Read Job 39
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The rhetorical question is often used to make a point rather than to gather information. When a member of a team sport makes a critical misjudgment that causes his team to lose the game, and the coach asks him “what were you thinking?” It is entirely possible that the coach really is not that interested in hearing what was going through the players mind at that instant, but rather is implying that the player was NOT thinking at all at that moment.
These questions that God is peppering at Job in this chapter are similar in nature. God already knows that Job does not know the answers to these questions, so it is unlikely that God really expects Job to answer them. The point God seems to be seeking to press home not just to Job but also to us, is that there are many things that we don’t understand about what God has done, is doing, and will yet do. It is this massive difference between God and humans that sets Him apart as God. He is infinite, where we are finite. He knows all things where our knowledge is limited. His power is infinite, while our power is limited.
The bottom line is that, He is the Creator, and we are the created. That fact alone sets us apart by an infinite degree. Interestingly, despite the disparaging difference, God valued humanity enough to send His own Son to earth in human form to save us from ourselves, to provide a way for our relationship with Him to be restored.
It seems we sometimes get the notion that God questions us in order to condemn us when we answer His question incorrectly. Nothing could be further from the truth. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17) God doesn’t question us to condemn us; He questions us to help us understand that we need Him to help us find the right answer, because He knows that only He has the answer that we need. That answer is found when we repent of our prideful rebellious ways, and receive His forgiveness as we place our trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.