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1 Encounters with God Encounters with God When the Encounter Hasn’t Come Genesis 16:1-16

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4 Who was Job? Did Job really live or was his story a parable?

5 Ezekiel 14:14 (NKJV) 14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord G OD. James 5:11 (NKJV) 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. Did Job really live or was his story a parable?

6 Who was Job? Did Job really live or was his story a parable? If he really lived, when did he live?

7 Did Job really live or was his story a parable? Job 22:16 (NKJV) 16 Who were cut down before their time, Whose foundations were swept away by a flood? Job 42:15 (NKJV) 15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. Job 1:3 (NKJV) 3 Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East. Job 42:11 (HCSB) 11 All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his house. They sympathized with him and comforted him concerning all the adversity the L ORD had brought on him. Each one gave him a qesitah and a gold earring.

8 Did Job really live or was his story a parable? Job 1:5 (NKJV) 5 So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. Job 42:16-17(NKJV) 16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. 17 So Job died, old and full of days. 1 Chronicles 1:38-42 (NKJV) 38 The sons of Seir were Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. 39 And the sons of Lotan were Hori and Homam; Lotan’s sister was Timna. 40 The sons of Shobal were Alian, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi, and Onam. The sons of Zibeon were Ajah and Anah. 41 The son of Anah was Dishon. The sons of Dishon were Hamran, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 42 The sons of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan, and Jaakan. The sons of Dishan were Uz and Aran. Lamentations 4:21 (NKJV) 21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, You who dwell in the land of Uz!

9 Who was Job? Did Job really live or was his story a parable? If he really lived, when did he live? Who were his friends?

10 Job’s Friends Eliphaz the Temanite Bildad the Shuhite Zophar the Naamathite Job 2:11-13 (NKJV) 11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite.

11 Eliphaz the Temanite Genesis 36:15 (NKJV) 15 These were the chiefs of the sons of Esau. The sons of Eliphaz, the firstborn son of Esau, were Chief Teman, Chief Omar, Chief Zepho, ---. Amos 1:12 (NKJV) 12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, Ezekiel 25:13 (NKJV) 13 therefore thus says the Lord G OD : “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom, cut off man and beast from it, and make it desolate from Teman; Dedan shall fall by the sword. ; word.

12 Bildad the Shuhite Genesis 25:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Abraham again took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Genesis 25:5-6New King James Version (NKJV) 5 And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. 6 But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east.

13 Zophar the Naamathite Joshua 15:41 (NKJV) 41 Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah: sixteen cities with their villages; 2 Chronicles 12:13 (NKJV) 13 Now Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king; and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the L ORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah, an Ammonitess. 1 Chronicles 18:11 (NKJV) 11 King David also dedicated these to the L ORD, along with the silver and gold that he had brought from all these nations—from Edom, from Moab, from the people of Ammon, ---- Genesis 19:37-38 (NKJV) 37 The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38 And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the people of Ammon to this day.

14 Eliphaz’s Theology Job 4:3-8 (NKJV) 3 Surely you have instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands. 4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you have strengthened the feeble knees; 5 But now it comes upon you, and you are weary; It touches you, and you are troubled. 6 Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope? 7 “Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off? 8 Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same. Job 6:24-25 (NKJV) 24 “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue; Cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 25 How forceful are right words! But what does your arguing prove?

15 Understanding Eliphaz What was Eliphaz’s basic theology? Is there Biblical support of Eliphaz’s perspective? What was missing in Eliphaz’s understanding of God? If Eliphaz lived in the 21 st century, what could we teach him from God’s word that with help him to have a balanced understanding of how God works.

16 Bildad’s Defense to Job’s Reply Job 8:2-3 (NKJV) 2 “How long will you speak these things, And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind? 3 Does God subvert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice? Job 9:1-3 (NKJV) 9 Then Job answered and said: 2 “Truly I know it is so, But how can a man be righteous before God? 3 If one wished to contend with Him, He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.

17 Bildad’s Defense to Job’s Reply How do you characterize Bildad’s line of reasoning compared to that of Eliphaz? In what way is Bildad’s reasoning sound? Where does Bildad go wrong? How is it possible that the innocent suffer and the wicked prosper? At this point, would Job welcome an encounter with God? Why or why not?

18 Job 19:25-26 (NKJV) 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Basis for Final Defense

19 What did Job possess that his friends seemed to lack?

20 Job 42:7-9 (NKJV) 7 And so it was, after the L ORD had spoken these words to Job, that the L ORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the L ORD commanded them; for the L ORD had accepted Job. The unexpected Encounter


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