Silenced

Note to the Teacher

The Scripture for today could be pretty dramatic, yet by having the audio Bible do the reading, it creates a different feel for the words.  We do not know how God said these words to Job, but the audio along with the storm sounds can set up the power of the silence when God spoke. 

Time Description of Activity
10 min

1. Ice Breaker

  • What is the worst storm you’ve ever been in?
  • What’s the scariest part of a storm for you?
  • Show a picture of the eye of hurricane.  What do you know about the eye of a hurricane?
  • Do you like quiet or noise?  Why?

Review the story of Job up to this point, remind students of all that has happened to him:

  • Lost his cattle
  • Lost his children
  • Lost his health

It’s like he’s been through a hurricane!

Job has been asking God, pushing him, and complaining to him.  How can all this be happening?!  In Job 38, God responds.

5 min

2.  Read Scripture Job 38:1-7, 34-41

  • Play the storm video – audio only, students do not need to see the footage, just hear it.
  • Play loud – Job 38:1 tells us that God came in a whirlwind
  • Then, cut the sound - let it go silent
  • After about 4 seconds of silence, play audio Bible-  Job 38.  There are several versions including the one in the YouVersion app available for both iOS and Android.  (Hearing these verses in a different voice helps us understand them in a different way.)

 

 

3. Discussion

  • Have you ever been speechless?  Why were you speechless? What happened?
  • God came in the silence, like the eye of a hurricane in a storm.  Why is this an important detail for us to notice?
  • As God confronts Job, what point is God making?
  • If you were Job in this moment, how would you be responding to God’s words?
20 min

4. Activity and Discussion:

Take this lesson to the next level with a new experience using the activity Sacred Silence, exploring Job 38 from the Youthworker Collective: (https://youthworkercollective.com/sacred-silence-exploring-job-38 )

5 min  

5. Closing

Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys and concerns from the students, then ask for a volunteer to close in prayer.

50 min

 

NEEDED RESOURCES:

  • Journaling paper, pens, blank paper for drawing, Bibles
  • YouVersion App – download NIV version with audio
  • Find a video of a storm – a hurricane would be easiest to connect to this story – you want the sound
  • Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae96xf293Dc    about 4.5 minutes in you’ll find storm footage– play loud!

Print a picture of the eye of a hurricane

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