Message for September 17: The Gospel According to Job

blessings to you.  Here’s your weekly update.

We had a delightful homecoming celebration last Sunday.  We had a good crowd and as always good food.  Our homecoming speakers this year came from the home team, and they did a great job.  Sticking with the theme, Priscilla taught us from the story of the prodigal son and Pastor David showed us how we need to remember the good that God has done for us and let that strengthen our faith.  Keep ruth in your prayers.  I do not have an update on her but we sure missed her.  A couple of us had prepared blessings especially for her.

Last week, I was reading from the book of Job.  Those who have read it know that it is not one of the easier things in the Bible to read.  You might remember that it gives the account of a man named Job who was righteous and also very prosperous.  God gave Satan permission to take away everything, including Job’s health.  Most of the book is a long conversation between Job and the friends who came supposedly to comfort him.  As you read, you find that they were not much comfort.  In the end, Job is restored to even more than he had before, but the book raises hard questions.  Some are obvious.  Others only become apparent when the text is studied.  This is one of those times when a key verse is difficult to choose, but I’ll begin with the passage that prompted one of my questions.  It’s from Job 42:7-10.  In verse 7, God rebukes Job’s three friends because they have not spoken of Him what is right as Job has.  However, when you read their words, it is difficult to find fault with the things they actually said about God.  You can read very similar statements in the psalms and the proverbs.  So what is the problem?  I endeavored to find out.  In the process, I found something amazing.  I think I understand what their problem was, but more importantly, I found Jesus!

I hope you’ll come and join us.  Don’t let the subject scare you off.  I think you’ll be surprised.

Larry


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