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Lesson 14: Some Lessons From Job *

Introduction: We come to our last study in the book of Job. I trust you have enjoyed exploring what God has to teach us through Job's story. This story contains some critically important principles. In this last lesson, let's stand back and contemplate some of the big picture issues presented by God. Some of the more important issues deal with our place in this world and our relationship to God. Let's dig into our study of the Bible!

  1. How Important Are You?

    1. Read Job 1:8. Have you ever wondered whether God pays attention to you? Does He know you? It is a very big universe! (Read Job 42:7. God not only knows Job, but He follows the debate between Job and his four friends. God pays attention to us. See also Matthew 10:29-31.)

    2. Read Job 1:9-12. Let's assume that God sought your advice before He gave His answer to Satan. Assume also that you understand that Job will ultimately suffer if you recommend allowing Satan to attack him. What recommendation would you make to God?

      1. Assume that you counsel God to let Satan attack Job. Will this convince Satan that he is wrong about God or Job? Will it cause Satan to repent?

        1. Will your recommendation be in Job's best interest?

      2. If your recommendation is based on what is best for Job, would you allow the attack? (Of course not.)

    3. What we have just discussed creates a conflict regarding the individual importance of you and me. On the one hand, God pays close, personal attention to the welfare of each of us. On the other hand, God is not always making decisions based on what is in our best personal interest. If you agree, how do you explain this apparent conflict? (Assume you are a foot soldier in a war. Would it be logical to think that every decision was to benefit your personal best interest?)

    4. Read 1 John 2:1-2. When this text says that Jesus "is the atoning sacrifice for our sins," who is being benefitted by Jesus' sacrifice? (We are.)

      1. Is the plan of salvation about the best personal interest of Jesus? When God decided to die a horrible death on our behalf, was He considering only Himself?

      2. What is the "big picture" lesson for us? (Job argued that it was unjust for him to be suffering because he did not do anything to deserve it. However, God Himself suffered undeservedly for our sins. Both Job and Jesus suffered to advance the greater good in the battle between good and evil. Thus, we should conclude that our suffering to advance the cause of God is not an "injustice" according to God's system of justice, and does not diminish our importance or show that God is unconcerned about us personally.)

  2. Our Choice

    1. Re-read Job 1:9-11 and Job 1:18-19. Whose idea was it to kill Job's children? (It was Satan's idea.)

      1. For what reasons did Satan attack Job? (To prove a point about flaws in Job's character. To prove a point about Job's view of God. To prove a point about God.)

    2. Read Luke 8:32-33. Why did these demons drown these pigs? (Apparently for the fun of it.)

    3. Read Job 2:3 and Job 42:12-13. What was God's desire for Job? (That he prosper. God was annoyed that Satan asked permission to harm Job.)

    4. Stand back and compare Satan's attitude and God's attitude towards humans (and animals). Who will you choose to follow? Why would anyone choose to follow Satan and be subject to his will?

    5. Read 2 Corinthians 4:18. If you responded to the last question by saying, "I choose to follow God." How does this text in Corinthians focus our choice? How does it apply as a daily, practical matter? (It means we need to fit our decisions into the bigger context of the controversy between good and evil. We need to consider the "unseen" conflict between God and Satan.)

      1. So many Christians look at obedience to God as a matter of obeying the rules, rather than fighting the unseen battle between good and evil. How important is it to "fix our eyes ... on what is unseen?" How important is keeping the battle, and our part in it, foremost in our thinking?

  3. Grace in Judgment

    1. Will the choice always be clear? Will there be only one right choice in fighting the battle against evil?

    2. Read John 8:1-7. Wait a minute! Should only sinless people be able to make judgments about sin?

      1. Read Leviticus 24:15-18 and Deuteronomy 22:23-24. Do these texts say anything about the person casting the stone being free from sin?

        1. How would government operate if murder could only be punished by sinless people?

      2. Think again about what we have discussed many times in our study of Job. Were both Job and his friends making correct arguments? (Yes. The friends were right about the normal relationship between behavior and suffering (Deuteronomy 28), and Job was right about the fact that he had been obedient to God.)

        1. What does Job's situation teach us about judging others? What does Jesus' reaction to the woman caught in adultery teach us? (Job's friends did not show him grace - especially since they did not correctly understand the situation. Jesus' reaction reinforces the idea of showing grace to those who are in trouble.)

    3. What if, in choosing between what promotes good and what promotes evil, the choice is debatable? Do we have an obligation of "grace" in discussing it with fellow church members? What if the discussion involves political issues? (This week I watched a documentary on being a minimalist. One fellow said he owned a total of 53 things, and he laid them out on a bed. A woman lived in a micro-home that might have been 150 square feet. They said living a minimalist's life made them happier, and it was good for the environment. Imagine the loss of jobs if everyone were a minimalist. Thus, one good thing, helping the environment, clashes with another good thing, providing jobs for those seeking to feed their families. Sometimes the "right thing" is debated among reasonable Christians and we need to show each other grace.)

  4. Hope of the Eternal Rest

    1. Read Hebrews 4:8-11. Is this a reference to the weekly Sabbath rest? (Read Hebrews 4:1-3. This shows us that Hebrews is using the failure of Israel to enter the promised land the first time to illustrate the need for Christians to trust God and enter the "rest" of heaven.)

    2. When we were previously discussing God's system of justice which accepts that we might suffer to benefit others, some of you might have had doubts. Why should being subject to different, and worse treatment, be considered justice? Read Hebrews 4:14-16. What is the result of Jesus' suffering for us? (Because of God's mercy and because of what Jesus did on our behalf, we can enter the joy of heaven.)

      1. What does this add to our evaluation of the justice of God's system? (Our suffering is not forever. Any "injustice" is more than adequately compensated by our eternal life in heaven and the earth made new.)

    3. Read Job 42:12-13 and Job 42:16-17. How is God's plan of justice foreshadowed in Job's story? (God makes things more than right. He blesses the second half of Job's life more than the first half. God has in mind a greater blessing for you!)

    4. Friend, I've written it before, but I'll write it one last time in this series: will you trust God? Will you trust that, even if you suffer for the benefit of others, that God will overcompensate you with future blessings? Choose the One who wants to bless and prosper you, not the one who desires evil for you.

  5. Next week: we begin a new series of studies entitled "The Holy Spirit and Spirituality."
* Copr. 2016, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D. All scripture references are to the New International Version (NIV), copr. 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society, unless otherwise noted. Quotations from the NIV are used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Suggested answers are found within parentheses. The lesson assumes the teacher uses a blackboard or some other visual aid.

© 2021 Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.
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