TITLE: How to Handle Tough Times (1 of 4)
PROPOSITION: Each life will have some tough times.
KEY WORD: Responses
SCRIPTURE READING: Same
I began to prepare one sermon on Job.
I started to study I learned too much.
I could not get it down into one sermon.
4 sermons this month are about Job.
I am leaving out many items that could be discussed date, author, real or story?
Outline of the Book of Job
Job's opening speech 3
Three cycles of speeches 4-27
Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, each speak and Job responds
Except Zophar does not make a third speech
Interlude: Praise of Wisdom 28
Job's final declaration of innocence 29-31
The young man Elihu speaks 32-37
God speaks to Job 38-41
Job has 10 children, rich, honor, prestige
Family gets along, love each other
Job is deeply spiritual
Satan challenges God - hedge about him
Job loses all children, herds, flocks, servants, houses
He also loses support of his wife, then his health
Job does not curse God; He blesses God
What was wrong with Job?
Painful boils (inflamed eruptions) 2:7
Scraped himself (Intolerable itching) 2:8
Friends did not recognize him (Disfigured appearance) 2:12
No rest 3:26
Pain is heavier than the sand of the seas 6:3
Flesh is caked with worms (Maggots in his open sores) 7:5
Pus is breaking out of his skin 7:5
Terrifying dreams and nightmares 7:14
Withdrawal and Depression 7:16
Running tears which blind his eyes 16:16
My breath is offensive to my wife (Putrid breath) 19:17
Emaciated body (nothing but skin and bones) 19:20
Pain in bones, pain will not allow any rest 30:17
Clothes don't fit right (Disfigured appearance) 30:18
Skin black, falling off his body, bones are burning with heat 30:30
How to handle the tough times in our lives
Job 1:20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
And he said: Naked I came from my mothers womb, And naked shall I return
there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the
I came into this world with nothing, I still have most of it.
Job 1:22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
Job 2:3 Then the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.
Job 3:3; 10:18 Job is in terrible pain, wishes he had not been born
He wants to die to escape the pain Job 3:11-12
He questions Why? (4 times) - Job 3:11-12 11 Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb? 12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?