Discussion Guide for Job 16-19

Read the these passages: 2 Samuel 24 Job 16-19

David is an example of righteous but imperfect man of God who finds himself in the crosshairs of God’s wrath. David orders a census of Israel and Judah even though he knows it displays a lack of faith in God as Israel’s deliverer.

God responds through a prophet by offering David 3 options for punishment:

  1. 3 years of famine
  2. 3 months of David fleeing from his enemies or
  3. 3 days of plague (death angel) visiting Israel.

I’ve always been intrigued by David’s response to the prophet’s question. He trusts God so much that he would rather face punishment at the hand of God than at the hands of men.

One major difference between 2 Samuel 24 and the book of Job is that David is clearly being disciplined for his disobedience while Job is suffering even though he had done nothing wrong. What these men have in common, however, is that both of them are faced with crucibles of wrath, but they each display a bedrock of faith in God to deliver them from the midst of punishment.

In Job 16 & 17, Job describes in horrible detail the pain that he is feeling. Bildad responds in chapter 18 by preaching a sermon about hell. He continues with the theme that as bad as Job has it, he deserves something even worse.

Bildad doesn’t even attempt to get Job to repent from the evil that he has supposedly embraced. He simply tells Job that his life is headed for hell and that is exactly what Job deserves.

Bildad unwittingly describes what Jesus Christ would later face in his hours on the cross. Like Job, Jesus would suffer as an evil man who “does not know God.” (v. 21). Unlike Job, Jesus’ suffering would accomplish salvation for mankind.

Job 19 is remarkable. Even though Job clearly has a beef with God, his faith remains. Even though all of his friends believe Job is in rebellion against God, Job maintains his faith in God is stronger than all of the waves of wrath that have buffeted him from God and men.

Job doesn’t give up on God. He stands by what he has always known.

Job trusts that God will be the source of his salvation.

  • Have you ever received punishment that you deserved?
  • Have you ever received punishment that you didn’t deserve?
  • Was one more painful than the other?
  • Which is more painful? Loneliness or being sick?
  • Which do you think caused Job more pain?
  • Which verses tell you that Job still looks to God for salvation?
  • How does Job’s experience with loneliness and suffering make you appreciate Jesus’ suffering and loneliness on the cross?
  • How do you think Job’s understanding of his own suffering changed when he learned that the cross was the way God would save his soul?

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