18 May 2016

God's characteristics in Job 38-39

What are some characteristics of God in Job 38-39?



  • God has power to do all things that are according to His character.

  • God cannot lie. 2 Timothy 2:13, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18

  • God cannot be tempted James 1:3

  • God can save anyone who meets His conditions Matthew 19:26

  • In the Old Testament

    • As the Almighty (Ēl Shadday) as in Exodus 6:3

    • As Lord of Hosts (Armies) (Yahweh ṣə·ḇā·’ō·wṯ). In Old Testament times the power, greatest, authority of a king was related to the size of his kingdom, number of soldiers, and the number of people he ruled over. God is seen as having a kingdom, army, and people a number too large to count, thus, omnipotent. Psalm 24:10, etc.

    • As the mighty one ('âbı̂yr). The one who has all strength as in Isaiah 49:26



  • God knows all things--past, present, future, and all things knowable as the position of a planet a million years from, and all things not knowable as in a person's decision and action (an open theist would not believe that God can know future unknowable acts as a person's decision or action). Psalm 147:5, Isaiah 46:10, Acts 15:18, Hebrews 4:13, Ezekiel 8:7-12, Zechariah 9:9 with Matthew 21:1-11

  • Includes all our thoughts, words, desires, deeds, and motivation. 1 Samuel 16:7, Proverbs 15:11, Hebrews 4:13



  • God is located everywhere. Proverbs 15:3, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Amos 9:2, 2 Chronicles 2:6

  • God is active everywhere. His activity, acts, can be simultaneous is any and every place at once.

  • Psalm 139 where all 3 characteristics are spoken of.

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