Ray Stedman - January 7, 1978
Lessons from Job
Scripture References: Job 27:1-23, Job 14:1-22, Job 33:1-33, Job 1:1-22, Job 20:1-29, Job 39:1-30, Job 7:1-21, Job 26:1-14, Job 13:1-28, Job 32:1-22, Job 19:1-29, Job 38:1-41, Job 6:1-30, Job 25:1-6, Job 12:1-25, Job 31:1-40, Job 18:1-21, Job 37:1-24, Job 5:1-27, Job 24:1-25, Job 11:1-20, Job 30:1-31, Job 17:1-16, Job 36:1-33, Job 4:1-21, Job 23:1-17, Job 42:1-17, Job 10:1-22, Job 29:1-25, Job 16:1-22, Job 35:1-16, Job 3:1-26, Job 22:1-30, Job 41:1-34, Job 9:1-35, Job 28:1-28, Job 15:1-35, Job 34:1-37, Job 2:1-13, Job 21:1-34, Job 40:1-24, Job 8:1-22
From Series: "Let God be God"
"This book mentions a time when 'the sons of God shouted with joy' at the creation of the world. But other scriptures tell us about a time that is coming when the sons of God will be revealed. Paul calls it 'the manifestation of the sons of God,' when all creation will shout in a greater glory than was ever hailed at creation, in the new creation, the new thing that God has brought into being by means of the sufferings, the trials, and the tribulations of this present scene. That is why scripture speaks in numerous passages about 'this slight momentary affliction preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,' and of how the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us. When that day breaks, the one thing for which we will be infinitely thankful, the one thing above all others that will thrill us and cheer us and cause us to glory, is the fact that out of all the created universe we were chosen to be the ones who bore the name of God in the hour of danger and affliction, problem and trial. There is no higher honor than that. That is what Jesus means when he says, 'Blessed are you when men persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my name's sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your honor before the Father. For so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.'"