Beyond Comprehension
Theme: God of Wonders
Scripture: Job 38:1-39:30
Objectives:
    • Know: “God used questions to help Job better understand His greatness.
    • Think: “Marvel at the magnitude of God and adjust your view of yourself accordingly.
    • Do: “Trust and worship God for His power, knowledge, presence, and design.”​​​​​​​
Summary:
    • Job has suffered
    • God was blamed
      • By Job–“God did this to me for no reason. I trust Him, but I want to talk with Him directly to ask Him why.”
      • By friends–“God did this to you, because you are a horrible sinner. You have sinned secretly, but God is punishing you openly. Confess and repent.”
      • By wife–“Curse God and die.”
    • Now God speaks to Job.
      • You think you know why this happened.
      • I have a few questions. Can you answer these?
      • I have something to teach you. You do not know as much as you think.
A1 Outline
B1 Purpose of God’s questions Job 38:1-3
B2 Questions about the earth Job 38:4-7
B3 Questions about the sea Job 38:8-11
B4 Questions about time Job 38:12-15
B5 Questions about the ocean floor and the gates of death Job 38:16-18
B6 Questions about light and darkness Job 38:19-21
B7 Questions about weather Job 38:22-30
B8 Questions about astronomy Job 38:31-33
B9 Can you command the weather Job 38:34-38
B10 Questions about animals Job 38:39-39:30
A2 Notes and Questions
B1 How much do we think we know?
B2 How much do we really know?
B3 Who does know everything?
B4 What are some characteristics of God in these 2 chapters?
C1 Omnipotence
D1 God has power to do all things that are according to His character.
D2 God cannot lie. 2 Timothy 2:13, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18
D3 God cannot be tempted James 1:3
D4 God can save anyone who meets His conditions Matthew 19:26
D5 In the Old Testament
E1 As the Almighty (Ēl Shadday) as in Exodus 6:3
E2 As Lord of Hosts (Armies) (Yahweh ṣə·ḇā·’ō·wṯ). In Old Testament times the power, greatest, authority of a king was related to the size of his kingdom, number of soldiers, and the number of people he ruled over. God is seen as having a kingdom, army, and people a number too large to count, thus, omnipotent. Psalm 24:10, etc.
E3 As the mighty one (‘âbı̂yr). The one who has all strength as in Isaiah 49:26
C2 Omniscience
D1 God knows all things–past, present, future, and all things knowable as the position of a planet a million years from, and all things not knowable as in a person’s decision and action (an open theist would not believe that God can know future unknowable acts as a person’s decision or action). Psalm 147:5, Isaiah 46:10, Acts 15:18, Hebrews 4:13, Ezekiel 8:7-12, Zechariah 9:9 with Matthew 21:1-11
D2 Includes all our thoughts, words, desires, deeds, and motivation. 1 Samuel 16:7, Proverbs 15:11, Hebrews 4:13
C3 Omnipresent
D1 God is located everywhere. Proverbs 15:3, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Amos 9:2, 2 Chronicles 2:6
D2 God is active everywhere. His activity, acts, can be simultaneous is any and every place at once.
C4 Psalm 139 where all 3 characteristics are spoken of.
B5 Why do you trust God?
B6 Why do you trust God when everything seems to fall apart?
B7 What would you tell someone whose faith is faltering?
B8 What is trust?
C1 Trust is feeling safe in another’s presence whether it be life, money, food, doctrine, driving, etc. Examples might be sitting in a chair, giving money to a friend to buy some food, marrying, physician,
C2 Others put their trust in politicians, money, science, themselves, philosophy, friends, family, leaders, etc.
B9 How does our knowledge of God’s omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence affect our lives?
A3 Lenz notes
B1 Ēl Shadday (el sha die)
B2 Yahweh ṣə·ḇā·’ō·wṯ (Yah weh se va oth)
B3 ‘âbı̂yr (ah vi ov)
By Choco on 18  May 16

 

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