CREDIT: ARTWORK - Bible Lithograph
Lithograph Published in PARIS in 1960
by Marc Chagall
ABOUT THE BOOK OF JOB
[S E R I E S]
Message Two ~ August 11th, 2011
The purpose of the book of job: To demonstrate God's sovereignty and the meaning of true faith. The book of Job addresses the question, “Why do the righteous suffer?”
Special features about the book of job: We learn from Job about FAITH, and in particular, a faith that endures.
As we all know, for any building, the foundation is critical. It must be deep enough and solid enough to withstand the structural stresses placed upon it. Well, lives are like buildings: the quality of the foundation determines the ability to cope with difficulties. Too often inferior materials are used and when tests come, lives crumble.
As you begin to read the book of Job, you will find it to be a gripping drama of a riches~to~rags~to~riches tale. The book of Job is a theological treatise about suffering and divine sovereignty, as well as a picture of faith that endures.
Job is a prosperous farmer living in the land of Uz. He has thousands of sheep, camels, and other livestock, a large family, and many servants. Suddently satan, the Accuser, comes before God claiming that Job trusts God only because he is wealthy and everything is going well for him. And so the testing of Job's faith begins after God allows satan to destroy Job's children, servants, livestock, herdsmen, and home; but even so, Job continues to trust in God.
Next, satan attacks Job physically, covering him with painful boils. Then, Job's wife tells him to 'curse God and die.' [SEE: Job 2:9]. What does Job do? He suffers in silence.
Questions for the Readers:
Have you ever suffered in silence?
Has your suffering ever affected those around you?
Why do you think that the righteous sometimes suffer?
If you are just reading the Book of Job for the first time, what is your initial reaction to what you have covered thus far?
FOR BIBLE STUDY: Job Chapter 1
More to follow in this continuing SERIES...
"ABOUT THE BOOK OF JOB”
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