Job Replies (Job 21)

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Job 21

1. Which best describes your ideas on prosperity?

  • the one with the most toys in the end wins
  • you can’t take it with you
  • eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die (or diet)
  • everything that goes around, comes around so no one gets away with anything
  • God sends rain on the just and unjust so both their parades get wet
  • the righteous shall proper
  • everyone gets what they deserve, nothing more and nothing less
  • what the mind can conceive and the will believe, you can and will achieve so think and grow rich

2. To whom is Job directing his complaint in verse 4 and why?

3. How does Job view the happiness of the wicked (verses 7 – 16)? How does it compare to Eliphaz’s account of the happiness of the righteous in chapter 5:17 – 27?

4. How does Job perceive the fate of the wicked (verses 17 – 21)? How does Job’s view compare to his friend’s (chapter 8:11 – 19; chapter 15:20 – 35; chapter 18:5 – 21; chapter 20)? In what ways is Job right? In what ways are his three friends right?

5. In contrast to his friends, what is Job saying in verses 22 – 26? In what ways is God bigger than the teaching of his three friends (see Isaiah 40:14; Matthew 5:45)? Is Job focusing here on a principle of equality, fickleness, absurdity, mystery or what? Explain.

6. What nonsense and falsehood is Job speaking of in verse 34? How does that relate to his opening remarks in verses 2 and 3?

7. How do you respond to someone who has answer for everything? Do they, really?

8. Relative to your parents, are you more, or less, prosperous than they? Are you “paying your dues and getting just deserts” or are you being “short-changed”? In general, is life fairly predictable to you or is it sloppy business? How do you make sense out of the exceptions in your life?

9. To what extent do you allow God to make sense out of your life? Does He explain every detail? What do you do with all the “loose ends”?

10. If no one can instruct God (verse 22), then why does the Church try to neatly define its dogma? Why do we say that God adheres to certain inviolable spiritual laws of the universe?

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