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With Friends Like These . . . (A Study of the Book of Job) Week #7

“Miserable counselors are you all!”, says Job to his friends as he suffers from his trials — and their lectures! Those of you who have signed up for our online Bible study of this great Old Testament book are ready for your next set of study questions, right?

Study Questions for Class #7 (for Sept. 27th):

We will be going over these questions on Sunday night, September 27th. We will cover Round 2 of Zophar’s Zingers (Job 20 and Job’s response in chapter 21). If you wish to join us, please go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84055712719 at 8 pm (EST).

1. What conclusion has Zophar drawn about Job’s difficulties? (20:5). Compare what we learn about “the wicked” in Psalm 1.

2. If you wish, there is a fascinating, long article on “Divine Retribution: A Forgotten Doctrine?” found at https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/themelios/article/divine-retribution-a-forgotten-doctrine/

3. What are several points of Job’s defense in Chapter 21?

4. If you had a friend named “Zophar,” what would you say to him?

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2020 in book of job

 

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With Friends Like These . . . (A Study of the Book of Job) Week #6

“Miserable counselors are you all!”, says Job to his friends as he suffers from his trials — and their lectures! Those of you who have signed up for our online Bible study of this great Old Testament book are ready for your next set of study questions, right?

Study Questions for Class #6 (for Sept. 20th):

We will be going over these questions on Sunday night, September 20th. We will cover Round 1 of Zophar’s Zingers (Job 11; Job’s response: Job 12-14). If you wish to join us, please go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84055712719 at 8 pm (EST).

1. What startling statement does Zophar make to Job in 11:6?

2. What is guaranteed to Job, according to Zophar, if he repents? (see 11:13-19).

3. Please take a few notes on what is called “Prosperity Theology” to discuss with each other.

4. Regarding Job’s response (Chs. 12-14), how does Job defend himself? What is it he wants? What does he accuse God of doing in 14:19?

 

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2020 in book of job

 

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With Friends Like These . . . (A Study of the Book of Job) Week #5

“Miserable counselors are you all!”, says Job to his friends as he suffers from his trials — and their lectures! Those of you who have signed up for our online Bible study of this great Old Testament book are ready for your next set of study questions, right?

Study Questions for Class #5 (for Sept. 13th):

We will be going over these questions on Sunday night, September 13th. We will cover Rounds 2-3 of Bildad’s Badgering (Job 18 and 26; Job’s response: Job 19 and 26-31). If you wish to join us, please go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84055712719 at 8 pm (EST).

Round Two (Ch. 18)

1. What direct question does Bildad ask Job in 18:21?

Round Three (Chs. 25-31)

2. What’s meant by the expression Bildad’s “worm” theology in Ch. 25?

3. With Job’s response in Chapters 26-31 —
a. How does Job use sarcasm in 26:1-3?
b. What has God denied Job, according to 27:2?
c. How does Job define wisdom in 28:28?
d. List several things Job misses in Chapter 29.
e. What about Job’s sex life (Ch. 31)?
f. What is it that Job really wants (31:35)?

4. What do you find helpful in the following quote?
“Frankly, I do not know who started the idea that if men serve God and live their lives to please him then he will protect them by special intervention from pain, suffering, misfortune, and the persecution of evil men. We need look no further than the recorded life of Jesus Christ himself to see that even the most perfect human life does not secure such divine protection. It seems to me that a great deal of misunderstanding and mental suffering could be avoided if this erroneous idea were exposed and abandoned. . . . The idea that if a man pleases God then God will especially shield him, belongs to the dim twilight of religion and not to Christianity at all.” (J.B. Phillips, God Our Contemporary)

 

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2020 in book of job, Uncategorized

 

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With Friends Like These . . . (A Study of the Book of Job) Week #4

“Miserable counselors are you all!”, says Job to his friends as he suffers from his trials — and their lectures! Those of you who have signed up for our online Bible study of this great Old Testament book are ready for your next set of study questions, right?

Study Questions for Class #4 (for Sept. 6th):

We will be going over these questions on Sunday night, September 6th. We will cover Round 1 of Bildad’s Badgering (Job 8 and Job’s Response in Chapter 9-10). If you wish to join us, please go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84055712719 at 8 pm (EST).

