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  • Scott Dooley: Hi,this is Scott Dooley,
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  • welcoming you to this editionof Connect with Skip Heitzig.
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  • Featuring Skip'steaching ministry.
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  • Do you know the definitionof being lost?
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  • Three simple points.
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  • Not knowing where you came from,not knowing what you are doing,
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  • and not knowingwhere you are going.
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  • The remedy to being lostis knowing who God is.
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  • And that's the themeof our message today.
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  • Let's launch into this teachingby Skip, "Discovering God,
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  • Discovering Myself."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: You know,it's been a crazy, bewildering,
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  • confusing season for a lot ofus, heart-wrenching for others.
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  • And our heart goes out,especially to those
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  • who have been sufferingthrough this time.
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  • But there's something aboutbeing together as the body
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  • of Christ and praying for oneanother that brings
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  • the healing balm.
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  • So I really am looking forwardto that, and I think we're gonna
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  • see the Lord use our gatheringtogether again to heal
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  • those wounds.
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  • I know it's been a 25% capacitythat our state government
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  • has allowed but, you know,it's really good news that our
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  • President just came on recentlyand said that churches need to
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  • get back together again, andtechnically we could be getting
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  • together this weekend.
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  • My staff thinks we should wait alittle bit and make sure that we
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  • do it right, so I'm takin' theircounsel and wisdom,
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  • but I'm chomping at the bit,as you can tell,
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  • to see us all get together.
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  • But we have one final study inthe book of Job, so if you have
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  • a Bible handy, or a device thathas a Bible on it, turn to Job,
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  • the end of the book, to twochapters that we're gonna
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  • look at, chapter 38and chapter 42.
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  • We're gonna be looking mostly atchapter 42, as Job speaks.
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  • But before that, in chapter 38,God speaks.
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  • This is a message that I'mcalling, "Discovering God,
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  • Discovering Myself."
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  • You know, as Americans,we are pretty boastful
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  • about our discoveries.
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  • We, after all, are a nation ofinventors and pioneers,
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  • and so that's part of our DNA,our makeup.
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  • But there was a conversationbetween an American and a Brit,
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  • an Englishman, and they weretalking about inventions.
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  • And the American said, you know,while we in America found
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  • a new way to process cotton,you Englishmen said it
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  • was impossible.
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  • And when we came up with anairplane, all you could say is,
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  • it's an interesting invention.
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  • When we invented the computer,you said it was promising.
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  • And then he kind of pusheda little bit and he said,
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  • apart from steam engines andsome looms, what have you
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  • Brits invented?
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  • And the Englishman smiledand he said, well,
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  • we did invent your language.
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  • Discoveries make life easier.
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  • I'm sure you probably have asmartphone, a mobile device,
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  • most of us do.
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  • We are so used to it, if we'rehonest, some of us are addicted
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  • to it, can't put it down, spendhours a day, some people do,
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  • on it, but we get so muchaccomplished in terms of
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  • communication on it, or lookingup things on the internet.
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  • These are incredibly powerfulinventions, discoveries that
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  • have been made.
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  • And we also know that companiesin our country, especially,
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  • though around the world as well,are working hard to come up with
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  • a vaccine for the coronavirus,and making incredible progress.
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  • These are great discoveries.
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  • Every year, people take outpatents for what they discover.
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  • The United States Patent Officein Washington DC doles out,
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  • awards, gives out, over 300.000patents every single year.
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  • These are discoveries thatpeople make.
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  • So, what is the greatestdiscovery?
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  • Well, I'll tell you this.
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  • The greatest discoveries in lifeare not technological
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  • discoveries, they're not medicaldiscoveries, they're not
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  • biological discoveries.
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  • The greatest discoveries arespiritual discoveries.
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  • Because they don't just improveyour quality of life,
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  • they improve your qualityof life after life.
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  • They're eternal.
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  • And the ultimate discovery iswho God is, and who we are
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  • in relation to who God is.
