Bernard and Job

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#399: “Bernard and Job”
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Philippians 4:12-13

12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

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Bernard and Job

“Bernard and Job” is episode #399 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on April 11, 1998.


After her dog is involved in a tragic accident, Lisa Mulligan hears the biblical story of Job from Bernard Walton.


Bernard Walton has just finished cleaning the windows at the Mulligan's house when he hears a loud cry and whimper. Lisa Mulligan rushes in to tell her mother, Traci, that her cousin, Nick, has run over her dog, Wolf, while practicing his driving. Lisa is furious at Nick and complains about the bad week she has had. While Traci tries to save Wolf, Bernard takes Nick and Lisa aside to tell them the story of Job.

Job was a righteous and prosperous man, but one day in heaven Satan tells God that he believes that Job only serves God because of his prosperity and God's protection. He claims Job will curse God if he is faced with adversity. God allows Satan to test Job, so Satan destroys all his children, flocks, and most of his servants. Despite his suffering, Job praises God. Though Satan is not allowed to kill Job, he inflicts him with painful sores from head to toe. Even when Job's wife tells him to curse God and die, Job refuses, believing it is right to accept trouble from God as well as good.

Four of Job's friends come to visit, but they assume he must be afflicted because of some sin, and urge him to repent and be healed. He continues to claim he is blameless, and after seven days they go away, disgusted at his self-righteousness. Just as Bernard is about to finish the story, Traci comes in with the bad news that Wolf has died. Lisa accuses Nick of being a murderer and they both run off. Bernard finds Lisa in the hayloft and reminds her that she is acting like Job, explaining that when Job was confronted by God, he realized he was being self-righteous. When Job realized his sin, God forgave him and restored all that he had lost. Lisa realizes that when life seems to be treating her unfairly the blame does not belong to God and that God is always in control. Nick comes home with a litter of puppies to replace Wolf and, at Bernard's urging, Lisa forgives Nick for what happened and gives him one of the puppies, which he immediately names Job.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Bernard pick this particular time to tell the story of Job to Lisa?
    • Why was it important to her now?
  2. Lisa said that her arms were too short to box with God. What did she mean by that?
  3. Have you ever had a really bad day?
    • Or a bad month?
    • Or a bad year?
      • What do you do when you have bad times?
      • Job had some really bad times. What did he do?


Role Voice Actor
Abner Scott Rummel
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Bildad Scott Rummel
Elihu Scott Rummel
Eliphaz Scott Rummel
God Corey Burton
Job Walker Edmiston
Job's Wife Vaughn Taylor
Josiah Scott Rummel
Lisa Mulligan Nicole Myers
Nick Mulligan Chris Castile
Ramah Dave Madden
Satan Unknown
Traci Mulligan Vaughn Taylor
Zebulaun Paul Herlinger
Zophar Paul Herlinger


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version of this episode is longer than the radio version. The very first scene with Job and his wife sacrificing was cut from the broadcast version.



Nick Mulligan: Why does everyone in the Bible sound like they were named during a sneeze?
Bernard Walton: I don't know. Be quiet.

Nick Mulligan: I hate to tell you this, but J-O-B spells job.
Bernard Walton: Not in this case.

Bernard Walton: You see, Job was a patriarch.
Nick Mulligan: Oh, so he played for New England, right?
Bernard Walton: No, that's a Patriot.

Bernard Walton: Job lived in the land of Uz.
Nick Mulligan: As in, the "Wonderful Wizard of?"
Bernard Walton: No!

Nick Mulligan: It's... the devil! Bwahahahahaha!

Lisa Mulligan: My arms are too short to box with God.