has limitations. And not only physical limitations, but man has discovery limitations. If God wishes for us to know, then we will discover it. If God does not want humanity to discover something, then we will never discover it. We won't even know what it is that we cannot discover.


Psa. 139:6

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. NASB


Eccl 3:11

11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. NASB


Eph. 3:17-19

that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. NASB


However, while in the carnal sphere of this life, we have limitations, in contrast, in the spiritual sphere of life, we will eventually have no limitations. That alone should blow your imagination wide open.


The width of Gods wisdom gives us unlimited provision. Nothing is left out of life. Everything imaginable will be included in life, in eternity.


The length of Gods wisdom is our advancement through Gods plan. Our spiritual growth will have no end. It is limitless and will continue forever. God controls everything.


The height of Gods wisdom is the glorification of God, the advancement to spiritual maturity, the sovereignty of Gods will.


And, the depth of Gods wisdom, is the unlimited resources with which He and eventually we, will have to draw from.


As we have already learned in 1 Jn., love is the content of the Word of God. We learn doctrine and therefore we have Gods love within us. Love is not an emotional feeling, as most people refer to it. Love is not a hug or a kiss, or anything intimate. Love is certainly not allowing evil to have its way, as the 'make love not war,' idiot crowd see things. Love is the content of Bible doctrine. Learning doctrine teaches you the principles, precepts, mandates, and so forth of God will. That is true love. Love is the content of truth.


And in that, we are able to peer into the vastness of Gods wisdom.


Even in Zophar's analogy, this earth is so vast in its complexities, that we do not know or understand everything that makes this world tick. We may be able to see the planet from outer space, but we are still blind with respect to the planet beneath its surface, even the sub-atomic activity of matter. We cannot even predict the weather for a week with great accuracy. We certainly cannot predict global climate changes over the course of decades or centuries.


And, even though Zophar is trying to reinforce his argument against Job, by using the incomprehensibleness of God, then if Zophar had thought about it, even he should have begun to wonder what all of this suffering was about.


Perhaps, Jobs suffering was a learning experience for everyone, rather than being used as an opportunity to condemn. Perhaps many other things in life are supposed to be viewed as learning experiences, spiritual learning experiences.

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