Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Wisdom in the Darkness,” on Job 28 from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the third part of our six-part series “Finding God in the Darkness.”
- We continue our series “Finding God in the Darkness” this weekend with a look at Job, chapter 28. Whether you are on your own or with a small group, begin your study in prayer, and then read that chapter aloud.
- Background: Job chapter 28 is a unique portion of the book of Job. In one sense, it is an extended proverb or reflection on wisdom itself. Some Bible scholars believe this chapter comes from Job’s mouth in his dialogue with his friends while others view it as a sort of reflective intermission by the author. Either way, the central theme of this passage is where true wisdom is found.
- Verses 1-12 use an extended metaphor of mining for jewels to lead into a discussion of wisdom. Verse 12 is the ultimate driving question. How do you think this picture of mining compares to searching for wisdom?
- When have you felt like you deeply needed wisdom in your life? What did you do to gain it or pursue it?
- Verses 13-20 take us into the pursuit of wisdom. What sources within nature are put forward for finding wisdom?
- Multiple times the author talks about the fact that wisdom cannot be purchased. Why do you think this is true?
- Verses 21-28 reflect on the search for wisdom and our inability to find it anywhere else but in God. Why do you think it’s important that wisdom, in a sense, is concealed from us? Why do you think it’s important that finding wisdom takes a focused pursuit?
- The final verse of the chapter focuses on the ‘fear of the Lord’ as the way of wisdom. What do you think this means? You may want to take a look at Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 10:27; 14:27; Exodus 14:31; Deuteronomy 31:12; Psalm 33:18; 36:1 for other insights.
- What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and then take extended time to pray about what you share. If you are studying on your own, write it down, pray about it, and share this with someone during the next few days.