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October 9, 2016

Sermon: Why Me?: Non-Closure

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Scripture Lesson

Job 42:10-17; Mark 9:30-32

Job’s Fortunes Are Restored Twofold
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then there came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring. The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this Job lived for one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children’s children, four generations. And Job died, old and full of days.

Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Why Me?: Non-Closure
Job 42:10-17; Mark 9:30-32

I. Introduction—Calvin and Hobbes
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)
     E. God Appears (Job 38-42)
IV. “The End” at first glance (Job 42:10-17)
     A. Job receives double (42:10)
     B. “Happily ever after” (42:17)
V. A closer look (Job 42:10-17)
     A. The names of his daughters (42:14)
     B. The daughters’ inheritance (42:15)
     C. Why did God restore Job? (42:10)
     D. It’s a mystery
VI. The disciples misunderstand (Mark 9:30-32)
     A. Jesus’ second passion prediction (9:31)
     B. “They did not understand” (9:32)
VII. Lessons
     A. God and suffering cannot be fully understood
     B. Not all questions have clear answers
     C. A call for faith
VIII. Conclusion: How do we live into the uncertainty? (Job 42:11) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)


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