Monday, October 20, 2014

On 10-26-14, Job 42:1-10 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Hope Satisfies or Things Too Wonderful for Me

Hope Satisfies                                  
Or
Things Too Wonderful for Me
 Job 42:1-10
International Sunday School Lesson
October 26, 2014
                                                                                 


Commentary
By
Jed Greenough

You have read what the Lord said to Job haven’t you?  If you haven’t that is where you need to begin with chapter 38.
Having done that the visuals in your mind are overwhelming and of course Job has a contrite spirit.  Having read all that you might think that God is upset with Job until you read verse 7.  There you can see God is instead angry at the friends as he says, “I am angry with you…you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”
If you have done your due diligence and read all of Job you might be a bit confused having read what Job said and read what the three friends said.  I think clearly however God is revealing what we can’t see, a man’s heart.
For the friends they must have been speaking mere words perhaps without faith but Job spoke with honesty while never losing faith.
Still a bit confused?  So am I.  In gives one a quandary to know what to do in certain situations of stress for others.  What to do, what to say.  I’m pretty certain the best path is to pray, admit if we have or haven’t experienced what the other person is experiencing and be there for them.
It seems those who “teach” are in fact judged more strictly (James 3) and these 3 friends certainly had a lot to say.  God’s reaction to them despite much of what they said seeming solid presents an interesting lesson to keep in mind.
For Discussion:
1.      Discuss God’s reaction.
2.      Discuss Job’s reaction.
3.      We talk above of God’s reaction to what the three friends said, discuss Job’s saying, “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand.”
4.      Do we talk too much?
5.      Do we “carry on” to much in our prayers?
6.      Discuss personal experiences.


Upcoming Lessons
11-2-14     God’s Divine Glory Returns or God’s Glory Fills the Temple, Ezekiel 43:1-12
11-9-14     The Altar, A Sign of Hope or The Altar Offers Hope, Ezekiel 43:13-21
11-16-14   A Transforming Stream or Water from the Sanctuary Gives Life, Ezekiel 47:1-12
11-23-14   A Transformation Continued or Inheritance Marks a New Beginning, Ezekiel 47:13-23
                                                                                                              
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved


Sunday, October 12, 2014

On 10-19-14, Job 24:1, 9-12, 19-25 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Hope Complains or I Will Call on God

Hope Complains
Or
I Will Call on God
 Job 24:1, 9-12, 19-25
International Sunday School Lesson
October 19, 2014
                                                                                 


Commentary
By
Jed Greenough

Do you ever ask why things happen or are the way they are?  It wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t and it is even more normal when we ask the types of questions as Job is when we are experiencing something.  We empathize with what others are experiencing too just like Job is doing in today’s scripture.
When I read today’s scripture I immediately thought of Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes.  Different words but still just like the wonderings of man and woman when they encounter tough times and reach a certain point in their lives.  Was Solomon thought less of by God, was Job?  Read God’s reply in verse 40 and one might think so but we will get our answer for sure next week!
As Christians we can wonder about these types of thoughts and continue in our faith but we must be prepared to give an answer to those who are not believers who ask thoughts such as:
How can a loving God…?  Why would God allow…?  If God is real why does…?
We know the questions and we had best know some answers for in my mind not being so equipped and not stepping up to answer is akin to rejecting God if we profess to know Him.  We might say that God does not cause anyone to sin from James 1 also we might say that we know clearly from the beginning of the Bible of our world’s fallen state that sin is in the world and everything can therefore happen in that state and furthermore that bad things happen to so called good people as a result.
You must see that there are as many ways to answer as there are Christians but you do need to be prepared to give an answer.
For Discussion:
1.      Seldom grateful for hardships at the time do you look back later and see that it improved you?
2.      Isaiah 55:8-9
3.      Discuss instances of discussing with non-Christians why things happen as they do in the world.
4.      If you need assistance understanding, discuss with your class.
5.      It might be hard for a non-Christian to understand but discuss how God doesn’t want anyone to perish but for everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9) even those who commit the injustice as mentioned by Job.
6.      Discuss the church and a Christian’s role to help the poor, needy, naked and hungry as mentioned by Job.
Upcoming Lessons
10-26-14   Hope Satisfies or Things to Wonderful for Me, Job 42:1-10
11-2-14     God’s Divine Glory Returns or God’s Glory Fills the Temple, Ezekiel 43:1-12
11-9-14     The Altar, A Sign of Hope or The Altar Offers Hope, Ezekiel 43:13-21

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved