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Job 3: Job’s Lament

So I missed Bible study last week! We’ll look at chapter 3 and 4 this week.

Chapter 3 is crazy! Job is cursing everything he could possible think of. This chapter gets real!

Verse 1-10

So remember at the end of Chapter 2 all the friends sat together in silence? Well, Job is the first person to break the silence and he’s not happy. He begins by cursing the date of his birth. He says things like let God forget about the day, let it be erased from the calendar, let the day just vanish from existence, let people that are the best at cursing curse the day etc etc. The point is, Job wished his birthday never ever existed. Do you feel like that sometimes? But he’s just warming up lol. His lament gets deeper in the next verses.

Verse 11-19

After cursing the date of his birth, he now curses his actual birth! He says, why did I not die as my mom was giving birth? Why was she there to receive me with open arms? If she wasn’t there I’d be sleeping peacefully with the kings that came before me. Why was I not a stillborn? Etc, Etc. So now Job is like, okay so maybe we can’t erase a day from the calendar so I wish instead that I died while my mother was giving birth. Wow! Do you feel like that sometimes?

Verse 20-26

First, Job cursed the day of this birth. Second, he cursed his actual birth. Now, he’s questioning the purpose of life. Hmm, I know we’ve all questioned that before. Why do people that clearly don’t want to live anymore still wake up to a new day? Why is life given to those that will be happier in death? Why does God not allow us to see the meaning of life. What’s the point of it all? Do you have those same questions? I know some of us probably love our birthday and have never cursed it. You’ve probably even never cursed your birth. But, all of us have certainly wondered about the meaning of life. Job closes out his lament feeling like the only thing left for him is death.

I often wonder why certain chapters are in the bible. This whole chapter is a lament and could’ve easily been explained in two or three sentences. Instead it was expounded upon. I feel like God is showing us here that it is okay to be frustrated, confused, and disappointed with life. It’s okay to be overwhelmed with life so much that we start to question it’s importance. We’re human. But what I love about this lament is that through it all Job still didn’t curse God. He basically cursed everything but God!

That’s all for chapter 3. It was a short one but important nonetheless!

Challenge: Let us not curse God in our anger.

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Job 2: Silent Support

Here’s the 2nd week of bible study :).

Verse 1-6

So Satan has just destroyed everything that Job has, and now he’s back in front of God looking for more work. Isn’t that just like Satan to keep coming back, over and over. (Hint: He won’t give up without a fight, so if Satan keeps attacking you, you must be doing something right.) So again, God is like have you considered my servant Job. Now by this time Job has basically lost everything except his wife and his home…everything! But even through that he didn’t curse God.

The end of verse 3 is interesting to me. God says “And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason”. What stuck out to me was the very end “…without any reason”. A lot of times we feel like things are happening to us for no reason. The truth of the matter is, sometimes we’re right! Everything that could possibly go wrong does and we have no reason why. It’s not fair, I know.  We see here that some things that happen to us, especially the random ones, are because of battles in the spiritual realm. But at the end of it all, if we stay committed to God through the process He will reward us at the end. So…hold on 🙂

Anyway, Satan is like God a man will do anything to save his own life. All you did was take his stuff, but I promise you if you touch him he will definitely curse you. It’s funny, as I was reading this I noticed two things. From, chapter 1 to chapter 2 God doesn’t change his story. He still calls Job a blameless and upright man who fears God and shuns evil. However, we see Satan changing his story. In chapter 1 he’s like I promise you God if you touch Job’s stuff he will curse you. That didn’t happen. So he comes back again in this chapter and says I promise you God if you touch Job himself he will curse you. Hmmm, isn’t it just like Satan to change his story. That’s why we need to stop listening to him! He’s a liar and he will say anything to get what he wants.

But again, God is up for a challenge 🙂 He’s like okay Satan whatever, I don’t know when you’re finally gonna understand that Job isn’t going to curse me but I’ll keep playing this game with you. So God tells Satan he can do what he wants with Job but he has to spare his life. (Random thought: Satan can’t do any more to you than God has allowed!)

Verse 7-10

So Satan does what he does best: destroy. He attacks Job’s health and leaves him with sores all over his body. Job is in so much pain he scraps his skin and just sits in his ashes. He’s not only in physical pain, but mental and spiritual as well. I know if that was me I’d be sitting there wondering “God, what on earth did I do to deserve all of this! Attacks one right after the other!”. Even his wife is like Job I don’t know why you’re still holding on to God. Just curse Him already. Look what He’s doing to you. And Job’s like woman, please…you’re talking reckless! Who are we to accept all the great stuff from God and not the trouble times.

When I read that it made me think about the spiritual roles in society. Have they changed? Here we see Job staying steadfast in his faith. But from watching different marriages around me, it seems like nowadays the woman is usually the one to hold firm to God during trying times and the man usually struggles. I don’t know, it was just interesting to see here how his wife is so quick to condemn God.

Verse 11-13

I love this part right here! So Job has 3 friends who hear about what Job is going through and they all meet up to go and support him during his time of trouble. When they see how unrecognizable their friend is they immediately mourn. They feel his pain. But that’s not the part that got me. After that, they sit with him for 7 days and 7 nights…in silence. How many of us can say we can mourn with a friend for a whole week? Moreover, how many of us can mourn with them in the silence? Sometimes we can be very nosey! We want to know who, what, when, where, why, and how. More times than not, being a great friend isn’t about figuring every single detail of the situation; it’s just about being there. That’s it. We like to complicate things. These 3 friends put their personal issues aside for 7 days just to sit with their friend in silence. That’s another important point. I don’t know why sometimes we feel that the perfect time to talk about our issues is when a friend is going through their own. Stop being so selfish! We can learn something from these 3 friends.

