Monday, June 29, 2009

Exodus 2: Sermon Intro

Why does God let evil prosper? Why does God allow His people to be surrounded by evil? The Old Testament wrestles with this a lot.
Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?

Habakkuk 1:3-4 Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

Ecclesiastes 7:15 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing.

Ecclesiastes 8:14 There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.

Why would God take his people into bondage when He has promised to bless them? Why does God let evil triumph? Why let Israel suffer at all? If God is sovereign and God is good, why does God let evil fall on his people? Why does he allow evil to thrive and prosper?
  1. Wrong answer one: God is not sovereign.
  2. Wrong answer two: God is not good.
It is in the face of evil that God displays His power and glory.

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