Learn from Job to Worship God in Your Suffering (Part 2)

Learn from Job to Worship God in Your Suffering (Part 2)

Listen to the reading of God's Word in Job 2:1-10

Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it." 3 And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason." 4 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face." 6 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life." 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes. 9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die." 10 But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips. 

 (Job 2:1-10)

Let me also read a very brief quotation about preaching: "How utterly dependent we are on the Holy Spirit in the work of preaching.  All genuine preaching is rooted in a feeling of desperation"

Let us pray.

Father, we are coming again to you now with an awareness of our desperate need of the Holy Spirit and in recognition of the fact that without you, we can do nothing.  We thank you, Lord, that you have given us the promise in which you have indicated that if we, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to our children; how much more will our Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask? Your word encourages us to keep on asking and it is in response to this encouragement that we are now coming again expressing our need of the Spirit today. We are asking for your Holy Spirit to come and strengthen a weak preacher and enable him in bringing your message to your people. We also request you to help the weak listeners to understand and apply this message in their lives.  Lord, unless you teach us your word and write its precepts on our hearts, we cannot learn anything! So we pray now that you would meet with us in our study of this book of Job.  May Christ be exalted through it all.  We pray all this in Christ's name, Amen.

We have now come to our second message in this series on the book of Job. In our previous message in this series, we focused our attention on Job chapter 1. In this current message, we will focus our attention on Job chapter 2. But in order to get a proper understanding of this second message and to make a smooth transition from Job chapter 1 to Job chapter 2, we need to review some of the things that we covered in our previous study of Job 1 before moving on to the current message we want to consider in Job chapter 2. So let us begin with this review.

The book of Job is a book that has been written as part of God's word to help us understand the issue of suffering.  This book is designed both to encourage us and to instruct us on how to deal with suffering.

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