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Worship Anyway

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Intro: Worship is not based on my status, condition, or lot in life. Worship belongs to God and commanded from God. Worship is not done to receive a special blessing from God. The Lord God is sovereign. He reigns on his own and is not counseled by anyone. In his sovereignty he blesses whom he blesses and uses whom he desires. God seeks true worshippers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Worship is service and worship should be followers of God’s lifestyle.
Lead into text: The accuser is testing the Lord in his relationship with his creation. The book of wisdom and poetry tells of the great story man deals with to this day. Why doe the good die young, why does bad things happen to good people and why do people suffer. These were concerns in the time of Job as they are now.

Character introdcutions

Job

Lived in the land of Uz
Does not necessarily relate to Jews.
He was blameless
Upright
Fearing God
Turning away from Evil.
Had seven sons
Had three daughters
We are introduced to a father, who is married with 10 children.
Job is a wealthy man:
Job 1:4
Job 1:3 NLT
3 He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.

We learn more about Job’s character:

We find out his children enjoy each others company.
The sons would rotate hosting the celebrations.
Job 1:4–5 NLT
4 Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. 5 When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.
JOb 1:4-5

Meets with the heavenly court.
He observes all of his creation.
He knows who is righteous and who is not.
God blesses and can take away.

The Accuser

This is not necessarily the Satan.
This is a person who is accusing any of God’s people.
Satan = accuser and when doing the work of Satan one can also be an accuser.

Job seeks to honor God

Job 1:5 NLT
5 When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.
When the festival was over Job made burnt offerings to atone for their sins.
This was Job’s regular practice.
Job is shown to have good character as listed in prologue
blameless
upright
feared God
turn away from evil

God Knows Job

job 1:6-
Job 1:6–8 NLT
6 One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. 7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan. Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” 8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”
God describes Job to be:
finest man in all the earth
blameless
upright
fears God
Stays away from evil
Satan thought Job’s character was dependent on his possessions and blessings from God.
job 1:9-
Job 1:9–10 NLT
9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is!
job 1:
Job 1:9–11 NLT
9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

New Character development

God

Meets with the heavenly court.
He observes all of his creation.
He knows who is righteous and who is not.
God blesses and can take away.

The Accuser

This is not necessarily the Satan.
This is a person who is accusing any of God’s people.
Satan = accuser and when doing the work of Satan one can also be an accuser.

God knows who you are truly.

:12-
Job 1:12 NLT
12 “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.
Here is the test of God’s relationship with his people. Do we bless God because of our blessings? or do we bless God because he is worthy of all the praises? We bless God be cause he is worthy of all the blessing and worthy of all the praises. The accuser thinks Job is a mercenary that worships God. So God allows him to test God’s judgment of his creation and method of how God blesses. Yet, the accuser had a limit to what he could do.

Job’s Test begins.

Job is going about his life as usual. The children are doing their festival and this time at the eldest son house.
Fist messenger that all oxen were raided by the Sabeans and killed all the farmhands. Only one servant escaped who is delivering the news. ()
Second messenger () tells that “the fire of God” better understood as lightening fell from heaven and struck the sheep and all the shepherds and only on servant escaped giving the news.
Third messenger () Three bands of Chaldean raiders stole all camels and killed your servants and only one escaped again.
Fourth and final messenger tells of a strong wind that blew the house down of his eldest son and all died and only one servant escaped to tell the news.
Job is hit with tragic news almost simultaneously. Before the servant finishes there is more bad news building up and up the loss and the grief.

How do you respond to suffering and tragedy shows your character.

We are introduced to a man who God speaks of high character who fears God and reverences God.
What we learn from Job’s response will help us to better understand the person of God and how the accuser does not see God with the same reverence.
The accuser believed if he hit Job with a heavy blowy he would curse God.
Curse God
Job instead blesses God in the midst of his tragedy.
Job 1:20
Job 1:20–21 NLT
20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”

Job did not sin.

Job 1:22 NLT
22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
Job past the test.
Job past the test.
Job show his faith in God.’
was not wavered by his tragedy.
Job trust in God was over his possessions.
Job faith was built on God’s love and did not waver in his tragedy. He stood on the promise of the Lord.

Worship God anyway

Now matter what you are going through Stand on the promise of the Lord. What we know now built on the truth of the word of God is more than enough to help us in times of suffering.
We know we have an advocate in Jesus.
We know we can boldly come before the Lord through Jesus.
We know God loves those who worship him and obey his commands.

God search our hearts.

Surrender to God daily in your life to build that trust in him.
Jod did not arrive there overnight.
He had a relationship with God that involved worship, sacrifice and supplication.
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