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Why Do the Righteous Suffer?

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Why does God allow the righteous to suffer? By examining the account of Job and wondering about the death of James, we find that although we may not know why we suffer, it is important for us to learn through it. We are reminded that suffering provides us an opportunity for our faith to grow, that we will all die, and we are encouraged to continue in prayer. (Parts of this lesson were borrowed from Darrel Yontz.)

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Why Do the Righteous Suffer?

  1. 1. Why Do the Righteous Suffer? James 1.2-8
  2. 2. Why do some suffer?
  3. 3. Why do some suffer? Wicked?
  4. 4. Why do some suffer? Wicked? Personal choices?
  5. 5. Why do some suffer? Wicked? Personal choices? Innocent?
  6. 6. Why do some suffer? Wicked? Personal choices? Innocent? Righteous?
  7. 7. Why do some suffer? Wicked? Personal choices? Innocent? David Righteous?
  8. 8. Why do some suffer? Wicked? Personal choices? Innocent? David Righteous?
  9. 9. Why do some suffer? Wicked? Personal choices? Innocent? David Righteous? Jesus
  10. 10. Why Do the Righteous Suffer?
  11. 11. The Steadfastness of Job
  12. 12. The Steadfastness of Job “You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” James 5.11
  13. 13. The Steadfastness of Job “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.” Job 1.1
  14. 14. The Steadfastness of Job “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Job 1.8
  15. 15. The Steadfastness of Job “Does Job fear God for no reason?” Job 1.9
  16. 16. The Steadfastness of Job “Have you put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.” Job 1.10
  17. 17. The Steadfastness of Job “But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” Job 1.11
  18. 18. The Steadfastness of Job “He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” Job 2.3
  19. 19. The Steadfastness of Job “He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” Job 2.3
  20. 20. The Steadfastness of Job “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bond and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” Job 2.4-5
  21. 21. The Steadfastness of Job “His suffering was very great.” Job 2.13
  22. 22. The Steadfastness of Job “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him; yet I will argue my ways to His face. This will be my salvation, that the godless shall not come before Him.” Job 13.15-16
  23. 23. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s ‘Conversation’ with Job
  24. 24. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s ‘Conversation’ with Job Foundation of the Earth
  25. 25. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s ‘Conversation’ with Job Foundation of the Earth “On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone.” Job 38.6
  26. 26. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s ‘Conversation’ with Job Foundation of the Earth “Or who shut in the sea with doors ... and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors.” Job 38.8, 10
  27. 27. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s ‘Conversation’ with Job Sustaining the Earth “Have you commanded the morning?” Job 38.12
  28. 28. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s ‘Conversation’ with Job Caring for His Creatures “Can you hunt the prey for the lion or satisfy the appetite of the young lions?” Job 38.39
  29. 29. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s ‘Conversation’ with Job The Largest of All His Creations “No one is so fierce that he dares to stir him up. Who then is he who can stand before Me?” Job 41.10
  30. 30. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s ‘Conversation’ with Job Job’s response... “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” Job 42.2
  31. 31. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s ‘Conversation’ with Job Job’s response... “I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.” Job 42.5
  32. 32. The Steadfastness of JobJehovah’s Reward “And Jehovah restored the fortunes of Job” Job 42.10
  33. 33. The Steadfastness of Job “You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” James 5.11
  34. 34. The Steadfastness of Job ose? pu rp v ea rof the “You have ing se heard uf fer of Job, and you have steadfastness ’s s ob the purpose of the Lord,D i d Jseen how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” James 5.11
  35. 35. Why did God let James die?
  36. 36. Why did God let James die? “He killed James the brother of John with the sword.” Acts 12.2
  37. 37. Why did God let James die? “he proceeded to arrest Peter also.” Acts 12.3
  38. 38. Why did God let James die? “So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.” Acts 12.5
  39. 39. Why did God let James die? When Peter came to himself, he said, ‘Now I am sure that the Lord has sent His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod” Acts 12.11
  40. 40. What can we learn from suffering?
  41. 41. An opportunity for my faith to grow.
  42. 42. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.” Hebrews 5.8
  43. 43. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God” 1 Peter 3.18
  44. 44. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12.2
  45. 45. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,” James 1.2
  46. 46. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1.3-4
  47. 47. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God promised to those who love Him.” James 1.12
  48. 48. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,” 1 Peter 1.6
  49. 49. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes thought it is tested by fire—” 1 Peter 1.7
  50. 50. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1.7
  51. 51. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.” 1 Peter 1.13
  52. 52. An opportunity for my faith to grow. “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” 1 Peter 4.19
  53. 53. A reminder that we all die.
  54. 54. A reminder that we all die. “A time to be born, and a time to die” Ecclesiastes 3.2
  55. 55. A reminder that we all die. “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4.14
  56. 56. A reminder that we all die. “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, ‘I have no pleasure in them” Ecclesiastes 12.1
  57. 57. A reminder that we all die. “and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12.7
  58. 58. A reminder that we all die. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4.16
  59. 59. An encouragement to continue in prayer.
  60. 60. An encouragement to continue in prayer. “The prayer of a righteous man has great power as it is working.” James 5.16
  61. 61. An encouragement to continue in prayer. “And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18.1
  62. 62. Why Do the Righteous Suffer?
  63. 63. Will today be theday you decide to go to heaven?
  64. 64. Lesson slideshows (with notes) and audio can be found at:www.churchofchristmiranda.com
  65. 65. Photo Credits: (All photos from istockphoto.com are copyright protected. Please do not use without permission.)Sad Girl: http://www.crestock.com/image/176017-child-10.aspx
  66. 66. Miscellaneous 2012 Compiled and Presented by: Dave Stewart 5 February, 2012#03 Las Cruces, NM www.churchofchristmiranda.com Why Do the Righteous Suffer? James 1.2-8 Synopsis: Why does God allow the righteous to suffer? By examining the account of Job and wondering about the death of James, we find that although we may not know why we suffer, it is important for us to learn through it. We are reminded that suffering provides us an opportunity for our faith to grow, that we will all die, and we are encouraged to continue in prayer. (Parts of this lesson were borrowed from Darrel Yontz.) "Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” “Let all that you do be done with love.”

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