On June 27, 2012, we turn to the book of Job, the most beautifully written book in the entire Bible. Job is a literary triumph. It is considered by many experts in literature and Biblical studies as the greatest example of literature in the world! For Christians, however, Job serves an even more important purpose: to help understand human suffering and to remind us to trust God even in despair and misery.
Remember: THREE-A-DAY IS THE EASIEST WAY! There are 1,189 Chapters in the Bible and to read the whole Bible in 52 Weeks, one must read an average of 3.25 Chapters every day!
We are now in week twenty-three and I strongly encourage every member of Charity to bring family and friends as we study this powerful but often misunderstood book of the Bible. In our study of Job, over the next few weeks, we will learn some of what has been misinterpreted about Job and what Christians should understand as the key lessons from Job. Don’t miss this series, it will be time well spent!
Please read prayerfully and carefully the book of Job and answer the following questions that we will discuss in our session on Wednesday:
1. Who was Job and what did his name mean?
2. Who wrote the book of Job?
3. In which period of Bible history did Job live? Where did Job live?
4. Is Job a book of poetry or prose?
5. How do you know from Chapter 1 how rich Job was?
6. What was the important meeting in Chapter 1 that Job did not attend? Who was in the meeting and what happened?
7. How do you think Job’s unawareness of this meeting affected his understanding of what happened to him after the meeting?
8. What is the well-known verse in Chapter 1 that is often used at funerals to explain why humans die? After reading the book of Job so far, do you think this well-known verse comes from God?
9. What did Job lose in Chapter 1?
10. How did Job respond to his first test?
11. What happened in Chapter 2 in the second meeting that Job was absent from? Who was in that meeting?
12. What did Job lose in Chapter 2?
13. How did Job respond to this second test?
14. In which verse in Chapter 2 did Job’s wife tell him her famous words on how to respond to his health crisis? What did she say to Job?
15. What were the names of Job’s three friends?
16. Although Job did not curse God, he came very close in Chapter 3. In which verses of Chapter 3 does Job come close to cursing God?
17. What did Job’s three friends do when they first saw him with his health afflictions?
18. Who was the first of Job’s three friends to speak? What did he say?
19. What did Job say in response to the message of the first friend who spoke?
20. Who was the second friend to speak and what did he say?
21. What did Job say in response to the second friend who spoke?
22. Who was the third friend to speak and what did he say to Job?
23. What did Job say in response to the third friend who spoke?
24. Where in Chapter 13 do we find Job’s famous words “though he slay me”? Now that you have read Job in context through Chapter 14 do you understand these famous words of Job any differently?
25. Where in Chapter 14 does Job speak one of the best known verses in the Bible?
26. How do you interpret what Job said in the famous verse and was he right?
27. What do Job’s words in Chapter 14:14 mean to you?
28. What advantage do you think we have today over Job during his moments of great pain and despair?
Now that you have read the book of Job in proper context from Chapter 1 thru 14, do you have a better understanding about some of the words that came from Job and not from God?
What have you learned so far about how some of Job and his friends’ words may have been misinterpreted over the years?