Job - Lesson 1
Introduction to Job
of us would admit that it is a bummer of a book.
Who wants to read that type of
stuff. Most of us would prefer not to study this guy. Maybe fear that it could
happen to us in some cosmic God vs Satan game.
believe that our hearts hunger to be stimulated by examples of great character
being modeled in everyday life.
have to be perfect but they need to be courageous, authentic, clear-minded
determined to endure at any cost.
Heroes need to have integrity, consistency, admirable men and women, not because
of a sudden burst of bravery, but stuck it out to the end.
does teach us that life is difficult and UNFAIR.
can handle the difficult part, but the unfair part is impossible.
Something kicks in, deep within most of us, making it almost intolerable for us
to accept and cope with what is unfair.
drive for justice overrides our patience with pain.
Journey Thru Job - Unfairness
Stories of Unfairness rock us to the core:
The refs force a replay of the last 5 seconds three different times
until the Russians beat the Americans.
the single mom, who moves to Houston to work for Enron.
Husband had left her
with 3 kids (all under 15) to chase the newer model. He is doing well, you are
doing well, the company is growing but something is not right.
You wake up to
the news that Enron is bankrupt and your job, your health benefits, your
retirement are all gone
love how Eugene Peterson in his introduction to Job puts it. (p3,4)
we know about Job:
Probably lived around the time of Abraham due to his age.
of well-deserved prosperity, godly gentleman, good husband to one wife, and
great father to 10 adult kids.
Then he loses everything but his wife.
misery and mystery are added to the mix of total calamity.
gets skin ulcers, friends don�t
recognize him, his wife tells him to curse God and die, and his friends tell him
he deserves it.
Remember that he is just a man.
Priest or Usher
had 7,000 sheep, sell the wool, keep some back for winter clothes and food
had 3,000 camels for the transportation industry
had 1,000 oxen to plow the fields
had 500 female donkeys for the delicacy of donkey milk.
life was a happy one. This guy was Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Howard Hughes all
rolled together but he was not out of touch.
Job 1:4-5 �
We find Job conducting burnt offerings for his kids. The day I read that I wrote
in my Bible, �Am
I a Priest or an Usher?�
Where are you? Do you just usher your kids to church or are you the Priest?
you know what a Priest is?
and remember that Satan is not a small red fella with horns, tail and a
pitchfork sitting on your shoulder.
is real, he loves working behind the scenes.
Response to Devastating News
need to remember that Job knew nothing of the Heavenly conversations.
knew is one day delightful, the next dreadful. Suffering is harder when we do
NOT know why.
Imagine being a guest at Job�s
house after the series of messengers come bringing the dreadful news. He doesn�t
even have time to process each one.
out on v. 20, notice the five verbs. Arose, tore (sign of utter grief), shaved
(loss of personal glory), fell (not in desperation but to�)
Before moving on, might I suggest that you try this sometime.
on the floor worshipping your CREATOR.
Notice no bitterness, no clinched fists yelling at God, no
dare you do this to me after walking faithfully with you all these years�.
face the facts squarely.
We arrived in a tiny naked body, and we leave in a
wrinkled naked body.
We take nothing because we brought nothing. Which means
that we own nothing.
God owns that house, that car, those kids.
sooner you embrace that, the more God can do through you.
is an enemy we encounter that we cannot see and he is REAL.
are trials we endure that we do not deserve, but they are permitted.
Nothing touches your life that has not first passed through the hands of God.
is in FULL control and because HE is, He has the sovereign right to permit
trials that we do not deserve.
is a plan we explore we will not understand, but it is the BEST. Our perspective
is dreadfully limited.
We see in the pinpoint of time, but God�s
view is panoramic.
big-picture, cosmic plan is at work now, and He doesn�t
feel the need (nor is He obligated) to explain it to us.
Frankly, it is none of
our business what His plan has 5 years from now.
are consequences we experience, we could not anticipate, but they are necessary.
What has happened is a NECESSARY part of your spiritual growth.
silence of God�s
voice will make you wonder if He is even there, if He even cares. Realize that
He is, and He does.
scale of 1-10, 1 being Total Usher, and 10 being Total Priest, where would you
fall individually and as a couple?
conversation with a non-believer, how would describe Satan?
What are his
How does he work today?
story is one of endurance in the face of storms, it is also a story of living
life in the Land Between.
The Land between where life is not as it once was,
and where the future is in question.
Are there expectations that you have
placed in your life book that you need to take to God for understanding? Like
the Israelites coming out of Egypt, do you
yearn for the fish and onions of
How would you counsel someone to let go of those desires?
I Timothy 6:7-8.
How do you define contentment?
What needs to change to live
out scripture in your life?
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