How do you understand the reality that this world isn’t always fair, that bad things happen to good people? What is your response to this reality?
Lean in as Paul Kiss continues our One Story series by looking at Jesus and Job. Together we learn that the unfairness of life, in the story of Job,
becomes clear when we know and follow Jesus.
Jesus And Job
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: March 31, 2019
1. Karma trouble.
2. Job’s big question. Who is responsible and why?
Text: Job 7:20-21
3. Job’s big challenge. Trusting God.
Text: Job 2:8-10
4. The wisdom of Job.
Text: Job 28
• According to Job wisdom is something to get, not something to be. It is about learning to stay turned to God in the midst of life’s challenges.
5. How does Job lead us to Jesus?
Text: Luke 13; John 9; John 1:14-18
• While God is not the cause of all suffering, he does accept responsibility for it, as the author of free beings who can use their autonomy for great good or great evil.
• Jesus on the cross is how God deals with injustice and all the random unfairness of life. He comes in person to address it. He enters into our suffering himself.
1. How do you understand the reality that this world isn’t always fair, that bad things happen to good people? What is your response to this reality?
2. Job’s 3 friends assumed that Job must have done something wrong to deserve what happened to him. They thought that God was punishing him for his sins, Job 5:17. How is this similar to how people think today? (Note: Job’s friends are not right in what they say, 42:7).
3. Why do you think people seem to automatically attribute tragedy to God?
4. Read John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11. The word that John uses, “archon,” means “ruler.” Jesus calls satan, the “ruler of this world.” If satan is currently “the ruler of this world,” how might this influence your view of why some of the bad things that happen, actually do. Who is responsible for them?
5. Is Satan always the cause of bad things that happen to us? What about Galatians 6:7-10? What about Hebrews 12:1-12 or Romans 1:21-23, 28-32?
6. In the book of Job, God never does answer Job’s question of why? Only later does he answer Job’s question when he comes in the person of Jesus Christ. How does God answer Jobs’ question about evil by coming in the person of Jesus? See, Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 1:14-15; Matthew 12:22-30.
7. How has this sermon helped you understand why bad things happen? What questions are still left unanswered for you?
1. Read the book by Jessica Kelley, “Lord Willing? Wrestling with God’s Role in My Child’s Death.”
2. Read Greg Boyd’s synopsis of the book of the Job at reknew.org: here.