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08. The Book of Job: Innocent Blood

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  • November 7, 2016
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Welcome to another adult Bible study guide exploring the Book of Job written by Clifford Goldstein edited for audio and produced by the Embassador group narrated by Byron Phillips and that new heart exploration eight innocent blood. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for the conviction of things not seen Hebrews chapter eleven in verse one. The English Standard Version Algerian born writer Albury Campbell struggled with the question of human suffering in his book the plague. He used the plague as a metaphor for the ills that bring pain and suffering upon humanity. He depicted a scene in which a little boy afflicted with the pestilence dies a horrific death. Afterward a priest who had been a witness to the tragedy said to a doctor who had been there to quote. That sort of thing is revolting because it passes our human understanding but perhaps we should love what we cannot understand the doctor in raids to snap back to no father. I have a very different idea of love and until my dying day I shall receive use to love a scheme of things in which children are put to torture and quote that contagion is from Al back book The plague on page two hundred eighteen published in New York by first event it internationally dition in nineteen ninety one. This scene reflects what we have seen in Joe Papp and lame answers to what doesn't have a simple solution job knew as. Did the doctor hear that the answers given didn't fit the reality at hand. That's the challenge. How do we find dancers that make sense of what so often seems without sense in this sense for aeration we will continue the pursuit protests in the fads build that Enzo far had a point. God does punish evil. Unfortunately that point didn't apply in job situation job to suffering was not a case of rebuked of punishment. God was not punching him for his sins as he would do with Cora they thin and a beer arm. Nor was Joe weeping what he had sown as can so often be the case. No job was a righteous man God Himself says so Joe chapter one and verse eight and so job. Not only didn't deserve what had happened to him he knew that he didn't deserve it. That's what made his complaints so hard and bitter. Listen to Job Chapter ten. What is he saying to God And why does it make so much sense considering his circumstances. I am disgusted with my life and low that I will give free. Expression to my complaint. I will speak in the bitterness of my soul I will say to God Do not condemn me and Big Bear me guilty. Show me why you contend then are you and shrill all with me. Does it indeed seem right to you to oppress the despise and reject the work of your hands and to look with favor on the skins of the wicked. Do you have eyes of flesh. Do you see as a man sees are your days as the days of a mortal are your years as man's years that you seek my guilt and search for my sin. Although you know that I am not guilty or wicked yet there is no one who can rescue me from your hand your hands have formed and made me altogether. Would you turn around and destroy me remember now that you have made me as Clay. So will you turn me into dust again. Had you not poured me out like milk and curdled me like she you have clothed to me with skin and flesh and made me together with bones and senators you have granted me life and loving kindness and your providence divine care and supervision has preserved my spirit. Yet these present evils you have hidden in your heart since my creation. I know that this was within you in your purpose and thought if I said then you would take note and observe me and you would not acquit me of my guilt if I am wicked. Well to me but judgment comes and if I am writers. I dare not lift up my head for I am sated and feel with disgrace and a sight of my misery. Should I lift my. Head up. You would hunt me like a lion and again you would show your model is power against you. Renew your witness against me and increase your indignation and anger toward me hardship after hardship is with me attacking me time after time. Why then did you bring me out of the womb. Would that I have perished and no I had seen me I should have been as though I had not existed. I should have been carried from the womb to the grave would you not let my student days alone with you are for me that I may have a little cheer before I go and I shall not return to the land of darkness and the deep shadow of death a sun must land of other gloom as darkness itself the land of the shadow of death without order and where it shines as thick darkness at times of great tragedy have not those who believe in God asked similar questions why Lord did you bother to create me at all or why are you doing this to me or would it not have been better that I had never been born than to have been created them face this again. What makes it all harder for job to comprehend is that he knew that he was faithful to God he cried out to him although you know that I am not wicked and there was no one who can deliver from your Hand Job Chapter ten and verse seven the New King James Version. There's a difficult irony here in contrast to what his friend said Joan was not suffering because of his sin the book itself teaches the OP A. Joe who was suffering here. Precisely because he was so thankful. The first two chapters of the book make that point Job had no way of knowing that this was the cause and even if he did it probably would have made his bitterness and frustration worse. However you need job the situation. It's also universal in that it is dealing with the universal question of suffering as specially when the suffering seems so greatly out of proportion to what ever evil someone might have done. It's one thing