Today’s OOBT episode finds us meeting friend #4, Elihu, who up until this point has remained silent. He begins his speech by claiming God had “advanced his wisdom way beyond his years”… well friends, you’ll just have to listen in to find out if he was right about that!
Truthfully though, are you exhausted by the ways Job is repeatedly misunderstood? Imagine losing all Job has lost, feeling distant from God, and your friends all just keep attacking you -- and you can’t, for the life of you, think of what you might need to repent of! Oh, and you’re covered in boils. While we don’t envy Job, we can certainly be glad his story is recorded in Scripture because we’ve all experienced seasons of life that feel like this to some small degree. And if you haven’t yet, you will friend. In all our hard moments, Job’s story reminds us we are not alone. And he shows us how to suffer well. Oh Job.
Also, be sure to stay tuned until the very end of this episode to hear about God’s Majesty, His Power, and a Million Little Miracles along the way.
// Show Notes //
Below are the questions M promised in today’s podcast… the ones she asked you to dig into while reading Job 32-37. These questions for each chapter were found in First5’s Suffering & Sovereignty printed study guide.
- JOB 32 // Job 32 introduces the first new character in a while. Who is Elihu? Why is he mad at Job and his friends? (Job 32:2-5) Why does Elihu wait so long to speak? What compelled him to speak now? (Job 32:6-14)
- JOB 33 // What reasoning does Elihu give that Job should listen to him? (Job 33:1-7) Elihu summarizes Job’s argument in Job 33:8-11. What does Elihu make of Job’s argument? (Job 33:12) What does Elihu say about Job’s communication? (Job 33:13-30)
- JOB 34 // What is the second of Job’s arguments that Elihu addresses? (Job 34:5-9) Elihu believes that Job is calling God not only unjust but a liar about His own character. Elihu takes this opportunity to expound on the character of God. (Job 33:10-15) What stands out to you about what Elihu says about God?
- JOB 35 // One thing Elihu does well is boil down Job’s arguments and point out their contradictory nature. What contradiction does he point out in Job 35:1-3? The God that Elihu describes is great but distant from His people. (Job 35:4-16) While it is true that we cannot add anything to our salvation, God does deeply care about His people. (Psalm 147:3; 1 John 4:10; Romans 5:8) How do you experience God’s love?
- JOB 36 // Where is Elihu saying his words come from? (Job 36:3-4) What does Elihu use as an illustration of God’s power? (Job 36:26-33) How do you experience this description of God’s power?
- JOB 37 // Elihu encourages Job to slow down – to stop and consider God’s wonders. (Job 37:14-16) This is good advice for all of us when we are distressed, overwhelmed, and spinning out of control. What is the benefit for Job (and us) to stop and consider God’s wonders? What does Elihu argue is the proper response to God? (Job 37:19-24)
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NLT Life Application Study Bible
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First5 App // Suffering & Sovereignty
First5 App // Suffering & Sovereignty // Printed Study Guide
Uninvited // Lysa TerKeurst // Book & Study Guide
Uninvited Online Bible Study // Lysa TerKeurst
Suffering & the God Who Speaks // She Reads Truth
The Jesus Bible // https://passionresources.com/collections/the-jesus-bible
Million Little Miracles // Elevation Worship & Maverick City