Job pt. 6 / A Resurrected Hope (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on April 17, 2013

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This is the sixth in a series of messages on the book of Job. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of April 7, 2013. This message deals with the hope of resurrection. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, plus my sermon notes. Please note that the notes are not a full transcript. To get the entire message, you’ll need to listen to the Audio.

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Job pt. 6 / A Resurrected Hope

Chapter 19

1-3: How much longer?

4-5: Job’s sin is his own, not theirs.

7: No one is listening! (Vs. 23-24)

8-22: Job appears to be bitter, but only if you don’t read the rest of the chapter.

v.8:
It’s interesting that Satan had complained that God had “walled in” Job and his family so that they were protected from trouble (1:9–12).

Now Job is complaining because God has blocked his path, and he cannot move.

What Job didn’t know, was that this was God’s protection of him.

Job’s path was shrouded in darkness. When God shrouds your path in darkness, wait for the Lord to give you light in His own time.

Job wants His story to be told, the real story, not his friends version of it.

Job 19:23-24

All of a sudden, we see that Job is not so bitter after all. We see that he still has faith and hope in God.

25: A living savior!

26: Resurrection theology. It would appear from the Bible that at the time that Job was written, resurrection was unheard of.

*This speaks to Job’s extraordinarily close relationship to God.

The fact that Job would have any notion of a resurrection is remarkable, but it was a source of great hope to Job, and should be for us too.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 directly challenges death and hell with the fact of the resurrected Christ and the promise of our own resurrection when He returns.

There is no “sting” left in death and there is no law that overrides our salvation because our Lord Jesus has gained the victory.

The prophet Hosea, in the middle of difficult demands on his life and during a time of awful apostasy, heard the Lord make a promise those who were faithful

Hosea 13:14

Long ago, Job faced his detractors with the confidence that “in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:26).

Previously, Job had talked about his need for a mediator (Job 9:33–34) and an Advocate in heaven (Job 16:19).

Now he takes it a step further: his Redeemer will one day vindicate him, and Job will be there to witness it!

The good news of God’s eternal plan brought “life and immortality to light.”

All during the Old Testament, fulfillment of God’s actions were hinted at, through the sacrifices of the altar, and often promised in the words of the prophets.

But when the Messiah became flesh, “we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father” (John 1:14).

The apostle John was able to say

1 John 1:2

He who is life (Jesus), promised

John 11:25

John 5:24

Jesus brings a message of eternal hope.

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Job closed his speech with a word of warning to his three (critical) friends (19:28–29):

They too will stand at God’s judgment throne, so they had better be ready.

They accused Job of being a sinner, but were they not also sinners?

They said that God was judging Job for his sins, but will He not judge them as well?

One day they will have to answer to God for the way they have spoken to and about Job, so they had better beware.

Judge not, Lest ye be judged

Matthew 7:1-2

Romans 14:10-13

This judgement refers to condemnation. It is a determination of right and wrong based on your own authority.

We are not the judge of right and wrong, only God is.

Judgment based on anything but the Word of God is wrong, and invites judgment on ourselves based on those same standards.

It is okay and expected to point out sin, if there is a legitimate reason.

Ezekiel 33:8-9

It is quite another thing to condemn and tear someone down because of that sin.

The purpose and motive should always be to strengthen and restore, not to tear down and condemn. (Job 16:1-5)

Abraham Lincoln once said, “He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help.”

Do you qualify?

Are your words constructive or destructive?

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