The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Job

 Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in the Book of Job

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Chart adapted from Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Job

Theme of Job

Job 42:3

“God and Suffering”

God is active in areas and realms beyond our understanding.

 “Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

Christ-Focus in Job

Implications from Job

Hooks from Job

Christ gives us the ultimate picture of the righteous sufferer as he accomplishes God’s saving purposes.

 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit”

 – 1 Peter 3:18

We can believe that God is with us even during the hard times, just as he was with his own Son.

 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange where happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him glorify God in that name.

 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and sinner?

 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” – 1 Peter 4:12-19

Where is God when it hurts?

 Are pain and suffering always bad?

 Was God wrong for allowing His own Son to suffer?

 What is the ultimate cause of suffering?

 Do you believe that God knows what He is doing?

 When things go the way you want, does that mean God is blessing you?

 Does the lack of any suffering mean that you are living a godly life?

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Marin Bible Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca., and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 30 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship of resources, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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