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October 02, 2016

Sermon: Why Me?: God’s Appears

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Scripture Lesson

Job 38:1-7; Luke 14:1, 7-11

The Lord Answers Job
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

Jesus Heals the Man with Dropsy
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

Humility and Hospitality
When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. ‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your place”, and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Why Me?: God’s Appears
Job 38:1-7; Luke 14:1, 7-11

I. Introduction—Dustin
II. Series: Why Me?: On Job
III. Job’s story so far
     A. Job suffers terribly (Job 1-2)
     B. His friends come to comfort him (Job 2)
     C. Then they open their mouths (Job 3-31)
     D. Elihu argues (Job 32-37)
IV. God appears (Job 38-42)
     A. Job has been asking for this (Job 13:3)
     B. God asks a series of rhetorical questions
         1. Who are you? (38:2)—I am nothing
         2. Where were you? (38:4)—I was not there
         3. Are you able? (38:12)—I am not able
     C. God’s response is unsatisfying
V. Jesus puts the matter more practically (Luke 14:1, 7-11)
     A. The scene (14:1)
     B. Jesus notices (14:7)
     C. Take the lowest place (14:10)
     D. The moral of the parable (14:11)
VI. Lessons
     A. God and God’s ways are more
     B. The proper response is humility
         1. Job’s response (Job 40:4)
         2. Take the lowest place (Luke 14:10)
     C. How do we find God’s peace in suffering?
         1. It may not come from knowing why
         2. It can come from knowing God
VII. Conclusion: Handel’s Messiah “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” (Job 19:25-26)

 

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