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32 With clouds [kaph] he covereth [kacah] the light ['owr]; and
commandeth [tsavah] it not to shine by the
cloud that cometh betwixt [paga`]. KJV-Interlinear
32 'He covers His hands with the
lightning, And commands it to strike the mark. NASB
Think of the many things that can occur in life,
things over which it is virtually impossible to control. Lightning certainly should be on that list.
We cannot control the weather, and certainly cannot
control the electrical charges that occur in the atmosphere. And this is the point that Elihu makes.
From his perspective, in ancient times, lightning was
probably one of the more dramatic, beautiful, and violent events that could be
observed and observed frequently. That
is probably true even today.
You cannot catch lightning, or even predict it. It occurs so fast and extends over such great
distances, and usually comes with some pretty loud thunder, that control over
it can easily be presumed to be impossible.
And yet, Elihu teaches us that the control over
lightning is easily within Gods domain.
God holds lightning in the palm of His hand (He holds it in the clouds),
as one would a ball, and throws it with great accuracy toward its intended
target. God holds it as one would hold
an attack dog, pointing it toward its intended target and releases it at the
proper time, for maximum effect.
Such is the nature and meaning of this verse.
Lightning is unpredictable, quick, and powerful. Lightning is something that man cannot
possibly control. However God has no
problem supervising all of lightning's attributes and paths.
Lightning can be used to impose judgment (cursing),
and it can be used to cleanse the air (blessing). Lightning can be used to demonstrate awesome
power as well as beauty.
Lightning is a good illustration of Gods power in its
control, and it is also a good example of obedience to Gods will. Lightning goes nowhere except as God wills.
And lightning is something that everyone can relate to,
no matter where you are on the planet, no matter when you have, or will, live
in history. Likewise, knowledge of God
is something of which everyone has easy access, with no possibility of an
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