Small Group Discussion Guide for Job 13-15Read Psalm 102 Read Job 13-15
Think about the themes Psalm 102 holds in common with Job 13-15.
You will recall from previous discussion guides that Job is in a spiritual state known as “the dark night of the soul.” He is disoriented and angry.
Some of the things Job says about the justice of God and the goodness of death reflect a deep challenge to the things he has previously believed. However, Job’s underlying desire to know and serve God remains intact.
- What does Job say to indicate his anger, disorientation, or questioning of the goodness and justice of God?
- What does Job say to indicate that he still loves God and desires to be in his presence?
Our culture tends to ignore death until someone dies. Then suddenly death rears its ugly head.
We lose a friend, a family member, or a co-worker. Or we know of a young person who dies before an age we accept as typical.
When we are forced to confront death, it often feels sudden and unexpected. Many people struggle with these times in one of two ways:
- We are paralyzed by an extraordinary fear of death that causes us to think about death and to stop thinking about other things that are important to life
- We treat death flippantly. We refuse to acknowledge the rightful sorrow and grief that accompanies death. We put on a happy face for a sad occasion and put off dealing with the deep sorrow that floods our hearts when we have to face the reality of death.
Job makes many comments that indicate that he believes there is life after death for the people who are saved by God. In the dark night of the soul, he seems to at least momentarily question this. Perhaps Job’s situation was so bad that he felt like he would rather cease to exist than face the possibility of God doing something like this to him ever again.
1 Corinthians 15 explains the Christian belief in resurrection for all those who are saved by Jesus Christ. Our resurrection is not only possible, it is guaranteed because Jesus has already been resurrected.
Job obviously did not have the hindsight we have to know about Jesus’ resurrection as an historical fact. Even with this knowledge, our faith can still be tried in the same way.
- In what ways does the thought of death trouble you?
- In what ways does it give you hope?
- What Scriptures gives you the greatest comfort when you think about death?
- Have you ever felt like it would be easier if life did not go on forever?
- How do you think the life God provides for us after death will be better than the life we are living now?