My Notes on Job # 1 & 2

My notes on the BOOK OF JOB (No. 1)

A Suffering Man Who Did Not Understand

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God save bad people?
In one sense there are no good people:
None does good, no, not one (Rom. 3:12).
No one is good but One that is God (Matt. 19:17).
Not a just man on earth (Ecc. 7:20).
No one living is righteous (Ps. 143:2).

Why did Job suffer? We could ask, “Why didn’t he suffer more?” He actually should suffer the torment of hell forever like the rest of us. God could have “justly” sent him to hell—he was a sinner like everyone else. This much we know before we start.

Brief Outline:

I. DISASTERS of Job (Chapters 1-3)
II. DISCUSSIONS with Job (Chapters 4-41)
III. DELIVERANCE of Job (Chapter 42)


1. What he ENDURED was PAINFUL (James 5:10)
2. What he LEARNED is PRICELESS (Job 42:2-6)
3. What he TEACHES is PATIENCE (James 5:11)

A. Job was holy and human.

1. Job was blameless, upright, feared God and shunned evil (1:8). Ezek. 14:14, 20.
2. Satan accused Job of serving for salary. Take away his fortune and you will take away his faith. Take away his good life and you will take away his great love. You crush him and he will curse you (1:8-11).
3. Job admitted that God has right to do what He wants to fulfill His purpose (42:2).
4. He did not charge God foolishly at first (1:20-22).
5. He did not sin with his lips at first (2:10).
6. But that attitude did not last. Job was as human as the rest of us.
7. He spoke without knowledge—he didn’t know what he was talking about (38:1-3)
B. Job admits that he had sinned (42:1-6).

1. Things he accused God of:

a. Shooting him with poison arrows (6:4).
b. Scaring and terrifying him (7:11-14).
c. Trying him every moment and not leaving him alone for a moment (7:17-20).
d. Multiplying wounds without cause and filling him with bitterness (9:17-18).
e. Destroying the innocent and laughing at them (9:21-24).
f. Destroying the hope of man (14:19).
g. Delivered him to the wicked and made a target out of him (16:11-14).
h. He has wronged me (19:6-11).
i. He treats me unjustly (27:2).

C. Job did not always speak what was right (42:3).

a. He condemned God that he may be justified (40:8).
b. Job wanted to contend with (argue/correct/criticize) God (40:2).

Wayne Dunaway

 My notes on JOB # 2

I. Job may have suffered patiently, but he did not suffer quietly. He suffered severely, but not silently. He had a lot pain and thought he had a right to complain. Observe the following:

a. Job 6:11 I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
b. Job 23:2-5 He demands to understand.
c. Job 19:21-22 He thought God was directly responsible for his suffering.
d. He lost his fortune and his family. Satan took Job’s fortune and family. Satan tortured Job’s flesh and turned Job’s friends.
e. He lost his wealth & health. He went from plenty to poverty, much to misery, and riches to rags.

II. He suffered physically, mentally and emotionally.

A. Note not only the things he said, but extent of his physical suffering:

1. Painful boils (2:7).
2. Endless itching (2:8).
3. Changed appearance (2:12)
4. Sleepless nights (7:4).
5. Worms and running sores (7:5.
6. No hope (7:6-7).
7. Nightmares (7:13-14).
8. Weeping and dark eyes (16:16).
9. Loss of weight (19:20).
10. No rest from pain (30:17).
11. Skin black & fever (30:30).
12. Months of pain (7:3).

B. Note the mental anguish.

1. Wife turned against him. (2:9:19:17)
2. Brothers, relatives, close friends and those he loved turned against him (19:13-19).
3. Younger men hated him, avoided him, and spit in his face (30:1 & 9-10).

III. He asked “why” and he wanted to die. Is it right to do this? Maybe so or maybe not, but it is human.

A. He asked, Why?

1. Why did they not carry me from the womb to the tomb (3:11-12).
2. Why was I not like a stillborn child? (3:16)
3. Why is light given to a miserable man? (3:20)
4. Why is light given to one hedged in by God in pain? (3:23)
6. Why me Lord? (7:20)
7. Why do I labor in vain? (9:29)
8. Why do You contend with me? (10:2)
9. Why regard me as an enemy? (13:24)
10. Why do wicked prosper? (21:7-15)

B. He wanted to die.

a. He longed for the grave (3:21)
b. He wanted to be cut off (6:8-9).

IV. Satan took Job’s family & fortune. He tormented Job’s flesh. But he did not and could not take away his faith (13:15). Satan destroyed Job’s reputation and turned his relatives, but never convinced him to renounce his Redeemer (19:25). He took away his happiness and his health. But he could not take away his eternal hope (19:25-27).

V.  If seeking to be righteous exempted one from all problems and pain in this life then people would try to do right not because of God, but because of what they get from God. See John 6:24-26.

VI. We must learn to profit from suffering. Instead of just asking, “When am I going to get out of this?” Try, “What can I get out of this? Here are a few things we can get from suffering:

1. Patience (Jam. 1:2-3, 5:110-11; Rom. 5:3)
2. Sympathy (Heb 2:17-18, 2 Cor. 1:3-4)
3. Humility (2 Cor. 13:7)
4. Preparation (2 Cor. 6:16-18)
5. Salvation (1 Peter 3:18)
6. Closer to God (Job 42:5)

VII. The main lesson of all is this is in Job chapters 38-41. In the questions God asked we learn the three things that Job learned about God and the problem of human suffering:

1. God CREATED the world.
2. God CONTROLS the world.
3. God CARES about His world.

This is all that we really need to know! God does not have to explain to us all that he does or why He does it! This is what we need to tell others because this is what we need to know ourselves! God is too loving to be mean. He is too powerful to be manipulated. God is too wise to be mistaken.

Wayne Dunaway

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