to go over the speed limit and get a speeding ticket. It's another to do the same thing to kill someone in the process wantin you say to someone who believes that he or she is suffering unjustly innocent blood. We often hear the question of innocent suffering the Bible even uses the phrase innocent blood in these three different books of the Bible are as they are Chapter fifty nine in verse seven. Their feet run to evil and they rush to shed innocence blood their thoughts are thoughts of weak it does of sin of injustice of wrong doing devastation and destruction are in their highways Jeremiah chapter twenty two in verse seventeen but your eyes and your heart are only intent on your own this honest gain on shedding innocent blood on oppression and extortion and violence and Joel. Chapter three in verse nineteen. Egypt will become a waste and the them will become a desolate wilderness because of their violence against the children of Juda in whose land they have shed innocent blood. Innocent blood is used. Usually in the context of assault or even murder of people who didn't deserve what happened to them if we use this understanding of innocent blood then as we all know our world is filled with many examples of it on the other hand the Bible does talk about the reality of human sinfulness and human corruption which brings up a valid question about the meaning of innocent. If everyone has sent and if everyone has violated God's law then who is truly innocent as someone once said your birth certificate is proof of your guilt though theologians and Bible scholars for centuries have the baited the exact nature of the human relationship to sin. The Bible is clear that sin has impacted all humanity. The idea of human sinfulness is not found only in the New Testament On the contrary the New Testament exploration of the thing expands on what was written in the Old Testament. What do the following five texts teach about the reality of seven First Kings Chapter eight and verse forty six when they sin against you for there is no man who does not stand and you are angry with them and hand them over to the enemy so that they are carried away camp took to the enemy's land whether far away or near Psalms Chapter fifty one in verse five I was brought forth in a state of wickedness in. In sin. My mother conceived me and from my beginning. I too was and full Proverbs Chapter twenty and verse nine who can say I have commands to my heart I am pure from my Sam Isaiah Chapter fifty three and very six all of us life sheep have gone astray. We have turned each one to his own way but the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all our sin our injustice our wrong doing to fall on him instead of us and Romans Chapter three verses ten through twenty as it is written and forever remains written there is none writers none that meets God's standard not even one. There is none who understands there is none who seeks for God All have turned aside. Together they have become useless. There is none who does good. No not one their throat is an open grave. They hold bitterly this cvs with their tongues the venom of asps is beneath their lips their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness their feet are swift to shed the blood destruction and misery are in their paths and they have not known the path of peace. There is no fear of God and his awesome power before their eyes. Now we know that what ever the Law of Moses says it speaks of those who are under the law so that the excuses of every mouth may be silenced from public testing and that all the world may be held accountable to God and subject to his judgment for now. No person would be justified freed of guilt then because we have rights as in his sight by trying to do the works of the law for through the law. We become conscious of sin and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance. But provides no remedy for sin besides the clear testimony of scripture. Anyone who has ever known. The Lord personally who has seen a glimpse of God's goodness and Holiness knows the reality of human sinfulness in that sense. Who among us is truly innocent. We're going to skip For now the whole question of babies and young children on the other hand. That's not really the point job was a center in that sense he was an innocent. Any more than his own children weren't innocent and yet what had he done where they had them to deserve the fate that befell them. Is this not perhaps the ultimate question for humanity in regard to suffering. Contrary to his friends this sense is of clay as they are described in Job Chapter thirteen in verse twelve New King James Version job knew that what was happening to him was not something that he deserved. How does experience of knowing God and His Holiness which makes our own senseless painful hell believe you see your need of the cross the her the the. Eat food food to eat say hey listen to Joe Shapter fifteen verses fourteen fifteen and sixteen. What truth is elephants presenting to Joe what is man that he should be pure and clean or he who is born of a woman that he should be righteous and A Just behold God puts no trust in His holy ones angels. Indeed the heavens are not pure in His sight. How much less pure in clean is the one who is repulsive and corrupt men who drinks on writers this and in justice like water again and of as was speaking truth as did the others. This time in regard to the sinfulness of all humanity. Sin is a universal fact of life on Earth. So is suffering and as we also know all human suffering ultimately results from said and there is no question that God can use suffering teach us important lessons. God has always tried his people in the furnace of affliction. It is in the heat of the furnace that the dross is separated from the true gold of the Christian character. Ellen G. White patriarchs and prophets page one hundred and twenty