Through the Bible series
May 1, 2019 • Mike Osthimer
Here is chapter 38 we will learn of the wisdom of God and the limitations of mans wisdom. God In chapter 40 we will learn of the power of God and the limitation of mans’s power. Ultimately in chapter 42 we learn of the love of God. Job finally gets his audience with God, the very thing he has wanted since he first began to suffer the trials he has been in. Job had accused God of unrighteousness and the justice of God in his trial due to the things Jobs friends had told Job he was being judged by God because of hypocrisy or secret sin. Job unfortunately bought into their lies and began to question the goodness of God. Job thought God was judging Job’s life… God posses 70 “you want to be God” questions for Job. If you feel like God isn’t doing a good job at running the universe and the affairs of human life you should be able to answer these questions. This is like a want to be God 101 class.
March 20, 2019 • Mike Osthimer
Job has been dealing with the first question, Is God unfair? In chapter 23 those second two questions come to mind: Is God silent? And Is God hidden? Chapters 23 and 24 are all one speech by Job, merely divided for convenience by the ancient Bible scholars. Job develops three main themes in chapter 23: Verses 1-9, Job’s longing to present his case at God's throne; Verses 10-12, Job’s defense of his own righteous lifestyle; Verses 13-17, Job’s fear of God as if He were his adversary.
March 6, 2019 • Mike Osthimer
Phillip Yancy says that there are three questions that lurk within the minds of every person. They're often not spoken out loud because we would feel it's unspiritual to voice such questions. But the whole book is built around the premise of these three questions that lurk within everyone. Number one: Is God unfair? Number two, Is God silent? Number three: Is God hidden? Is God unfair? Is God silent? Is God hidden? Job answers or at least wrestles with all three. Is God unfair? Most of the book is built around that question. Job argues with his friends, his three friends, and then a fourth.
February 27, 2019 • Mike Osthimer
We are coming to the end of Job’s friends second round of speeches they make against Job. Seeking to defend Job and to prove him wrong they continue to insist that the wicked are always punished and the righteous always prosper in this life. Job’s friends are completely unaware that God is behind all of this and has allowed these trials in Job’s life to vindicate both Job and the Lord as to why Job worships God. Great lessons on life and how to handle adversity, how to be a good friend when people in your life are suffering. We are learning how not to treat people by listening to Job’s so called friends. We are in chapter 17 tonight and Job’s response to Eliphaz’s second speech to Job as to why Job is suffering.
February 7, 2019 • Mike Osthimer
How many of you are familiar with the game of baseball and why their are starters and set up men and closers as pitchers… Explain how this impacts hitters… Jobs friends are like batters who are facing the same pitchers after extra innings. They have seen all their pitches and the pitchers tired so the batters just start teeing off on him. There is nothing he can do. He feels hopeless. This is how Job feels as he is under a barrage of attacks from his three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. Job’s three friends are relentless in their accusing Job of hypocrisy of having secret sin declaring to him by what they see in his life as the reason he is now being judged
January 30, 2019 • Mike Osthimer
Difficulty teaches us something about ourselves. An opportunity to learn about ourselves. Suffering helps us answer the question as to why we serve God. Question: Do we serve God for who He is or for what He does for us? Satan's charge against God. Job's integrity. Does Job worship for nothing? He calls into question Job's integrity and God's worth to Job. Job doesn't serve you for nothing. You are not worth much to Job God. The book of Job is a story of vindication of both God and Job. Job is a story of God vindicating Job and God from the accusations the devil brings against both God and Job in chapters 1 and 2.
January 23, 2019 • Mike Osthimer
God is not silent during suffering. God has given us His Word to comfort us. Go to God’s Word to get and maintain perspective in our trials. God’s perceived silence in our trials is not without purpose. God appears silent so we do not miss the purpose of the trial to begin with. God is teaching Job how to walk by faith and not by sight.
January 16, 2019 • Mike Osthimer
Job was in this place, wondering why he was going through his ordeal. He is wondering why he had to endure such suffering to such an unbelievable degree. In chapter 6, Job responds to the counsel he received from Eliphaz, who basically said, “Job, the reason you’re going through all this pain and sorrow is because you are in sin.”
January 9, 2019 • Mike Osthimer
Most of the time what we need is someone to listen. Job has been told so much that what’s happening in his life is due to his sin he starts to believe it. Then his friends call him on his statements. So much of suffering is a mystery, there are no answers and we have to learn to be Ok saying, “we don’t know” We have to allow people to speak and to listen graciously and not deal with the symptoms. Listen with grace…
December 5, 2018 • Mike Osthimer
Job chapter 3 demonstrates to us clearly through Job that suffering wears on us Job 3 is the darkest chapter in the book of Job. It shows us that Job is human. In chapters 1-2 we might find it difficult to relate to Job. Chapter 3 puts us on the same plane with Job and our feelings of despair in suffering. Are you aware that 20% of the human race has considered suicide at some point. Like Job we say, "Would it not have been better if I had not been born"