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Close Your Cart Loading Search Home Learn. Article Obeying God or Man? Sproul Sinclair Ferguson W. Sproul R. Sproul Books That Influenced R. Coram Deo It can be easy to see the injustice around us and believe that things will never be set right. Events Give The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Death is serious because it is a certainty for all men.
Death is to be taken seriously because, as God says, "It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this comes judgment" Hebrews Death is an irreversible step into eternity, an eternity which is one of eternal bliss in the presence of God, or of eternal agony, removed from the presence of God cf. Luke ; 2 Thessalonians The seriousness of death is indicated by our Lord's response to it. One of the few times that we are told the Lord Jesus wept was at the grave of Lazarus, a man whom He was shortly to call forth from the grave.
Jesus took His own death seriously as well, as can be seen from His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Death must be taken seriously, for it is the unavoidable consequence of sin. In the first chapter of the Book of Job, we are told of the tragic death of Job's children Job Job was a man of faith.
He did not merely accept the news of his children's death, he fell to the ground in worship. What was it that enabled Job to worship, when all of his children died tragically, and from a human point of view prematurely?
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Job's faith was evidenced in three ways. Job had faith in the power of God.
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Job believed in God's sovereignty, in the fact that God was in control. Thus, he did not view the death of his children as a natural disaster though, in a sense, it was , but as an act of God. Blessed be the name of the LORD" Job knew that his children were not his, ultimately, but God's. He knew that just as God had given his children life, God had also taken it away.
To Job, it was not "their time", it was "God's time". God was in control, specifically in the manner and timing of the death of his family. Thus, Job could worship. But further, Job had faith not only in the power of God in His sovereignty, in His control , but in His person. Job's faith was rooted in the character of God. God was both powerful and good. Job, we are told, "did not sin nor did he blame God" He did not see God as being in any way "at fault", as doing wrong in the death of His children. He was a God whom Job trusted. Thus he worshipped him, even in this time of tragedy.
There is one final dimension to Job's faith, as I understand this text. We can die believing in Christ, confident that our just God will set right everything at the last day.
The Death of Faith
It can be easy to see the injustice around us and believe that things will never be set right. Those who live by faith do not lose sight of the justice to come. They are encouraged to keep fighting for what is right, knowing that their efforts will not ultimately be futile. First published in Tabletalk Magazine , an outreach of Ligonier. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible.
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