Last time I shared about Job from the Bible (I have to add that because otherwise, search engines think I’m talking about job as in “get a job”), and how to help friends in pain. It’s a great Sunday School lesson because we all know someone who had a hard time. This time we looked at the last 40 or so chapters of the book. This part of Job starts off with all of his friends turning on him, let me sum up 30 chapters in one sentence, “You must have done something wrong because God is punishing you.”
What I learned from this Job Bible lesson
First, let me say, what horrible friends. That is not the thing to say to someone suffering. They did much better when they sat and said nothing. We took some time and talked about how horrid they were, but it wasn’t the focus of our lesson. Instead, we looked at the last 10 or so chapters. For me, this is where Job gets good because the first 30 something chapters is misery upon misery of poetry. And not just poetry, but angst poetry.
Then God steps in and we see His majesty and His power. So we responded as Job did, and praised and worshipped God. I think limiting praise to music is way too narrow for God, the all-powerful Creator of the Universe, so we were creative like God is.
Job Bible lesson plans
Goal: To see the majesty of God and learn about praising God when in pain
Activity: Use your creativity like God does
(Sorry, every now and then I revert to my old lesson plan format from teaching, and it amuses me)
And we drew and painted. Even the teens did, for almost an hour. They happily painted and drew different expressions of God’s majesty. For Batman he created his favorite animal, a pteranodon, Princess also drew her favorite, a horse. Superman decided to imitate God and create his own world, just like God.
Why did I choose this activity for our Job Bible lesson plans? Because all too often we forget to praise God in different ways, and we sing a song and that’s it, but praising God is so much more than that, especially when times are hard.
This seemed especially appropriate as we say goodbye (for now I hope) to our accomplices in homeschool crimes, the E family as they packed up to leave today. It’s a bittersweet pill to swallow, and we wish them well in their travels.
Alternative Job Bible lesson with all 4 friends’ pictures.
Now in how I run through the Bible, next we learn about baby Moses.