Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Job, “Trusting God in Times of Adversity” by Kay Arthur. We just completed Week Four of our study, “Does God Afflict the Guiltless?” We observed Job Chapters 8 through 10 this week. And the plot thickens!
Job asked an interesting question in 9:2, “How can a man be in the right before God?” Although Job recognized that he earned a reputation of being “blameless and upright” (Job 1:8), he lacks righteousness before his Holy God. I found this amazing, because he knew something was missing. Christ was not even born yet, and he knew something was not right in his life. Isn’t that just the way we all felt before Christ entered our lives…that something was missing? We all stand as righteous only when, by faith, we stand in the righteousness of Christ.
Job’s suffering had been so prolonged to the point he appeals for a mediator… someone to speak on his behalf so that God would end his suffering. Job recognized the fact that since God is not man he cannot approach the throne of grace and plead his case. He needed someone to approach the throne of God to speak for him:
“If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together. The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of His punishment. Then I could speak to Him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength.” Job 9:33-35 NLT
A mediator is like a priest, one who brings two parties together in peace. Jesus Christ is our High Priest, our Mediator, whom we can draw near with confidence to the throne of grace.
“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 NAS
Oh what a wonderful Mediator we have today! We have Jesus standing in the gap on our behalf bringing us forgiveness and salvation.
Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week…
Romans 6:23 tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and therefore die because “the wages of sin is death.” “There is none righteous, not one” (Roman 3:10). But God in His mercy has provided a way for us to escape His just sentence of eternal death. We can’t pay the penalty to escape, but God sent His Son, Jesus—who knew no sin—to die for us on the cross, to pay the price we cannot pay. We don’t need to have all the answers in our temporal world—not when we know that God loved us enough to provide a way into His eternal home.
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Mediator to plead your case? He is waiting to pronounce you “not guilty!”
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/Complete your study of Week Five, “REPENT!”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Do an online word study on “Guilty” (Job 9:20) at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Store in your heart Job 8:3 (Week Four, Day Seven). A “Store in Your Heart” form is located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Fill out the “Job at a Glance” chart on Page 97. As you complete your chapter study for the week, decide what the main theme of the chapter is and record the themes for Job Chapters 8 through 10. There is no right or wrong way to write a chapter theme. This is your study and it will help you to remember what the chapter was all about.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- How can we be better listeners to someone who is in deep emotional or physical pain? Give examples.
- When hurting deeply, what are some practical steps we, as believers, can take to find comfort for our aching hearts?
- In Job 9:33, Job speaks about an umpire (mediator), someone who would speak on his behalf to plead his case before God. As believers, we have a wonderful Mediator who stands in the gap on our behalf. How has Jesus Christ made a difference in your life as your Mediator?
- Job was in a season of prolonged suffering and he saw no end in sight. Therefore, he believed God had wronged him and failed to give him justice (Job 8:3). When you are going through a season of suffering, do you, (1) have a humble spirit that holds no bitterness toward God, (2) blame God for your suffering, or (3) pray for God to reveal His purpose in your suffering?
- In our study of Job so far, what are some practical applications you can put into practice right now so that you do not spiral downward in a pit of gloom and despair? How can you remain positive and joyful in the midst of painful adversity?