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Diving into the book of Job is an opportunity that comes around every three years in the Revised Common
Lectionary. Let’s take advantage of it! Job is not easy, even for those who have been studying the Bible for a long time. It is, however, a book filled with amazing imagery, human emotion, and the mysterious nature of a God who created the entire universe all together in worship.
In the first week, we will struggle with the idea that someone as blameless and upright as Job would be tested so severely, a disorienting notion. For many people, this probably doesn’t seem to fit the image of God we experience as a loving Creator. We’ll need to struggle with the background and context of this book. While Job’s story may wreck us, it can also cause us to enter into a discussion with one another, and with God, which in turn leads to life.
In the second week, Job feels deserted and alone. He expresses regret that he cannot feel God’s presence.
Have you ever been there? What experiences leave you wounded and broken? These experiences can leave us bitter, but they can also be transformed.
In week three, God speaks. The questions God asks shake Job to his core. God wants answers from Job. Have you ever had an encounter that left you speechless and silent? That is what we witness here. Yes, it is awkward, but this reckoning is the key that unlocks Job’s future.
Week four contains Job’s answer. He sees God which causes him to recognize his place in the universe. Job’s fortunes are eventually restored, and he dies happy, after a long and good life. The God who created the universe and all things in it is the same God who understands our pain, brokenness, and humanity. There is “mystery”, “wonder” and “awe” in that!
Week 1: October 7 Disoriented Job 1:1, 2:1-10 Sermon at 11am
Week 2: October 14 Deserted Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Week 3: October 21 Silenced Job 38:1-7 (34-41)
Week 4: October 28 Restored Job 42:1-6, 10-17