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Bethesda Hall Ang Mo Kio ASSEMBLY BIBLE CAMP Century Pines Resort, Cameron Highlands June 14-19, 2010 Bethesda Hall Ang Mo Kio ASSEMBLY BIBLE CAMP Century Pines Resort, Cameron Highlands June 14-19, 2010 Consider the wondrous works of God Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Job 37:14
Study 1 – The Prologue and Job’s Dialogue with his friends. Job chs. 1-31 Elihu’s Monologue Job chs. 32-37 Study 2 – God’s Dialogue with Job: His Wondrous Works in CreationJ ob ch. 38:1-38 Study 3 – God’s Dialogue with Job: His Wondrous Works in Caring for His Creatures. Job 38:39-39:30 Study 4 – God’s Dialogue with Job Continued and the Epilogue Concluding with Double blessing. Job 40:1-42:17
Intro.: The Background to the Book (I) The Prologue : Job, God and Satan. Job chs. 1, 2 (2) The Dialogue with Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, Job chs. 3-31 (3) The Monologue of Elihu : Job chs. 32-37 O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Job 37:14 (4) God’s Dialogue with Job: Job chs. 38:1-41:34 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou Me. Job 38:3 (5) The Epilogue: Job’s C onfession; God’s C ommand; the Lord [turning] the C aptivity of Job. Job 42: 1-10-17
I. Prologue or The Trial of Job. Chs. 1, 2 A. The Person of Job Job 1:1-5 1. His P erfection Job 1:1b/NIV a. Personal ly : perfect cf. I Kg. 8:61; Phil. 3:12 b. Socially : upright = straight, walking in God’s ways. c. Spiritual ly : one that feared God d. Morally : and eschewed/shunned evil. 2. His P rosperity Job 1:3 cf. Gen. 12:16 3. His P rogenyJob 1:2, 4, 5 a. The Children’s Kin ship b. The Father’s Head ship
I. Prologue or The Trial of Job. Chs. 1, 2 B. The Predicament of Job 1. The C ourse of “Tragic” happenings... a. To Job’s P ossessions.1:13-19 b. To Job’s P erson.2:7, 8 2. The C ause for the “Tragic” happenings. The C onsequences of two C onfrontations between God and Satan: a. The 1 st Confrontation: 1:6- 8 -11- 19 Outcome: Job lost his P ossessions and his P rogeny.
1. The Course of “Tragic” happenings... 2. The Cause for the “Tragic” happenings. The C onsequences of the C onfrontation: a. The 1 st Confrontation: 1:6-19 Outcome: Job lost his P ossessions and his P rogeny. b. The 2 nd Confrontation:2:1-4-8 cf. 9, 10 Outcome: Job’s P erson afflicted with S ore boils from S ole to crown. Note: barak = a Call to Curse. 2:9 cf. 11, 2:5 ct. 1:5 an Act to Bless or Adore. 1:10; 1:21 cf. Jas. 3:10
I. Prologue or The Trial of Job. Chs. 1, 2 3. The C haracter that stood out: 1:20-22; 2:9, 10 He A cknowledged God’s Sovereignty in A ll things leading Him to A ccept and A dore God. a. Job…fell down upon the ground, and worshipped. 1:20b b. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. 1:22 c. In all this did not Job sin with his lips. 2:10 4. The C urse that came out :2:11-3:26 a. S haring of S ilence for 7 days and nights. 2:11- 13 b. S hattering of S ilence & a S elf-curse. 3:1-26 i. He cursed the D ay he was born.3: 1, 3 -10 ii. If only he had D ied at childbirth.3: 11 -19 iii. F or now D eath would be better than life.3: 20, 21 -26
II. Job’s Dialogue with his three Friends Job chs. 3-31 Three Cycles of Dialogues. A. 1 st Cycle of Charges:Job chs. 3-14 1. Eliphaz: the Innocent do not suffer; only the Iniquitous get Inflicted. 4:7, 8 Job Replies: He Pleads for Pity 6:14, NIV 2. Bildad: God does not Pervert justice; He does not Punish the Perfect; Patriarchs agree. 8:3, 20, 8 Job Replies: if I say, I am Perfect, it shall also Prove me Perverse. 9:20 3. Zophar: How dare Job Incriminate God with Injustice? Job is not that Innocent! 11:6, 7 Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves…Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?NIV Job Replies: But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God. Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him. 13:3, 15
II. Job’s Dialogue with his three Friends Job chs. 3-31 Three Cycles of Dialogues. A. 1 st Cycle of Charges:Job chs. 3-14 B. 2 nd Cycle of Charges:Job chs. 15-21 C. 3 rd Cycle of Charges: Job chs. 22-31 1. The G ems in Job’s “ F aith” R ebuttals: Job chs. 6-24 a. What is man that You make so much of him, that You give him so much attention, that You examine him every morning and test him every moment? Will You never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant? 7:17, 18, 19, NIV
1. The Gems in Job’s “Faith” Rebuttals:Job chs. 6-24 b. How should man be just with God? If he will contend with Him, he cannot answer Him one of a thousand.9:2, 3 c. Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him. 13:15 d. Miserable comforters are ye all… O that one might plead for a man with God…! 16:1, 21
