Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Wisdom Poetry: The poetic books that explore the themes of biblical wisdom and musical worship.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Poetry: A condensed form of writing that uses metaphorical imagery and creative language to engage the reader’s imagination and emotions.
Wisdom: A type of Israelite poetry that persuades the reader to adopt a particular religious and moral outlook.
Job explores the difficult question of God's relationship to human suffering, and invites us to trust God's wisdom and character.
How do you trust God even when life isn’t fair and you suffer for no good reason? 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.
Set in Uz, an obscure land far from Israel, during an unknown time period, the book of Job focuses on questions about God's justice and why good people suffer. Throughout the book, Job, his wife, and his friends speculate on why he, an upright man, suffers. Job accuses God of being unjust and not operating the world according to principles of justice, and his friends believe that Job's sin caused his suffering. Job decides to talk directly to God.
God reminds him that the world has order and beauty but 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.
God Tests Job
The book of Job questions God's justice. Will upright and blameless Job continue to serve God if he loses everything, or will he stay faithful?
Job Accuses God
Job accuses God of acting unjustly while his friends blame him for wrongdoing. They all believe God operates the universe according to rules of justice.
Job Questions God
Job reviews his good works and questions why God would allow him to suffer, but he sees his pain through the lens of his limited view.
God's Virtual Tour
God responds to Job personally with a virtual tour of the world. He reminds Job that His worldview is infinite while Job's view is limited.
Job Learns Trust
God doesn't explain our suffering, but He reminds Job that we live in a complex world and asks us to trust His character and wisdom.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Job, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Job, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.