Looking at a "Truer Job" on Good Friday
Good Friday is the day when we know, without a doubt, that we are loved. May we spend time in contemplation...
Although Job suffered enormously in his lifetime, centuries later a “truer Job” would suffer willingly for you and me. Job didn't have a choice, but Jesus did.
Today, do some digging in the book of Job and find the truer Job:
1. What descriptions of Job's sufferings sound like the suffering that Jesus would endure for you and me? There are so many — but find a few and write them down.
2. What other similarities do you see between Job and Jesus. Differences?
3. When you read of Jesus' struggle in Matthew 26:36-39, what do you think produced the most anguish for him? [American Christian apologist and author] Tim Keller believes he was given a premonition that this suffering was going to be more than physical. What do you think?
4. At the close of Job, there is a prophetic statement in 40:8. Meditate on this and explain how this pointed to and was fulfilled in the “Truer Job.”
5. A huge difference between the first and final Job was that the suffering for the final Job was voluntary. Write a prayer of Thanksgiving here to God, and tell Him why you can trust His love.
Jesus was on the cross from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. -- a holy six hours. May we contemplate, draw near, and sing. May we confess, give thanks, sing praises, and intercede for one another.
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