Tuesday: The Earliest of Books

The Word and World: open Bible against a background of the world

Despite the hype of those who don’t believe in God, those who believe in God have many good reasons for their belief. However, there’s been one perennial problem that many have used through the ages to justify their disbelief, and that is the problem of human suffering and evil. How can God be all-good, all-loving, … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Nothing Came from Itself

Creator: Jesus creating the world in seven days

There are many good and powerful arguments in favor of God’s existence. Besides the testimony of the created world, there’s also what’s called the “cosmological” argument. Basically, it’s the idea that nothing came from itself and that nothing created itself. Instead, what was created was created by something else before it, and whatever created that … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: God in Nature

Garden of Eden, river flowing through flowering landscape

Read Romans 1:18–20. What is Paul saying here? What a powerful few sentences. Enough of the reality and existence of God is revealed through “what has been made” (NASB), that is, through the created world, that people will be “without excuse” (NASB) for their unbelief. Paul is saying that from the creation alone humans can learn … [Click to read more …]

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 …]

HopeSS: Doth Job Fear God for Naught?

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Does Job Fear God for Naught” 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 … [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 …]