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  • Tools for Digging Deeper

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    The Heart of the Matter The subject of pain and suffering is a popular one for a very simple reason — humans experience a lot of it. At this very moment, vast numbers of people around the globe are enduring physical and emotional trauma — heartache, illness, death. Ours is a life of suffering. We enter the world crying. We walk through the world with our shoulders bent into the fiery blast and icy blizzard of affliction. We leave the world in death. As one writer put it: “Man is born for trouble, / As sparks fly upward.” Who offered this insight? A philosopher in an ivory tower or a monk in a cloistered monastery? No. These words dripped with pain from the pen of a flesh-and-blood sufferer. These words came from the pen of Job.

    Discovering the Way 1. A Brief Glimpse into the Life of Job At forty-two chapters, the book of Job is long . . . too long to cover every highlight in one sermon, but we can get a brief glimpse of the book’s five major sections.

    2. Surveying the Depths of Job’s Suffering Every sufferer asks the question, “Where is God?” Job, in his own way, asked the same question. And the book that bears his name answers that God is there at the beginning, middle, and end.

    Starting Your Journey Passing over the painful sores of Job leads us to conclude that answers to suffering are not easy to come by. We learn from Job that our ultimate and final comfort comes not from answers to our questions but from God Himself. Finite, human reason is a deceptively weak crutch for faith. Reason gropes in the dark for answers. Faith waits silently for God.

    Original outline copyright ˝ 1979 and Message Mate copyright ˝ 2011 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights are reserved worldwide. Duplication of copyrighted material for commercial use is strictly prohibited. Committed to Excellence in Communicating Biblical Truth and Its Application

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    God’s Masterwork Volume Three

    Poets, Prophets, and Promises — A Survey

    of Job – Daniel by Charles R. Swindoll

    CD series

    God’s Masterwork Volume Two

    The Story of God’s People — A Survey of Joshua – Esther by Charles R. Swindoll

    CD series

    God’s Masterwork Volume One

    Beginnings — A Survey of Genesis – Deuteronomy

    by Charles R. Swindoll CD series

    God’s Masterwork, Volume Three Poets, Prophets, and Promises — A Survey of Job – Daniel

    Job: Magnificent Man of Misery A Survey of Job

  • Copyright ˝ 2011 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights are reserved worldwide. Duplication of copyrighted material for commercial use is strictly prohibited. Committed to Excellence in Communicating Biblical Truth and Its Application

    Discussion of the Suffering

    “Have you considered

    My servant Job?” (1:8)

    Introduction to the Suffering

    Scene 1 Job’s purity and prosperity

    Scene 2 Satan’s proposition and Yahweh’s permission

    Scene 3 Satan’s persecution and

    Job’s patience

    Scene 4 Satan’s persistence and

    Yahweh’s permission

    Scene 5 Poverty and plagues

    Submission under the Suffering

    Job’s admission

    Job’s confession

    Words of Elihu (Eyes on Yahweh)

    To Job

    To three friends

    To Job

    God’s sovereignty and humanity’s struggle in the midst of sufferingTheme

    Key Verse

    CHAPTERS 4–14

    CHAPTERS 15–21

    CHAPTERS 22–31

    CHAPTER 3

    CHAPTERS 1–2

    42:2

    Job’s cry for a mediator (9:33; 33:23–24) and his faith in a Redeemer (19:25 –27) foreshadow the intercessory work of Christ.Christ in Job

    CHAPTER 42:7–17

    CHAPTER 42:1–6

    Key Sections

    Key People

    Key Sayings

    Historical

    Job, Yahweh, and Satan

    Elihu Yahweh Job Yahweh, Job,

    and the three friends

    God does “great things

    which we cannot

    comprehend” (37:5).

    “Whatever is under the

    whole heaven is Mine.” (41:11)

    Therefore I retract, /

    And I repent in dust and

    ashes. (42:6)

    The LORD blessed the

    latter days of Job more than his beginning.

