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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday September 22, 2019
Breakfast 8AM
Small Groups 9AM

Worship 10AM
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                Job’s Friends’ Perspectives

Job 4:1—5:27; 8:1-22; 11:1-20

Central Truth:

Christians must consider carefully their response to the afflicted.

Golden Text :

“If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; . . . then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear” (Job 11:13, 15).

INTRODUCTION

In Job 2, we were introduced to Job’s three friends who came to visit him soon after the tragic events that so drastically altered his life. Verse 11 states, “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.” When they first arrived in Uz where Job was mourning, they did not even recognize him, because Job no longer resembled the successful, prosperous man they had known previously (v. 12).

The Job they found had been transformed by the tragedies that took his children and all of his possessions and by the painful physical affliction that covered his body. His countenance had been altered by grief and his body was disfigured by the oozing sores that covered him. He probably was emaciated by the illness and by the loss of appetite from his pain. When his friends saw him, they were startled and demonstrably grieved by crying out, tearing their robes, and throwing dust on their heads. Then they sat with Job silently for seven days to grieve with him (v. 13). This was a great expression of empathy and concern for their beloved friend. Their example provides us with valuable insight regarding how our presence alone can provide comfort when others are suffering.

After the seven days of silence, Job finally spoke (ch. 3). Last week, our study focused on his speech to his three friends. Job’s discourse was dark and gloomy. He cursed the day he was born and wished he had not survived his birth. His statements must have disturbed his friends, because when they speak in this week’s study text, they no longer focus on comforting Job. Instead, their speeches seem insensitive to Job’s pain. As we study their speeches, we should consider carefully how we should respond to those who are afflicted. Eliphaz delivers the first speech we will consider.
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