Small Group Tools
Contemporary Comments 2016
Texts: Job 19:25–27; John 1:1–14; Job 10:4, 5; Luke 2:11; Galatians 4:19; Luke 9:22; Isaiah 53:1–6
“I know how you feel.” How often have those glib words been drizzled from an insincere person trying to impress you with his or her compassion? We are too quick to confuse socially honed statements with genuine care. More often people can sympathize with another person: “I don’t exactly know what you’re going through, but at some level I truly care.” And show true empathy: “I’ve been through a similar situation, so I know a little of what you might be feeling.”
In an effort to help more people become more aware of violence against women, a British organization called Charity Safer, held an unusual event to raise funds to help victims of domestic violence. The program, held last week, was called, “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes.” It originally challenged men to borrow a pair of women’s shoes and walk a mile in them. Women are now encouraged to participate. The fundraiser attempts to help others have empathy for abused women.1
In our Sabbath school lesson this week, titled “Job’s Redeemer,” we focus on one of the most popular passages in the book. It begins with his cry for pity from his friends. In the face of extreme loss, physical suffering, and spiritual abuse from these so-called comforters, Job pleads for compassion and understanding (Job 19:21, 22).
What follows is a passage that expresses the high point of Job’s faith in God. It reads, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:25, 26, NKJV). Job expresses that there is hope beyond the grave, that there is such a thing as eternal life. His belief is in God as Savior.
God as Creator has clearly been revealed in the book of Job. The mighty hand of the Maker shows through, as we saw in last week’s lesson, when the Lord questions Job and his friends. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” (Job 38:4). But God is not only Creator in this book. The Lord is also Redeemer.
There is only one way that God could save humanity. The Lord must become one with us. God must become a human being if the Lord would take our place, suffer in our stead, pay the penalty for our sins, and redeem us at last.
We know that happened. It’s the Christmas story. “‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23). In other words, Jesus walked in our shoes.
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