Job 34:9 For he hath said,
It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words werewithout wisdom....
Job 34:37 For he
addeth rebellion unto his sin,
he clappeth his handsamong us, and multiplieth his words against God".
God granted Job an audiance with Him as he had a very important point to maketo Job.
Job 38:2Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who isthis that
words without knowledge
? Job 38:3Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
In chapters 38-40 is recorded 74 questions which God asked of Job. Thesequestions were not to settle an argument, but for God to reveal Himself - Hisgoodness, power and wisdom. He did not explain to Job the reasons for hissufferings, but was showing him through these afflictions, a flaw which had beenhiding in the character of this righteous man and could only be manifestedthrough these trials. God's purpose was to open Job’s eyes and rescue him fromthis deadly, unseen mammoth foe.
So the Lord answered Job and said,
"shall anyone who holds acontroversy with me try to instruct or reprove me as well? He that thinks he isright to argue or justify himself against me, let him answer or give account tohis reasoning.” Job 40:3Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Job 40:4Behold, I am vile
(impure, sinful, unclean)
; 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.
Notice that in Job’s answer to God, he did not justify himself but admitted that hehad sinned against Him. This revelation forever changed Job’s attitude andoutlook towards himself and towards his Creator. Apparently Job needed furtherinstruction and understanding, for once again, out of the whirlwind returns theDivine voice of God. I believe God's main purpose was not to shame Job, but tolead him in a new experience.