Daily Bible Readings – Week 48

Daily Bible Readings
Week 48: August 28-September 2, 2017

❏ Monday Esther 3:1-4:17
❏ Tuesday Esther 5:1-7:10
❏ Wednesday Esther 8:1-10:3
❏ Thursday Job 1:1-22
❏ Friday Job 2:1-3:26
❏ Saturday Job 4:1-5:27

Note that the readings are assigned from Monday to Saturday, leaving Sunday as the day to catch up, and also indicating that we will be corporately hearing the Word at church. The following questions are optional, for your personal growth.

Study Questions: Week 48

1. Why does Haman want to exterminate the Jews?

2. How does Mordecai respond to this edict?

3. Why does Mordecai ask Esther for help?

4. What does Haman plan to do to Mordecai?

5. How is Haman shamed?

6. Why is Haman executed?

7. What decree is sent to counteract the decree which Haman had set out concerning the Jews?

8. How many of the enemies of the Jews are killed on the day originally intended for the slaughter of the Jews?

9. What is the name of the feast which the Jews inaugurated based on the events?
10. Although God is not mentioned by name anywhere in Esther (the only book of the Bible without any direct mention of God!) how can we see Him at work in this book?

11. The book of Job steps back in time a little bit and changes ‘genres’. The Bible is a collection of books written at different times by different people. We jump back in time from Esther (about 480 BC) to Job (about 2000 BC). As you read Job, keep in mind that the great covenant with Abraham is not yet fully in place and that the laws for sacrifice and priests do not yet exist. There are followers of the true God other than Abraham and family; Job is one of them. How does Job show his faith in the true God?

12. How does Satan attack Job’s property and children? Why?

13. How does Job’s wife respond to the further attack to Job’s own health?

14. Why does Job lament his birth?

15. Job’s friends try to offer comfort, but at times their comforting runs off the rails. Is it true that you have to do something bad in life in order to have bad things happen to you? (See John 9:1-3)

16. How does Eliphaz’ conclusion to his speech in chapter 5 show that he doesn’t understand that this isn’t Job’s fault?

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About Pr. Alex Klages

I'm a Lutheran Church-Canada pastor of two congregations in Southern Manitoba---Trinity, Winkler, and Zion, Morden.
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