Elihu Continues To Speak (Job 37)

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Job 37

1. What motivates you more?

  • a well-timed whisper full of wisdom
  • a mighty shout that gets you off your feet
  • a radical change in circumstances

2. Are you more of a fall, winter, spring or summer person? Why?

3. Why does Elihu’s heart “leap”? How does he describe God’s voice?

4. How does God grab our attention here (verses 6 – 13)? How does God “show His love” (verse 13)?

5. In what condition is Job now as Elihu addresses Him (verses 14 – 18)? could Job use a chilling north wind (verse 10) or a warm southerly (verse 17) right now?

6. According to Elihu, is God oppressing Job (verse 23)? Why or why not?

7. Why do people worship God (verse 24)? How does that fit Job’s situation?

8. On a scale of one to 10, how would you describe your “LQ” (listening quotient) in your relationship with God? What needs to happen for you to become a better listener to God in nature? To God in His Word?

9. Paraphrase “awesome majesty” (verse 22) in terms of something non-theological. Is this inspiring power of God beyond the reach of all believers (verse 23), even those who know God through Jesus Christ? When, where and how will we humans come close to “awesome majesty”?

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Elihu Continues To Speak (Job 36)

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Job 36

1. If it is true that “to spare the rod is to spoil the child”, how did you make it through your childhood?

  • by the skin of your teeth?
  • with flying colors and a sore bottom?
  • counting your blessings?
  • spoiled and thankful?

2. Would you discipline your children (if any) differently than you were punished and rewarded? How so?

3. Is Elihu being virtuous or presumptuous in claiming to speak for God, and to speak for Him so perfectly (verses 2 – 4)? Upon what grounds does he defend God? Why is he striving to prove God innocent?

4. From Elihu’s perspective (verses 5 – 21), why is humanity endowed with the divine rights of kings? Why are we treated as captains of our own fate, getting exactly what we deserve, even what we choose?

5. Elihu says that the righteous are rewarded and sinners are punished (verses 11 and 12). How does that contrast with what Job has been claiming?

6. What are the benefits of God’s discipline? What is the fate of those who respond positively to God’s correction? Likewise, to those who ignore God’s correction?

7. What new reason, hope and warning with regard to suffering does Elihu introduce in this section (verses 16 – 21)? What does Elihu say here that distinguishes him from the other three friends who here given up on Job? What does he say here that contradicts God’s view of Job (see chapter 1:8; chapter 2:3)?

8. In verses 22 – 33, what does Elihu say about God that is true and worthy of full acceptance?

9. Is the discipline of Job at all like the discipline of other believers, as in Hebrews 12:7 – 13? How do you see that New Testament passage relating to Job’s situation? If Job is being disciplined, what does that suggest about his value in God’s eyes?

10. When have you been in a situation where you have felt stretched by God in order to learn something from Him? What were the circumstances and what did you learn? Was the pain worth the gain? Why didn’t God just “tell” you what He wanted you to know and leave the agony to those who aren’t listening anyway?

Elihu Continues To Speak (Job 35)

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Job 35

1. In conversation, when do you end up using more words without making more sense: When more sure of your position or less so? When angry and upset or when happy and joyous?

2. In prayer, when do you end up using a lot of words: When feeling righteous? When feeling God has not heard yet? When another person is listening?

3. God is seen by some as familiar and personal and by others as transcendent and detached. According to Elihu, why is that?

4.  How does sin affect our relationship and righteousness with God (verses 5 – 7)? What difference does it make whether we sin or not (verse 3)?

5. Why does Elihu say that God hasn’t answered some prayers (verses 12 – 15)?

6. Does his description of God strike you as quite intimately involved, or does Elihu’s God detach himself from Job? Why no answers to prayer?

7. What tells you that you’ve “made contact” with God?  When in your life has it seemed that God was just not answering a prayer of yours? What did you do then? What reasons were you given?

8. Have you ever thought that God didn’t care or that He was judging you for some sin or lack of faith in your life? What was that period of silence like?