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  • I don't know if you've everheard of the name
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  • Mortimer J. Adler,but Mortimer J. Adler
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  • was an educator, an Americaneducator and philosopher,
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  • he's part of the editorialcommittee
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  • for the Encyclopedia Britannica,and he also worked on a project
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  • called The Greatest Booksof the Western World.
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  • It's a 54-volume set of books,and so this guy is all about
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  • writing and education.
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  • Somebody asked Mortimer J. Adlerwhy the essay on God had
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  • so many words in it, why was itthe longest essay in the set?
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  • And his answer was classic, hesaid, because more consequences
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  • for life follow from that oneissue than any other
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  • single issue.
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  • The topic of God is the mostimportant topic.
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  • And AW Tozer said, what comesinto our minds when we think
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  • about God is the most importantthing about us.
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  • So what you think about God isthe most important thing
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  • about you.
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  • Your relationship to him.
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  • Well, in the book of Job, as wekind of bring this to a close in
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  • our fifth study on this book,Job makes three discoveries.
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  • Three discoveries that lead himto one important decision.
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  • He discovered something aboutGod, and he discovered something
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  • about himself in relationto God.
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  • So at the end of our series,which sort of coincides with the
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  • end of our massive lockdown,you know, we're sort of gaining
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  • our freedom now from this.
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  • I hope this isn't the end of thechanges that God wants to bring
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  • in our lives.
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  • I know it's not the changes hewants to bring, but I hope it's
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  • not the end of the changes thathe is bringing in your life.
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  • I hope this is just thebeginning, as perhaps God has
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  • gotten your attention more thanever before.
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  • And he's gonna continue to dothat.
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  • So, let me just throw out aquestion to dangle as we go
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  • through our text.
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  • What discoveries have you madeduring COVID-19?
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  • What discoveries have you madeif you just think what
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  • you learned during this time?
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  • About life?
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  • About God?
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  • About yourself?
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  • About your family?
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  • About your friends?
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  • What discoveries have you made?
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  • And, with those discoveries,do you need to adjust
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  • who you are accordingly?
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  • So, let's look at our text anddiscover three monumental
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  • discoveries that Job makes.
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  • If you go to the book of Job,chapter 38, verse 1, it begins
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  • by saying, then the Lordanswered Job.
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  • Now stop right there.
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  • This is monumental because, sofar, God has not spoken in this
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  • book, at least to Jobpersonally.
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  • He's spoken about Job to Satan,but he has not spoken to Job
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  • directly in this book.
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  • Job's three friends have beenspeaking to him.
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  • Remember his three friends,Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad
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  • the Shuhite, and Zophar theNaamathite, those are his buds.
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  • They came and gave him advice.
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  • There was a fourth, aroundchapter 32, 33 named Elihu,
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  • seems to be a younger guy, healso spouts off and gives some
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  • advice to Job.
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  • All of them presumed to bespeaking for God, but all of
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  • them were wrong about God.
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  • We know this becauseGod says so.
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  • In chapter 42, remember thosetwo chapters I'm having you
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  • highlight here, 38 and 42, inchapter 42 verse 7, we read,
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  • and so it was, after the Lordhad spoken these words to Job,
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  • that the Lord said to Eliphazthe Temanite, my wrath is
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  • aroused against you and your twofriends, for you have not spoken
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  • of me what is right, as Jobmy servant has.
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  • So God just flat rebukes themfor being wrong, because they
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  • seemed to be speaking for God,but they were wrong.
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  • And even Job himself, up to thepoint where he gets it right,
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  • throughout the book earlier,he charged God with injustice.
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  • He basically said, I've donenothing wrong, God, I've done
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  • nothing to deserve this, you areunjust to me, this is unfair.
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  • So now God finally speaks to Jobin chapter 38.
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  • Here's what you need to know.
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  • Divine revelation is the answerto human confusion.
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  • Divine revelation is the answerto human confusion.
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  • When God speaks, we get clarity.
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  • That's why we always want todiscover, what does the Bible
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  • have to say about this?
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  • What does God weigh inon that particular issue?
