And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Job series part 1

Yesterday we began a study through Job. Due to time constraints, some postings will be somewhat rough draft or simply my notes from the sermon. That being said, here are the notes from yesterday.

JOB Introduction

Things we need to know while studying Job

The book of Job, like the rest of the Bible is not about the characters, but about God Himself. God would reveal through Job his sovereignty. This sovereignty is seen over
Suffering God can restore beyond measure
Satan Satan must still get permission from God
Situations The life of Job became worse, even to the desire of death, but Job knew to hold on.
Sanctification Though the “friends” tried to give theological lessons, God ultimately leads us to truth when we seek him.

Soli Deo Gloria- To God alone the glory. The final chapters of Job are some of the most humbling in the Bible. We benefit from meditation here on God’s power in creation and the simple complexity that we can grasp will help us to see with better worshipful perspective.

Scripturally We need to know some verses of the bible that will bring us to a God perspective on suffering and trials. The entire chapter of James 1 is appropriate, as well as Romans 8. For memory verses this week, let us grasp 1 Corinthians 10:12-14.

Job is a book that’s basis shows us not only a background to suffering, it shows how people often handle suffering with bad theology.

Think of Job as a companion to our suffering. The pains he endured are to serve the purpose of a mentorship to us for when we face trials.

It is true that the upright will not be forsaken. But that does not mean that they will not undergo trials. This world is not about comfort.

See how Job was described
Blameless No Fault
Upright Did good when he could
Feared God Motivational goal, to never lose relationship with God
Turned from evil Wise to flee evil

Job was quite wealthy. If we do the math on just his livestock, and not the barns, implements, servants, and accessories we find values of.....
7000 sheep x $ 275 = 1,925.000
3000 camels x $4250 =12,750,000
500 yoke of oxen x $3,500 =1,750,000
500 female donkeys x $225 =112,500
Total $16,537,500

He was the greatest of the east. What is amazing, is though we can not relate financially, he was the perfect person for us to learn from. For his uprightness and wealth were no security for comfort. There is a great lesson to be learned here. Comfort can only be found in God. God gives His peace in the midst of circumstances.

Job was also greatly affected by the unknown. We can not know everything, yet peace will always be in what we know of God, rather than the unknown.

So as we head into our mission field, let us remember 1 Corinthians 10:12-14 and keep looking to God in every trial.

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