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Job: Center Stage

How we respond to our suffering says vital things about our relationship to God.

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Every time I preach through a book of the Bible, I emphasize at the beginning that if we don't understand the context of the entire book, we might lose track of where we're going once we look at various parts and details. It's important that we understand why God inspired the Book of Job to be written for you and me. Listen to Job 1:13-22:

Now, there was a day when [Job's] sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and there came a messenger to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you." And while he was still speaking, there came another and said, "The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you." Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." In all this, Job did not sin or charge ...

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Tullian Tchividjian is pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Russ Taylor

May 14, 2012  2:06pm

I had a Job 'like' experience but I failed miserably in my response. I was very angry with God for years and I seemed to be 'hemmed in' on every side. Everything was stripped away and all that was left, was in my heart I still loved Jesus. My healing came when God told me he had allowed it and reading Job 9. It has taken many years to fully recover and reading your sermon has helped me understand some other aspects of what I went through. Thank you for tackling a difficult subject and bringing the whole truth of our walk, something the 'Church' needs to hear.

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