Have mercy (click HERE for study notes) (Job 35:1-8)Timo Keskitalo, July 1, 2012
Part of the Exposition of Job series, preached at a Sunday Service service
Discuss through the story of Job.
Ask how people have understood the discussions in the book of Job. Are their advises good or perhaps misleading sometimes? Discuss how this may make it difficult to read the book of Job. Are there other parts in the Bible where you have to understand from the context if the things said are to be followed or are actually a warning example of what not to do?
What kind of view does Elihu seem to have of God?
Discuss what happens if our sins do not interest God, but are only evaluated by how they may harm other people. This past week the minister of culture in government of Finland declared that the church should bless the gay couples because they love each other. Also in the past week the supreme court of USA ruled that it is OK to lie if it does not harm another person. This arose from a case of a person claiming that he had the highest military honours, even though he had not even been in the army.
How to show to secular world that there are values based on God's absolute law?
Can you prove this even to the Christians?
What does Bible say about this?
What does Jesus say about this issue?
If God is not interested in our sins, is he interested in our salvation?
Was God interested in Job?
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35:1 And Elihu answered and said:
2 “Do you think this to be just?
Do you say, ‘It is my right before God,’
3 that you ask, ‘What advantage have I?
How am I better off than if I had sinned?’
4 I will answer you
and your friends with you.
5 Look at the heavens, and see;
and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.
6 If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him?
And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him?
Or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself,
and your righteousness a son of man. (ESV)