“Dominion and dread belong to Him,
the One who establishes harmony in the heavens,” (25:2 HCSB).
Job 25 is the fifth shortest chapter in the Bible, but it is filled to the brim with His Truth.
Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
“Dominion and awe belong to Him
Who establishes peace in His heights.
3 “Is there any number to His troops?
And upon whom does His light not rise?
4 “How then can a man be just with God?
Or how can he be clean who is born of woman?
5 “If even the moon has no brightness
And the stars are not pure in His sight,
6 How much less man, that maggot,
And the son of man, that worm!” (5:1-6).
Bildad can hardly contain himself, moved to squelch Job’s audacity in asking why God seems to ignore the wicked. For if there is nothing in the heavenlies that is pure in His sight, then man certainly can never claim that for himself. And for Job to allege that when this test is over, he will surely come forth as gold (Job 23:10), is intolerable to Bildad.
You can almost hear Bildad’s indignation. “Job, how dare you claim to be pure in His sight, you maggot!”
And while the impetus behind his contention with Job is based on his own faulty understanding of God’s dealings with Job, his case for the attributes and character of God do line up with Truth.
All Dominion belongs to Him. And Dread too.
Consider His Dominion and Dread
From: Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
Dominion: “4910. מָשַׁל māšal: A verb denoting to rule, to reign, or to have dominion over…its general tone communicates leadership and authority.”
Awe/Dread: “6343. פַּחַד paḥaḏ: A masculine singular noun translated dread, terror.”
His Dominion is everlasting throughout all time.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations, (Psalm 145:13).
Isaiah speaks of the Dread, the terror of the Lord, in concert with the splendor of His Majesty when He finally comes again to establish His Dominion on earth.
Enter the rock and hide in the dust
From the terror of the Lord and from the splendor of His majesty. (Isaiah 2:10).
The two go hand-in-hand, His Dominion and His Dread. He is all powerful as to have Dominion over all His creation. How can His creation not comprehend the terrifying reality of His Dread revealed in the splendor of His Majesty?
Job had in fact acknowledged God’s Dominion over his life.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord,” (Job 1:21).
And Job had also recognized the reality of His terrifying Dread.
“Remove Your hand from me,
And let not the dread of You terrify me,” (Job 13:21).
Bildad was not telling Job anything he didn’t already know… or believe.
And Job had never claimed to be pure in God’s sight. Job knew God was on His throne, so high above mere man; and Job had a very healthy and reverent fear of His power. But despite his questions and confusion, Job proclaimed his faith in God.
“Though He slay me,
I will hope in Him.
Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him,” (Job 13:15).
And while Job was grieved by the charges assailed against him, Job knew that God knew.
“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 “My foot has held fast to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food,” (Job 23:10-12).
Job had not turned aside from God’s way because his hope was in God alone. And it’s possible that hearing Bildad’s pronouncement about Dominion and Dread that belong to God, brought some comfort to Job, reinforcing what he already believed. For because Dominion and Dread belong to Him, the day would come for Job that God would act according to His Dominion and Dread.
How do we respond to His Dominion and Dread?
God acted according to all His Dominion and Dread in Jesus Christ, Who conquered sin and death and brought Dread over the enemy forever. Everything is under His authority, and everything is at the mercy of His hands, and if we have any sense at all, we should be terrified.
For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God, (Hebrews 10:30-31).
When we place our faith in Him for our salvation, we place our faith in His Dominion and Dread; receiving His gift of eternal life and His perfect love that casts out the fear of punishment.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 6:23).
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love, (1 John 4:18).
Let us trust Him to strengthen our faith through His Dominion and Dread.
- Because His Dominion and Dread is over every authority, we can trust Him in every uncertain time.
- which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come, (Ephesians 1:20-21).
- Because His Dominion and Dread is over every enemy, we can rest in His love that keeps us forever.
- Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?… 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 8:35, 37-39).
- Because His Dominion and Dread is over every lie, we can trust Him to vindicate us by His Truth.
- “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord, (Isaiah 54:17).
- “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
- Because His Dominion and Dread is over death, we can live in confidence that we too will be raised to new life in Him.
- We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him, (Roman 6:9 ESV).
- Because His Dominion and Dread is over every sin, we can live free from sin as we abide in His grace.
- For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace, (Roman 6:14 ESV).
- And Because His Dominion and Dread is over our eternal destiny we can choose to live with fixed and pure hope that we will one day be like Jesus.
- Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure, (1 John 3:2-3).
Oh, may our lives be offered in reverence and obedience. It’s really the only reasonable thing to do; for after all, Dominion and Dread belong to Him.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship, (Romans 12:1).