Jul 27, 2015

Job Sermon Series: Part 9 Devotion & Sermon Questions

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin. We are continuing on a multi-part series on Job. Some of the devotion thoughts were inspired by footnotes in the LSB (pp824-830) and fromwww.net.bible.org.

Old Testament Reading:  Job 34, 35, 37 (partial extracts below)
34 Then Elihu said, “If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.17Shall one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn Him who is righteous and mighty,18who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’ and to nobles, ‘Wicked man,’ 19who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor, for they are all the work of His hands? 20In a moment they die; at the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away by no human hand. I will answer you and your friends with you.  
35 5Look at the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you. 6If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him? 7If you are righteous, what do you give to him? Or what does he receive from your hand? 8Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your righteousness a son of man. 37 Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God. 15Do you know how God lays His command upon them and causes the lightning of His cloud to shine? 16Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge,17you whose garments are hot when the earth is still because of the south wind?18Can you, like Him, spread out the skies, hard as a cast metal mirror?”

Devotion: “The Majesty of God”
If you have been counting, this is Elihu’s fourth speech to Job. Last week in Chapter 33 we had the speech about God’s method of testing Job.  In Chapter 34 he tells Job that as a mere human he should not be trying to dictate to God how He should act. [Job came perilously close to charging God with wrongdoing.] He makes the point that all of us [rich, poor, famous, or not] are all going to perish—God is in control. In 35 he tells Job that he is complaining so bitterly that he must not be a true believer, but as smart as Elihu seems to be he does not really know Job’s inner workings. Finally in 37 he describes the Majesty of God. In these four speeches Elihu has introduced a different reason for suffering: God has things to teach people that they can only learn through pain. It is apparent that Elihu thought of God as a teacher where the three friends spoke of Him as a judge. Elihu is telling Job to stop being so rebellious and obstinate; and he advises him to trust and submit to God as his Lord. This will prepare him for God’s saving grace. A good message from long ago that still applies--Our God is an awesome God! His ways are beyond our understanding.
Pray: Lord, prepare me for Your return. Amen
1.  Knowing yourself: Do you think God is more a judge or a teacher? Why? Do you have an “Elihu” in your life?
2.  Scripture: In Chapter 34 Elihu reminded the three older counselors that Job had claimed to be innocent of transgressions. Then he sided with them and agreed that Job was guilty of sin for which God could punish him justly. As the three friends, Elihu bel
ieved God was acting perfectly justly in allowing Job to suffer and that Job was insolent to accuse God of being unjust (v. 10). He then reviewed God’s character to illustrate His justice (vv. 11-30). Is Elihu saying that 1- God can do no wrong, 2-every living thing depends upon God for its being, and 3- God treats everyone according to a person’s behavior (v11)?  Agree?

3. Application:  Fear is a normal human emotion. Is the fear of death and judgement a “good” reason for trusting Jesus to save us all?

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