This is the day we can know, without a doubt, that we are loved. Today and tomorrow, as we await the great day, may we contemplate.
Though Job suffered enormously, centuries later a “truer Job” would suffer willingly for you and me. Job didn’t have a choice, but Jesus did.
Today — do some digging in the book of Job and find the truer Job.
1. What descriptions of the suffering of Job sound like the suffering that Jesus would endure for you and me? There are so many — but find a few and list them here.
2. What other similarities do you see between Job and Jesus. Differences?
3. When you read of Jesus struggle in Matthew 26:36-39, what do you think produced the most anguish for him? Tim Keller believes he was given a premonition that this suffering was going to be more than physical. What do you think?
4. At the close of Job, there is a prophetic statement in Job 40:8. Meditate on this and explain how this pointed to and was fulfilled in the “Truer Job.”
5. A huge difference between the first and final Job was that the suffering for the final Job was voluntary. Write a prayer of Thanksgiving here to Him, and tell Him why you can trust His love.
Jesus was on the cross from 9:00 A. M. to 3:00 A.M — a holy six hours. May we contemplate, draw near, and sing. May we confess, give thanks, sing praises, and intercede for one another.