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Week 36 – When Good Things Happen to God's People: 

 

             This week we are introduced to a man named Job and the book that bears his name. It is a book that is very focused on the topic of suffering and pain and it’s causes. However, the question of “Why do I suffer?” isn’t directly answered and instead the book focuses on three other main questions.

 

            The first theme that is addressed in the book is the nature of faith. Is faith a God given blessing that creates a loving relationship between us and God or is it a self-serving tool that we use for our own enrichment? Satan’s whole point about faith at the beginning of the book is that faith is nothing more than a selfish tool used by people to get God’s favor and benefit. His accusation cuts to the heart of our relationship with God because if faith is nothing more than our attempt to get stuff from God and treat Him like a genie, then it’s worthless, or even worse, it’s evil. If faith is by its nature evil, then our redemption is impossible. However, if faith is a God given gift that creates a really loving connection between us and God, then even the worst of us can be saved. With so much at stake God allows Job to be tempted to prove to Satan and the world what faith real is.

 

            The second and third themes in Job of “Why do we suffer?” and “What does suffering say about the nature of God?” are interconnected. When the world sees suffering it assumes that either the suffering was deserved or that God is not good or just. However, the Bible gives another explanation. There is not a single person on the earth that is innocent and because of that there is suffering in the world. However, even with that understanding sometimes the reason for suffering is unexplainable. The Bible tells us that even in those times God is faithful and just, we may not see it, we may not understand it, but God will still work all things for our good and His glory in the end. What we see and understand is only a little portion of the big picture and even the smartest of us is in the dark compared to God.

 

            The book of Job is best understood from the perspective of this side of the cross. As Jesus was being crucified, Mary, the disciples and Jesus’ followers saw nothing but injustice and unfairness, much like Job. However, God had a bigger plan and just as He used Job’s suffering to witness to the world and ultimately bless Job, He used the injustice and suffering of the cross to save all humanity. Neither Job or Jesus’ followers understood what God was doing at the time. They thought God was being unfair and evil, when in reality he was working toward a bigger purpose for the benefit of all.

 

 

Week 36 Readings

 

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May 12th, 2014 – Job 1:1-5 Who is Job and what kind of guy is he?

 

May 13th, 2014 – Job 1:6-22 Tragedy strikes Job from all corners

 

May 14th, 2014 – Job 2:1-10 Physical problems afflict Job

 

May 15th, 2014 – Job 2:11-13 Job’s three friends come to visit him

 

May 16th, 2014 – Job 3:1-26 Job curses the day he was born

 

May 17th, 2014 – Job 4:1-21 Eliphaz tells Job that he is being punished for some sin but that God will restore him

 

May 18th, 2014 – Job 5:1-27 Eliphaz Part 2

 


Audio Readings

 

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