Job’s Choir (Hughes Children Funeral Sermon)
Job 23:3-5 GNV
3 How I wish I knew where to find him, and knew how to go where he is.
4 I would state my case before him and present all the arguments in my favor.
5 I want to know what he would say and how he would answer me.
Psalm 33:3 GNV
3 Sing a new song to him, play the harp with skill, and shout for joy!
Jeremiah 15:10 – What an unhappy man I am! Why did my mother bring me into the world? I have to quarrel and argue with everyone in the land. I have not lent any money or borrowed any; yet everyone curses me.
Habakkuk 1:3 – Why do you make me see such trouble? How can you stand to look on such wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are all around me, and there is fighting and quarreling everywhere.
Isaiah 64:12 – Lord, are you unmoved by all this? Are you going to do nothing and make us suffer more than we can endure?
Psalm 10:1 – Why are you so far away, O Lord? Why do you hide yourself when we are in trouble?
Matthew 27:46 – At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, [“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”] which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”
We all are in Job’s choir today. Two thing puts us there.
1. Great pain
2. Great Faith….you are upset because you have high expectations of God. You believe God has power.
Psalm 33:3 – Sing a new song to him, play the harp with skill, and shout for joy!
1. Life is to be live through and not figured out. God is in the business of sustaining not explaining.
2. Life is a gift. As soon as you are born you are old enough to die.
3. Grief thrives in the soil of idleness. Grief is change plus loss.
4. Heaven is populated with children.
Mark 10:14 – When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Job 42:12-13 GNV – 12 The Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life even more than he had blessed the first. Job owned fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, two thousand head of cattle, and one thousand donkeys.
13 He was the father of seven sons and three daughters.