Wednesday: The Irrationality of Evil

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

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 …]

Monday: The Entrance of Elihu

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

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

Image © Lars Justinen

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 …]

Friday: Further Thoughts – Intimations of Hope

Further Thought: From cover to cover, the Bible is filled with wonderful words of hope. “ ‘These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world’ ” (John 16:33, NKJV). “ ‘I am with … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Images of Hope

Read the following texts. What hope does each of them reveal? Gen. 3:15 “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Gen. 22:8 “And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.’ So the … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Intimations of Hope

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Intimations of Hope” 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: Hope Before the Word Began

Who among us, having gone through what Job did, could utter such a powerful affirmation of hope? His words are an eternal testimony to the reality of his life of faith and obedience. Job had hope, because he served a God of hope. Even amid all the sordid stories of human sinfulness, from the fall … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Intimations of Hope

“ ‘He also shall be my salvation, for a hypocrite could not come before Him’ ” (Job 13:16, NKJV). This verse follows right after the one we read yesterday. How does it affirm even more the idea that, despite everything, Job had hope, and that his hope was in God? What an interesting line to … [Click to read more …]