Tag Archives: Book of Job

Sermon: On not blaming the poor for their poverty

The end of the Book of Job does not simply return Job to the situation he was in at the beginning. He has been transformed by his experiences, and so have his friends, and so, hopefully, have we. Continue reading

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Sermon: The cosmos was not created for us

We do not know why bad things happen to good people, or even why bad things happen to people like ourselves, middling good and middling bad. The Book of Job does not give us answers; maybe there are none. What it offers us, instead, is the reassurance that despite the immensity of a universe that seems indifferent to us, we have not been left alone in it. Continue reading

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Sermon: Faithful complaint

Job complains and accuses God of wrongdoing, but he does that because he believes in a God of justice. Job does not believe in a God who is indifferent to human suffering. If he did, there would be no reason for him to demand a confrontation with God Continue reading

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Sermon: Job’s wife was right!

Reading Job through the Holocaust we can see that we should not accept the bad from God’s hands as well as the good. It would be unfaithful to accept a god who conspired with ha-satan to torment Job, a God who ‘sent’ the evils of the holocaust. Job’s wife is right; Job should charge God with wrongdoing; he should curse the God who has sent him evil. Continue reading

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Sermon: Don’t accept injustice (Part 3)

The Book of Job is absolutely anti-prosperity gospel. The good are not always rewarded; the bad are not always punished. When people suffer and cry out to God our best response is not to defend God and tell them that God has a plan. Continue reading

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Sermon: Don’t accept injustice (Part 2)

Job complains and accuses God of wrongdoing, but he does that because he believes in a God of justice. Continue reading

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Sermon: Don’t accept injustice!

The other point I want to make is that Job’s wife is a hero. Continue reading

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