Wednesday, April 7, 2021

April 7th: Job

 Confirmation 4.7.21: Job

Go through these questions and readings with a family member, and have a parent or guardian confirm that you met. 


·         What are some things about this year that have been difficult for you personally? What about for the world?

·         Were you responsible in any way for these difficult things?

·         What are some bad things that happen to people because of their own actions?

·         Have you heard of any stories about bad things happening to good people? Can you give any examples?

 

Read Job 1:1-5  [1] There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. [2] There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. [3] He had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and very many servants; so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. [4] His sons used to go and hold feasts in one another's houses in turn; and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. [5] And when the feast days had run their course, Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, "It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts." This is what Job always did.

 

·         After reading this passage, how would you characterize Job? (What do you know about him?)

 

Read Job 1:6-12 [6] One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. [7] The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the Lord, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it." [8] The Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil." [9] Then Satan answered the Lord, "Does Job fear God for nothing? [10] Have you not put a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. [11] But stretch out your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face." [12] The Lord said to Satan, "Very well, all that he has is in your power; only do not stretch out your hand against him!" So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

 

·         What is Satan trying to prove to God? And what does he want God to prove?

·         Where else in the Bible do we find Satan confronting God?

 

Read Job 1:12-22 [13] One day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the eldest brother's house, [14] a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were feeding beside them, [15] and the Sabeans fell on them and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you." [16] While he was still speaking, another came and said, "The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; I alone have escaped to tell you." [17] While he was still speaking, another came and said, "The Chaldeans formed three columns, made a raid on the camels and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you." [18] While he was still speaking, another came and said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house, [19] and suddenly a great wind came across the desert, struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you."  [20] Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped. [21] He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." [22] In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing. 

 

·         What kinds of things happened to Job? Who caused those things?

·         How would you react if this happened to you?

·         How did Job react after all this happened?

 

Later on in the next 34 chapters of Job, his friends come to console him because of all that has happened, but they end up telling Job that all his suffering must be because of his wrongdoings, or sins, so he must deserve all the suffering. After each accusation, Job defends his innocence.

 

·         How do you think Job felt in his conversations with his friends? How do you feel when people falsely accuse you?

·         What do you think Jesus would say if he were in on the conversations with Job and his friends? (Luke 6:37) 

·         Is it possible to be a perfect Christian? Is it possible to please God at all times?                           

 

Watch “The Book of Job” from The Bible Project   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GswSg2ohqmA

 

·         Reflect on this quote: “If God brings you to it, God will bring you through it.” What do you think? Is this a true statement? What about after having heard Job’s story?

·         What is wise about the Book of Job?

·         Why do bad things happen to good people?

·         How does faith in God help you in times of sorrow or trouble?

 

Read & Reflect on “The Footprints in the Sand” poem by Mary Stevenson

 

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed

he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. 

For each scene he noticed two sets of 

footprints in the sand: one belonging 

to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,

he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of

his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very

lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he 

questioned the LORD about it: 

"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow 

you, you'd walk with me all the way.

But I have noticed that during the most 

troublesome times in my life,

there is only one set of footprints. 

I don't understand why when 

I needed you most you would leave me."

The LORD replied:

"My son, my precious child,

I love you and I would never leave you.

During your times of trial and suffering,

when you see only one set of footprints,

it was then that I carried you." 

 

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