And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Life Isn't Fair- Job 19

Life Isn’t Fair

Here are my rough notes for today's sermon from Job 19.

We should have the audio posted at the church website in a couple of days.

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Again Job has experienced three types of tests:
The test of loss of possessions and family
The test of loss of health
The test of his theology

Ch 19

Job comments on how they have treated him, (That God is impersonal and all law)

And how God is treating him (Yet Job does not understand) He is saying that “Life isn’t fair” he has yet to understand the grace of God. He does not deny judgment, but questions why he is judged this way. Again. Our lots in life are not going to be equal neither is reward in heaven.

Job 15-19 Is dealing with waiting on God and personal attacks. Job is trying to look to God, but because he is limited in knowledge God seems contradictory in His nature. But Job does know that God has grace.

Job speaks in a Psalmish language.

Ch 15 Elephaz is critiquing Job’s theology.

16:1-5 Job degrades their arguments for lacking logic. They have yet to say anything of comfort, they are merely judging Job with suppositions.

19:1 Life is not fair

19:v 9&10, Job is crying “overkill”

23-24 Job is demanding a court date before God.

Here he asks of a go’el. This is the Hebrew word used for a mediator or in this case Redeemer.

Job wants…

* His rights
* Fairness

He is getting angry with God.

A go’el is a mediator in a court case, someone to grant you a fair hearing. Here it is a redeemer.

Crying that life is not fair is a sign of a worldly heart. It is also a reminder of the expanse and permeation of sin.

Life is not fair.
God is not fair, but He is just and graceful.
* Fair= getting what is rightfully yours
* Just=providing recompense in a proper portion for works preformed.
* Graceful= loving your enemies though undeserved.

Life is not fair- Job is wearied by false accusers and seemingly unjust recompense. It is not fair because of sin. It is not fair because of one person's sin hurting another. It is ultimately unfair because we offend God rather than anything to do with our own personal "rights"

We fail to see how bad our sin is in contrast to a Holy God.

We too need a go’el. And like Job our go’el is both our judge and advocate as well as our propitiation.

Rom 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

That is the message of Job.
God is God.
All is in His control.
Life is not “fair” because of sin.
We can not plead our case on our own merits. We deserve hell.
Yet we can appeal to God who is just and graceful.
But we must enter the acceptable plea.
That plea is Christ.

We then be the people we are.
Repentant- turning form sin to sanctification
Thankful-Glorifying God and denying self, worshipping Him on His throne.
Graceful also- Acting in Love. Spreading the good news and bringing others to know Him.

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