A Lesson on Living

A Lesson on Living

* Due to technical issues, the audio was not recorded this week *

Text:
Title: A Lesson on Living
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction:

  • The first question God ever asked mankind was in and God asked “where are you?”.
  • Jesus asks hard questions in this passage.
  • Jesus also give an answer with grace and truth.
  • Jesus’ asks hard questions to help get our focus where it needs to be.
  • The top questions people want to ask God according to a study is, “why is there pain and suffering in this world.”
    • Job had these same questions.
    • – covered with sores, had already lost everything
  • If God is in control why does God allow suffering and allow bad things to happen?
  • The distractions of suffering and pain can take away our joy if we allow them to.
  • Jesus wants to teach us something in the midst of our suffering and pain.
    • Pain and suffering was the plan for His own life. ()

Sermon Notes:

Suffering Has Purpose

  • Exposes personal sin in your life.
    • The righteous/believers suffer too
    • Suffering is not always for personal sin though.
      • Suffering is not an occasion for a witch hunt to figure out how the person suffering has sinned.
      • – the tower did not fall on people because of their sin
    • If you are suffering as a result of a personal sin in your life there is an answer to your suffering.
      • The answer is repentance
      • There is hope.
  • Displays God’s Glory
    • The healing of the woman made straight. ()
    • – the blind man here was blind to display God’s Glory
    • Our suffering and pain can give God glory!
    • How does suffering display God’s glory?
      • We share how God was with us.
      • We show people are peace in God during this time.
      • We see people serve God during this time.
  • Leads to Repentance
    • Jesus uses suffering to show the fate of those who do not repent. ()
    • Suffering is a part of life and points us to the only way to truly life… repent.
    • – Death reminds us if one does not repent the life to come is only suffering.
    • If one has not repented they are dead already, there is no hope in the life to come.

Application:

  • – The woman for eighteen years went to synagogue /church in a state of suffering.  On this day she happened upon Jesus and was healed.
    • Suffering was not a distraction for this woman.
    • Suffering was not an excuse to avoid church.
    • Suffering was not an excuse to be bitter against others and God.
    • She used her suffering to display the Glory of God.
  • A follower of Christ who lives in repentance every day is truly living a life for the Glory of God.
  • How will you truly live within your suffering and pain and amongst others who are suffering and in pain?
  • When Job asked God why he was suffering God didn’t really give him an answer that Job wanted. Job got a theology lesson from God and realized he spoke of things he could not understand.  Job’s response was to repent at this time.
  • Do you need to repent in regards to how you are handling your suffering and pain?   

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever asked the question, “why is there pain and suffering in the world?”  What has prompted you to ask this questions?
  • Have you ever thought that suffering has a purpose?  Explain.
  • Sometimes suffering is brought on by personal sin.  What is the answer to overcoming this type of suffering? Explain how this works.
  • How does suffering display God’s glory?  Take some time and share some stories where suffering has brought God glory.
  • Read .  Discuss how suffering can lead to repentance.
  • How are you currently suffering?  What can you learn from about your suffering? If you are not currently suffering share about someone you know who is suffering (no gossip, don’t share things you should not).

13:1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. (ESV)

3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”

17 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”

20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (ESV)

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. (ESV)

Like a slave who longs for the shadow,
and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
so I am allotted months of emptiness,
and nights of misery are apportioned to me. (ESV)

22 It is all one; therefore I say,
He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.
23 When disaster brings sudden death,
he mocks at the calamity of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;
he covers the faces of its judges—
if it is not he, who then is it? (ESV)

But I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to argue my case with God. (ESV)

50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! (ESV)

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all. (ESV)

21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. (ESV)

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your word. (ESV)

9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (ESV)

Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? (ESV)

13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. (ESV)

9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. (ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. (ESV)

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (ESV)

It is better to go to the house of mourning
than to go to the house of feasting,
for this is the end of all mankind,
and the living will lay it to heart. (ESV)

10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. (ESV)

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (ESV)

13:1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. (ESV)