Women of Grace 2005-06
Women of the Bible
Job's Wife and Naomi
Your homework will help sharpen your understanding of the Bible and is a
ministry to others as you share your answers in your small group. Prayerfully
think through each answer with the expectation of sharing with others what God
has taught you.
Memory Work: Review Proverbs 31:10-20
1. Read Ruth 1 and Job 1-2. Describe the tragic circumstances in the life of:
(b) Job's wife.
2. (a) Despite their losses, what did Naomi still retain?
(b) What did Job's wife still retain?
3. How do the responses of each to her suffering reveal what she believed about
God? (a) Naomi (Ruth 1:20-21a)
(b) Job's wife (Job 2:9)
4. Read Ruth 2-4. What did the Lord give Naomi to do after she returned to
Israel, to occupy her time?
5. Job's wife is not mentioned again in the book of Job.
(a) Why do you think that is?
(b) What could Job's wife have done for comfort in the midst of her grief?
6. (a) What blessings did God give Naomi in her last years?
(b) What blessings did God give Job and his wife? (Job 42)
(c) If Job's wife was still bitter, do you think she enjoyed those blessings?
7. What truths has God given us in each of these verses to sustain us during
times of tragedy and loss?
(a) Romans 5:3-5
(b) James 1:2-4
(c) I Peter 1:3-7
(d) I Peter 4:12-13
8. Read Hebrews 12:15. (a) How is bitterness like a root?
(b) What are evidences of bitterness in a person?
(c) How can a Christian grieve and yet not be bitter?
(d) How can you guard your heart against bitterness? Form this into a prayer
request to share with your partner.