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Who's Fault

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Sinner

Every now and then, I become aware that people may believe they are suffering due to not having enough faith.
Why does God not heal my illness?
Why doesn’t God provide me more finances?
Why doesn’t God improve my relationships.
Most difficult…Why does God allow my children to suffer for my mistakes, or my spouse’s mistakes?
Common Theme: Is there something I’m doing, or NOT doing, to win God’s favor?
John 9:1-
John 9:1–5 NRSV
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
God does not create calamity.
Not when we sin
Now when someone sins against us
God ALSO does not always take away our difficulties
Joni-Earickson-Tada- “My weakness, that is my quadriplegia, is my greatest asset because it forces me into the arms of Christ every single morning when I get up.”
Joni-Earickson-Tada- “My weakness, that is my quadriplegia, is my greatest asset because it forces me into the arms of Christ every single morning when I get up.”
Only took away this man’s difficulty when “God’s works might be revealed in him.”
300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church The Proper Answer to Some Questions Is Faith

The proper solution of such questions is faith—the knowing that God does all things justly and mercifully and for the best;

Studies in Dogmatics: The Providence of God Chapter VI: Providence and History

prosperity and success can never be confused with God’s blessing, a fact which those who try to interpret God’s intent in a given event often ignore.

Matthew 5:44–45 NRSV
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.
John 5:44–45 NRSV
How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope.

Sight

HOWEVER! In his time and in His way, Jesus decides to heal the man.
John 9:6–7 NRSV
When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.
Even as God does not necessarily heal when we wish, Jesus healing points us toward FUTURE realities.
Revelation 21:1–4 NRSV
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”
Acts 3:19–21 NRSV
Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets.
Acts 3:19-
John 9:
This man whose eyes are healed will one day die.
John 5:5–8 NRSV
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.”
Revelation
But he will ALSO be resurrected on the last day,
Jpohn 5:6
John 5:6 NRSV
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

Witness

John 9:8–11 NRSV
The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.”
John 9:
John 9:8–11 NRSV
The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.”
John
Question 1: To whom does this man point as it relates to his healing?
Question 2: To whom do you figure we should point when we experience healing?
Question 2: To whom do you figure we should point when we experience healing?
I don’t know WHAT God will heal in you, WHEN God will heal, or even IF God will heal, but I do know that we can praise Him during the good and the difficult.
I don’t know WHAT God will heal in you, WHEN God will heal, or even IF God will heal, but I do know that we can praise Him during the good and the difficult.
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