WEEK SIX: ADULTS, TEENS & TWEENS

OCTOBER 21 - 25
Recommended 4th Grade to Adults

There are three books of the Bible that would later come to be called the "wisdom literature." They reveal the collected wisdom of generations of godly people and invite us to consider the complexity and simplicity of living wisely. These three books are the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Each of these books explores the same basic theme and tackles the same basic question.

Job’s story invites us to consider what it means that God runs the world by wisdom, and how this truth can bring peace in dark times. Job is the last of the three books that explore these themes of biblical wisdom.

WATCH

Wisdom in Job video on this page. 

DISCUSS

How does the element of wisdom in the video add to our discussion last week about Job?

READ & REFLECT

Read: Job 38: 1-18

Reflect

How do you see God’s goodness and justice shine through in God’s response to Job?

God reminds Job that the world has order and beauty, but it is also wild and dangerous. While we do not always know why we suffer, we can bring our pain and grief to God and trust that he is wise and knows what he's doing.

 

Read: Job 40:15-19 , Job 41:1-8Job 42:10

Reflect

The two beasts, the Behemoth and the Leviathan are brought up as examples of God’s goodness and wildness in existence together. What are other examples in life that you can think of?

 

Do these examples give you any comfort? How do you personally remain peaceful and trusting in God in the midst of life’s uncertainty?

 

What personal wisdom can be gleaned from reading this book?

 

FINAL THOUGHTS ON WISDOM LITERATURE

What ideas from the wisdom books will help you as you continue life in God’s good world?

Come up with a one or two sentence/mantra/reminder of wisdom’s role in your life. Write it down to remind yourself along the way!

FROM THE CLERGY
David Meginniss shares his commentary on this week's lesson. 

WANT TO DIG DEEPER? 

Sunday Morning Coffee Hour is now dedicated to Faith Stories discussion. 

Libby Shaw will facilitate this discussion for the last two weeks of October! 

Grab your coffee and join us at 10 AM on Sunday on Zoom!

Follow this link to join us https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85217072369

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