Job

WHERE WERE YOU?

Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? Job is a book that so many people have wrestled with. But don’t be discouraged, in this incredible book, you’ll learn all about the supremacy of God in our lives. Listen to Job’s friends as they give him misguided information about the error of his ways, and hear the heart of God as He speaks and puts all their meaningless talk into His perspective.

 

PART ONE | PART TWO

 
 

 

Part One

I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES.

J 19:25


DIVE

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?

When things go wrong the first thing I question is whether God is in control – do you? Like he fell off the throne or worse fell asleep on the job. I hate that that is my first reaction, I wish I was one of those people who just went to faith first. But I don’t, my prayers sound like I’m begging God to take back control, I’m begging him to intervene, to wake up and notice what is happening. But the book of Job really challenges that way of thinking. Job nor his so-called friends never question God’s control. They never question if he is really in charge, they portray more the Israelite way of thinking, that they were safe and secure in their covenant with God and therefore they knew he had charge over them (controversially so for some readers today). I know that God being this much in control of our lives may make you uncomfortable. But lean into trust, God’s love and fatherly protection over you and the fear will disappear.

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DEEP DIVE

JOB | RYAN KERRISON

The Book of Job locates itself within the Sapiential Tradition (Wisdom Books within the Hebrew Bible), in a wider set of genres known as Wisdom Literature. Wisdom literature was commonplace within the ancient Near-Eastern world and can be found throughout ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian societies. It is within this technical grouping that the Book Job is set, chiefly due to the presence of ‘dialogue, discourse, narrative, hymn and lament’ styles of writing. These are woven together into a poignant piece of wisdom literature.

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Part Two

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I LAID THE EARTHS FOUNDATION?

J 38:4


DIVE

WHERE WERE YOU?

How are you going in the Book of Job? Don’t your friends look amazing compared to Job’s friends? Here at TYB, we want you to read the Bible and gain a new perspective. Most people read Job and get angry at a God that would do this to him. How dare God do these things! But is that really what is happening in this text, or are we missing the whole point?


One thing that I couldn’t get past when studying this book was God’s providence. It hits you in the face from the first chapter, let me show you what jumped out at me.

J 1:10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.

WOW. I couldn’t get past this statement! Remember, the revelation at the beginning is the key to unlocking the whole book.

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DEEP DIVE

THEODICY | JAMES WEEKS

The knowledge of God without that of man's misery causes pride. The knowledge of man's misery without that of God causes despair. The knowledge of Jesus Christ constitutes the middle course, because in Him we find both God and our misery. 

Pascal, Pensées, VII, 527. 


The book of Job introduces us to the genre of Old Testament Wisdom Literature. Throughout the history of the Church, there have been numerous debates concerning the authorship and historicity of Job and as such, it is all too easy to be buried under scholarly technicalities that readers will often abandon any real attempt to dive into Job before they’ve even begun. The simplest question to ask wisdom literature like Job, is this: “what lesson am I supposed to come away with?” That’s the question I am aiming to answer.

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