Thursday: Theodicy

A man holding his hands to his face

Read Romans 3:1–4. Though the immediate context is the unfaithfulness of some of God’s covenant people, what is the bigger issue that Paul is talking about here? What is Paul saying about God? Quoting Psalm 51:4, Paul talks about how the Lord Himself will “be justified in your words and will prevail when you are … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Dilemma

People in a Sea of Questions

Read the following texts in Job. What issue is Job wrestling with? What question does he not ask? Job 6:4–8, Job 9:1–12. As stated in yesterday’s study, the issue of God’s existence never came up in the book of Job. Instead, the question was why was Job going through these trials? And, considering all that … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: God and Human Suffering

You can view an in-depth discussion of “God and Human Suffering” 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 … [Click to read more …]

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 …]