Group Study #4

Present:

  • Scott Vermeulen
  • Tim Robertson
  • Robert Duckett
  • Et al

 

Topic #4

  • Repentance
  • Restoration
  • Blessing

 

Repentance

In the body of the book we see an agitated Job.  He wrestles with his three friends as the debate rages.  He wrestles with himself as he deals with the turmoil within.  He wrestles with God.  But when God speaks all has changed.

 

Job 42:6 Of what did Job repent?  (ref. Job 1:22, 2:10)

  • (James says) His attitude changed during the conversations with his friends, from innocent suffering to accusing the Lord of unjust behaviour.
  • (Tim says) Throughout his ordeal, his language gets stronger.  He seems to begin to want to bring God before an impartial higher authority.  There is none.

 

Job 16:11-14 Was it his words?

  • We no longer hear the calm words, “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?”  Instead, we hear Job react to his suffering.  He doesn’t curse God, but he complains mightily.  “What God is doing isn’t right he is sending evil on an innocent man.”
  • 13:17-18 Was it because God had a better argument?

 

Compare 2:10 and Matt 5:45

  • He does not give in to Satan’s pushing, the temptation to curse God.  There is so much that is good here in Job’s words.  And yet, it is still flawed.  When it comes to the issue of God’s goodness, Job is still missing it.  What we have here is the same method as before, the balancing of the scales.

 

Matt 21:28-31 True repentance always deals with the heart.  What was it that Job saw in his heart?

  • Job failed to believe that God was good, and that He is always good.  Job saw unbelief in his heart, unbelief concerning the goodness of God.  God has brought Job to a turning point: repentance is the turning point.

 

If we hold things back from God what will be the effect on our life?

  • E.g. a former alcoholic is only one drink away from being a drunk
  • We need to constantly surrender our weaknesses to God.

 

But what of the times when the storms are raging?  How do you answer the uestion when you go from wealthy to welfare status, when all of your children are crushed to death in one fell swoop, when your body is screaming in pain, when your friends come to encourage and all that they do is accuse you of great sin, when God seems far away?  

  • Then the question doesn’t seem as easy to answer.  
  • It is then that our own unbelief shows itself, when the sin that remains in our hearts is revealed.

 

Heb 12:7-11

  • Note that once Job repents he was content and the drama of his life comes to a close.
  • Remember that nothing changed for Job at the point of his repentance but the battle within Job was over.
  • He was still poor and sick and suffering.
  • Even without the restoration, peace rules with Job.

 

What made the difference?

  • (Hint: with what did Job charge God?)
  • Job realised his need to repent and did it.

 

Restoration

What is restoration and why is it necessary?

  • Return to balance
  • Shows God is Good

 

What is the difference between restoration and blessing?

  • Blessing “tops up” over and above restoration

 

What is one key lesson each of us can take from Job?

  • James says: que sera, sera!

 

The book of Job doesn’t answer every question of man, but it sure helps us to realise

(a)   that the notion of suffering always being a result of sin is just plain wrong

(b)   that man is in no position to justify his own situation by accusing God of injustice, and

(c)   we should remember that even when it is not noticeable, that somehow or other, the wicked will eventually come to justice!

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