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Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight;
all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Luke 3:4b, 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Rob Rogers was born in Seattle Washington. He has a B.A. in Communication from Concordia University, Austin, TX and a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. READ MORE >>

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Advent Midweek 2 – December 12, 2018
Text:
             Job 19:23-27
Theme:         Stories of Waiting: Job

 

        Job had it all: health, land, money, family, friends and God.  Even though his book comes almost midway through the Bible, chronologically he was a contemporary with Abraham.  Job was faithful to God.  He offered appropriate thank offerings for all that God had given him.  He gave whatever tithes were demanded.  He worshipped God regularly. He was a great example as a follower of God and he was about to become the foremost object lesson in the history of the world.

        Satan did not like Job.  He does not like anyone who is faithful to God.  So Satan walked into the royal courts one day and suggested to God that the only reason Job was faithful to him was because God gave him everything.  Stop dolling out the goodies and Job will curse your name.  Doesn’t that sound like the oldest child speaking to the parent about the youngest child?  According to oldests, they were chained to the radiator mending socks for gruel from the age of 3 while the youngests were taking bubble baths in champagne and eating bonbons for dinner. 

        God had complete confidence in the faith he had created in Job.  Do you think about that?  Your faith was not created by you.  Your faith is God’s workmanship.  You get into your car and drive down the highway at 70 miles an hour, and you never worry that some nincompoop on the line in Korea, or Detroit, or Mexico neglected to do something to your brakes to keep them working and now you are hurtling through the world at more than a mile a minute with nothing to stop you.  But you have complete confidence in that auto worker.  Shouldn’t you have more confidence in the creator of the universe than you do in the brake guy at the auto plant? God told Satan that he could take everything away from Job.  Job remained faithful.  Job was certain that God would restore his wealth when it was time.  Job patiently waited.  Then God allowed Satan to taken away his family.  Then God allowed Satan to take away his health.  Job remained faithful to God, patiently waiting and certain that God would restore him when it was time.

        Job’s wife, having seen their fortune evaporate, their children all killed and now her husband covered in sores suggests that he should curse God and die. Job 2:9 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible.  Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.”  I have threatened that one as a confirmation verse for many of my more difficult students over the years. That was the attitude Satan was looking for from Job.  If God wants to make everything so difficult why bother with him. If he is not providing the goods, curse him and move on.  But move on to what?  The question supposes that there is some other path to follow and there is not.  There is God’s path or there is nothing.  And if it is nothing, then there is no salvation, no reward, no eternal joy, nothing.  So Job waited.  Job put the faith that God had created to work and waited.

        His great statement of his long and torturous wait is our text for tonight.  Whatever happens to my family, to my body, to my life, “I know that my Redeemer lives!”

        “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God”

        That is the text of one of the most beloved Easter hymns and funeral hymns because it confesses everything we believe about life and death.  Whatever happens in this life, you and I simply wait for God to act.  There is no other option because there is no God besides our God, the God of Job, the God who took on flesh and was born of the Virgin Mary.  The God who was crucified and damned in our place.  The God who rose again from the dead proving that our wait will not be in vain. 

        We have a record of all those facts, written down by eyewitnesses as directed by the Holy Spirit and that is why we can confidently wait for Jesus to return for us.  We know he lives because he dwells within us through his body and blood that we receive in the Holy Sacrament.  We are washed in Baptismal water and empowered by the Word.  We know that we shall see him in the flesh.  And like Job, no matter what non-sense Satan throws our way, we will never curse God and die because we know that our Redeemer lives and we, in our flesh, shall see him.