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Course: Ancient Voices, Sacred Stories Presents: The Wife of Job

Ancient Voices, Sacred Stories Presents: The Wife of Job

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About this Course

Job’s story is one of the oldest in the Bible, and his time period may very well connect with the Table of Nations listed in Genesis 10. 

Job was surrendered to God and His purposes, even though he didn’t understand why God was allowing all this suffering and disaster in his life. Job's wife, on the other hand, seemed to have lost all hope because of the circumstances that had befallen her family. Her perspective was limited to the "here and now.” She had no "eternal" perspective. Yet, God is calling us to have an eternal perspective. 

Have you lost heart in some aspect of your life? In the end, Job still didn't understand why all these things had happened to him but he recognized something very important. The stream of God's purpose had coursed through his life. If God's purpose in your life includes suffering, it is an opportunity to see Him.

Basic knowledge
  • If you are new to the Bible, or would like to have a more experiential approach to Bible study, this course is for you
  • Though we seek to have good scholarship, this is not a primarily intellectual approach
  • All you will need is access to a Bible, either hard copy, or online
What you will learn

Our Vision

  • Reveal the timeless truths unfolding from the Bible’s pages

Our Aim

  • Through a unique blend of Bible study, performance, Biblical scholarship, discussion and personal reflection, we aim to present relevant historical background, provide understanding, offer emotional connection, and encouragement to live out the timeless truths of scripture

Our Approach

  • We've designed each character study to begin with historical background for the character, then a basic Bible study for you to do, so you can see for yourself what the text actually says
  • Then we'll show you an artistic concept--a performance--of that character, along with life application questions
  • The final piece is a lecture, wrapping up the study, and offering some thoughts on how to live out the wisdom you've gained
  • Each segment of the study includes a 10 to 20 minute video, as well as some study sheets

Our Hope 

  • As you engage in each part of this study, we hope you will experience something fresh and new from the pages of this ancient, yet living, document, God's Word; as well as the enrichment of spiritual and emotional connection with God
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 6
Total Duration: 01:04:46
Opening Prayer
  • Opening Prayer  

    Anita Gutschick, portrayer of each of the Biblical characters in the Ancient Voices, Sacred Stories series, will lead you in an opening prayer, inviting God's Spirit to illuminate this story from the pages of Scripture, giving you His grace, His wisdom, and His encouragement

Background on Job and His Wife
  • Background on Job and His Wife  
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    • Download the Study
    • View the Lecture
    • Take Notes and Finish the Study


    Job’s story is one of the oldest in the Bible, and his time period may very well connect with the Table of Nations listed in Genesis 10. Of Noah’s three sons, the last, and most significant, was Shem. Through Shem’s five sons and their descendants, according to this record, come the people who came to inhabit the Middle East. Some of Shem’s descendants are highlighted below:


    Eber from which comes the word “Hebrew.” Abraham, who was really the founder of the Hebrew nation, was six generations beyond Eber, but is identified as an Eberite, or Hebrew.


    Elam—Southern Mesopotamia.


    Asshur—Assyria.


    Peleg—Who possibly lived during the time of Babel. “Peleg,” in Hebrew, means "Division," but in Greek it means "Sea." The word archipelago comes from archi (first) pelagos, (sea). The Greeks called the Aegean Sea "The Archipelago," the first sea, drawing the name from this man, Peleg. His time may very well have coincided with the Ice Age, when sea levels were very low and land bridges, as well as narrow archipelagoes, connected most of the continents. This time lasted for a very short period, and ended abruptly when the ice sheets rapidly melted and filled the sea. “The earth was divided” could have a double meaning of division of languages of the people of earth, dispersion of people groups over the earth, and division of the earth itself as the land bridges quickly disappeared.


    Two names possibly link Job to this time in history; Shem’s descendant Uz is also the place name of the land Job lived in (Job 1:1), and Shem’s descendant Jobab could be Job himself, who trusted God and loved Him regardless of his circumstances.


    Job was surrendered to God and His purposes, even though he didn’t understand why God was allowing all this suffering and disaster in his life. In the end, Job still didn't understand why all these things had happened to him but he recognized something very important. The stream of God's purpose had coursed through his life. If God's purpose in your life includes suffering, it is an opportunity to see Him.

Job's Wife: Character Study
  • Job's Wife: A Portrayal, Part 1  
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    2. View Portrayal
    3. Take Notes and Finish Study


    Job's wife lost all hope because of the circumstances that had befallen her family. Her perspective was limited to the "here and now.” She had no "eternal" perspective. Yet, God is calling us to have an eternal perspective. As Paul wrote, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)


    Think of the marathon runner. Twenty-six miles to run. I cannot imagine the exhaustion, pain and discouragement they must experience. It would be so easy just to give up. But they keep their thoughts on the finish line. They know the joy they will experience when they cross that finish line, even if they collapse with exhaustion. Then I think of when I gave birth to each of my four children. Every time I experienced a long and agonizing labor. It would have been easy to lose hope, but I kept my thoughts on the joy I would experience when I was able to hold that baby in my arms.


    Have you lost heart in some aspect of your life? Let's take a moment to be silent before the Lord. He already knows everything that is going on in your life. Rather than spending your time giving Him your laundry list of "problems,” let Him speak to you, give you words of comfort, let Him renew your spirit.

Thoughts on Job's Wife and God
  • Thoughts on Job's Wife and God  
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    There is no question Job’s story is about human suffering. Why do we suffer? What’s the point? If God is truly all-powerful, truly good, and He truly loves people, then why would He ever allow us to suffer? These are age-old questions, and Job’s friends tried to make sense of them. But the problem of suffering—and the question of God’s pure justice—are just on the surface of the far deeper issue Job’s story presents: the essence of Humankind’s relationship to God.

Job's Wife, the Rest of the Story
  • Job's Wife: A Portrayal, Part 2  


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    2. View Portrayal
    3. Take Notes and Finish Study

    

    Job’s Wife leaps off the page! A woman whose life truly is in shambles….has lost all her wealth…all her children have died in a tragic accident, and her husband is in excruetiating pain, and she is has no offer to help. That puts Jane’s problems into perspective…..they are small and solvable.


    Isn’t that what the word of God can do…capture your attention because of your need…then give you a very different message.


Concluding Thoughts on Job and God
  • Concluding Thoughts on Job and God  
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    2. View Lecture
    3. Take Notes and Finish Study


    Where is God? Job kept asking. Why is God hidden? Why won’t He come talk with me? Why doesn’t He pay attention to how miserable I am? Why doesn’t He come and answer for Himself, and recognize how unjust His treatment of me is?

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    et, Job hoped against hope that God would somehow come to him. There is a famous passage, right near the middle of this epic poem, where Job says, “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27). 

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