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The Patience of Job

The Patience of Job                                                                           James 5.7-11


Conventional wisdom: God rewards goodness and punishes evil.

Yet, experience compels us to contemplate undeserved suffering. We ask, "Why?"

This masterpiece addressing theodicy: "Why do the righteous suffer?"


Authorship: Perhaps Elihu, several generations prior, but preserved & edited by Moses.


Outline of Job:


Disparate Views

Satan accuses: "Are men not righteous from selfish motives?" (1.9f)

Great Divide: Divine view and Human view of suffering. Job never knows why.

The Hymn to Wisdom (ch28): Only God grasps the complexities of the world.


The Problem of Pain: greatest challenge to faith AND faith's greatest opportunity.


God's Answer (ch38-41)

A non-answer: He does not reveal the back story (1&2) / nor defend divine justice.

Big Question: "Are YOU God? If you cannot do what I do, you cannot question Me."

Defending Retributive Justice: Job's blessings are restored & he intercedes for friends.


Lessons from Job



1 A Mediator (9.33) - A Redeemer (19.25) / Yes, He Lives! (Isa59.20).

2 Man needs cleansing & purification (14.4) / Jesus provides (Heb10.14).

3 Life after this (14.10) / Resurrection (14.14) / All shall rise (Acts24.15).



notes by David Teel - Monday, January 26, 2015

credit to John Ogwyn / Ray Stedman / Wikipedia / Jimmy Tuten / Raymond Brown / Steven Lawson / etc.