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June 24, 2021 8:00 am
Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ.
Nothing you know you're leaving the world with nothing.
He said that's the way life is everything I have used the joining of today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana.
Let's join Pastor Bill Gebhardt now is once again shows us how God's word meets our world.
We have a really and so often when you're going through troubles in your life you have to think this way.
Satan behind us is somehow going to discredit the testimony of the Lord you see is this going to bring about sin in somebody's life. Secondly, there are trials to come into our lives that are not deserved. They are permitted or not deserved, but they are permitted trials in her own life.
Thirdly judicial revolvers because of the book God has a plan for us, that we may never understand going through this whole book God has a plan for us that you and I may never understand short of minimal noise were known, but until then we may never understand it. And lastly, the silence of God to make you wonder if he's married he cares the book the jungle make it clear to lessee is there and he does care so Satan touches almost all the Job has starting in verse 13 he says now what happened on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house that a messenger came to Job and said the oxen were plowing and the donkeys were feeding beside them. The sapiens attacked and took them and they so the servants with the edge of the sort I alone am escaped to tell you while he was speaking, another also came and said the fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed him and I alone am escaped to tell you and why was still speaking to another also came and said, the Chaldeans formed three bands, and they made a raid on the camels and they took the lives of the servants with the edge of the sword and I alone he said of escaped to tell you that's a bad day every cover stock market crash.
He lost everything and all the servants in one day.
Three messengers running and panting everything you own is gone. If you were Joe what would you be thinking right then decide how feeling sorry for yourself. You might be thinking these my kids are alive.
Still, my children and then right after that this man runs in his says in verse 18. Why was still speaking, another also came and said your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine with their oldest brother's house, and behold a great wind came across the water struck the four corners of the house.
It fell on the young people, and they died, and I alone escaped to tell you while that make you feel this is one day some building up. This is something this is instantaneous.
There is no expectation that it is never going to happen and all of a sudden all this happens in one day. Verse 13 made it so clear now.
It happened sometimes the worst things would go through her instantaneous and we wonder about someone we love, died in an accident no thought that anything would happen some young person dies no expectation that can ever take place seems unimaginable to us. There is in a movie and I think probably more men saw than women, but maybe your side, saving Pvt. Pvt. Ryan is a great movie but I want to say this, that there is a scene in the movie where there's a woman in a country house is as long road up to her country house. If you notice carefully. Therefore, stars and window presenting her four sons intercoms this all of drab vehicle done this long winding road or and then a military man gets out of the car and walks up to the door and he says there we regret to inform you that three of your sons have been killed. That's the whole point of saving Pvt. Ryan or for son, if you remember the movie she takes her apron pulls over face. She just for three of her sons are dead instantly and she just falls to the ground so overwhelmed by that fact that pills in comparison to what happened to Joe and is so overwhelming to us.
We can't help but emote we see it. So how's children react to this. She how do you react to that kind of news it says then Job arose, we don't know when that is we don't know that it could be right then that same day.
It could've been quite a bit later. By the way, could've been after he just imagine this one through 10 funerals is very 10 children, along with his wife and him burying his children.
We don't know when it is but it says then he arose, and says that he tore his robe the other tunic, he tears it away in a Jew later.
Even will grieve the tearing of the robe is my grief. He has robe grief and then it says may shave his head to an Easter or somatic person the hair was the glory he shaved his hair off. I have no glory left I lost all my children you see in you got almost the same kind as seen in you wonder the poor guy.
Look what he's going through and you expect this is going to be turbulence as he fell to the ground.
All my goodness you just know how gutwrenching this is. But he doesn't wail. It is a wall he warships will he warships in that moment when it says here that he fell to the ground. The ideas face first. My guess is knees, palms and four head or on the ground when you worship like a by the way one of you worship God.
He's worshiping God what a humble position and you know what you melody because notice what he says naked I came from my mother's woman.
Megan, I shall return there. The Lord gave the Lord is taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord earning 10 children losing everything you had and that's his response.
Everything he says that you and I have is on loan to get good that's not everything you come into the world with nothing and I are leaving the world with nothing. He said that's the way life is everything I have is given to me by the Lord gives me takes away the nieces, blessed be his name when a credible statement. Everything I have is on loan and if the Lord wants it back.
It's his answer that's hard to get our thoughts run notice is so clear to school at all. Job did not sin nor did he blame God look I'll be honest with you brief US act this way.
