series: Ancient Cliff Notes
teacher: Jacob Bender
date: December 2, 2019
scriptures: the book of Job, particularly: Job 1:13-22, Job 1:21b, Job 10:3, Job 10:14, Job 10:15, Job 14:7, Job 14:15, Job 42:10, Job 42:17, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 Peter 5:9, 1 Peter 5:10, James 1, James 5:11, Ezekiel 14:14, 20, Ecclesiastes 7:2-3, Ecclesiastes 7:4, Proverbs 24:3, Isaiah 53:8.
spoiler alert: the book of Job never tells us why we suffer.
The question of “why” is the wrong question, yet it is the question that is asked over and over and over throughout the book of Job, yet goes unanswered all the way to the end.
This is a book about the wrong questions.
It’s also a book about pain. and loss. and doubt.
It’s a book about empathy. and compassion. and grace.
It’s a book about storms.
and God being there, right in the middle of the storm.
During his teaching on “The Bible” - Pastor Shane Willard explained one of the ways that people misread the book of Job, by not reading it in the genre it was writing in. Here is a CLIP from that message.
Watch the whole sermon “The Bible” by Pastor Shane Willard.