Sunday, June 29, 2014

Job Sunday School Lesson

Use this Job Sunday School lesson to teach kids the story of Job.

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

Ask students, Has anything bad ever happened to you? Tell me about a time something bad happened.

Did it get better?

(The teacher should also tell a story about a time when something bad happened to them and how the situation was resolved.)

Why do you think God lets bad things happen to us?

We’re going to read in our Bible story today about a man who had some pretty bad things happen to him. Let’s pay special attention to what his attitude is and how he deals with those bad things.

Summarize the story of Job, asking questions as you go.

A long time ago, in the city of Uz, there lived a man named Job. Job was a man who had a good relationship with God and he always did the right thing. He had seven sons and three daughters, whom he prayed for every day, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, along with many servants.

It sounds like Job is pretty lucky, doesn’t it? How would you like to have all those animals and servants and be rich like Job was?

But one day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan – or the devil - also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, "Satan, where have you been and what have you been doing?"

Satan answered, "I have been travelling back and forth all over the earth.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you seen My servant, Job? There is no one on earth like him. He has a good relationship with Me and he always does what is right."

"That’s only because You protect him and his family and everything he owns,” Satan replied. “Take away some of his things and he will surely curse You to Your face."

Do you think it’s true what Satan said? Was Job just doing the things God wanted him to do because God was protecting him and making everything go well for Job? No, Job was doing the right thing because he believed in God and wanted to make God happy.

So the Lord said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands. You can take away anything that Job has, but you can’t hurt him."

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and got ready to make his attack against Job.

Then, one day when Job's sons and daughters were having a party at the oldest brother's house, a servant came running back to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys and camels were grazing in the field, and a bunch of men attacked and carried them off. They killed all your servants who were watching the animals, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

While he was still speaking, another servant ran up and said, "Fire fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants watching them, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

While he was still speaking, still another ran up and said, "Your sons and daughters were having a party at the oldest brother's house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. The house fell down on them and they are all dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

Those are some pretty bad things to happen to Job, aren’t they? How would you feel if all those things happened to you? What would you do? Would you get angry at God about it? Would you think it was all God’s fault that those bad things were happening to you?

When Job heard all this, he got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. May the name of the Lord be praised." In all this, Job did not sin by saying that God had done something wrong to him.

On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before Him.  And the Lord said to Satan, "Satan, where have you been and what have you been doing?"
      
Satan answered, "I have been traveling back and forth all over the earth.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you seen My servant, Job? There is no one on earth like him. He has a good relationship with Me and he always does what is right. And he still has not cursed Me, even after you had all his animals stolen and all his sons and daughters killed."

Satan replied. "Job is only good because You protect him. Hurt his body and he will surely curse You to Your face."

Do you think Job will curse God?

The Lord said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your hands. You can hurt him, but you can’t kill him.”

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and made Job’s skin break out with painful sores all over - from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.

Job’s wife said to him, "Are you still doing the right thing? Curse God and die!"

Job replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Sometimes we have good things in our life and sometimes we have bad things. We have to accept both." In all this, Job did not sin by saying that God had done something wrong to him.

When Job's three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon Job, they set out from their homes and came and sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how very sad he was.

Job was so sad about everything that had happened – about all of his animals being stolen and all his children dying and all the painful sores all over his body – that he suddenly cried out to God and to his friends, “I wish I was never born! Then all this bad stuff couldn’t have happened to me.”

Job’s friends were also very sad and they said, “Job, you must have done something very bad for God to do all of this to you. He is punishing you for your sin.”

Was God punishing Job? No. Remember that the story said that Job always did the right things. God was not punishing Job.

So Job said, “Good things happen to everyone and bad things happen to everyone. Just because something bad is happening to me, does not mean that God is punishing me.”

Then a great storm started to form in the sky and God’s voice came out of the storm. “You are right, Job. Good things happen to everyone and bad things happen to everyone. You have done very well to keep your faith and not curse Me, even through everything that has happened to you. Now I will reward you.”

And over the next few years, God gave Job twice as many animals as he had before and He gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters and He let Job live until he was one hundred and forty years old!

So you see that even though bad things happen to us, God can always make things better, can’t He? We just have to keep doing the right things and having a good relationship with God and we can trust Him to make things better for us.

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