Thursday: The Challenge of Faith
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The Deceiver

Certainly the primary characters in the book of Job, as mere mortals seeing “through a glass darkly” (1 Cor. 13:12), were working from a very limited perspective, a very limited understanding of the nature of the physical world, much less the spiritual one. Interesting, too, that in all these debates about the evil that befell … [Click to read more …]

The Wrath of Elihu – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Elihu lacks humility and his words are no different than the others. Evil remains unexplained, and only faith can give us hope.. Lesson 10, December 3, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 32:1-5. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Wrath of Elihu
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Wrath of Elihu” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Irrationality of Evil
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Revelation 20:12, Irrationality of Evil

All four of these men, believers in God, believers in a God of justice, found themselves in a dilemma: how to explain Job’s situation in a rational and logical manner that was consistent with their understanding of the character of God. Unfortunately, they ended up taking a position that turned out basically wrong in their … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Elihu’s Defense of God
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God as judge

A lot of commentary has been written over the ages about Elihu and his speech, some seeing it a major turning point in the direction of the dialogue. Yet, it’s really not that easy to see where Elihu adds anything so new or so groundbreaking that it changes the dynamic of the dialogue. Instead, he … [Click to read more …]

The Wrath of Elihu – Discussion Starters
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Miserable comforters. How would you like to be visited in the hospital after serious cancer surgery by one of Job’s “friends”? Have you ever been drawn into an argument between you and God about what is fair? Do you ever plead with God, “Why? Why?” Or do you stop talking to God when you can tell … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Entrance of Elihu
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Young man

From Job chapters 26 to 31, the tragic hero of this story, Job, gives his final speech to the three men. Though eloquent and passionate, he basically repeats the argument he has been making all along: I do not deserve what has been happening to me. Period. Again, Job represents so much of humanity in … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Miserable Comforters
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The Way of the Righteous

Even after Job’s powerful expression of faith (Job 13:15-16), the verbal sparring continued. Over the course of many chapters, the men go back and forth, arguing many deep and important questions about God, sin, death, justice, the wicked, wisdom, and the transient nature of humanity. What truths are being expressed in the following texts? Job … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Wrath of Elihu
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Image © Lars Justinen Goodsalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Job 13:28, Job 28:28, Job 32:1–5, Job 34:10–15, Ezek. 28:12–17, Job 1:1-2:10. Memory Text: “ ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’ ” (Isaiah 55:9, NKJV). And so it goes, the battle of words … [Click to read more …]