On July 25, 2012, we will complete our study of 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-seven and as we finish Job, I strongly encourage every member of Charity to bring family and friends as we seek to understand how the book of Job has been misunderstood by so many for so long. This week we will look back at the entire book of Job to understand better what has been misinterpreted about Job and what Christians should understand as the key lessons from Job. You don’t want to miss this lesson!
Please read prayerfully and carefully Job Chapters 38 thru 42 and answer the following questions that we will discuss in our session on Wednesday:
1. The LORD speaks in Chapter 38 in the book of Job for the first time in a long time. In which chapter/verse do we find the last words from the LORD before Chapter 38?
2. When the LORD finally speaks here in Chapter 38, where does He speak from?
3. When the LORD says in Verse 2, Job 38:2, “Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?”, what do you think the LORD means?
4. The LORD’s words in Verse 2, clarifies and negates some of Job’s most famous words from the first part of this book. Which famous quote from Job in Chapter 1 do you think the LORD is referring to when He accuses Job of darkening His counsel “without knowledge”?
5. Chapter 38:4-41 contains some of the most beautiful words in the entire Bible. What do you think God was telling Job in this awesome and divine message?
6. As God takes Job on a journey through the animal kingdom in Chapter 39, what do you think He was trying to show Job?
7. In Chapter 40:1-2, God says Job had accused him. What do you think Job had falsely accused God of?
8. What did the LORD demand from Job in Verse 2?
9. Notice that the LORD still did not answer Job’s most urgent question, from Job and from us, of why did God let Job suffer. Yet, Job’s answer to God in Verses 3-5 begin to clear up some of the mystery. What do you think Job started to understand from God’s first speech in Chapters 38 thru 40:1-2?
10. In which verse does God once again emphasize the point the Pastor Rivers often makes that our “God is a God of justice”?
11. In the LORD’s second speech to Job starting in Chapter 40:6, He interrogates Job again. What animal does God use to make His points to Job? What do you think God was teaching Job in this speech?
12. Which animal did God use in Chapter 41 to make his point to Job? What do you think God was teaching Job in this chapter?
13. What did Job say in Chapter 42 that shows he finally understood what God was teaching him and what all Christians should understand about God’s power and His awesome ways?
14. After God finished speaking to Job, what did He say to Eliphaz? What did tell Eliphaz to do for Job?
15. After all Job had been through, God’s command to Eliphaz and Job’s obedient response demonstrated how Job had received favor from the LORD. What did Job do that shows he had God’s favor?
16. Hallelujah! Starting in Verse 10 Job got “double for his trouble” from the LORD. What did the LORD do for Job in these final verses?
17. How old do you think Job was when he died?
18. Verse 17 is a direct contradiction to what famous quote from Job in Chapter 14?
19. What does the end of Job’s life teach you about the advantage you have over Job?
20. What are some other lessons you learned at the end of the book Job?
Now that you have read the book of Job in proper context from Chapter 1 thru 42, do you have a better understanding about some of the words that came from Job and not from God?
What have you learned about God and Job that you didn’t really know before reading the entire book of Job?