    (42:12)

    Logical Revelational Confessional HistoricalTheological / Philosophical

    Words of Job (Eyes

    on Self)

    Curses birth

    Curses life

    Correction in the Suffering

    Restoration from the Suffering

    Yahweh’s anger with the three friends

    Yahweh’s blessing on Job

    CHAPTERS 38–41

    Words of Yahweh

    (Emphasis on Sovereignty)

    CHAPTERS 32–37

    Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar

    “. . . then Job . . . Eliphaz . . . Bildad . . . Zophar answered”

    Words of Three Friends (Eyes on Humanity)

    Job’s monologue

    Job

    Eliphaz

    BildadZophar

    Job

    Eliphaz

    BildadZophar

    JOB

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    Job

    Eliphaz

    Bildad

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  • Tools for Digging Deeper

    For related resources, please call: USA 1-800-772-8888

    AUSTRALIA 1300 467 444 CANADA 1-800-663-7639

    UK 0800 915 9364 or visit www.insight.org or www.insightworld.org

    Tools for Digging Deeper

    The Heart of the Matter Virtually every emotion which ever swept across the human soul is recorded in the Psalms. This book is the epitome, the very nucleus of worship . . . and yet it drips with the whole gamut of humanity. As we shall see, the Psalms address the full spectrum of human needs. More than any other Old Testament book, we turn to the Psalms for direction, comfort, and encouragement. No richer bank of wisdom and soul-giving peace is found in the whole wide world.

    Discovering the Way 1. Some Introductory Facts Worth Remembering To better appreciate the richness of the Psalms, we need to keep in mind what may appear as dry facts . . . but really aren’t: the title of the book, the writers, the organization, and two technical hints.

    2. An Overview Survey Worth Observing When we look at the book of Psalms as a whole, we can note these observations: it is divided into five books, it mentions three classes of instruments, and it highlights three grand themes.

    Starting Your Journey Readers turn to Psalms more than any other book of the Bible to help them meet pressing needs and find insight.

    God’s Masterwork, Volume Three Poets, Prophets, and Promises — A Survey of Job – Daniel

    Psalms: Inspired Anthology of Praise A Survey of PSAlmS

    Original outline copyright ˝ 1979 and Message Mate copyright ˝ 2011 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights are reserved worldwide. Duplication of copyrighted material for commercial use is strictly prohibited. Committed to Excellence in Communicating Biblical Truth and Its Application

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    God’s Masterwork Volume Three

    Poets, Prophets, and Promises — A Survey

    of Job – Daniel by Charles R. Swindoll

    CD series

    God’s Masterwork Volume Two

    The Story of God’s People — A Survey of Joshua – Esther by Charles R. Swindoll

    CD series

    God’s Masterwork Volume One

    Beginnings — A Survey of Genesis – Deuteronomy

    by Charles R. Swindoll CD series

  • Copyright ˝ 2011 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights are reserved worldwide. Duplication of copyrighted material for commercial use is strictly prohibited. Committed to Excellence in Communicating Biblical Truth and Its Application

    Book Two 31 Psalms

    DELIVERANCE

    Genesis

    Personal

    Psalm 41:13 Psalm 72:18–19 Psalm 89:52 Psalm 106:48 Psalm 150

    Devotional Liturgical, Historical

    General Prophetical,

    Natural

    Exodus Leviticus Numbers DeuteronomyAnalogy

    Content

    Doxology

    Book One 41 Psalms

    HUMANITY

    PSALMS 1 – 41

    PSALMS 42–72

    PSALMS 73– 89

    PSALMS 90–106

    PSALMS 107–150

    Book Three 17 Psalms

    SANCTUARY

    Book Four 17 Psalms

    REIGN OF GOD

    Book Five 44 Psalms

    WORD OF GOD

    14 90

    B C

    : D AY

    S O

    F M

    O SE

    S

    44 4

    BC : D

    AY S

    O F

    EZ R

    A

    Jesus Christ is anticipated, portrayed, and prophesied in such images as the coming King, the Redeemer, the loving Shepherd, and the Righteous Sufferer.

    Christ in Psalms

    PSALMS

    We worship God for who He is and what He has done.Theme

    19:14Key Verse

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  • Tools for Digging Deeper

    For related resources, please call: USA 1-800-772-8888

    AUSTRALIA 1300 467 444 CANADA 1-800-663-7639

    UK 0800 915 9364 or visit www.insight.org or www.insightworld.org

    Tools for Digging Deeper

    The Heart of the Matter A proverb is a pithy statement of bite-sized wisdom. Up until now in this study of the Bible, we’ve found history, biography, and poetry in Scripture . . . but not much philosophy — except, perhaps, in Job. The book of Proverbs of