Banner Theme: A Test of Faith
Middle Church Guild, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
Designed and created by the members of the Coatbridge Middle Church Guild
Then out of the Storm
Were you there when I made the world?
In the dawn of that day the
stars sang together, and the heavenly beings shouted for joy
Have you any idea how big the world is?
Do you know the laws
that govern the
skies, and can you make them apply to the
Who closed the gates to hold back the sea when it burst from the womb of the earth?
I marked a boundary for the sea and kept it behind bolted gates. I told it so far and no further! Here your powerful waves must
Have you been to the springs in the depth of the sea?
Have you ever visited the storerooms,
where I keep the snow and the hail? I keep them for times of trouble, for days of battle and war.
Have you been to the place where the sun comes up, or the place from which the east wind blows
Have you ordered the dawn to seize the earth and shake the wicked from their hiding places? Daylight makes the hills and valleys stand out like the folds of a garment, clear as the imprint of a seal on clay.
Who dug a channel for the pouring rain and cleared the way for the thunderstorm
who makes the rain fall where no one lives? Who waters the dry and thirsty land, so that the grass springs up?
Who is wise enough to count the clouds and tilt them over to pour out the rain, rain that hardens the dust into lumps?
Who tells the ibis when the Nile will flood, or who tells the cock when the rain will fall?
can you catch Leviathen (crocodile) with a fish hook or tie his tongue down with a rope?
There is nothing on earth to compare with him; he is a creature who has no fear, he is King of all wild beasts.
Was it you, Jobe who made horses so strong and gave them their moving means?
Look at the monster Behemoth; (Hippopotamus); I created him and i created you. He eats grass like a cow, but what strength there is in his body, and what power there is in his muscles! Only his creator can defeat him.