Most the people I been with the go through suffering of almost any type blame God. Now you say what's wrong with those people those people you I you and you're too clever to say you blame God you never do you always say pastor you know God can do anything. So why didn't God stop this, do this, why didn't God do this you know your application is, he is not good. He is not good. You see, it's his fault if he can do anything could be save my little boy.
Of course, the implication is that is not good Job's view is negative again negative leaving everything I have is on the blessed be his name, see we have this tendency to be all excited about saying we say God is good sometimes all the time but God is good and we do so because of the blessings we have, God is good to see these and people tell me I gotta tell you pastor how good the Lord is why he did this for many gave me this. He's good, but when you go through a kind of day, not like the kind of daylight. Job you never say that is not good that day is good when he gives me what I want. I'm thankful for the blessing, but I'm not thankful for him. Job's different. He figures that out on his own is another point there to that first chapter is and I wrote my Bible years ago. Hold everything loosely was mine. Now you might be thinking what a terrible day. That is, no one has a day like that and wanting for short.
It can get worse kind yes it can get worse. You can get much worse.
Notice what happens now. Chapter 2, and there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came among them to present himself before the Lord and the Lord said to Satan, where you come from and then sings it from roaming about on the earth and walking on the Lord said to him, have you considered my servant Job will bite you but I read this passage Jackie thing and what I hope I never come up in a conversation between you and Satan considered Bill this leave me alone. No. How do you say that you consider my servant Job he's and there's no one like him on earth blameless and upright man feeling God and turning away from evil. That is, that's God putting his thumb and Satan's fight you had a thought you had your city cursed me he worshiped me he just brings it up you sated cursed me and he worshiped me. He said he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him, to run without cause. It's not fair I did with the permission but it's not fair to Job. What happened was inferior you incited this, I think sings like you brought the conversation up. You know, because teaching is something you he said.
Satan said to the Lord, skin for skin.
Yet all that a man has he will give us life now that the Hebrews it was a very old somatic phrase is used here.
It means if it is not like suffering with a personal level.
He suffers on a person who curse you, if you make him suffer his skin is will give skin to save our skin will do anything to save ourselves.
That's human beings.
He said you put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and flesh the bone and flesh, the flesh, there means a soul do something that affects his body, his mind it's always a motion to touch him like that, he said, who curse you to your face so the Lord said to Satan, behold, he's in your power only spares life. You can do anything you want to do. You can't kill him while insane when I from the presence of the Lord and smote Job was sore boils and sold his feet to the crown of his head and he took posture to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes at the city dump is amazing.
If you read the whole book of Job, you start realizing what is going to him physically. It says in chapter 2 it says this he was in flame he had also a source yet persistence gets itching in chapter 2 near the end of said as he had degenerative changes in facial skin.
His friend Salma can recognize him. Suffer it distorted his face so much in chapter 3 it says he lost his appetite. In chapter 3.
It also said he had fears and depression.
In chapter 7 he said it had that he had sores that burst open scabbed over crack and then would scabbed over, and whose pus then it says worms that form in the sores them, said the worms reform in the sores and cover them with worms as they ate at the source of the head of his body. In verse nine. Chapter 9 is is you difficulty breathing. It says in verse 16 and the darkening of his eyelids in his eyes. Verse 19 chapter 19 it says that he had filed breath in chapter 19 also said he lost a lot of weight in chapter 30 of city in excruciating continual pain. It also is in chapter 30 at a high fever with chills and the discoloring of the skin as well as anxiety, diarrhea and/or delirium of sleeplessness and the rejection of his friends and family. That's what he went through a personal level inside and out with all the other suffering that Job had when Weathersby says this about them at the ashy.
He said there the city garbage was deposited and burned in their the city's rejects lived begging alms for whoever pass by at the ashy dogs would fight over something to eat in the city's dung was brought there to be burned the city's leading citizen was now living in abject poverty and shame and all that he human. He had left was his wife and three friends in there about to turn against that suffering and then it says then his wife said she comes out of the city to the dump Bobby Mills on the side of and likely just whispered in her ear. Don't forget some things about her over to critical overall talk about that in the moment. The notice what you says.
