1. In 1:1-5, what do these verses tell us about the man? Why does God, allow such a righteous man to experience the trials that he faced? Discuss the purposes of God in allowing such difficulties to come into our lives.
2. In verses 6-12, discuss the positive statements of God and the negative statements of Satan. In John chapter 10: 9,10, discover further, the purposes of God and the purposes of Satan.
3. In verses, 13 -22, discuss this first phase of Job's trial and how he responded to all of this. What does this tell us about his faith and what his priorities in life were?
4. In chapter 2: 3-5, Job is about to encounter a second phase in his trial. Discuss in these verses God's positive statement concerning Job and the reason Satan gave for Job’s success? In discussing these matters, we must remember that although God allows the difficulty, he is always in charge of the outcome. Do you agree with this?
5. In chapter 2: 6-10 the second phase of Job's trial begins. Imagine if you can the great pain he had to endure in his body. His body and his countenance were changed and yet he still had his friends. How important is this?
6. In verses 11-13, discuss the love that these friends had toward Job and how they conducted themselves as they witness the difficulty that he was experiencing? What important lessons can we learn from these relationships described in these verses?
7 In chapters 3 – 31, the discourse between Job and his friends continues. In considering the solutions Job's friends offered and Job himself refused, what do you think was the problem? Why did Job refuse the suggestions and admonitions of his friends? What was the main difficulty that Job faced in these discourses?
8. Read and discuss the need and the cry to God for a neutral person to come in his stead and take up his case. His cry is for a pacemaker. In this chapter, consider Job’s inward desire for peace to come in his relationship with his friends.
9. Both Job and his friends labored under great misunderstandings and because of this, they offered solutions to a problem they did not understand. Discuss the dangers of offering “easy solutions” to the problems of others.
10. From chapters 31-37, discuss the characteristics that Elihu employed as a peace-maker. (Discussed in chapter 37 how Elihu is preparing these men to face their encounter with God.) How many reemploy that method in our preaching?
11. In chapters 37- 42, the restoration of Job and his friends to God begins. In these final chapters, consider the humiliation that they faced, the reconciliation that was needed, and finally the blessing of God that resulted.