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Steve Zeisler - June 13, 2010

Justice and Love

Seek And You Shall Find

Koheleth observes that good people are often at a disadvantage and that justice is frequently mocked. He cannot be sure that human beings are different from beasts. Jesus notes that the natural world (sun and rain) does not distinguish between the righteous and unrighteous. However, he sees that hurtful people create an opportunity for love, not despair. "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven."

Scripture References: Matthew 5:43-48, Ecclesiastes 3:16-20

From Series: "Seek And You Shall Find"

Ecclesiastes Series "Seek and You Shall Find" Steve Zeisler, pastor Ecclesiastes is unique among the books of the Bible. It describes a world in which God exists but has not spoken. God is acknowledged as creator and determiner of events, but the searcher (Koheleth) who writes and arranges the book only has information that can be gathered "under the un". For him, no divine voice has spoken to give meaning or direction for human strugglers. Ecclesiastes is an ancient companion to the writings of modern secularists and skeptics. Jesus was not a searcher, rather a teacher who "speaks the way of God in accordance with truth". He is the Word of God declaring the words of God. The Sermon on the Mount presents "the quintessence of the teaching of Jesus" (John Stott) providing meaning and direction for human strugglers. This series of messages aims to contrast Ecclesiastes with the Sermon on the Mount on various topics addressed by both. Jesus' voice may speak clearer to us when contrasted with the observations of the searcher. Also, many of our contemporaries are honest skeptics, like Koheleth. May we hear and obey the Lord and then give away the truth we have been given.

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