Sabbath: God and Human Suffering

Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 1:18–20; Job 12:7–10; Rev. 4:11; Col. 1:16-17; Matt. 6:34; Job 10:8–12; Rom. 3:1–4. Memory Text: “‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble’” (Matthew 6:34, NKJV). Unlike every other book of the Bible, the book of … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Doth Job Fear God for Naught?

Where are you, God?

Students of the book of Job who delve into the Hebrew come across an interesting phenomenon. Job’s wife’s words to him are translated, ” ‘Curse God and die’ ” (Job 2:9, NKJV). Job 1:5 is translated: ” ‘it may be that my sons have sinned andcursed God in their hearts’ “(NKJV). And Job 1:11 is translated: … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Obedience Unto Death

Job talks to God

Job 1:22 reads: “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (NKJV). Job 2:10 reads: “In all this Job did not sin with his lips” (NKJV). In both cases, despite the attacks, Job stayed faithful to the Lord. Both texts stress the fact that Job did not sin, either with actions or with … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Job’s Wife

Woman's face showing resentment. mad angry

This is probably as good time as any to deal with another victim in the story of Job: his wife. She appears only in Job 2:9-10. After that, she vanishes from the story and from history. We are told nothing more about her. However, considering all that happened, who could imagine the grief that this … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Blessed be the Name of the Lord

Job in Anguish

After Satan’s first attack on Job, after the news came to him about all the calamities that befell him, how did Job respond? (See Job 1:20-22.) What is the significance of the fact that, even amid such tragedy, Job “sinned not, nor charged God foolishly”? Central to God’s government, a government based on love, is … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Skin for Skin – The Battle Continues

Job's Suffering and the Discouragement of Three Friends

Job 2:1-3 begins almost repeating some of Job 1:6-8. The big change is the last part of Job 2:3, where the Lord Himself talks about how faithful Job remained despite the calamities that befell him. Thus, by the time we get to Job 2:3, it looks as if Satan’s accusations have been shown as false. … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: God’s Servant, Job

Job and his family

Read Job 1:1-22. Focus specifically on Satan’s accusations against Job. What is Satan saying? What’s implied in his attacks? Who, in the end, is Satan really attacking? ” ‘Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: “Doth Job Fear God for Naught?”

Image © Lars Justinen

Read for This Week’s Study: Job 1:1-22, Job 2:1-13, 1 Cor. 4:9, Gen. 3:1-8, Phil. 4:11-13, Matt. 4:1-11, Phil. 2:5-8. Memory Text: “But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?’ In all this Job did not … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Great Controversy

The world laid out as a chess game, with two kings leading their armies.

The concept of a struggle, a controversy, between good and evil is found in many cultures. The idea has persisted through the millennia often expressed through myths. Today, because of the influence of higher criticism and modernist rationalism, many Christians deny the reality of a literal devil and evil angels. These were, the argument goes, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Answers at the Cross

Jesus on the cross

The book of Job brings up many important issues. But many of these same issues do not get answered there. We need the rest of the Bible. And even then we still “see through a glass, darkly” (1 Cor. 13:12). As we saw yesterday, for example, the book of Job says nothing about how Satan’s rebellion … [Click to read more …]