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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
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
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. NASB
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
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
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
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.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.