11: Out of the Whirlwind – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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God Speaks. Where has God been in the discussion so far? Why do you think Job and his friends spent so much of their energy and talking time dealing with the nature of God when He’s not even participating in their discussion? Since God caused the events to happen that affected Job, why do you think … [Click to read more …]

The Wrath of Elihu – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Elihu lacks humility and his words are no different than the others. Evil remains unexplained, and only faith can give us hope.. Lesson 10, December 3, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 32:1-5. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

The Wrath of Elihu – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Miserable comforters. How would you like to be visited in the hospital after serious cancer surgery by one of Job’s “friends”? Have you ever been drawn into an argument between you and God about what is fair? Do you ever plead with God, “Why? Why?” Or do you stop talking to God when you can tell … [Click to read more …]

Intimations of Hope – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: This lesson dwells in the hope of a resurrection. The reason for this hope can be found only in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.. Lesson 9, November 26, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 13:3-10. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text … [Click to read more …]

Intimations of Hope – Hit the Mark
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U.S. Corpsmen carry a wounded Marine on a stretcher to an evacuation boat on the beach at Iwo Jima while other Marines huddle in a foxhole during the invasion of the Japanese Volcano Island stronghold in this file photo of Feb. 25, 1945.

Running and crawling through waves of artillery, mortar, grenade and rifle fire, a young man risked his life to save his wounded comrades. Not just one time, but scores of times. Putting his own safety aside, he made his way through hellacious gunfire and mortar shelling to rescue the dying. He was a man on … [Click to read more …]

Intimations of Hope – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

The cross

“ ‘He also shall be my salvation, for a hypocrite could not come before Him’ ” (Job 13:16, NKJV). Seven days of silence. Have you ever kept quiet about some issue in order to stay out of trouble with others at work or in the church? If so, did it work? Did Job follow that procedure? … [Click to read more …]

Innocent Blood – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

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Pat Answers. As a Sabbath School teacher, were you ever put off–although of course nobody noticed–by pat answers? You might have begun a discussion on the essence of sin, for example, by asking the question, “What is sin?” and almost like a record player, someone would speak up, “Sin is transgression of the law.” Silence fell. … [Click to read more …]

Innocent Blood – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Innocent suffering is never innocent. It is a part of a sin-filled world. However, faith helps us look beyond the suffering toward Divine restoration. Sabbath School Lesson 8 for November 19, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 10:15-20. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point … [Click to read more …]

Retributive Punishment – Hit the Mark
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A young man loses his grip on a high cliff and falls.

We often don’t know what we are talking about because our opinions are built around incomplete knowledge of the facts. This week’s lesson on Retributive Punishment serves as a prime example. Although they expressed themselves with care and genuine concern, the friends of Job did not know what they were talking about. Their summation of the … [Click to read more …]

Retributive Punishment – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Finger of Blame

Key Thought: Even though Job’s friends saw his troubles as a result of a cause, Job was more concerned with asking the important question. Lesson 7 for November 12, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 11:7-10. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. … [Click to read more …]