Presentation on theme: "Job: Some basic lessons we can learn about Satan, God, our Friends, and Ourselves."— Presentation transcript:
Job: Some basic lessons we can learn about Satan, God, our Friends, and Ourselves.
Job: The Basic Story Job was an upright man, 1:1 He was also prosperous, 1:2-3 And he was conscientious, 1:4-5 Probably because of these things, he became the object of Satan’s attention and efforts, 1:6-12 Satan brought both financial and familial calamity upon him, 1:13-19 Job remained faithful, 1:20-22 But Satan wasn’t giving up, 2:1-6 And redoubled his efforts, 2:7-8 Even Job’s wife gave up, 2:9-10a And his friends didn’t know quite what to do, or say, 2:11-13 But Job remained true, 2:10b
Job: The Rest of the Story… Job cursed the day of his birth, and questioned why these things happened to him, 3:1-26 Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar proclaim that Job’s suffering is surely a result of sin, chps.4-25 But Job denies this and proclaims his innocence, chps Elihu, though previously silent, in anger speaks condemningly against the three friends and Job, but in defense of God, chps Finally, God speaks, chps And Job confesses his questioning of God and repents, 42:1-6 God rebukes Job’s three friends, and restores and blesses him, 42:7-17
Job: Lessons We Can Learn About… Satan: There are few limits to what he can and will do to destroy your faith in God. Destroy your possessions, 1:13-17 Kill your loved ones, 1:18-19 Afflict your health and physical well- being, 2:6-9 Lie- even to God Himself, 1:9-11; 2:4-5
Job: Lessons We Can Learn About… Family & Friends: They often don’t understand suffering & hardship. To them, suffering = sin, 4:7-8 And therefore, suffering = God’s punishment, 4:9; 8:1-4; 11:1-6; 33:8-12 Elihu seems to think so too, 33:27b-28; 34:10-12,21-27; 35:2 But at least recognizes the potential benefits of suffering, 33:29-30
Job: Lessons We Can Learn About… Ourselves: We never know how much we can take until we’re called upon to bear more than we think possible, 1:10-19; 2:3-10 We can love & serve God for who He is, or for the ‘good things’ He provides, but only one is true faith, 1:10, Satan can take away everything but our faith and integrity- these cannot be ‘lost’ or ‘taken,’ only given away, 2:3,10 (see also chp.31)
Job: Lessons We Can Learn About… God: Obviously, at times He will allow even the upright and faithful to be tested- even severely, 1:8ff; 2:3ff He created us, and knows us even better than Satan does, 1:12; 2:3 He, nor His ways, should be questioned, 38:1-2ff; 40:1-2ff; 42:3 He is eminently just, righteous, and forgiving, 42:7-17
Job: Concluding Lessons We Can Learn About… Life: God controls it, and no purpose of His can be withstood, 42:1-2 We don’t have to know it all, just know Him who does, 42:3-4 Faith comes by “hearing,” 42:5a, but is perfected by “seeing,” 42:5b So when things are really bad, “see” God’s controlling power, trust it and Him, and “retract” and “repent” as necessary, 42:6!