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?”

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 …]

Wednesday: Job as a Microcosm

Satan the Accuser

The opening scenes of the book of Job show us a few crucial points. First, as we have stated, they reveal the reality of another dimension beyond what, of ourselves, we can now know-a heavenly dimension with heavenly beings other than God. Second, they also show just how interconnected our earthly life here is with … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Conflict on Earth

Jesus keeping the devil away as a teenage boy reads the Bible.

The book of Job pulls back a veil and reveals a dimension of existence that our eyes and ears and worldly philosophies could never show us. (If anything, these verses should show us just how limited our eyes and ears and worldly philosophies are when it comes to understanding the big picture!) And what these … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Cosmic Conflict

Cosmic Conflict

The book of Job begins on earth, in a place of peace and tranquility. However, by the sixth verse of the first chapter, the venue changes. It instantly shifts to an entirely different aspect of reality, one that is not seen by humans unless through divine revelation. And interestingly enough, this other aspect of reality, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A Little Heaven on Earth

Job in his prosperity

The book of Job begins on a relatively positive note. From a worldly perspective at least, we see a man blessed in every way. Read Job 1:1-4. What do the texts reveal about the kind of life that Job lived? What were the positive aspects of Job’s existence? Job certainly seems to have it all, … [Click to read more …]