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Posted April 30, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Video

Book Review XLI: Job A Man of Heroic Endurance

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Next to Lord Jesus, perhaps Job is the Bible character whom I am mostly drawn too.
His endurance story is an inspiration not only for me, but also for all Christians.
His experience of suffering is a very real struggle: how could a loving God all this suffering?
And, what should we do when bad things happen to us despite us living an upright life?
This is when we can definitely learn something from Job whom God allowed to suffer from so much pain despite his integrity.
if anything, the story of Job prepares us to face the reality of life: life is not just difficult. It is downright unfair.

Job was a great man of God, a wonderful husband and father and a wealthy businessman with integrity.
In fact, God even praised Job in front of the devil.
However, the devil accused him of following God for his own benefit, not because he truly loved God.
Though we cannot see the devil, he is real and he always attempts to destroy our life testimony.

Just like God allowed the devil to wreak havoc Job’s life, He also allows the devil to destroy our life.
Consequently, there are bad things we suffer even though we may not deserve it.

Suddenly, in one day, without any hint of warning, Job lost all his business AND his 10 children.
In one day, he became homeless, bankrupt and childless.
In the midst of his ruin, Job uttered a beautiful worship, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb. Naked shall I return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Similarly, we need to understand that everything we have in life is on loan from God, including our finance and family members.
We bring nothing into this world and we bring nothing when we leave this world.
Hence, we must always be prepared when God decides to take back His loan.

As if the loss of finance and children was not enough, God allowed the devil to wreak havoc Job’s health.
He was covered with boils and suffered maddening fever.
His wife then told Job to curse God and die.
However, we can learn from Job’s response: Shall we not accept the good and the bad from God?
Since God is sovereign, we must not be disillusioned: we must prepare ourselves to accept blessing and adversity from Him.
Since God is the Potter and we are the clay, we should not question God with His decision.

Job’s 3 friends came: Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar.
At first, they came for the right reason: to comfort and to sympathize.
They stayed quiet and allowed their presence to do the talking.
Similarly, when we try to comfort and sympathize with a hurting friend, we should say little words and let our presence show how much we care.

After some time, Job began his speech by cursing the day of his birth.
He did not curse God, fortunately.

Job 3 records his mourn.
Though Job had a mature believer, he reached a breaking point due to all the suffering.
Similarly, Christians may struggle with depression as life can be too harsh.
They are encouraged to seek help from godly counselors.

The 3 friends initially came to comfort and sympathize with Job.
However, they forgot their initial purpose.
At first, they mildly discussed Job’s suffering with him.
In the end, they falsely accused Job of hiding secret sin.

They got their facts wrong: Job suffered in spite of his righteous living.
Job then called them, “miserable comforters”.

A few things we can learn from their conversation:

1.We need to always speak gracefully to others, especially toward those who are hurting.
After all, like Job’s friends, we do not have access to all the facts.
If we are unable to speak gracefully, we can always keep quiet.
A total silence is better than inappropriate words.

2.Philosophy does not comfort those who are hurting.

3.God is sovereign. He has plans beyond our understanding.
And, He is not under obligation to explain to us what He is doing.
And in His sovereignty, He allows bad things to happen to good people.

In the midst of his suffering, Job longed for a mediator to present his case to God since he felt God was unfair to him.
However, he had none.
For us, the New Testament saints, we have Lord Jesus as our Mediator.

Perhaps the most painful experience for Job was God’s silence.
He felt so deep despair, yet God absconded His presence. Or so, he thought.
In reality, the part of the wager between God and the devil was to keep Job in the dark: would Job’s faith survived in the depth of calamity and His silence?

Here, in the book of Job, we learn about the mystery of God.
God is in charge. And, we are not. He deliberately allows sickness and pain.
And, at other times, God reveals that He tests us.
In fact, He does not want everyone well.
For example, apostle Paul prayed for 3 times and God still did not heal him.

To add further about the mystery of God, He deliberately allowed evil and injustice to flourish.
He did not immediately punish the evildoers.
Or, He chose not to prevent evil from happening. He did not even prevent Jewish Holocaust.
And, He chose not to reveal His reason to us.

When we add the mystery of God and the silence of God and a the feeling of distance from God, life is so unbearable.
Hence, when we see fellow Christians suffering, we should cut them some slack.
And as we walk through the period of God’s silence, we should wait patiently.
We should still trust Him, keep His path and serve Him.
And even, we should not try to fully understand His ways since He is unfathomable.

Even though Job was accused falsely by his friends for evils he never committed, he responded them back in truth.
There are times when we leave our defense to God and there are times we need to tell the truth and expose lies.

Further down the conversation, Job reflected on his past.
He used to be a wealthy leader of the society.
He cared for the poor and needy.
He defended justice against the wicked.
Then, suddenly, he lost everything and became diseased.
He even became a byword to the society.
Nevertheless, in all this situation, Job affirmed his integrity.
Hence, Job longed to bring his case before God Himself.

And, indeed, eventually God Himself spoke to Job out of whirlwind.
Interestingly enough, God did not answer Job’s questions.
He did not apologize for all his suffering.
He never revealed any deal between Him and the devil.
In fact, God did not acknowledge that Job suffered so much.

