Discussion Guide for Job 26-27

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As a young teenager I had an argument with some well-meaning friends. They felt that no Christian should ever visit a movie theater because it could “ruin his witness.”

This friend’s argument actually had a good motive. There are many movies that do not create the environment for thinking wholesome thoughts about God. Christians should be vigilant and mindful about what they are watching.

If one Christian goes to the movies, even to see something that is not bad, another Christian may believe that he has permission to watch a movie that would not be wholesome or spiritually healthy.

This was essentially an argument about the slippery slope of morality.

My argument was that every movie shown in a theater is not necessarily sinful to watch. Some movies are actually good to watch.

While the Bible says we should be mindful of our reputation for doing good, we cannot live our lives controlled by how others might perceive actions that are neither sinful nor unwise.

I have gone to a few movies over the years that served no purpose other than to destroy brain cells. But, 90% of the time I have not regretted going to those movies.

We left the discussion agreeing to disagree. I still love going to movies if something good is playing or Jennifer and I can get a babysitter.

Think About It

  • Have you ever had an ethical argument similar to the one above?
  • What was the issue?
  • Was there a legitimate Biblical command in play?
  • How did you interpret it?
  • Did you feel that there was also a sinful impulse toward legalism in play?
  • Were you able to make a decision that was spiritual beneficial both to you and others?

Job Has Enough

By this point in Job it is obvious that he cannot win the argument with his friends. Job’s friends say he is the worst kind of sinner and Job maintains that he is not. Finally, he can only respond with sarcasm.

Job 26:5 begins a section of the book that discusses the wisdom of God at length. Job stops trying defend himself to his friends and becomes more concerned with his defense according to the wisdom of God.

In Chapter 27 Job’s matter-of-fact sarcasm switches to a harsh warning. God’s destruction will surely visit them if they persist in the folly of falsely accusing righteous Job.

Psalm 109 provides an excellent parallel passage for vindication from accusers.

May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!
Psalm 109:29

This is where Job stands. His friends have become enemies in the sight of God because they continue to falsely accuse him of wrongdoing.

We should be very careful when we accuse others of doing wrong before God.

There is a time and a place to point out sin in the lives of others. It should only be for the purpose of rescuing them from it. And we must be sure that we are standing on God’s definition of sin and not our own.

Otherwise we end up in our own burning trash pile of sin.

5 Ways a Believer Can Tell if He is Living in Sin

  • Common sense
  • Our conscience
  • Needlessly causing harm to others’ faith
  • Guidance of the Holy Spirit
  • The Bible

Discussion Questions

  • How often do you think common sense is enough for a believer to know right and wrong?
  • Talk about situations where 2 believers have consciences that tell them to do different things.
    • Should they each follow their conscience?
  • What would you give up simply because it might harm someone else’s faith?
    • How do you know when you should be sensitive to another’s conscience?
    • How do you know when people are just being held captive to legalism?
  • Why is the Bible our final and most objective arbiter of right and wrong?

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Jonathan Pugh

Associate Pastor: Life Groups & Church Partnership
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