nine. There is however a deeper problem of suffering. What about the times we see no good come from it. What about the suffering of those who don't have the draw us separated from the gold in their character because they are killed instantly. What about those whose. Suffer never knowing the true guard or anything about him. What about those who sufferings only made them bitter angry and their hateful toward God we can't ignore these examples or try to put them in a simple formula to do so but perhaps make us guilty of the same errors as robes of users. Also what good arises from the fate of animals in a forest fire who are slowly burnt alive in a horrible death or what about the thousands of people killed in a natural disaster or what about civilians in war. What possible lessons could they have learned or their families when their families were swept away with them. And one could reasonably ask questions not just about drove ten dead children but about his servants who were killed with the edge of the sword. Joe Chapter one Verse fifteen of those burned alive by the fire of God Job Chapter one Verse sixteen or the other servants killed with the edge of the sword Job Chapter one Verse seventeen whatever lesson job and his accusers might learn and what this seat Satan will face through job's faithfulness the fate of these others certainly doesn't seem fair. The fact is these things are not fair. Are not just and not right. We face similar challenges today a six year old dies of cancer and that's fair. A twenty year old college girl was pulled from her car and sexually assaulted and that's fair. A thirty five year old mother of three is killed in a car accident and that's fair. What about the nineteen. Thousand Japanese killed in the twentieth Levon earthquake were all nineteen thousand guilty of something that made this just punishment if not then their deaths were not fair either. These are the hard questions. The was or was the eat the meat meat the Eat Eat it was eat was the week was the week the is sufficient for the day. Listen to the following verses and think about the immediate fate of those depicted in the text then ask yourself the question How fair was life treating them. Joe chapter one verse is eighteen nineteen and twenty. While he was still speaking another messenger also came and said your sons then your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house and suddenly a great wind came from across the desert and struck the four corners of the house and it fell on the young people and they died and I alone have escaped to tell you then job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head in mourning for the children and he fell to the ground and worship God Genesis chapter four and verse eight. Cain talked with Abel his brother about what God had said and when they were only working in the field came that tact Abel his brother and killed him back this chapter twelve versus twenty nine and thirty now it happened then midnight that the Lord struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt and the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on the frome the first born of the prisoner who was in the dungeon and all the firstborn of the cattle first thirteen. Pharaoh got up in the night he and all his servants and all the Egyptians and there was a great cry of heartache and sorrow in Egypt for there was no house where there was not someone dead. Second Samuel Chapter eleven in verse seventeen and the men of the city came out and fought against Joab and some of the people among the servants of David sell your RIAA the Hittite also die. Jeremiah chapter thirty eight and verse six. So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Mel Kyra the king's son which was in the court of the guard house and they led Jeremiah down into the cistern with the ropes. Now there was no water in the cistern but only mud and Jeremiah sank in the mud. Matthew Chapter fourteen and verse ten he anthropos sent and had John be headed in the prison. Hebrews chapter eleven verses thirty five through thirty eight women received back their dead by resurrection and others were tortured to death. Refusing to accept. Yep release offered on the condition of the night in their faith so that they would be resurrected to a better life and others experienced the trial of Martin and scorching amid torture and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death. They were signed into they were lured with tempting offers to renounce their faith they were put to death by the sword. They went about wrapped in the skin of the sheep and goats utterly destitute oppressed cruelly treated people of whom the world was not worthy. Wandering in deserts and mountains and living in caves and holes in the ground. The Bible reflects a harsh fact about life in our fallen world evil and suffering are real. It's only a superficial reading of the Word of God pulling a few texts out of the whole context that could give anyone the idea that life here is fair and just and good and that if only we remain faithful to God suffering won't come certainly faithfulness can reap great rewards now but that doesn't mean it provides an absolute barrier to suffering in pain. Just ask Joe in the Beatitudes Jesus gave a powerful homily on why we need to trust God and not to worry about what we will eat or drink or wear. And Jesus used examples from nature as object lessons on why we can trust in God's goodness to meet our needs. He then included these famous words take therefore no thought for the morrow for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself sufficient unto the day is the. Evil. There was Matthew chapter six and verse thirty four. Did you notice the words Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Jesus wasn't denying the presence in our lives even the daily presence of evil from a Greek word that can mean badness