Because Job had by this time reasoned that he was guilty of something, He now begins by asking God to stop tormenting him or show him his sin. He praises God for His creation but in the next breath charges God as being inconsistent. In other words, he still didn’t trust that God would do what is right, Genesis 18:25.
Even though the questions seem like insults, Job asserted that it wasn’t logical for God to oppress that which He created, and at the same time shine with favour on the wicked. He asks, dies God have eyes of flesh, God is spirit, John 4:24. ‘Eyes’ is a metaphor that refers to God’s knowledge of Job’s predicament.
He says that no one can deliver him, God could, but please note that Job didn’t question the existence of an all-powerful and benevolent God.
Because he was frustrated with his life and didn’t understand what was going on, he only sought to understand the plan of God in reference to his existence and suffering. The answer to Job’s supposed predicament is in the fact that God can do all that can be done.
Notice Job says man is like a vessel of clay, shaped by a potter. Man is like cheese, poured out by a cheesemaker and man is like a garment, woven by a weaver.
Job knows that God is the Potter and he is the clay, Psalm 139:14 and he knows that man comes from the dust of the earth, Genesis 2:7 / Psalms 103:14.
He thinks that God is trying to destroy him, Job 2:6, Job questioned why God would have created man in the first place. The answer is in the fact that God is a God of love. We cannot point the finger at God and say you don’t know what it is like because He does.
Remember Job has got no idea that Satan is the one behind his suffering and so, he now seeks to understand the concealed purposes of God. What confuses him was that regardless of his righteous living, he had to suffer such great trouble in his life, John 16:33 / 2 Timothy 3:12.
Job began to conclude that God’s infliction in his life was His judgment, that he was in some way guilty. If God had inflicted him because of some guilt, then he questioned why God created him in the first place, Romans 8:18.
He feels like he’s being hunted down, being stalked like a lion.
Clarke, in his commentary, says the following.
‘As the hunters attack the king of beasts in the forest, so my friends attack me. They assail me on every side.’
Job then goes back to his death wish but in the end, he wants God to simply leave him alone. Notice the words he uses to describe how’s he feeling.
Mason, in his commentary, says the following.
‘Finally, he resorts to using no less than four different Hebrew words for ‘darkness,’ translated variously as ‘midnight black,’ ‘the shadow of death,’ ‘the land of murk and chaos,’ ‘where confusion reigns,’ ‘where light itself is like the dead of night,’ and so on. Job masses these words together, piling one on top of another for a cumulative effect as solemn and impressive as anything in Shakespeare.’
Job must have been glad God didn’t leave him alone or let him die.