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  1. Job “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25

  2. A Survey of Job Lesson 2

  3. Chapter Content • Note the content of each chapter • Speeches Section • Who are the speakers? • The length of the speeches • Sometimes longer than one chapter • Two speeches are shorter than one chapter • A large portion of the book is devoted to mistaken interpretations and arguments

  4. The 3 Friends & Elihu • 2:11-13 • 32:1-5

  5. Eliphaz • “God is fine gold” • “God is dispenser” • From Teman (2:11) • Leading spokesman for the 3 friends • “Scientist” of the group • Appears noble, sincere, wise and courtly • Main contentions • God is perfectly pure and righteous (4:17) • Man brings trouble on himself (5:7)

  6. Bildad • “Son of contention” • From Shuah • “Traditionalist” • More argumentative than Eliphaz • He charged Job with godlessness • Main contention: • God never twists justice (8:3)

  7. Zophar • “hairy” or “rough” • From Naama • Some think he may have been the oldest of the the 3 friends • Blunt-spoken, seems to possess a holier-than-thou attitude • He charged Job with boasting (11:2-6) • Main contention: • God knows iniquity when He sees it (11:11)

  8. Elihu • “He is my God” • From Buz • The youngest of the four men, not a close companion of the other 3 friends • Main contention: • God is good (33:24) • God often uses suffering to refine the righteous

  9. The Theme of Job • The Problem of Pain • Why do the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper • The Wrong Answer of Job’s Three Friends • Suffering is God’s judgment for sin • The Enlightened Answer of Elihu • Suffering is God’s way to teach, discipline and refine • God’s Perfect Answer • Suffering is a test of trusting God for who He is, and not for what He does