Challenge: Is your friend going through a difficult time? Try sitting with them in the silence.

Job 1: Can You Worship God in the Storm?

This is our first bible study…Yay 🙂 What I will do is break up the chapter into groups of verses and we’ll study that way! I may post questions, add my own thoughts, etc. Please feel free to answer my questions and let me know what you’ve learned from the chapter. Oh, and make sure you have your bible with you so you can “study to show yourself approved”! So here goes Job chapter 1…..

Verse 1-5

So I like to call these verses Job’s brief bio. If he had a twitter it would probably read something like:

I own a lot of livestock. I’m the richest man in the East. I love my 10 kids #TeamJesus

Job was blameless and upright, he feared God and shunned evil and he was known as the greatest man in the East. Why was he the greatest? He had 10 children (7 sons/3 daughters), 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 donkeys and a lot of servants.

Job was rich. He had it all. In today’s terms he would most likely be #1 on Forbes list of World’s Richest People. But even with all that, he didn’t neglect God. We see that not only does he make sacrifices to God for himself but he does so on behalf of his children.

His children loved to party. The brothers took turns holding feast at each others house and because Job didn’t really know what they were doing he would sacrifice a burnt offering for them just in case they did something against God. I always wondered why this part was in here, it seemed a little random. But reading it over, I see an example of a great father. He was constantly praying of behalf of his children! I think that’s applicable to all parents!

Verse 6-12

So now after we’ve learned a little bit about Job, Satan enters the scene. He’s been going back and forth on the earth trying to find someone to tempt. God is like “Satan, have you considered my servant Job?”. When I read that I was like whoa! God how you gonna turn Job in like that? It’s crazy! But, it also shows the confidence that God had in Job’s love for Him. God was so confident that Job would not sin against Him that he was willing to test his faith. To me, that’s an honor. It made me think has God ever said “Have you considered my servant Tosin?”. Is God so confident in our relationship that He believes nothing Satan does to me will affect it? What about you? Has God ever said “Have you considered my servant _____” with confidence that you would pass the test?

This made me think of something else. Many times when we are faced with attacks from the enemy we begin to lose faith, doubt, and even question God’s love for us. But we need to begin looking at it like this. From these scriptures we know that, if we truly are children of God, Satan can’t touch us or our stuff without God’s permission. Therefore, if we truly are children of God, and we are facing attacks it is because God has given Satan permission. And if God has given Satan permission it’s because he sees us as “blameless and upright, a man (or woman) who fears God and shuns evil” (v. 8). God trusts you to pass the test! Think about that next time you’re facing a situation 🙂

But Satan didn’t agree with God (as usual). He said the only reason why Job loves and fears you is because of everything that you have given him. But I promise you if you take all that away he will definitely curse you. Yup, that’s what Satan said to God in a nutshell. Read it at verse 9. The sad part is that for some of us that statement is correct. We only love God because of the blessings he has given us. The nice job, car, house, etc. We need to get to a place where we truly love God just because…he’s God!

But anyway, we see that God wasn’t going to let Satan talk to Him like that and get away with it so God’s like: Okay so you think Job just loves me for what I can do? Fine, you have permission to do anything to his belongings but don’t touch him. (v. 12)

And Satan took God up on the offer.

Verse 13-19

So in these verses, Job gets hit 4 times with bad news. First, he hears that his oxen and donkeys were attacked. Second, his sheep and servants were killed. Third, his camels were taken. Fourth, his children were killed. In a day, everything that made Job the greatest man in the East was taken from him. What’s crazy about this though is that the messengers came while the other was “still speaking”. So Job didn’t even have a chance to digest the first bad news before the next messenger came with more. It’s like your neighbor calling you at work to tell you your car just got stolen and while he’s calling another neighbor calls to tell you your house is on fire and as that’s happening your boss walks in to hand you your pink slip and then you get a call from the hospital saying you’ve lost a family member. All in a couple minutes. How would you feel? I can’t imagine anyone feeling good about that! But what happens next really shows the love that Job had for God…and it’s a great example for all of us.

Verse 20-22

Job has just heard all the bad news he could take for one day. The Bible says he tore his robe and shaved his head. Basically he begins to grieve. It is okay to grieve! But what I love about this is what he does next: He worships God. After everything that just happened, Job still worships God! Many of us can’t say we have gone through half of what Job went through in the way he went through it. At least I know I can’t! But we still find it hard to worship God in the bad times. Why is that? Do we really love and trust Him like we say we do? What Job says in verse 21 is very important:

Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised

Job was like look I didn’t come into this world with anything and I know nothing’s going with me when I leave. But at the end of it all, God’s name will always be praised.

Contrary to Satan’s belief, Job didn’t curse or sin against God. Job shows us that the answer to difficult situations in our life is worship!

Well, that’s what I got from Job 1! Thanks for reading. what did you learn through the chapter?

Challenge: When you’re faced with a difficult situation, turn to worship.