Trusting God In Uncertain Times

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If God really cares about injustice, why isn’t he doing something?
God may be hearing my prayers but he sure isn’t responding.
If God is actually doing something, I sure don’t understand it.
If you’ve ever had thoughts or questions similar to these, you’re not alone. The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk is recorded as saying and thinking things just like this. Unlike other prophets that spoke for God to the people, Habakkuk vented to God about what he saw. This may be one of those books you’ve read once in your lifetime or maybe have skipped over entirely, but it’s one that provides a perspective on God and the world we live in that is essential to understand. Over the next three weeks, starting this Sunday, we’ll be exploring the themes of Habakkuk together and I trust that what happened with Habakkuk in his conversation with God will also happen with us. Please plan on joining us for all three weeks and even inviting someone to come with you!

Sermon Leftovers - Men or gods?


Our passage from this last Sunday wrapped up a section of the Gospel of John 8:12- 10:42 where Jesus has essentially been put on public trial by many of the religious leaders. Each time he has healed someone or appeared at a festival and taught, the response has been mixed. Some people have placed their faith in him and others have wanted him dead. This last Sunday we asked the question that seemed to be a core issue then just as it is today; Can we receive Jesus as Messiah (Christ) or will we keep looking to make someone or something else be our savior?  (If you missed it you can listen here.)

The passage Sunday in John 10:22-42 is a continuing declaration by Jesus of his identity as being one with God the Father. In the middle of this passage there is one thing we looked at closely as it relates to our hope and security in Jesus (v. 28-29) and one thing we didn’t (v. 34-35) and the latter could be a bit confusing. So, in this blog I want to answer the question, What did Jesus mean when he was talking about people being called ‘gods’?

Here’s the passage in question:
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?

 The first question is what Law is Jesus referencing here?
God fearing Jews would immediately have recognized that Jesus was quoting Psalm 82:5-6

5“The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”;
you are all sons of the Most High.’

So now there are two contexts we need to be aware of. The first is the more ancient context of what the writer of Psalms 82 was talking about and the second is the still ancient context of what was happening with Jesus that he would quote this Psalm.

Psalm 82

It’s important to remember that the Psalms fall into a poetic genre of literature. That means they often employ imagery that are meant to illustrate truth but not necessarily in a technical way. Psalm 82 is an indictment on those whom God has given authority to carry out judgement and justice on the earth but are failing to do so. Here, when men are referenced as ‘gods’ this term is designed to illustrate the designated authority from the one true arbiter of judgement, God himself. They have been given the right to speak and act as one with a god given authority…but they are failing in a big way.  

John 10:34-36

Jesus point in referencing Psalm 82 is to point out that they are being hypocritical in being ok with the Psalms language and not ok about him identifying himself as ‘God’s Son’. Especially because he has already demonstrated he is!

The Tough Questions Series

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The Bible is not a Lego manual for life. There are no step by step instructions on what to do in any and every situation you might face in your lifetime. Turn to page three for what to do when your child brings home an F. Turn to page 54 if you have an annoying neighbor.
The Bible is however a collection of God inspired writings that include different literary genres such as; history, narrative, poetry, prophecy, and letters. And as you’ve probably heard said in our Sunday gatherings, the Bible was not written to you but it was written for you. The Bible tells one big amazing story about God’s redemption of humanity and as 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Is the Bible relevant?

I’m glad you asked! If you only approach your understanding of the Bible and by extension your faith, as pertaining to the spiritual (unseen) things of life then it’s easy to think that the Bible has little real relevancy for our lives. However, the Bible makes it clear that the physical (seen) and spiritual (unseen) are inherently connected with each other. The Bible actually does have a LOT to say about how we’re to live as Christians in the 21st century.

Tough Questions?

Of all the places in our culture that we should be able to wrestle with our doubt and ask hard questions, it should be the internet. I’m kidding, that’s actually the worst place. We should be able to ask tough questions in the Church! A HUGE part of Jesus ministry was answering and asking tough questions. In doing so he pushed people to take a look at their own hearts and to really contemplate the truth. Enter the Tough Questions series…
We wanted to intentionally create space to address the relevant and sometimes tough issues of our day. The Tough Questions Series on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month are a time to examine why we believe what we believe and a forum for learning, conversation, and grappling with the truth. We would love to have you join us and even submit one of your own questions for an upcoming Tuesday. You can find out about upcoming topics by clicking here.