Do you still hold fast to your integrity. Notice what God said God said in verse three, he still holds fast to his integrity still hold fast to your integrity curse God and die. So you have left his death, get out of here now. I know were really hard and Hershey's criticized. But remember she lost all 10 of her children one day she lost all her possessions are standing in the community all in one day she lost everything, just like Job except there's a difference.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that she was nearly as spiritual as he was. She may not be the spiritual time. Job was she didn't doing the same things. Job did other than the physical infirmities once how gentle and great Job handles this he said or you speak as one of the foolish women speak to Mrs. into your foolish woman. He said those words are speaker as her like a foolish woman speaks, I'm not going there. He says I'm looking even a millennium can entertain us to talk to you about Leslie a foolish woman would speak. You speak as a foolish woman speaks, he said. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity. Same idea again in all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Your perspective hunters unspiritual. That's what is toner he understand something that we don't understand were suffering God's the shepherd you have the sheep God's the Potter, you hire the clay CF to see that God is not one of us if you like a Superman is God. Notice he says it this way. He said, shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity.
If this came through God accept it. Robert Alden in his great work on Job says this is a hard lesson for some believers to learn, especially if they feel that they have been promised. Health and wealth and a misunderstand God's wonderful plan for the lives involves they think that the God's wonderful their plan for the life only involves pleasantries and no trouble. By the way, you never hear one prosperity preacher in America ever preach on Job not ever walk and yet, I'll see if your spiritual enough to get a carefree wonderful life but no one is more spiritual and Job and nothing in his life is that way, nothing in his life is that way believers on the side of the cross. He says have more examples from both the Bible and church history of God's people have suffered.
Job was much more in the dark. Yet, out of the darkness is strong belief in the sovereignty of God showed forth brilliantly with Job is saying is amazing he said look I don't understand this, but I trust him. I trust you never sinned against God, there's a tremendous lesson for us here you see all that was so unfair look. Life is unfair. Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books in the Old Testament want to think Solomon says there's life is not fair.
Don't expected to be so because I live in New Orleans.
My view is when life is fair to me. I called Lena to see just simply because it's fair but we get all upset if life is not fair to us, but it's not fair is never been fair ever since the fall life hasn't been fair couple points of illustration here is this last part in a red one is this. Don't be surprised when it goes from bad to worse in your life.
Sometimes that happens, it just goes from bad to worse, and you keep thinking I want to go to get out of here. Secondly, because we live in a fallen world even loved ones will give us better price just because a loved one gave you advice doesn't mean it's good it's only going to be good. If it comes from God and comes from his word. And lastly, blessing and adversity both fall under God's sovereignty all things work together for good public moments. I'm sovereign over everything God sovereign and Job. And that's what this whole story is going to be the key about the book of Job is not a book about suffering, it's a book about how do we react to suffering. Suffering is understood were all going to suffer, not to this degree, but were all going to suffer. The question is whether you will suffer. The question is how you react to suffering and the book will expose all that to us.
Let me close with the word of an Australian doctor named Francis Anderson I love what he says he said Joe finds nothing wrong with what is happened to. It is equally right for God to give gifts and to retrieve them from one it is equally right for God to send good and evil round to receive as a good active word implying cooperation with Providence, not mere submission.
Such positive faith is the magic stone that transmutes everything in our lives.
The gold for when the bad as well as the good is received at the him from the hand of God. Every experience in life becomes an occasion for blessing.
Ms. every experience in your life can be next can be an excuse to start blessing God, he says, but the cost is high. You see, it's easier to lower your view of God than to raise your faith to such a height C and that's what ends up happening to us when we suffer unfairly. Whether we realize it or not we lower our view of God instead of raising our faith. That's what domestic teachers restrict father, thank you for this remarkable book is an amazing story suffering is unparalleled. We can even imagine it. Father, you're trying to teach us something that living in this fallen world as sinful people with a spiritual enemy that you call the adversary pain-and-suffering a part of our experience in the question as people of faith is not whether or not will suffer how we suffer and especially how will we suffer when life is not fair to us.
Father I pray that in the weeks ahead that were able to see over and over again insights into this idea of our reaction to suffering, so they can help us as we live out our lives. But as we minister to others for your glory. Father, I think the screens bathroom never the radio ministry of fellowship in the world. If you ever miss one of our broadcast or maybe you just like listening to the message one more time. Remember the little great website called one place.com that's one place.com and you can listen to Fellowship in the Word online at that website you will find on today's broadcast but also many of our previous audio program, had Fellowship in the Word. We are thankful for those who financially support our ministry and make his broadcast possible with all of our listeners to prayerfully consider how you might help with radio ministry continuous broadcast on this radio station by supporting us monthly with just a one-time gift support for ministry can be sent to Fellowship in the Word. 4600 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, LA 7006 if you would be interested in hearing today's message in its original format that is is a sermon that Pastor Bill delivered during a Sunday morning service of fellowship monitored visit our website SBC Nola.org that SBC and of LA.O RG at our website you will find hundreds.
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