1. What two awful things does Bildad say to Job in Chapter 8?

2. How does Job respond to Bildad in Chapters 9-10?

a. What are several factors that Job says make it impossible for him to argue with God? (ch. 9)

b. Does Job doubt God’s reasons for bringing trouble on His servant? (ch. 9)

c. What does Job really want? (9:32-35)

d. Why does Job hate his own life? (10:1-7)

e. What is Job’s view of his own creation? (10:8-12)

f. How does God treat the guilty and the innocent, according to Job? (10:13-17)

g. Why does Job wish he had been carried from the womb to the tomb? (10:18-22)

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2020 in book of job

 

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“Though You Slay Me” (Shane and Shane song)

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2019 in the book of Job

 

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Time for a Provocative Commercial: “Daddy, What’s it like to work?”


What a negative commercial! Aren’t you glad that working for the Lord can be quite different?

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2019 in work

 

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Some Thoughts on FRIENDSHIP — From an INTROVERT! (Part 4) THE OLD TESTAMENT ON FRIENDSHIPS! (Part 2)

Two books on friendship — who needs ’em?  The answer is — I DO!  As an introvert, I try to avoid people, large crowds, telemarketers. But God in His humor has me writing two books on . . . friendship! This first book is tentatively entitled With Friends Like These . . . Biblical Friendships from Job to Jesus. We began in our last post thinking about the Old Testament on friendship.

While our study must be cursory, we noticed in the Pentateuch that Adam needed human companionship, that God actually had the Levites kill their friends for idolatry, and that two men specifically (Abraham and Moses) were called “the friend of God.”

In the History Books we mentioned the beautiful friendship between Jonathan and David and how it is perversely viewed as a homosexual relationship by some today, causing many men not to get close to other men out of fear!

Let’s take a brief look at the Poetry Books of the Old Testament this morning.  What do we see there?  The book of Job lays out for us the truth of being with a friend in pain. It also shows the danger of trying to “help” one’s friend through their pain when the helper’s view of God and reality is flawed. Job’s three friends each lecture him on his sin and his need to repent.  And they are wrong in their assessment (see Job 42:7). Theology is important, but can be used as a weapon to further hurt the wounded.

The Psalter has much to say about friendship, especially the pain of friends’ turning away when life becomes hard (see 31:11; 38:11; 41:9; 55:12-14; etc.). David declares he is “a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts” (Ps. 119:63).  The book of Proverbs reminds us that the rich have many friends (19:6).  The righteous choose their friends carefully (12:26) and we are warned that gossip separates close friends (17:9). One of the most critical points about friendship made in the book of Proverbs is found in 27:6 where we read, ““Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” None of us likes to be wounded, but there are useful wounds from those who love us which are far more valuable than empty expressions of affection. Similarly, Proverbs 27:9 says, “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” (27:9). Very practically we are told in 22:24 that we should “not make friends with a hot-tempered person; do not associate with one easily angered.”

In our next and last post on the Old Testament’s advice on friendships we will look at the major and minor prophets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2019 in friendships

 

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With Friends Like These: Job’s Friends and Religious Foolishness! (Part 1)

We’re beginning a new series at our church. The Pastor and I Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 5.29.13 AMplan on covering the whole book of Job.  I begin this coming Sunday with introducing the book of Job and going over the first three chapters.

Here’s the outline that I will be following:

I.  Job’s Distress (chs. 1-3)

A.  Job’s Character (1:1-5)

B. God’s Challenge and Satan’s 1st Attack (1:6-19)

C.  Job’s Response (1:20-22)

D.  God’s 2nd Challenge and Satan’s 2nd Attack (2:1-7)

E.  Job and Mrs. Job (2:8-10)

F.  Job’s Silent Sympathetic Friends (2:11-13)

G.  Job’s Lament (ch. 3)

If you have not heard Pastor John Piper’s excellent poem on the book of Job, you can hear the first part (read by Dr. Piper) here.

 

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in the book of Job

 

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