depravity and malignity if anything he was doing the opposite. He was in knowledge in the prevalence and presence of evil in our daily lives. How could he not as the Lord he knew more about the evil in the world. He knew more about the evil in the world than any of us ever could. And no doubt you know a lot about it already have you tasted a bit or maybe a lot of just how unfair and bitter life can be. How does focusing on Jesus's acknowledgement of this evils reality give you comfort and strength through it all the old thing not seen Proverbs chapter three verse five advises trust and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own inside or understanding though it is such a common text what practical message doesn't have for you especially in the context of what you have been exploring in the story of Job. Though the case of job is extreme it does reflect the sand reality of human suffering in our fallen world. We don't need the story of Job or even the other stories we can read in the Bible to see this reality we see it all around us. Indeed to some degree you live it. Job Chapter four verses one and two say Man that is born of the woman is a few days and full of trouble he come with Forth like a flower and is cut down he flees it also as a shadow and continue with not so again the question we struggle with is how do we account for suffering the kind that seems to make no sense to us that kind and which innocent blood is shed as the early chapters of job have shown and as the Bible elsewhere reveals. Satan is a real being and is the cause that directly or indirectly of so much suffering as we discover in our second exploration of job. The great controversy temple it works so well in helping us deal with the reality of evil in our world. Still it's hard to understand that times. Why the things that do take place happen sometimes many times actually things just don't make sense it's at times like these when things happen that we don't understand that we need to learn to trust in the goodness of God We need to learn to trust God even when answers are not readily apparent and when we can see in the thing good coming from the evil and suffering around us even Rouge chapter eleven verse one says Now faith is as. Absence of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen in the things that you do see. Do you trust God about the things that you don't see from what you have discovered in the Book of Job so far in what sense has job learned to do just that. How can you learn to do the same the the in the of the whole who on the let's continue exploring here are a few thoughts to ponder this exploration began with Al Baer Kamo who wrote a lot about his struggle for answers not just to the question of suffering but to the question of life's meaning in general which suffering made only more problematic as with most atheists. He didn't make much headway is most famous quote it shows how little well there is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide that one with a life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy and quote that quotation was from Alan Baer come alludes the a myth. Cissie force and other essays page three published in New York by vented box in one thousand nine hundred fifty five for sure. The question of human suffering is not an easy one to answer the Book of Job pulls back a veil and shows us a bigger picture than what we might have seen otherwise but he even when we read it all the book still leaves many questions unanswered. There is however an important difference between those who struggle for answers to the question of suffering without God and those who do so with God. Yes. The problem of pain and suffering becomes more difficult when you believe in the existence of God because of the in evitable problems is existence in the face of evil and pain bring on the other hand we have what atheists such as Campbell don't have and that is the prospect of answer and of resolution. There is evidence that Campbell later in life had wanted to be baptized. But he was soon killed in a car accident. We have the hope that God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death. Neither sorrow nor crying. Neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away Revelation chapter twenty one in verse four. Even if someone didn't believe this promise or many of the other is in the Bible that person would have to admit you have nothing else. How much nicer life would be now to have at least that hope as opposed to the prospect of just living here. Amid our toils and struggles and then dying forever with it all meaning nothing here. Are a few questions to consider one argument that people bring up in regard to the question of evil is the idea that. Well yes there is evil in the world but there is also good and the good outweighs the evil the first question would be how does one know that the good outweighs the evil. How does one make that comparison. The second question would be even if true. What good would that idea do for Joe others. Amid this suffering German philosopher Arthur shop and Howard Hughes a powerful example to the bunk that the whole notion of some sort of balance between good and evil in this world. Now the pleasure in this world. He wrote It has been said outweighs the paying or and then the rate there is an even balance between the two if the reader wishes to see shortly. Whether this statement is true. Let him compare the respective feelings of two animals. One of which is engaged in eating the other how would you respond to the idea that good somehow balances out the evil embassador group. Oh argy this media was brought to you by Adil force a website dedicated to spreading. God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse. If you would like to listen to more sermons leader Visit W W W audio verse or.

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