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When Life is Unfair (Ecclesiastes 3:16-22)

  1. 1. When Life is Unfair Ecclesiastes 3:16-22 Dr. Rick Griffith, Crossroads International Church www.biblestudydownloads.com
  2. 2. Everybody loves a story.
  3. 3. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again. Humpty Dumpty
  4. 4. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again. Humpty Dumpty
  5. 5. Cinderella
  6. 6. "Sad endings we can handle, but not unjust ones. Suffering makes us sad, but injustice makes us mad." (Charles R. Swindoll, Living on the Ragged Edge, 98)
  7. 7. What injustices irk you most? • No credit? • Politicking? • Birth defects? • Cutting in line? • Family background?
  8. 8. Cover
  9. 9. "Yet God has made everything beautiful* for its own time" (3:11a NLT) * "appropriate" (NAU), "fitting" (5:18)
  10. 10. Does God condone injustice?
  11. 11. What should you do when life is unfair?
  12. 12. Issues & Responses
  13. 13. I. Realize that you will account to God (3:16-17). Injustice You
  14. 14. Injustice exists in the courts where it shouldn't (3:16).
  15. 15. McDonalds Coffee
  16. 16. Lawn Mower
  17. 17. Young Earth Lawsuit
  18. 18. Dr. Mark Armitage
  19. 19. The Injustice System
  20. 20. How should we respond to injustice?
  21. 21. Realize that you will account to God (3:17). Injustice You
  22. 22. 438 "Then I saw a great white throne…" (Rev. 20:11)
  23. 23. The Books (Rev. 20:12) Used with permission
  24. 24. The Final Judgment Is there one general judgment as depicted by Michelangelo? Sistine Chapel, 1541
  25. 25. Yet Scripture prophesies seven more future judgments…
  26. 26. Resurrections & Judgments R = 4 Resurrected Groups J = 7 Judged Groups Rapture 2nd Advent R 2R R J 4J 2J Church Age Tribulation Millennium Battle of Armageddon Great White Throne Battle of Gog and Magog
  27. 27. The Judgment Seat of Christ • Believers Rewarded by Christ (2 Cor. 5:10) • At the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:17) • Reward or loss of rewards (not salvation)
  28. 28. We all will appear before God—not just the perpetrators of injustice!
  29. 29. I. Realize that you will account to God (3:16-17). Injustice You
  30. 30. Injustice You Death Enjoy Issues & Responses
  31. 31. II. Enjoy life now (3:18-22)! Death Enjoy
  32. 32. It may seem unjust that we are mortal like animals (3:18- 21).
  33. 33. "Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless" (3:19 NIV) "Everything" should be translated "both" (as in 2:14; 7:18; cf. BKC) Both man and animals are transitory (not meaningless)
  34. 34. Hebel literally means "a breath, wind, or vapor" (Prov. 21:6; Isa. 57:13). Key Word of Ecclesiastes
  35. 35. Meaning of Hebel lbh "vanity" (KJV, ESV, NAU), "meaningless" (NIV, NLT), "futile" (NET, TLB, BKC) "fleeting" Ecclesiastes
  36. 36. Metaphor: what doesn't last ("what is without real substance, value, permanence, significance, or meaning" BKC, 1:976) A Very Literal Translation
  37. 37. Many people don't want to even think about death.
  38. 38. 四 "Four" in Chinese 诛 "Death" in Chinese
  39. 39. Where's level 4?
  40. 40. Getting a Phone Number…
  41. 41. All return to dust
  42. 42. Our advantage over animals can't be shown or observed as they die (3:21).
  43. 43. Realizing that we all will die should cause us to enjoy life now (3:22).
  44. 44. "So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is why we are here! No one will bring us back from death to enjoy life after we die" (3:22 NLT).
  45. 45. "So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is why we are here! No one will bring us back from death to enjoy life after we die" (3:22 NLT). "I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?" (3:22 NAU).
  46. 46. "This is man's lot (a word that means lit., 'portion, share, or allotment'…)… people are ignorant of God's plan and cannot know what the future, including life after death, holds for them. He summarized this point in the rhetorical question, Who can bring him to see what will happen after him?" (Donald Glenn, in BKC, 1:986).
  47. 47. We don't know many details of the afterlife (3:22b).
  48. 48. What should you do when life is unfair?
  49. 49. Main Idea What should you do when life is unfair? Account to God and enjoy life!
  50. 50. Observer Initiator Victim Responses to Injustice
  51. 51. How do you observe injustice? Observer
  52. 52. Initiator How do you initiate injustice?
  53. 53. How are you the victim of injustice? Victim
  54. 54. Get this presentation and script for free! OT Sermons link at biblestudydownloads.com

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