Introduction: Job was God’s champion. In the controversy between good
and evil, God nominated Job as His warrior in the contest with Satan.
Interestingly, Satan chose himself to be the warrior for his side.
Does this remind you of anyone else in the Bible? What about Adam
and Eve? They were the focal point of the battle between God and
Satan. What about Jesus? This time God nominated Himself, but in the
form of humanity, to be the Champion for good. Have you ever thought
about whether you are a warrior for God? Does it matter in the
controversy between good and evil whether you succeed like Job and
Jesus, or fail like Adam and Eve? I think it matters. This week we
will look at how Job lived to see what points we can pick up about
being champions for God. Let’s jump into our study of the Bible!

  1. Job’s Right Attitudes

    1. Read Job 1:1. This says four things about Job. He is
      blameless, upright, feared God, and shunned evil. Do all
      four of these mean the same thing? Or, do you see
      differences in them? (I see differences in all of these
      terms. “Blameless” seems to say that you could not find
      fault in him. “Upright” means that Job did what was

      1. While blameless and upright have a lot of
        similarities, what do you think about what it means,
        as a practical matter, to “fear God?” (“Fearing” God
        refers to an attitude: respecting and showing
        reverence towards God. Perhaps it also means
        understanding that God has the best plan for the
        universe and for us.)

      2. Is this different from “shunning evil?” (While many
        understand that God has the absolute best plan for
        their life, they find themselves being drawn to

        1. Is this your situation? In areas in which you
          have a weakness for sin, do you draw a line for
          yourself, and then get as close to the line as
          possible with the thought that you will not
          cross the line? (This is just the opposite of
          “shunning” evil.)

    2. Read Job 1:8. Do you want to be the best? Is there some
      area of your life where you would like to say, “No one is
      better than I am at this?” What does this text tell us
      about Job’s ranking? (“No one on earth” was “like him” in
      the characteristics we discussed: being blameless,
      upright, fearing God and shunning evil.)

      1. What does a life lived with these characteristics
        look like? Let’s turn to that next.

  2. Job’s Right Actions

    1. Read Job 29:11-12. We see poor people all around us. The
      Bible does not teach that everyone should have the same
      wealth. Rather, it suggests that the poor may have
      spiritual advantages( James 2:5) and teaches that
      Christians should learn to be content whatever their
      wealth ( Philippians 4:12; Hebrews 13:5). How does Job
      choose which poor to help? (He helps the poor “who cried
      for help” and he helps the fatherless who have “none to
      assist” them.)

      1. I walked out of a store recently, and a well-meaning
        young man told me that when he got off work he was
        going to engage in “random acts of kindness.” I
        asked him, “Why be random? Why not be intentional?”

        1. Was Job “random” in his acts of kindness?
          (Hardly. We see that he had a strategy. Help
          those who seriously ask (“cried for help”), and
          help those who had no one else to help them.)

    2. Read Job 29:13. What kind of help is this?

      1. What would be the main concern for a dying man?
        (Aside from the fact that he is dying, it would be a
        concern about his family. In this case, his wife.)

      2. Why would a widow’s heart sing when her husband is
        dying? (When you think about this situation, it
        becomes clear that Job is making some sort of
        arrangement to make sure the widow will be supported.
        My guess is that Job offers her a job somewhere in
        his business enterprise.)

    3. Read Job 29:16-17. What does Job think about injustice?
      (He takes steps to stop it.)

      1. What, specifically, does Job do? (He argues for the
        “stranger” – someone who would not naturally have
        friends in the courthouse. He rescues the victims of
        the wicked.)

      2. Are you surprised that Job would break the teeth of
        the wicked? What does this mean? He punches bad
        people in the mouth? (My translation says that Job
        breaks the “fangs” of the wicked. In a snake, the
        fangs are the method of delivering the poison. I
        think Job is disabling the means by which the wicked
        do their evil.)

        1. Assume you are a modern day Job. How would you
          do that today? (In the United States, the
          government either funds or forces the funding
          of organizations that promote evil. “Breaking
          the fangs” of these organizations would be to
          try to take away their funding.)

    4. Read Job 31:1. We don’t know when Job lived, but clearly
      it was before Jesus explained His expanded views on
      adultery in Matthew 5:27-28. Compare Matthew 5:28 and Job
      31:1 and tell me if you think Jesus and Job mean the same

      1. When Jesus says the man looking lustfully at a woman
        “has already committed adultery with her in his
        heart,” what do you think the “in his heart” means?
        (I’ve understood it to mean that if a man wanted to
        commit adultery with a woman, but was unable for some
        reason, the mental sin had already been committed.
        Whether a man(or woman)has the opportunity or not
        makes no difference.)

    5. Read Job 31:1-3. What is Job’s overall message in these
      verses? (God will ruin the wicked.)

      1. If a person keeps his desire to have sex with someone
        who is not his spouse to himself, would that cause
        the person ruin in this world? ( Exodus 20:17 commands
        us not to covet the spouse of another. Context
        suggests that Job and Jesus are talking about
        somewhat different things. Job is focused on the
        issue of coveting someone who is not your spouse.
        Jesus is talking about a decision to commit adultery,
        if possible. Since Job tells us that God has in mind
        ruin for those who disobey, he says “I determined not
        to take the first step towards disobedience by not
        looking lustfully at a woman.”)

    6. Let’s skip down a few verses because Job revisits this
      topic. Read Job 31:9-10. Is Job talking about sins of the
      mind here? (While it is not completely clear, his
      reference to other men sleeping with his wife suggests the
      nature of the sin he is discussing – physically committing

    7. Read Job 31:11-12. What does Job say is the result of
      committing adultery? (Job says that it is “a fire that
      burns to Destruction,” “shameful,” and something that
      would “uproot my harvest.” This is a sin with lasting
      consequences, one that overshadows the good things that a
      person might have previously done.)

    8. Read Job 31:5-6. In what other way has Job been obedient
      to God? (He is honest. It is not his custom to practice
      dishonesty (“walked in falsehood”), and he does not seek
      to cheat others (“hurried after deceit”).)

    9. Read Job 31:13-15. In what other way is Job faithful to
      God? (In the way he treats those who work for him.)

      1. Do you have to be an employer for this concern to
        apply? (No. Anyone who is within your control, even
        temporarily, is entitled to “justice.” This would
        include people you manage at work, or those who serve
        you in some way, like a server in a restaurant.)

      2. What is the reason for showing justice to those
        within your authority? (You both stand equal before

    10. Friend, when you consider these areas of life, how do you
      compare with Job? While we are saved by grace alone, and
      not our works, we are “warriors” in the battle between
      good and evil, and our actions have an impact on others.
      Will you determine, right now, that by the power of the
      Holy Spirit you will live a life that reflects well upon
      God and has a positive impact on others?

  3. Next week: Some Lessons From Job.