Job (Discussion Questions)

Categories: Power of Prayer, Putting God First

Read Job

Review the story of Job. Explain that this is a drama. It opens with a description of Job's prosperity. He had everything he could ever want. We see that God is pleased and that Job is a good man and he honors God.

  • What makes a "good" person?
  • Describe someone you know who is good?
  • Why is it important to be good?
  • How do your parents, teachers, friends, treat you when you are good?
  • How do you identify yourself?
  • How would you answer the question, "Who am I?"
  • What do you know about your nature?
  • What does God know about you?

Discuss the story of Job starting with the visit of his three friends - Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.

  • Why are his friends visiting him?
  • What do they recommend that Job should do? [Job 4:1-14:22 First cycle of speeches]
  • What kind of comfort did they offer Job?
  • Would you want them as your friends?
    • Why or why not?
  • Describe the perfect friend.
    • Do you have a friend like that?
    • Are you a friend like your description?
  • Would any of Job's friends fit the description of a perfect friend?
    • Why? Or Why not?
  • If you had been Job's friend, what would you have done to help him?
  • After reading about Job's friends, what do you learn about advice?
  • Should we ever pay attention to what our friends say?
  • What if we like our friends a lot and they recommend we do something that is bad – what do you do?
  • How do you stand up to your friends when they are asking you to do something wrong?
  • Do you feel insecure about breaking a friendship over standing for Principle?
  • How did Job respond to his friends?
    • Did he cave in and do as they advised?
    • How did Job defend himself?
    • Are you willing to defend yourself?

Read - Job 38:1-42:6

After Job goes through three cycles of speeches from his friends, and Elihu's angry response, to whom does Job speak next? [God]

  • What does God say to Job?
  • What does God say about the creation of the universe?
  • Why does God mention He created the universe?
  • When God asks Job to speak, what do you notice about his answers?
  • How would you respond to God?
  • Who or what are Behemoth and Leviathan? [Behemoth could be either a gigantic species of hippopotamus or water buffalo. Leviathan, according to some researchers, could be a crocodile or a sea monster.]
  • Why are these creatures mentioned? [If Job wants to play God, he must rule these beasts.]
  • What is Job's response to God? [Absolute awe of God's power.]
  • When did you talk with God last?
  • Why is prayer a form of talking with God?
  • How often do you pray?
  • Give an example of how you pray.
  • List some of the Bible figures you have studied who had conversations with God.
  • Why is it important to talk with God?
  • Do you hold God in complete reverence?
  • Would you argue with God or listen?