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Monday, October 26 2015

Based upon a sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel

Job 6:11 KJV
[11] What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my
life?

Job was a wealthy man. Perhaps, the wealthiest man on Earth during his lifetime, but he was
devout and what we would call a "God - fearing man".


He would continually offer sacrifices for his 10 children because, "It may be that my sons have
sinned, and cursed God in their hearts".


Job was acting as the priest for his family. His relationship was one that was protected by God
Almighty by a hedge or a fence around Job that Satan could not penetrate.


Then on the day that the Angels presented themselves to God, Satan showed up. The Bible
says that when asked by God, "Whence comest thou?" that Satan answered, "From going to
and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down it in it".


The Apostle Peter would later write:


1 Peter 5:8 KJV
[8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about,
seeking whom he may devour:


But it was on this day when Satan was seeking to destroy that God pulled the fence down and
allowed access to Job.

 

  • Job lost everything.
  • His children died.
  • His body was diseased.
  • His possessions were taken
  • His friends told him that he sinned.
  • His wife advised him to curse God and die.

But the one thing that Satan could not take away was the Hope that Job found in God.


When Job says:


Job 6:11 KJV
[11] What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my
life?


He was not giving up but declaring his faith in God.


The Palmist wrote:


Psalm 39:5 KJV
[5] Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before
thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.


The word translated to vanity in English means "emptiness".


Paul writing to the church in Rome:


Romans 3:23 KJV
[23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;


Isaiah preached:


Isaiah 64:6 KJV
[6] But we are all as an unclean thing , and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all
do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.


There is no hope found in this fleshly body. We bring nothing to God but our:

 

  • Problems
  • Baggage
  • Addictions
  • Issues
  • Trials
  • Tribulations

...and despite all that God has given us a promise.


Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
[11] For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not
of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


In Mark the 1st chapter, a story of hope is found in just a few verses:


Mark 1:40-42 KJV
[40] And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto
him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
[41] And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto
him, I will; be thou clean.
[42] And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was
cleansed.


The leper was without hope. Lepers were forbidden by law to approach another person. They
would yell "unclean, unclean" when they came near others. They were outcasts without hope.


Leprosy was not sin in itself, but it is a symbol of what sin causes. It eats away at the flesh until
it eventually kills. It represents loneliness, destruction and hopelessness.


But this particular leper decided that his only hope was in Jesus and despite the social norms,
despite what others may say and despite the law, he was going to receive something from
Jesus Christ.


Jesus did not shun him, but touched him. A human touch was no doubt foreign to this man
since his diagnosis, but Jesus did not care. The touch of Jesus Christ destroys the chains of sin
and brings restoration.


Our mission as Christians is to insure that those that wonder aimlessly without hope to
understand that they have hope in Jesus Christ.


Jesus told the Apostle Paul to minister:


Acts 26:18 KJV
[18] To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan
unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are
sanctified by faith that is in me.


There is hope in Jesus Christ. On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached to crowd without hope.


Acts 2:37-39 KJV
[37] Now when they heard this , they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the
rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
[38] Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
[39] For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many
as the Lord our God shall call.

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 03:04 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email