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G-d asking Iyov (Job): “Where were you?”

In the Book of Job (Sefer Iyov) 38:4, G-d is asking Iyov a very interesting question:

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth? Tell me if you know the thought behind it.”

G-d’s question somehow hits the nail on the head. Humans like to complain all the time and the more advanced technology and science get, the more arrogant we become. Suddenly we feel that we know everything. We have computers and we are able to Google everything and anything. There are times when this makes us feel superior and even invulnerable.

Today CERN tries to recreate the BIG BANG and people think that, once they find out about how our universe came into existence, we may have solved one of the last secrets existing. Once we are able to imitate the BIG BANG, we are just like G-d.

But does all this knowledge turn us into superior beings? Do we really know what G-d was up to and why he created our universe and us?

However, reality shows that we don’t know G-d on a personal basis. Of course, we are able to establish a relationship with Him but we still don’t know His secrets let alone His inner Essence. Talking about myself: I don’t feel the urge to know all His secrets because I am happy with what I have.

I think that it simply bothers a lot of people to depend on a superior being like G-d. We still have to die and we still age. Even if someone invented the most perfect anti-aging creme, our body wouldn’t stop aging. Mankind is vulnerable, no matter how many times we recreate the BIG BANG.

And G-d is right when He raises the question: “Where were you when I created the universe? How dare you complain about everything when you don’t know my intentions!”


2 thoughts on “G-d asking Iyov (Job): “Where were you?”

  1. i agree miriam,,,people use science as thier foundation because they lack the will to believe in the unseen and they feel they have to rationolize it all,,,allthough science can be helpfull,,it is not the answer to all things it is but a step that man can do to help his world not re create it or that which is in it,,it is ones own free will to have faith in g-d or not and those who choose not usually turn to what they think they created themselves in achievments…

  2. B”H

    Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik writes about this in his book HALACHIC MAN:

    “Homo religiosus , like cognitive man, seeks the lawful and the ordered, the fixed and the necessary. But for homo religiosus, the revelation of the law and the comprehension of the order and interconnectedness of existence only intensifies and deepens the question and the problem…For to him the concept of lawfulness is in itself the deepest of mysteries.”

    “Cognitive man: Cognition, for him, consists of discovering the secret, solving the riddle, hidden, buried deep in reality, precisely through the cognition of the scientific order and pattern of this world. In a word, the act of cognitive man is one of revelation and disclosure.

    In his book, Rabbi Soloveitchik compares the homo religiosus and and cognitive man. The first doesn’t neglect science but sees the mysteries of Creation in everything existing. Whereas cognitive man lives according to natural laws and rational reality. He wants to find out the reasons and what this is all about. In other words, cognitive man wants facts.

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