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Calamity

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Psalms 9:11 Calamity is defined as: an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster. This week I am talking about observed calamity as opposed to experienced calamity. My desire is to talk about the condition of humanity and not about personal suffering. I want to start by considering humanity’s relationship with God. To do so, I will start with Psalm 2. Psalms 2 says:   Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “ Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: “ Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.” “ I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘ You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask

Suffering

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Job 9:11 Some emergencies are quick: a moment in time and then the crisis is past. Other emergencies mark major life changes. Some events are turning points, shaping us and changing us forever. Suffering can start with an event or be introduced gradually, but suffering is defined as a state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. A key concept here is the word “state.” This implies a condition that is continuing. Suffering can continue for a lifetime. The Bible deals with suffering extensively, but the best known example of suffering from the Bible is the story of Job. Job faced the loss of his children, the loss of his possessions and the loss of his health. Any one of these events by itself is a major crisis, but all three at once puts this 9-1-1 event in a category all by itself. Let's read about some of what Job went through. Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and there came

Catastrophe

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Genesis 9:11 The Bible paints a realistic view of life. The stories it tells are true. Therefore, it reflects the realities of life. Both the failures and victories of the characters we meet in its pages are honestly reflected. The victories and disasters of life are also reflected. We see the victories and defeats of individuals, but we also see the story of humanity as a whole. The Bible tells the story from the beginning and also tells us what the end will be. The story of humanity starts with God who created man and woman in His own image. He placed them in a perfect garden and placed the world under their care. Through their own choice, the man and the woman introduced death and suffering to this world that was under their care. The Bible records a number of different disasters and catastrophes, but none is so painful or disastrous as the man and the woman’s choice to eat of the fruit that God had forbidden.   Because of that choice, we now live in a world wh

New Things

Isaiah 43:18-19 Isaiah lived most of his life in Jerusalem. During his days, Judah was still a fairly strong nation. Isaiah ministered many years after the glory days of David and Solomon when Israel was at its greatest. During Isaiah’s lifetime, he saw the decline of Judah and the rise of Assyria as the dominant power in that part of the world. This historical context is important to Isaiah’s message. He speaks of the judgment of Israel as a certainty when it has not yet happened. For example, Isaiah speaks of both the Babylonian captivity and Israel's dispersion among the nations before either of these things happened. Isaiah’s name means “The Lord Says,” and his voice is one of the earliest to clearly spell out the coming judgments on Israel and Judah. He warns of the consequences of their apostasy and tells of the glories of the coming millennial kingdom. During Isaiah’s times, the nation of Judah looked back on the glory days of King David and King Solomon and