Discussion Guide for Job 10-12
Job and his three friends are all convinced that God has ordered the universe so that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people.
With ever-increasing venom, these friend accuse Job of doing evil. They are not doing this on the basis of anything that they have seen or heard about Job. They have determined he has done something wrong on the basis of the terrible tragedies that have befallen Job and his family.
Job’s afflictions are increased by the fact that carries the same basic worldview as Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. He believes that when God pours out bad things on somebody, He does it as punishment. The problem for Job is that he does not have anything in his life that should cause God to punish him in this way.
This is a spiritually dark place for Job. Our last discussion guide focused on the disorientation that Job felt in Chapter 9. These feelings are put on display in Chapter 10 as Job continues the thoughts he expressed in Chapter 3. His life would be better if it never even existed.Read Job 10
- What are some of the lines that give you a window into the anguish that Job is feeling?
- Which phrases tell you that Job is feeling anger toward God?
Job says some things that should make us a bit uncomfortable.
Zophar did not like or agree with the tone that Job was taking, so he starts questioning Job’s theology. He even goes so far as to call Job stupid! His answer to his friend’s anguish? If Job would just repent and turn toward God, then everything in his life will be better.
- Does Zophar say anything in chapter 11 that is technically wrong about God?
- Is Zophar saying what needs to be said to Job at that moment?
- How is Zophar wrong?
Job proceeds in chapter 12 by questioning of the justice of God. Once again, some of what Job says is correct, but some of it should make us uncomfortable.
Given the afflictions that Job is facing, including that accusations of his friends, we can understand why Job says these things. Job, after all, is not Jesus. He does not have the full knowledge of the entire story of his life.
Job is being truthful and honest with God, expressing what is on his heart.
In chapter 13, we’ll begin to see that Job’s heart is still for God. He longs to maintain a right relationship with his creator. Job is walking through what many Christians call “the dark night of the soul.”
On September 6th, we will host a livestream AMA that deals with the question “Is it OK to be angry with God.” The short answer to the question is “it depends.”
Many people are angry with God from a position of unbelief. They have a self-centered attitude that says “I refuse to obey a God who will not do as I wish.”
Children of God, however, can also be angry with God. Job is an excellent illustration of this. Believers may be angry, but they are more angered by their lack of understanding the ways of God than His unwillingness to serve them.
Speaking to God and others about your anger with God can actually be a form of prayer. The main question is whether the anger is coming from faith or from a rejection of faith.
- What can trigger a “dark night of the soul.”
- Have you ever experienced a dark night of the soul?
- How did you pray during that time?
- What does Job say that gives you the indication that he maintains his faith in God even in the midst of his anger?
- Do you think that God is maintaining his hand on Job’s faith even when Job lacks understanding?