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01. The Book of Job: The End

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  • September 25, 2016
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Welcome to another adult Bible study guide exploring the Book of Job written by Clifford Goldstein edited for audio and produced by the Embassador group narrated by Byron Phillips and that new heart exploration one the end. Jesus said to her. I am the resurrection and the life he who believes in me though he may die. He shall live. John Chapter eleven and verse twenty five the New King James version in writing classes students are taught the importance of a good ending to their pieces particularly in fiction. Where the whole thing is made up the author needs to bring the end to a satisfactory close but even then the answer action a good ending is important but what about reality. What about life itself lived not in the pages of a book or in a film script but in flesh and blood. What about our own stories. What kind of endings do they have how do they wind up after loose ends tied together nicely as in a good piece of writing this doesn't seem to be the case does it. How could they in the well when our stories always and in death in that sense we never really have happy endings. Do we. Because when is death happy the same is true with the story of Job though it's conclusion is often depicted as a happy ending at least in contrast to all that Job had suffered. It's really not that happy because this story too and then death. As we begin the book of Job. We will start at its end because it brings up questions about our end as well not just for now but for eternity for Often times children stories end with a line and they live happily ever after in some languages. Its almost a cliche the whole idea is that whatever the drama. I feel in that Princess nasty Wolf and evil king the hero and perhaps his new wife triumph in the end that's how the Book of Job ends at least at first glance. After all the trials and calamities that before Him job in on what could be described only as they are relatively positive note. Listen to Joe Chapter forty two verses ten through seventeen the final verses of the entire book. What do they tell us about how the job in did his days so Lord restored the fortunes of Joe when he prayed for his friends and the lowered gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before came to him and they ate bread with him in his house and they consoled him and comforted him over all the distressing adversities that the Lord had brought on him. And each one gave them a piece of money and each a ring of gold and the Lord blessed the latter days of job more than his beginning for he had fourteen thousand sheep six thousand camels one thousand yoke of oxen and one thousand the male donkeys he had seven sons and three daughters and he called the name of the first daughter. To my ama and the name of the second because and the name of the third Karen her book. Your novel Man they were found no women so fair as the daughter of job and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers after this job lived to one hundred and forty years and saw his sons and his grandsons for generations. So drove died. An old man and full of days. No question. Were you to ask someone about a book of the Bible that ended well for the main character a book that had a happily ever after ending many would name the book of Job After all look at all that Job had as a story closers have. Only and friends who weren't around during the trials with the exception of L. affairs Bildad so far ever who drops wife come and they comfort him. They were generous to giving him money as the story ends job had twice as much as he had at the beginning of the story at least in terms of material wealth. Let's compare two descriptions first job one verse three job possessed seven thousand sheep three thousand camels five hundred yoke pairs of oxen five hundred female donkeys and a very great number of servants. So that this man was the greatest and the wealthiest and most respected of all the men of the East Northern Arabia Second Job Chapter forty two in verse twelve and the Lord bless the latter days of job more than his beginning. For he had fourteen thousand sheep six thousand camels one thousand yoke of oxen and one thousand three male donkeys he had ten children. Seven sons and three daughters to replace the seven sons and three daughters who died. And in all the man no women were found as fair as the daughters of Job Job Chapter forty two in verse fifteen. Something not said about his first ones and this man who had been so sure that death was right before him lived on another one hundred and forty years. Joe forty two the. Or seventeen tells us so droll died. Being old and full of days. The phrase full of days in Hebrew sometimes translated it interestingly enough full of years is used to describe the last days of three other people in the Old Testament Abraham in Genesis twenty five in verse eight Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age and old man and full of years and was gathered to his people. Isaac in Genesis thirty five in verse twenty nine and Isaac breathed his last and he died and was gathered to his people old and full of days and his sons Esau and take up buried him and they fit for his Chronicles chapter twenty nine and first twenty eight. Then he died of a good age full of days riches and honor. It gives the idea of someone in a relatively good and happy place at the time of a decidedly on happy event death your life stories with happy endings don't you. What are some stories with happy endings that you know what lessons do you learn from them. Happy Endings the book of droll concluded with things going well for Joe who died old and full of days as we all know and know all too well that's not how the story in this for so many others even those who were faithful and honorable and virtuous didn't always wind up in a situation such as Job's How did the story in end for these six viable characters. Abel Genesis chapter four and verse eight. Cain talked with Abel his brother about what God had said and when they were all alone working in the field. Came at tact Abel his brother and killed