Saturday, November 05, 2005

Handling Adveristy - Examples for us: Job and Joseph

Examples for us
Job and Joseph

When simply surveying or reading through the Bible, there is an enormous amount of suffering and trouble that follow the various characters. You could simply mark it as random events if it was a few of them but virtually every one has some major event of suffering, trial, or problem that occurs. There are times when it is clear that the suffering is a result of sin but quite often the problems arise while they are trying to do what is right and follow God.

We now turn our attention to two notable characters in the Bible that dealt with extreme challenges in their lives: Job and Joseph. As we examine their actions, thoughts, and attitudes, keep in mind the past lessons regarding dealing with suffering, trials, and problems.


1. What kind of person is Job?

2. What is revealed in the first 2 chapters of Job as to why he is suffering?

3. What is the response of his wife and friends as to why he is suffering?

4. What is Job’s attitude during these events?

5. Finally, God speaks to Job as recorded at the end of the book. Summarize what God says and why.

6. The story of Joseph extends over many years. What are the various trials, temptations, and problems he had to face?

7. During his imprisonment he interprets a set of dreams and one of the men is released. What does Joseph ask of him? How long is it before there is a response?

8. Joseph meets his brothers again. What is his attitude towards them?

9. What is the initial response of his brothers when Joseph reveals himself? What does Joseph do in response?