Firstly, God questioned Job the enormity of His creation and His universe.
In effect, God was telling Job that He is in charge.
If He is capable to run this huge universe,  certainly He is more than capable to manage Job’s life which is much more tiny.
Secondly, God challenged Job if even the mighty beasts, behemoth and leviathan, would even submit to him.
Clearly, if Job was powerless against these creatures, then certainly Job should submit to God who created these creatures.

Indeed, Job repented.
Before, he claimed that God owed him a hearing for all his suffering.
Yet, after God’s speech, he understood his place as a servant and God’s place as the Master; that he was the clay and God was the Potter.
He understood that how small he is compared to the entire universe.
He no longer needed any explanation for his suffering as he understood that God was in control over his life.
In a gentle, quiet submission, Job rested in God’s will.

Eventually, God carried out His justice.
God warned the 3 friends that they had not spoken what was right like Job.
So, Job forgave them and prayed for them.
God also restored Job’s health and possession.
Also, God gave him another 10 children.
More importantly, the devil had to concede defeat as Job still maintained his faith in God despite all the suffering and God’s initial silence.

In summary, what the book of Job teaches us about ourselves.
1) We never know ahead of time God’s plan for us.
2) A vertical perspective will keep us from horizontal panic.
3) Discernment is needed to detect wrong advice from well-meaning people.
4) When things turn from bad to worse, sound theology helps us remain strong and stable.
5) Caring and sensitive friends know when to come, how to respond and what to say
6) It is easy to be Monday-morning quarterbacks when we encounter another’s outburst.
7) The cultivation of obedient endurance is the crowning mark of maturity.

In addition, it also teaches us about God:
1) There is nothing God cannot do.
2) It is impoosible to frustrate God’s purpose.
3) God’s plans are beyond our understanding and too deep to explain.
4) Only through God’s instructions are we able to humble ourselves and rest in His will.
5) When the day of reckoning arrives, God is always fair.
6) No one can be compared to God when it comes to blessing
7) Only God can fill our final years with divine music that frees us to live above our circumstances.

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Posted April 15, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Video

Coffee With Kong Care Package 7, April, 2020

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Wohoo!! Answered the quiz from church correctly: the 5 crisis of Jesus.
Thank God for the prize!! Coffee with Kong Care Package! Gonna drink more coffee after this ~~~

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 28, March, 2020

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Lord Jesus prayed often. The prayer of Jesus.

1. Jesus prayed in solitude.

He often prayed alone.
Mark 1:35
He ministered to the people.
He was so tired. Nevertheless, He took time to pray.
Praying was His way for resting.
He prayed at night and in the morning.
Is 50:4, 6
Though we are busy, we must find time to pray.
Prayer was when He received guidance from the heavenly Father.
The disciples were often exasperated that Lord Jesus often prayed alone.
Mark 1:36-38
In prayer, the Father instructed Jesus where to minister next.
Prayer comes first, then God will show what is next.
When there is quietness and no distraction, we can pray better and meet God in private time.
When we are alone, we can express our deepest needs to God.
For Jesus, His secret place was the wilderness.
Covid-19 is a good time to pray.

2. Jesus prayed and encountered God

Prayer was the key to the blessing of God.
Luke 3:21
While He was praying and being baptized  the voice of the Father was audible.
Luke 9:28-29
As He prayed, His appearance changed.
Also, the voice of the Father was audible.
John 12:28
Lord Jesus prayed to the Father publicly.
The voice of the Father was audible for the third time.
God always hears our prayer, even the faintest whisper.
Isa 50:4
Jesus picked up God’s voice easily.
Luke 22:41
When Jesus prayed, God sent an angel to strengthen Him.
John 11:41
Even before resurrecting Lazarus, Jesus prayed for a miracle. God the Father heard Him.
The time of prayer is the time of power. The more we pray, the more God-incidences occurs.

3. Jesus prayed before every major decision.

Lord Jesus became more and more popular.
However, opposition and hostility grew. Some even plotted to murder Him.
Luke 6:12
Jesus prayed and prayed before choosing the 12 disciples because this major decision would affect Christianity.
During Covid-19, let us pray that God will direct our steps.

4. Jesus prayed to overcome temptations.

Heb 4:19
Jesus was tempted continually.
Mark 6:31
Jesus was sad because His cousin had been executed.
Nevertheless, the people still flocked to Him.
Moved by compassion, Jesus taught them.
John 6:15
However, the people wanted to make Him a king.
But, He overcame the temptation to be a king. He then prayed and fellowshipped with the Father.
What is the temptation we are facing now? Pride, greed, lust, envy?
Let us bring all our temptation to the Lord.
Luke 22:31
Satan was about to tempt Peter but Jesus had already prayed for him.
Mark 14:38
Our flesh is weak. Without prayer, no one can overcome Satan’s temptation.

5. Jesus prayed and trusted the Father even when the answer was “No”

We must be ready when God says no to us.
Mark 14:32-36
Jesus was hours away from His crucifixion.
He was not afraid of the nails or scourging.
However, He was afraid of the absolute separation from the Father
He was afraid of bearing the full wrath of the Father.
The Father said no 3 times.
Jesus then submitted Himself to the Father’s will.
Can we trust our heavenly Father when He says no to us? He has the best interest for us in His plan.

 

 

Posted April 3, 2020 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon