Job 41-42 Matthew 16
“Who do you say that I am?” That is the question Jesus asked the Twelve, and is very similar to the question God has put to Job and his three comforters. God paints a very vivid image of a great beast called leviathan and uses that image to illustrate His own omnipotence. Leviathan, though fierce and frightful to man, is still subject to his Creator. Since man is unable to subdue, capture or domesticate this part of God’s creation how much more unable are we to manipulate, control or even stand in opposition to the God of creation. Oh but then, after the rebuke, comes the reconciliation. God has the comforters who painfully challenged Job’s righteousness bring a significant sacrifice and God chose Job to perform the duties of the priest in their offerings. When Job prayed for his friends God’s blessing of abundance was restored upon his life.
We conclude the book of Job by seeing how lavishly he was blessed. His possessions were doubled and he who mourned at the graves of his children again rejoiced at the birth of his sons and beautiful daughters. His first daughter was named Jemimah meaning “the morning dove” in recognition of the new day God had granted. The second daughter was named Kezih meaning “sweet smelling spice” and the third Keren-Happuch meaning “horn of beauty”. Even though weeping endures for the night – joy comes in the morning!
In our New Testament reading, Simon Peter responds to Jesus question, “Who do you say that I am?” with the answer, “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.” How profound are these words! They are the bedrock of our theology. Coming to the realization of who Christ is changes everything both for Simon Peter and for us. This simple fisherman with the knack of saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time gets it right. At that moment Jesus illuminates the potential that simple truth can make in the life of one who is willing. Although the rough edges are still there, and Peter will find himself saying the wrong thing again just six verses down, there is a glimmer of the hope that is beginning to grow in his heart. From the broken but fertile soil of the heart the word that has been planted there has begin to send up a tender shoot. In time and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit he will accomplish great things for Christ and for His Church.
We are so like Peter. We have a past and often struggle with the present, yet that word, hidden in our heart, will not return void. It will bring forth fruit in its season. So keep planting, keep pressing on and watch with expectation for what God will do through those prepared for His service.