Introduction: My wife teaches the lower elementary school grades.
One year she had this little boy who was suffering a problem in his
life. He cried to my wife, “I don’t know why this is happening to
me, I pay my tithe!” Have you said something like this in the past:
“God, I don’t know why this is happening to me, I am faithful to
You?” Tragedy is upsetting. The reaction of your spouse is important
in your ability to handle tragedy. Will your spouse comfort you or
blame you? Will you be a comforting or accusing spouse? Let’s jump
into our lesson and look at the story of Mr. and Mrs. Job!

  1. Job the Man

    1. Read Job 1:1-3. What important facts do we learn about
      Job? Lets list all the things that we learn about him.

      1. He was “the greatest man among all the people of the

      2. He live in Uz (Edon, southwest of the dead sea).

      3. He was blameless. The Hebrew word literally means

      4. He was upright. The Hebrew means literally

      5. He feared God (revered God).

      6. He avoided evil. (Literally “turned off” evil.)

        1. How many of us can say that we “turn off” as
          opposed to “turn on” evil?

      7. He was rich (7,000 sheep; 3,000 camels; 500 oxen; 500

      8. He was blessed by God to have seven sons and three
        daughters. (A complete number. Notice the same for
        his animals which also add up to multiples of 10.)

    2. Read Job 1:4-5. What kind of parent was Job? (He had a
      real concern about the spiritual welfare of his family–a
      man who believed in “family values.”)

      1. Do you intervene with God for the spiritual welfare
        of your children?

    3. Would you like to be like Job? Didn’t he have a great

  2. Tragedy Strikes

    1. Read Job 1:13-15. What kind of disaster is described?

      1. How would you guess it would affect Job? (Half of his
        livestock wealth just disappeared. Drop the oxen and
        the donkeys from the inventory.)

      2. Are we given a hint about Job’s children when it says
        that they were having a celebration during a work
        day? Should they have been out directing the work of
        the servants?

    2. Read Job 1:16. What is the significance of the fact that
      the first reporter was still speaking when the second
      arrives with his report? (Job had not had a chance to
      recover from the first terrible news.)

      1. What kind of disaster is described here? How would it
        affect Job? (Write off the sheep and the servants
        from the inventory. Job has now probably lost more
        than 3/4 of his wealth.)

      2. What is this fire from God? Is this a direct judgment
        from God?(The servant is probably describing
        lightning which ignited the grass.)

        1. Was this actually fire from God? (Let’s peek
          behind the curtain and read Job 1:6-12. This
          shows that Satan, not God, caused this
          lightening strike.)

        2. Consider the ability of Satan to control
          lightning? How much ability does he have today
          to create natural disasters?

        3. Notice also that the work of Satan is ascribed
          to God. How much do you think that happens

    3. Read Job 1:17. Note that the second reporter is still
      speaking. What kind of disaster is described here? (Now
      scratch from the inventory the camels; the balance of
      Job’s wealth.)

    4. Read Job 1:18-19. As you consider the list that we made
      earlier about Job, and we considered what it would be like
      to be him, what is gone? (Almost every one of his
      blessings. His material goods and his children are gone.)

      1. Tell me what you believe to be the impact of the loss
        of all of your children on a man whose regular custom
        ( Job 1:5) is to give sacrifices for each one of them?
        (Job obviously cared a great deal for his children.
        His love and daily concern continued even when they
        had grown up. This is an unbelievable tragedy.)

      2. Once again, notice how they died — a disturbance of
        nature that is apparently controllable by Satan.

    5. Lets make this real personal: imagine that in the last
      twenty minutes you have: lost your job; lost all the money
      in your checking and savings account; lost all of your
      other sources of income; and all of your children have
      been killed.

      1. How do you react?

      2. What do you say about God if a lot of the loss seems
        to come from supernatural sources?

    6. Read Job 1:20-21. How did Job react? (What a trusting

    7. Job does not say, “What horrid luck we had today: bad
      weather and unruly neighbors!” How close is Job to the
      truth? What role did luck and God play here?

    8. Read Job 1:22 Why does the Bible make this comment?

      1. Would it be the most natural thing in the world to
        blame God?

        1. Is Job attributing the loss to God, but just
          being a “good sport” about it? (He says “the
          Lord has taken away.”)

      2. What evidence would Job have, other than the
        lightning and the wind, that these tragedies have a
        supernatural source? (In those four disasters that
        overtook Job, notice the precision of the work. Four
        times only a single person survived: just exactly the
        number needed to convey the tragedy to Job. In the
        wind storm, all ten of Job’s children were killed,
        not one survived, not one just injured. This does not
        seem like random work to me. Apparently, it struck
        Job the same way.)

      3. Since we know this is the work of Satan, not God, I
        suggest that if the precision of these disasters does
        not scare the living daylights out of you, that you
        need your head examined. We need to be very sure that
        we are not voluntarily placing our life and our
        welfare in the hands of Satan by doing his will.)

      4. Finally, was God ultimately responsible for these
        tragedies since He “authorized” them?

        1. Would it have been sin for Job to blame God for
          them? (The text suggests that it would be sin.)

  3. The Second Test

    1. Read Job 2:7-8. What is taken from Job this time? (His

    2. What is notable about this skin disease? (That it is

      1. Could you walk?

      2. Sleep?

      3. Does Satan have the knowledge and ability to ruin our
        health too?

    3. Why is Job scraping himself with a piece of broken
      pottery? What kind of treatment is that? Where is his
      wife? (Matthew Henry, a very old commentary, has an
      interesting observation about Job’s treatment. He says
      that others should be covering Job’s sores with salve.
      But Job cannot afford a doctor; his children and servants
      are dead, and his wife doesn’t care. Job doesn’t do a very
      good job of taking care of himself.)

  4. The Wife

    1. What does Job have left? (His life, his wife, and his

    2. Lets talk about Satan’s “precision bombing” for a minute.
      Why does Job have his life? ( Job 2:6 – the Lord restrained
      Satan from taking it.)

    3. Why does Job have his wife? Was Satan restrained from
      taking her life?

    4. Read Job 2:9-10. How does Job’s wife appear to view God?

      1. Do you blame her? (If she believed (as she likely
        did) that their blessings came as a result of Job
        following God, she would have to conclude that either
        her husband let her down (thus costing her the
        children)by failing to obey God, or God let them down
        in letting these tragedies occur. She is blaming
        either Job or God.)

      2. Is Job attacking the assumptions of his wife? (Yes.
        He is saying that just because he serves God that
        does not mean that everything good must come their
        way. He says his wife is foolish in making a contrary

      3. What would be the point of cursing God? (Whoever is
        at fault would get their due reward. Cursing God
        would “get back” at God. Cursing God would also
        probably cause Job to die – thus doing “justice” and
        putting him out of his misery.)

      4. Should I ask you again why Satan left Job’s wife

        1. Who, in the cosmic conflict, wanted Job to curse
          God and die? (Satan! Read Job 2:4-5. This was
          precisely what Satan had predicted that Job
          would do. If Job followed his wife’s advice, he
          would be doing the explicit will of Satan.)

        2. How would you compare Job to Adam?

        3. What does that teach us about marriage and our
          spouses today? (Your spouse may not always be
          giving you Godly advice. Grief, bias, anger can
          all skew a person’s advice.)

    5. Read Job 42:13. What does this tell us about the future of
      Job and his wife? (That they came through this okay.)

    6. Friend, part of marriage is putting God first, and testing
      the advice of our spouse against the commands of God. Adam
      failed that test. Job passed the test. How about you?

  5. Next week: David and Bathsheba: Adultery and After.