1. The Gems in Job’s “Faith” Rebuttals:Job chs. 6-24 e. I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God… 19:25-27 f. Oh that I knew where I might find him!... I would order my cause before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say unto me. 23:3-5
2. The Great Statements in Job’s Final Reply: Job chs. 26-31 a. He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. 26:7 b. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live. 27:6 c. Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. 28:28
2. The Great Statements in Job’s Final Reply: Job chs. 26-31 d. Job’s G lorious P ast: Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me. 29:2 e. Job’s P resent: And now their sons mock me in song; I have become a byword among them. 30:9, NIV f. Job would P lead with G od: I would declare unto Him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto Him…. If … then let … 31:37, 40a The words of Job are ended. 31:40b
III. Elihu’s Monologue Job chs. 32-37 A. Elihu’s O bservations: 1. His Friends’ C onclusion: Job had been righteous in his own eyes.32:1 2. His C ondemnation: The three friends had found no answer, and yet had condemned Jo b.32:3 3. His C onfession: I am young, and ye are very old … Great men are not always wise: 32:6-9 4. His C omments: Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will show mine opinion.32:10, 17
III. Elihu’s Monologue Job chs. 32-37 A. Elihu’s O bservations: B. Elihu’s O pinions in four speeches: 32:10, 17 1 st Speech: He will P articipate but he will not be P artial. He is P art of them all. 32:21, 22; 33:6 2 nd Speech: He invites the “wise men” to evaluate once again Job’s words and actions.34:2, 34-37 3 rd Speech: Job C ries out, but God has not taken up his C ause. God does not C hange, Job must wait. 35:2, 12-16
III. Elihu’s Monologue Job chs. 32-37 4 th Speech: God is S overeign and in C ontrol. Job must S tand S till and C onsider His Works. 36:22-33; 37:14 Who has prescribed his ways for Him, or said to Him, 'You have done wrong'? Remember to extol His work, which men have praised in song. All mankind has seen it; men gaze on it from afar. How GREAT is GOD- -beyond our understanding! The number of His years is past finding out. 36:23-26, NRSV Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 37:14
See You all tomorrow (DV) Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 3 7:14
QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION 1. The Lord told His disciples: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matt. 5:48) Job was perfect with regard to his person (in his self, before God and before men) (1:1). He was also “perfect” with regard to his family members in praying for his children continually (1:5). How do you see in Job’s example, how you too can be perfect as instructed by the Lord of His disciples? 2. Look at #II. A. 1-3 – 1 st Cycle of Charges in the outline notes. Do you consider the three statements made by Job’s three friends fair comment on Job’s situation? What about Job’s replies? How would you reply to Job’s friends’ charges if you were in Job’s position?
QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION 3. God with His foreknowledge already knows the outcome of what will happen when He allows Satan to test Job. Why does He still allow him to do so? Is it fair to innocent Job just so that God’s high regard for Job can be proved true? Will you like to be in Job’s place? 4. Read Job 1:20-22 again. List out Job’s reactions to his predicament when he found out that what had happened to him was sort of irrevocable. Would you react in the same way if you were in his position? Give reasons for what you say.
QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION 5. Read Job 2:11-13. Comment and discuss the ministry of Silence with the Suffering. Discuss its role – the times when it can bring about maximum benefit to the one it ministers and how it is to be administered. Note : When Job’s friends finally opened their mouths to break the silence, to “sympathize with [Job] and comfort him” (Job 2:11, NIV), Job said: “How long will you torment me and crush me with words…” (Job 19:2) and he called them “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2). He even said: “If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom” (Job 13:5). What principles can you draw from the above regarding when to be silent and when and what to speak or what you should really DO?