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Job part 5-Repent

This week we read Zophar’s perspective on Job’s suffering.Like the others, Zophar tells him to repent of his hidden sin so that he can be saved from his suffering.Like the others, Zophar fundamentally misunderstands what repentance means and what it does for us.True repentance (Gr. “Metanoia”) means a change of mind and purpose and life.It can mean forsaking sin (Ezekiel 14:6), confessing sin (Luke 15:17-19), and sometimes making restitution for our sin (Luke 19:8).But, contrary to what Zophar tells Job, repentance of sin will not end suffering.It will, however, draw us closer to God and allow us to have a full relationship with Him.

Key Verse:“Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.”Job 13:15a

Read Job 11-14

·Make a chart comparing Zophar’s accusations and Job’s response.
·Where is Zophar speaking the truth?Where is he not?
·What does Job say about his relationship with God?

Journal Prompt:If you were counseling someone who was suffering, what approach would you take?How would you make…

Job part 4-Does God Afflict the Guiltless

This next study begins the first discourse between Bildad, one of the three friends in chapter 2 who came to mourn, and Job’s response.

Key Verse:
Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right? Job 8:3

The key verse today points to a major theme in this section and one that all Christians must come to girps with.Can we blame God when bad things happen?Do we think He is vindictive and spiteful?Allowing thoughts like this can give Satan many opportunities about God’s love for us.Let us look carefully today into Job as we continue to wrestle internally with these questions.

Read chapters 8-10 and answer the following questions:

·What is Bildad’s main point?What does he believe caused Job’s suffering?
·Suffering, though difficult, can have positive value in the life of a believer.Read the following passages and note those traits.The truth in these verses can give you encouragement when trouble comes to remember that God can redeem all things He allows into your life:
oRomans …

Job part 3-Is it True According to God's Word

A friend’s counsel and comfort can be much needed during times of trial.Someone who has gone through similar circumstances can help sustain us with support and wisdom.However, everyone is shaped by their experiences.Experiences affect our perception on life and influence how we react to certain circumstances.But our perceptions aren’t always true and our reactions aren’t always right.Therefore, while we can accept a friend’s counsel, comfort and support, we must always measure it by what is true -God’s Holy Word.For only God’s Word can provide us with infallible truth every time.

This week we begin reading the first of several conversations between Job and his friends regarding each of their accounts of why Job was facing such calamity.As you read Eliphaz’s explanation for Job’s suffering, compare it with (1) what you know from reading chapters 1 and 2; and (2) what you know about God’s character.Ask yourself:Is Eliphaz’s explanation true according to God’s Word?

Key Verse:“Behold, …

Job part 2-Should We Accept Good from God and not Adversity?

Key Verse: Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.Job 2:9-10

This week, Job will lose more than just his family and material wealth, which would be enough to destroy anyone’s faith! He will have to give up his physical health.Yet this too God allows to reveal Job’s faithfulness.When I think of my life, I realize I have little to complain about compared to what he suffered.I like Job long to respond to tragedy with faith.And like Peter to say:

But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13

Read Job 2
·Like last week, note what you learn about God from this chapter.When you observe, notice His power.
·List what you learn about Job.Look carefully for his response to circumstances a…

Job Part 1-Holding Fast to Your Integrity

We count those blessed who endured.You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
James 1:5

This new study will be a modification from Kay Arthur’s book Trusting God in Times of Adversity.Her study series is available through Precept Ministries and is a great resource for learning how to study using the inductive study method.The inductive method is used by myself and my co-leader Callie in our small group to prepare each week’s material.Though our group started with this method, it is not for everyone as some people get bogged down in marking the text.Though I find it very helpful, I know not everyone learns in the same way so this study is a modified version of the full inductive method without marking.

To do this study you will need a bible and notebook for taking notes.

Remember some helpful habits for having a rich study:
1)Always begin with prayer.This will prepare your heart and most imp…