him. You're right. Second Samuel chapter eleven verse seventeen and the men of the city came out and fought against Joab and some of the people among the servants of David Thoreau you're right. Have a Hittite also died. Eli for Sandra chapter four in verse eighteen when the messenger mentioned the art of God had been captured. Elis fell off the seat back which by the side of the city gate. His neck was broken and he died for he was old and heavy he had judged Israel for forty years and Josiah second clinical was trapped at thirty five and verses twenty two through twenty four he had Josiah would not turn away from him but this guy's himself in order to fight against him. He did not listen to the words of legal from the mouth of God but came to of fight against him on the plane that make you go. The Archers sharking Josiah and the king said to his servants take be away for I am badly wounded. So his servants took him out of the chariot and carried him in the second chariot which he had and brought him to the roof of them where he died and was buried in the tombs of his fathers all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah John the Baptist Matthew Chapter fourteen and verse ten he Herod anthropos sent and had John be headed in the prison. Stephen Acts Chapter seven verse fifty nine and sixty. They continued stoning Stephen and he called on the Lord and said Lord Jesus receive an except and welcome my spirit. Then falling on his knees in worship. He cried out loudly Lord do not hold this sin against them do not try hard them when he had said this he fell asleep in death as we can see the Bible is full of stories that don't have happy endings and that's because life itself is full of stories that don't have happy endings whether martyred for a good cause or dying from a horrible disease or having a life reduced to pain and misery many people don't come through their trials as triumphant as Job did in fact to be honest how often do things work out well. Now as they did for Joe and we don't need the Bible to know this terrible fact do you know of unhappy endings. What are some stories with unhappy endings that you know of what have you learned from them. The the end was last week the partial restoration. Yes the story of Job in Didn't on the positive doubt. In contrast of the story of other Bible characters and often of other people in general Bible scholars sometimes talk about the restoration of a job and indeed to some degree many things were restored to him but if that were of the complete in that the story. Then in all fairness with the story really be complete certainly things got better for Joe Much better but Joe still died eventually and all his children died and all his children's children and on and on all died and no doubt to some degree all of them face to many of the same traumas and trials of life that we all do the traumas and trials are simply the facts of life in a fallen world. And as far as we know. Job never learned of the reasons behind all the commandment is that we fail him. Yes he got more children. But what about his sorrow and mourning for those whom he lost. What about the scars that no doubt he carried for the rest of his life he's show had a happy ending but it's not a completely happy ending. Too many loose ends remain too many answered questions. The Bible in Jo forty two verse ten says that the Lord turned the captivity of Joe and indeed he did as specially when compared to all that came before but much still remained incomplete unanswered and unfulfilled. This shouldn't be surprising. Should it. After all in this world as it is now regardless of our end whether good or bad. Some things remain incomplete unanswered and unfulfilled. That's why in a sense job's ending could be seen as a symbol. However faint. Of the true in the all human. Well when suffering it foreshadows the ultimate hold and promise that we have through the Gospel of Jesus Christ of a full and complete restoration and ways that will make drops restoration. Pale in comparison. Listen to first Corinthians chapter four and verse five. What does this text tell us about how for now in this life. Some things will still remain unanswered. Unfulfilled and incomplete to one hope that at point of us and. That final among other things the Bible is a book about history but it's not just a history book. It tells about events in the past historical events and uses that among other things to give us spiritual lessons. It uses events in the past to teach us truths about how we are to live in the here and now first Corinthians Chapter ten and verse eleven reminds us now these things happen to them as an example and warning to us they were written for our instruction to admonish and equip us upon whom the ends of the ages have come but the Bible doesn't just talk about the past. It talks about the future as well it tells us not just about the events that have happened but about events that will happen. It points us to the future even to the end of time the theological term for the last day events about in Times is eschatology from a Greek word that means last. Sometimes it is used to encompass belief about death judgment heaven and hell this well it also deals with the promise of hope that we have of a new existence in a new world and the Bible does tell us many things about the in times. Yes the Book of Job ended with Job's death. And if this were the only book one had to read one could believe that Job story ended as to all hours with death and that was it period. There was nothing else to hope for because as far as we can tell and from all that we see nothing comes after the Bible though teaches something else. It teaches that at the end of the time God's eternal kingdom will be established it will exist forever and it will be the eternal home of the Redeemed. Unlike the worldly kingdoms that have come and gone. This one is everlasting listen to two verses from the Book of Daniel the question to answer is what hope do these verses point to about the end here is the first one. Daniel Chapter two. In verse forty four in the days of those final ten King. The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. Nor will its sovereignty be left for another people but it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms