Monday: When have the Innocent Perished?
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Job and his three friends

Read Job 2:11–13. What does it tell us about how Job’s friends viewed his situation? Having heard about what happened to Job, these men made “an appointment” (Job 2:11, NKJV); that is, they planned to come together and see their friend. The verses convey the idea that they were stunned at what they saw, and they … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Big Questions
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Anxious in prayer, man bowed under question mark

Most of the action in the book of Job takes place in the first two chapters. Here the veil between heaven and earth is lifted, and we are given a glimpse into a whole aspect of reality that otherwise would remain hidden from us. However far our telescopes can peer into the cosmos, they haven’t … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Curse Causeless?
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Job and his three friends.

Read for This Week’s Study: Ps. 119:65–72; Job 2:11–13; Job 4:1–21; Rom. 3:19, 20; 1 Cor. 3:19; Heb. 12:5; Matt. 7:1. Memory Text: “ ‘“Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?”’ ” (Job 4:17, NKJV). Last week we stressed the importance of putting ourselves in … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Curse the Day
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Romans 5:8

“In an era so unprecedentedly illuminated by science and reason, the ‘good news’ of Christianity became less and less convincing a metaphysical structure, less secure a foundation upon which to build one’s life, and less psychologically necessary. The sheer improbability of the whole nexus of events was becoming painfully obvious—that an infinite, eternal God would … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Curse the Day
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Curse the Day” 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 School … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Weaver’s Shuttle
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Man with Burden

Imagine the following conversation. Two people are bemoaning the fate of all humanity: death. That is, no matter how good the lives they live, no matter what they accomplish, it’s going to end in the grave. “Yeah,” gripes Methuselah to a friend. “We live, what, 800, 900 years, and then we are gone. What is … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Other People’s Pain
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Job and friends in desert

Job finished his first lament, as recorded in chapter 3. For the next two chapters one of his friends, Eliphaz, gives Job a lecture (we will come back to that next week). In chapters 6 and 7, Job continues to speak about his suffering. “‘Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, and my calamity laid … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Let the Day Perish
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Imagine that you are Job. Inexplicably your life, all that you have worked for, all that you have accomplished, all that God has blessed you with, comes tumbling down. It just doesn’t make sense. There doesn’t seem to be any reason, good or bad, for it. Years ago, a school bus went off the road, … [Click to read more …]