Friday: Further Thought – The Curse Causeless?

Further Thought: As we have seen, Eliphaz was not without sympathy for Job. It’s just that his sympathy took second place to what he saw as his need to defend the character of God. After all, Job was suffering terribly, and God is just; therefore, Job must have done something to deserve what happened to … [Click to read more …]

The Curse Causeless – Teaching Plan

Job and friends in desert

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 for November 5, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 2:11-13. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

The Curse Causeless? Discussion Starters

Job's Suffering and the Discouragement of Three Friends

The Big Questions. [Lesson #6 November 5, 2016] Now as we listen to Eliphaz, how does the story of Job broaden? How would you feel if you were suffering from a disease or injury only to have a “friend” tell you it was all your fault? Does Eliphaz seem to be reminding Job that being human means taking the … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Curse Causeless?

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Curse Causeless?” 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 Foolish Taking Root

Naked man with injuries sitting in desert Job

In chapter 5, Eliphaz continues with his argument. It’s mostly the same as what he said in the previous chapter: evil happens only to evil people. Imagine how this must have felt to Job, who knew that it couldn’t be right and that he didn’t deserve his present situation. However, there is a problem here: … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: A Man and his Maker

Naked man in desert sitting with friend

Eliphaz wouldn’t exactly win any awards for tact and sympathy with his opening lines. Basically he was saying that it was easy for Job to be a light and comfort to others when things were going well. But now that evil had befallen him, he’s “troubled.” Yet, shouldn’t he be? God is just, and so … [Click to read more …]

Monday: When have the Innocent Perished?

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

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?

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 …]