Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book of Job: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

}}Wisdom Class
}February 19, 2017

}Book of Job
The Big Picture
1.What kind of man was Job? (Job 1-2 and rest of book)
2.In what ways did Job’s three friends not speak what was right about God? (42:7)
3.In what ways did Job speak what was right about God? (Job 42:7)
}Getting to the Heart
}Elihu’s words to Job (Job 32-37)
}The LORD’s answer to Job (Job 38-41)
}Job’s humble submission to the LORD  (Job 42:1-6)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


The book is a poetic drama of a righteous man subjected to great suffering.
It reveals the role of Satan as “accuser of our brethren” (Rev. 12:10)
It challenges our thinking about God’s character and working in our lives.
It encourages God’s people in the midst of suffering.

Date and Literary Style
Rabbinical tradition dates the book to the Patriarchal Period (that is, the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), based on names for God, Job’s wealth, Job’s role as patriarchal priest, and Job’s longevity.

Franz Delitzsch found striking similarities in style to the Psalms of Heman and Ethan (Ps. 88, 89) and writings of Solomon, and he dated it to the Solomonic period.

Main Players in the Drama
Eliphaz the Temanite
Bildad the Shuhite
Zophar the Naamathite
Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram
The LORD (Yahweh)

Job’s Example of Steadfast Endurance
“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.”  (James 5:11)

God’s Esteem for Job
“even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it (land of Israel), they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord GOD.  (Ezekiel 14:14)

"even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, they would deliver neither son nor daughter. They would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness." (Ezekiel 14:20)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Ecclesiastes Summary Observations
Solomon’s musings in this book wander like a stream of consciousness, mixing God’s wisdom with the world’s values. Some portions remind us of Job’s searching for answers in the midst of his misery. But Solomon’s misery is spiritual and psychological, arising from his attempts to figure out and explain all things. Although the quest proved futile, he persisted in it.

Ecclesiastes and Doctrine
Individual statements in the book are not intended to be taken as biblical dogma, but as elements of Solomon’s process of thinking. His conclusion in Chapter 12 puts it all in perspective: “Fear God and keep His commandments”; trying to explain everything is futile – “Vanity and striving after the wind.”

The prophetic formula, “Thus says the LORD,” is rarely found in the wisdom books. “The divine imperative in wisdom literature is generally limited to the essential “Fear God”… (C. Hassell Bulloch)
Wisdom literature assumes the revelation of the Law and the Prophets, and it deals with the practical living out of our relationship with God and others.

Use of “LORD” in Poetry & Wisdom
Job, 24 verses                         33 matches
Psalms, 702 verses                 795 matches
Proverbs, 87 verses                 87 matches
Ecclesiastes, 0 verses             0 matches
Song of Songs, 1 verse           1 match

Use of “God” in Poetry & Wisdom
Job, 114 verses                       118 matches
Psalms, 377 verses                 440 matches
Proverbs, 6 verses                  6 matches
Ecclesiastes, 36 verses           41 matches
Song of Songs, 0                     0 matches