and it will stand forever. And here is the second one. Daniel Chapter seven in verse eighteen but the Saints believe is of the most high God will receive the kingdom and the possess the kingdom forever for all ages to come the great plan every damn Sion results in fully bringing back the world into God's favor all that was lost by sin is restored. Not only man but the earth. Is reading to be the eternal abode of the obedient for six thousand years. Satan has struggled to to maintain possession of the earth the saints of the most tiny shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever event for ever and ever. Daniel seven eighteen elementary why I wrote those words in her book entitled page tracks and prophets page three hundred and forty two. Indeed the Book of Job in the with here is there. So the good news for us and for job is that the end of the Book of Job is not the end of the Job story and our death is not the end of ours. Either the resurrection and the life lesson to Job Chapter fourteen verses fourteen and fifteen from the English standard version. What question is job asking and how in his own way. Does he answer it if a man dies. Surely live again all the days of my service I would wait till my renewal should come you would call and I would answer you you would long for the work of your hands. One of the themes in The Book of Job deals with the questions of death. How could it not any book that looks at human suffering would of course have to look at death. The source of so much of our suffering. Job asks if the dead will live again and then he says that he waits for his change to come the Hebrew word for weight also implies the idea of hope is not just waiting for something. It is hoping for it and what he was hoping for was his change this word comes from a Hebrew term that can give the idea of renewable a replacement after and it is the changing of a garment. Though the word itself is a broad given the context that of asking what renewable comes after death a renewal of that job hopes for what else could this change be but a change from death to life the time guard shall desire the work of your here's hands rope type of fourteen in verse fifteen in the King James Version Of course our great hope the great promise that death will not be the end comes to us from the life death and ministry of Jesus. John even Hartley on page two hundred thirty seven in his book entitled The Book of Job writes the New Testament teaches that Christ has defeated Death mankind's bitterest foe and that God will raise the dead to a final judgment but this doctrine becomes central to a Biblical faith after the resurrection of Christ. For against its validation in Christ triumph over death. Again the reference is John easy hardly the Book of Job according to electronic edition Grand Rapids urging men's one thousand nine hundred eighty eight page two hundred and thirty seven. John chapter eleven verse twenty five New King James Version reports Jesus sent to her. I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me though he may die. He shall live. What is Jesus telling you here and gives you hope and confidence about the end that is what do you know that Joe didn't know who or who all let's continue exploring here are a few thoughts to ponder. Despite all the horrific calamities that be followed. Joe Not only did he stay faithful to God but he was given back so much of what he had lost yet even here as with much of the Book of Job questions remain unanswered. Sure a job is just one book of the Bible. And to build an entire theology on one book would be wrong. We have the rest of the Scriptures which add so much more understanding regarding many of the difficult questions addressed in the book of throw the New Testament especially brings to light so many things that couldn't have been fully understood in Old Testament times perhaps the greatest example of this would be the meaning of the sanctuary service. However much our faithful Israelite might have understood about the death of the animals and the entire sacrificial service. Only through the revelation of Jesus and His death on the cross does a system come more fully to light. The book of Hebrews helps eliminate so much of the true meaning of the entire service and though today we have the privilege of knowing what P. there in second. Peter chapter one verse twelve called present truth and certainly have been given more light on issues then Job had we still have to murder him to live with on answered questions to. The unfolding of truth is progressive. And despite the great light we have been given now there are still so much more term. In fact we have been told that the redeemed throng will range from world to world. And much of their time will be employed in searching out the mysteries every damn Sion and throughout the whole stretch of eternity this subject will be continually opening to their minds those words are from L.N.G. white written in the Advent review in Sabbath Herald March ninth eighteen eighty six. Here are a few questions to consider. What does the idea of progress of Revelation mean what are other examples of how the idea works for example one begins arithmetic by learning the numbers how to town. We then learn how to add subtract multiply and divide those numbers. We then to move on to deeper things such as algebra geometry and calculus all still working with those basic numbers. How does this analogy help us understand the idea of progress as revelation in the allergy as well listen to Joe Chapter forty two in verse eleven. Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before and had bread with him in his house and they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him and it's of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold commentators through the ages have answered the question about weird Phelps relatives and friends were during the times of his greatest need. That is they came after his fortunes had turned around and things were going better for him. What's wrong with this picture. How many bad endings. Do you know of now and what hope does the cross give you that these bad endings do not truly in the story. Ambassador group. Oh ard. 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