Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the Book of Job, “Trusting God in Times of Adversity” by Kay Arthur. We are in the home stretch ladies! This week we completed Week Twelve in our study books which is entitled “Will the Faultfinder Contend with the Almighty?” In the coming week we will complete the final lesson and next week we will have our last small group discussions for this study. Hasn’t it been an awesome time of learning and growing together?
This week’s reading covers Chapters 38, 39 and 40 in the Book of Job. In these chapters we finally hear God speak in response to all that Job and his friends have been saying. God does not respond by answering Job’s questions directly. Rather, He responds by asking some questions of His own.
In Chapters 38-39 God comes to Job in the midst of a storm. God appears to Job and begins to question him. Rather than answering Job’s specific questions, God reveals Himself to Job via the questions He asks. God wants Job to think, to figure things out for himself, and realize how small he is compared to God. God poses a series of 77 questions to Job centering on the majesty of His creation. Through the use of these questions God shows Job that He alone is sovereign.
Throughout his time of suffering, we see Job longing for an opportunity to plead his innocence before God. In Chapter 40, Job finally gets his chance to address God directly – but he says very little. What God said to him in the previous chapter sinks in and Job recognizes his own mortality and God’s sovereignty. Job realizes that he cannot explain God’s creation, nor is he even tempted to try.
Next week we will discuss the final two chapters of the Book of Job. We will see Job be restored.
BIBLE STUDY TIP: In the section of the Book of Job we read this week, we witnessed Job having an “ah-ha” moment. As we read the Bible we will have many opportunities to witness various Bible characters having similar life changing experiences. How can we apply these experiences to our lives? How can we record what we learn from them so that we can remember these lessons and draw from them later on? The Inductive Method of Bible study uses observation, interpretation and finally application skills to do this. We mark key words and record chapter themes. We take notes in our journals or in the margins of our Bibles. We pray over what we have read and ask God to reveal His truth to us. In this section of Scripture, we see Job having a change of heart. He realizes that he not only needs to learn something new, he needs to unlearn something he has believed and realize that is simply is not the God’s truth. We also must do this in our own lives. As we spend time in God’s Word we will not only learn new things, we will have to unlearn some things we have held to be true, perhaps for a very long time. We need to examine what we believe and we need to be willing to change our mind.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK
- Join a small group and join other women for a time of study and fellowship. This week we will be discussing Week 12 of the study. Small groups meet at http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/ A schedule of meeting times is pinned to the top of that page.
- Complete Week 13, the final lesson of our study, in your study book before your next small group meeting. This lesson is broken down into seven daily lessons so ideally, you will complete one daily lesson each day.
- Pray before you begin your study time each day. Invite the Holy Spirit to be your guide and teach you as you study.
- Do an online word study on the word “ALMIGHTY” using www.blueletter.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in the “Files” at the top of the page in the Inductive Studies Chat Room. You will also find a form for doing the coming week’s Word Study posted there on Monday of each week.
- Complete a “Store in Your Heart” form for Job 40:2. The Store in Your Heart forms are also located in “Files” at the top of the page in the Inductive Studies Chat Room.
- Fill out the “Job at a Glance” chart on the top of page 97 in your study book. As you complete your study each week, decide what you think the main them of each chapter is and record the theme on this page. There is no right or wrong answer, so don’t worry about that! Use whatever theme will help you to remember this study when you look back at it later. This is your study and this assignment is designed to help you, not anyone else.
- Register for the next inductive study here: http://www.womensbiblecafe.com/2016/08/1-peter-registration/
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK’S SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS:
1) Job has been longing to ask God a number of questions. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
2) God answers Job by speaking to him “out of whirlwind” (Job 38:1 NASB) or “out of the storm” (NIV). Has God ever spoken to you in a storm? What did He say?
3) God uses His creation as an example to Job of his sovereignty. What part of God’s creation speaks loudest to you?
4) What has this week’s lesson said to you about God’s omnipotence?
5) In these final chapters of the Book of Job, we see Job having a change of heart. He reconsiders his beliefs and changes his opinions of himself, of God, and of his relationship to God. Describe a time when you have had a similar change of heart.