The Patience of Job


1. Students should know about Job's life before Satan attacked.

2. Students should be able to tell events of Satan's attack on Job.

3. TLW glean substantive truths from the series of speeches of Job and his friends.

4. TLW be challenged and humbled as Job was by the magnificent questioning of God.

5. TLW appreciate Job's response, his humbled and forgiving spirit, his patience, and the ensuing blessing from God.

6. TLWBAT offer several Biblical answers to the question "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

Time of the writing of Job: Around the time of the call of Abraham, 1915 B. C. Although the events of the book of Job follow the times of the creation, the flood, and the tower of Babel, the penmanship--the putting of ink to papyrus--makes the book of Job the oldest book in the Bible. Moses wrote the Pentateuch while in Midian (1485-1445 B. C.) References in the text to Chaldeans and Sabeans place Job as a contemporary to Abraham.

Memory verse. Job 1: 21--" And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

The Bible Story:

I. The dilemma of Job (1: 1 -2:13)

A. His prosperity

B. Sudden losses

C. Doubts from within

D. Doubts from family (2: 8-10)

E. The beginning of doubts from friends (2: 11-13).

II. The time of innocent examination (3: 1- 6:30)

A. Self reflection does not hurt.

B. James says to use God's word to look at oneself and find what manner of people we are becoming (James 1: 22- 26)

C. At the time of communion, each of us is to examine himself as part of the Lord's supper. I Corinthians 11: 27-34

III. The questioning of God's management of things (Job 7) and of rising self-righteousness.

IV. The unrelenting accusations of Job's friends (chapters 8-37)

A. Job's friends do not seem to entertain the possibility that there may be other, unseen reasons why these misfortunes have happened.

B. They were not aware of the heavenly hosts that surround man, invisibly, each day. Ephesians 6: 10-17 had not been written yet.

V. The majestic questioning of God(chapters 38-41). Aside from its spiritual value, there is much scientific truth in this passage.

VI. God restores Job and his friends.

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