Pray, Read, Pray, Reflect…
“Why is life given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter of soul…?” (3:20)
Job’s Despair (Job 3)
- Job Curses The Day Of His Birth (3:1-10)
- Job Questions “Why?” (3:11-12)
- Job’s Peaceful View Of Death (3:13-19)
- Job’ s Unrest (3:20-26)
Job’s silent brooding turns to a primal scream. He does not begin by cursing God, but rather by cursing the day of his birth (3:1-9). His curse stems from one complaint he has against that day—that it did not keep him from this present day (3:10).
Job next turns to the common question of man – a question which is never answered – “why?” (3:11-12)
- Why is Job in this condition, rather than being in another?
- Why did he not die at birth where he could have rest with the great men of this world (3:11-15)?
- Why did he not die before birth and be like all the oppressed who have ceased from being oppressed (3:16-19)?
- Why can the man who wants death to come not experience death (3:20-22)?
- Why does trouble come to a man who is hedged in so that he cannot avoid it (3:23-26)?
Job Is A Man In Desperation. Sometimes he speaks irrationally, at times he contradicts himself, and sometimes he sounds completely delirious. Job’s statements about death should be remembered in that context.
Job’s view of death is incomplete because God’s Sacred Word is a continuous revelation.
The Seven “Why”
- “Why did I not die at birth?” (3:11)
- “Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?” (3:11)
- “Why did the knees receive me?” (3:12)
- “Why the breasts that I should nurse?” (3:12)
- “Why was I not hidden like a stillborn child…? (3:16)
- “Why is light given to him who is in misery…? (3:20)
- “Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden…?” (3:23)
1) Summarize this chapter in one or two sentences.
2) Is this chapter recorded for us so we can sit in judgment of Job, or for some other reason?
3) The storm which descended on Job a week earlier was great, but how was the storm which raged within him even greater (cf. Proverbs 18:14)?
4) The major conflicts in which Satan engages us are battles fought within us. If we cannot control what happens to us, what must we control?
5) Job is not yet ready to accuse God, but what is he already thinking about God (3:4,23)?
6) Describe Job’ s view of death (3:13-19).
7) Why was Job’ s concept of death different from the Christian’s? Was Job wrong? Was the Bible wrong? How can we reconcile these differences?
8) Are we in any position to judge Job and his feelings of despondency? Why or why not?
CLOSING THOUGHT: Remember that revelation is ongoing. We sometimes suffer to build our faith. To build faith, we must be constant in God.
The book of Job is inspired by the Holy Spirit, but the faith of Job is not. Job wrestles with a concept that is beyond hid limited understanding. The words of grief become the voice of human misery, but not the final say of Our Lord.
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