June 7, 2020
The Book of Job is notoriously hard for modern people to read and understand. Why is Satan in heaven talking to God? And why does God take him up on a bet? Why does Job suffer so much? While Job is undoubtedly a dense and challenging book, one key that helps us understand the book is this: the people in the book of Job do not have a covenantal framework to know how to relate to God.
Have you ever read (or tried to read) the book of Job before? What questions did you have? Did you struggle to understand it? Why or why not?
What is your understanding of the term “covenant”? Do you think of it as the ancients would have, as a “completely normal word”? Or do you exclusively think of it in divine terms?
Why is “no covenant” such an important key to understanding the book of Job? How might Job’s actions and the friends’ conversations be different if they had clear rules of engagement with God?
Even though all of God’s covenants are good, why is the new covenant in Jesus’ blood the best one possible? How does the new covenant give us confidence? Why should we be thankful and loyal?
Pray that God would use this series in the book of Job to grow our trust in him, to deepen our resolve in times of hardship, and to make us more like Jesus.
Pray that Jesus would give us opportunities to help people come into right relationship with God through the new covenant that has been offered to us.