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Proper 25, Reformation Sunday
Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30

from the book
Preaching And Reading The Old Testament Lessons
With an Eye to the New

Elizabeth Achtemeier


Job 42:1-6, 10-17

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After the Lord's long interrogation of Job in chapters 38-41, in which Job learns humility before the Creator and is called to renewed trust in the care of God for him, Job replies, in verses 1-6.

First, Job acknowledges the sovereignty of God. God's power is beyond anything on earth, and he is able to accomplish anything that he desires. Principally, however, God's purpose is supreme. It cannot be hindered or turned aside by anything that human beings do. God can fulfill his purpose, and he will do so. It has been the purpose of the Lord to test Job's faithfulness, and he has done so. Job never learns why, but he accepts the fact that his suffering has been part of the purpose of God (v. 2).

We, in our situation, should not assume that all of our suffering is laid upon us by God. Much of it is due to our own folly and errant ways. We foolishly bring many ...

This Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 preaching resource, Proper 25, Reformation Sunday, is based on Job 42:1-6, 10-17 and relates to Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book Preaching And Reading The Old Testament Lessons . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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