Zophar Speaks - Job 11:1-20 * Wed. 9-27-17

Zophar Speaks

Job 11:1-20

 

I.      Zophar…I am just going to tell you how it is! (vs. 1-7) 

a. Zophar’s name means “young bird.” Is Zophar at all sympathetic to his friend? _______________________

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b. How does Zophar classify everything Job has spoken thus far? ______________________________ ___ _______________________________________________________________________________

c. In Zophar’s opinion is there any chance Job isn’t being punished for his sin? _________________________

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d. What source does Zophar call on to pronounce judgment on Job? _______________________________

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e. For Job’s sin, although completely unspecified, Zophar states Job deserves what for his sin? _____________

_______________________________________________________________________________           II.     Elements of Truth… (vs. 8-12)

a. Similar to Bildad and Eliphaz, Zophar speaks some things that are empirically true.  Can you find anything wrong with verses 7-9? ____________________________________________________________________

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b. How about verse 10-11? ______________________  Is there danger that truths that are known of God can be misused as a weapon to serve a personal agenda? _____________________________________________

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c. What is Zophar calling Job in verse 12? ___________________________________________________

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d. When does Zophar say an empty-headed man will be wise? ____________________________________

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        III.   Just Repent and Everything Will Go Well With You  (vs. 13-22)

a. Zophar is also very convinced Job suffers because of sin…what does he prescribe? _____________________ ________________________________________________________________________________

b. How quickly does he make it sound that torment would cease and blessings would begin pouring in? ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________

c. With what final warning does Zophar end his lecture? _________________________________________

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   IV.  Application:   What error does Zophar make in judging from outward appearance? _______________________           Are we any better than Zophar in judging from outward appearance? ___________________________________

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