A Time To Sin

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Job 1:9–22; Ecclesiastes 3:1–11; Ezekiel 18:5–18

You are probably familiar with Pete Seeger’s Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season). Written in the late 50s, it was commercially via The Byrds in 1965. It takes Ecclesiastes verses 3:1–8 and puts them to music.

Pete Seeger’s intent behind the song was to promote world peace. That’s a very laudable goal. The irony of that goal is that the lyrics are almost a fatalistic to the fallen and unpeaceful ways of the world.

There are a lot of things not specifiy mentioned as having time for. Certainly, ging and ing were part of life at that point, but they aren’t specifiy mentioned (though ging could be inferred with dancing). The internet and driving weren’t mentioned specifiy (of course) but would be covered under “everything”.

The “everything” is a pretty big catch-all. Does that mean, then, that there is a time to ?

That might seem to be a stupid question, yet, depending on one’s view of God, it isn’t stupid at all. The answer to that question may very well display what you think about God in several significant ways (though we won’t get them all).

When you read the story of Job (whether allegorical or true) how do you “read” the conversation between Satan and God? Is God allowing or directing?

Based on the end of this section of verses, Job did not assign wrongdoing to God (blame), and as such, did not . Then should we conclude that God allowed this to happen?

For many, leaving it as “a mystery” is fine, except for the problem of blame. If God wills/desires it, and if God is omnipotent, then how can God be loving and full of grace and . The rejoinder often is, we can’t know the mind of God. This is true, in so far as finite creatures (us) trying to fully understand the infinite (God).

Yet, the (n by God) also provide us insights into who God is, so the conclusions we draw from the also deeply affect how we view and relate to God.

Is this that important? Yes. When you , is it you ning by your will, or is God willing you to do something then assigning the to you? That is the choice laid before us.

Ezekiel’s s reinforce one answer. Your is a result of your will (or weakness in the face of ).

What is also part of this is that your cannot be laid at another’s feet (God’s or human’s). It is yours. Own it. Yes, own your .

This is not go and again. It is own your so as to repent and ore right relationship with God.

“‘…For I take no pleasure in anyone’s .’ This is the declaration of the Lord GOD. ‘So repent and live!’” (Ezekiel 18:32)

※Questions※

1) Repent is based on the root of “turn from” or “turn around”. What do you need to repent from? If you cannot think of a “” (or even if you can), what is something else that you might need to turn from to improve or deepen your relationship with God?

2) How do you define ? How do you know/ if something new (such as a behavior) is a , or not?

3) What your current or past Job moments? How do/did they affect your relationship with God?

※Prayer※

Heavenly Father, as we read your , we about you. Help us to be stirred to read your that we continue to grow in our knowledge of and relationship with you. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.