The LORD Answers Job (Job 40)

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Job 40

1. What animal do you think God had the most fun designing? What features about this animal strikes you as funny?

2. In God’s second speech, who is on trial? What common refrain links this speech to the first one (chapters 38 and 39)? Once again, how does God reverse the roles of prosecutor and defendant in this trial?

3. What else do you learn about God’s character from the way He answers Job? Is God being coy? Caring? Just? Abrasive?

4. In the prologue to this speech (verses 8 – 14), what does God say about Job’s suffering or God’s justice?

5. Just can mean both “claim or right” on man’s part and “sovereign rule” on God’s part. Depending on which way one uses the term justice, the problem of Job’s suffering looks very different. Which way do you see the problem?

6. As the term is used in verse 8, is God’s justice an inalienable right for Job, or a sovereign act for God? In either event, who needs justification – Job or God? Why?

7. In the follow-up question (verse 9), what is God saying to Job about Job’s ability to comprehend the suffering and evil around him?

8. In verses 15 – 24, what is the point about the behemoth?

9. We live life on the backside of a woven tapestry, from which we can see only knots, loose ends and a faint, obscured outline of the picture on the front side. What picture is God weaving for Job in these last three chapters?

10. What new insights does that give you into the place of suffering in your own life? How can the events of your life be used by God for reasons you might not be aware of? From what perspective can you say, “the pain is worth the gain”?

11. Because evil and its consequences has some limited control in our lives, does that mean that God is not ultimately in control? Does it mean we are all being tested like Job depending on what God knows we can handle?

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