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  • In Psalm 19 verse 8, it says,the commandment of the Lord
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  • shines clear and gives lightto the eyes.
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  • Psalm 119, David writes,your word is a lamp to my feet
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  • and a light to my path.
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  • In other words, God's truth,his revelation,
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  • enables me to see clearly.
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  • So, God speaks, God bringsclarity, but get this.
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  • God does not answerJob's questions.
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  • We didn't even look at all ofthem, but he had a lot of
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  • questions in this book about Godand about God's treatment
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  • of him.
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  • So God doesn't answer them.
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  • But God does reveal what Jobneeded to know.
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  • So he learns the majesty of God,he learns the inadequacy of man,
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  • he learns the generosity of Godtoward man.
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  • Those three things, principally,Job says he has learned.
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  • Now, one of the questions, backin chapter 23, that we really
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  • did not highlight in thismini-series, is Job said,
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  • God, where are you?
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  • When I go forward I can't seeyou, when I go backwards I can't
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  • perceive you, I'm trying todiscover you in my situation
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  • and I cannot.
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  • I'm having difficulty with that.
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  • Where are you in my loss?
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  • So with all of the questionsthat God does not answer,
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  • let's zero in on this revelationthat God does give to Job.
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  • So God begins the classroomsession with Job in chapter 38
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  • by asking Job some questions.
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  • In fact, if you were to countthem up, these are 70 questions
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  • that God asked Job.
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  • I wouldn't like to be asked onequestion by God, let alone 70.
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  • And so what he does,essentially, is he escorts Job
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  • around the universe and pointsthings out that he has done.
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  • And it takes God four chaptersto do this, or 70 questions.
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  • So, at the end of it all,Job finally submits to God.
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  • So what does he learn?
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  • First of all, he learns ofthe majesty of God.
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  • So let's go into the classroom,let's eavesdrop a little bit
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  • on what is going on.
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  • Chapter 38, it says, the Lordanswered Job out of the
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  • whirlwind, and said, who is thiswho darkens counsel by words
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  • without knowledge?
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  • Now prepare yourself like a man,I will question you,
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  • and you shall answer me.
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  • Where were you when I laid thefoundations of the earth?
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  • Tell me, if you haveunderstanding.
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  • Where were you, Job,when I created everything
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  • out of nothing?
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  • Who determined its measurements?
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  • Surely you know!
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  • Or who stretched the lineupon it?
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  • Who determined that the diameterof the earth should be
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  • 9.000 plus miles in diameter?
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  • Who put out the measuring tape?
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  • It was God, not Job.
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  • Job wasn't even around.
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  • To what were its foundationsfastened?
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  • Or who laid its cornerstone,when the morning stars sang
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  • together, and all the sons ofGod shouted for joy?
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  • Or who shut in the sea withdoors, when it burst forth and
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  • issued from the womb, when Imade the clouds its garment, and
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  • the thick darkness its swaddlingband, when I fixed my limit for
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  • it, and set bars and doors, whenI said, this far you may come,
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  • but no further, and here yourproud waves must stop!
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  • Have you commanded the morningsince your days began,
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  • and caused the dawn to knowits place.
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  • And we'll stop right there,but you get the gist of it.
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  • All these questions that Godasked Job are rhetorical
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  • questions, they're really notmeant to be answered,
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  • they're rhetorical devices meantto educate Job.
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  • God takes Job on a field tripwith these questions.
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  • It's an oral exam on things likecosmology, oceanography,
  • 00:14:17.515 --> 00:14:21.653
  • meteorology astronomy, zoology.
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  • And though Job may have known afew things about those topics,
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  • God is the Master,since he is the Creator.
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  • We're told, in chapter 38,that God answered Job
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  • out of the whirlwind.
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  • Why a whirlwind?
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  • I can't be exact or for certain,but here's my guess.
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  • Job lost his childrenby a whirlwind.
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  • And out of that severe point ofloss, God now speaks to Job, out
  • 00:14:50.581 --> 00:14:57.388
  • of the very thing that took hisfamily away, his children away.
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  • Hey, I just wanna say to you,if you're in a storm,
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  • you need to listen.
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  • You need to stop and listen.
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  • In fact, it could be that Godbrought you into the storm
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  • specifically to listen.
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  • He has some things that he istrying to speak to you about.
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  • So, what did he learn exactly?
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  • Well, go to chapter 42, becauseJob tells us what he learned
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  • after all these chapters of Godquestioning him.
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  • And we have his written answersin verses 1 through 5.
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  • Then, it says, Job answered theLord and said, I know that you
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  • can do everything, and that nopurpose of yours can be withheld
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  • from you.
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  • You asked, who is this who hidescounsel without knowledge?
  • 00:15:50.408 --> 00:15:54.078
  • Therefore I have uttered whatI did not understand,
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  • things too wonderful for me,which I did not know.
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  • Listen, please, and let mespeak, you said,
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  • I will question you,and you shall answer me.
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  • I have heard of you bythe hearing of the ear,
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  • but now my eye sees you.
  • 00:16:11.462 --> 00:16:13.164
  • Therefore I abhor myself,and repent in dust and ashes.
  • 00:16:13.197 --> 00:16:20.138
  • So, God has just schooled Jobfor four chapters
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  • with these questions.
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  • And so Job puts his findingsin these sentences.
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  • He has learned two basic thingshere about the majesty of God.
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  • God is strong,and God is sovereign.
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  • God is strong, he's powerful.
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  • And God is sovereign, that meanshe's in total, absolute control.
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  • He never says, oops.
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  • God is strong.
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  • God is sovereign.
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  • God is strong.
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  • Verse 2, I know that you can doeverything.
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  • Hey, do you know that?
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  • Do you know that Godcan do everything?
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  • Next time you sweat it out, doyou know that you are dealing
  • 00:16:58.276 --> 00:17:01.012
  • with a God who can doeverything?
  • 00:17:01.045 --> 00:17:03.981
  • I love Jeremiah, what he said toGod in chapter 32 of his book,
  • 00:17:04.015 --> 00:17:07.218
  • the prophet said, O, Lord God,you created the heavens
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  • and the earth and there isnothing too hard for you.
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  • That's the God that you and Iare dealing with.
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  • Too often, we carry ourlimitations over onto God.
  • 00:17:19.664 --> 00:17:25.837
  • We carry our weaknesses overonto the God who has
  • 00:17:25.870 --> 00:17:30.675
  • no limitation whatsoeverin his strength.
  • 00:17:30.708 --> 00:17:34.112
  • We think, because I'm weak,therefore God must be weak.
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  • Because I'm limited, thereforeGod must be limited.
  • 00:17:37.715 --> 00:17:40.451
  • And so we sort of see God likewe see ourselves,
  • 00:17:40.485 --> 00:17:44.322
  • and it's wrong.
  • 00:17:44.355 --> 00:17:45.857
  • It's a wrong view of God,it's a warped view of God.
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  • I love what one boy said intrying to describe God
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  • to his fellow kids in Sundayschool class.
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  • He said, God is greaterthan Superman, Batman,
  • 00:17:55.099 --> 00:17:58.803
  • and the Power Rangersput together!
  • 00:17:58.836 --> 00:18:01.939
  • That's his way of saying whatJob said, there's nothing
  • 00:18:01.973 --> 00:18:04.809
  • too hard for you, I knowthat you can do everything.
  • 00:18:04.842 --> 00:18:07.545
  • So he learned God is strong,he learned God is sovereign.
  • 00:18:07.578 --> 00:18:11.849
  • Because, he says in verse 2,not only can you do everything,
  • 00:18:11.883 --> 00:18:15.820
  • but that no purpose of yourscan be withheld.
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  • No purpose of God can bewithheld, or held back.
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  • God is absolutely sovereign.
  • 00:18:27.265 --> 00:18:29.167
  • Now, some people struggle withGod's sovereignty, I'll just
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  • say, your days will be happier,your life will be better
  • 00:18:31.836 --> 00:18:36.474
  • when you rest in the sovereigntyof God.
  • 00:18:36.507 --> 00:18:40.511
  • Job finally realized that Godhad some purpose
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  • in his suffering.
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  • He didn't know what it was, yet.
  • 00:18:45.683 --> 00:18:48.152
  • He hadn't discovered what itwas, God didn't tell them
  • 00:18:48.186 --> 00:18:50.888
  • what it was.
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  • In fact, there's no indicationthat God ever told him why.
  • 00:18:52.256 --> 00:18:54.926
  • But Job comes to the realizationthere must be some reason
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  • for it.
  • 00:18:59.764 --> 00:19:01.065
  • No purpose of God can bewithheld.
  • 00:19:01.098 --> 00:19:03.501
  • Romans 8:28, we know that allthings work together for good to
  • 00:19:03.534 --> 00:19:08.072
  • those who love God and arecalled according to his purpose.
  • 00:19:08.105 --> 00:19:11.075
  • You may never know exactly whatthat good is on this earth 'til
  • 00:19:11.108 --> 00:19:15.880
  • you get to heaven, but God isworking all things.
  • 00:19:15.913 --> 00:19:19.283
  • So God is ruling the universe,and he is overruling
  • 00:19:19.317 --> 00:19:23.988
  • the universe.
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  • God rules the universewith his feet up.
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  • He's not bent over, wringinghis hands, going, "Oh no!"
  • 00:19:32.930 --> 00:19:36.901
  • If you're gonna picture God,picture him kicked back
  • 00:19:36.934 --> 00:19:40.338
  • with his feet up.
  • 00:19:40.371 --> 00:19:42.039
  • It's like, I got this,this is not a problem.
  • 00:19:42.073 --> 00:19:45.810
  • Job confesses that.
  • 00:19:45.843 --> 00:19:47.345
  • God is strong, God is sovereign.
  • 00:19:47.378 --> 00:19:49.347
  • So that's the majesty of God.
  • 00:19:49.380 --> 00:19:51.115
  • He learned the majesty of God.
  • 00:19:51.148 --> 00:19:53.384
  • That's his first discovery.
  • 00:19:53.417 --> 00:19:55.853
  • His second of his threemonumental discoveries is he
  • 00:19:55.886 --> 00:19:59.557
  • learned the inadequacy of man.
  • 00:19:59.590 --> 00:20:03.261
  • He says, in verse 5 ofchapter 42, I have heard
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  • of you by the hearing of theear, but now my eye sees you.
  • 00:20:07.331 --> 00:20:12.003
  • Therefore I abhor myself,and repent in dust and ashes.
  • 00:20:12.036 --> 00:20:19.510
  • Boy, you might say Job hadpretty low self-esteem
  • 00:20:19.543 --> 00:20:22.780
  • at that moment.
  • 00:20:22.813 --> 00:20:24.148
  • Well, he had a reason to havelow self-esteem.
  • 00:20:24.181 --> 00:20:25.750
  • He had just encountered God,who asked him 70 questions
  • 00:20:25.783 --> 00:20:29.253
  • he couldn't answer.
  • 00:20:29.287 --> 00:20:30.721
  • And so the only right responseis, okay, I'm really lookin' bad
  • 00:20:30.755 --> 00:20:34.659
  • right now.
  • 00:20:34.692 --> 00:20:36.093
  • I abhor myself and I repentin dust and ashes.
  • 00:20:36.127 --> 00:20:38.929
  • Because God, essentially forfour chapters, has said to Job,
  • 00:20:38.963 --> 00:20:42.500
  • hey, I'm God, and you're not.
  • 00:20:42.533 --> 00:20:44.869
  • Can you explain the mysteriesof the universe?
  • 00:20:44.902 --> 00:20:46.871
  • I can.
  • 00:20:46.904 --> 00:20:48.205
  • So now job says, okay, I'mnothing in comparison to you.
  • 00:20:48.239 --> 00:20:52.910
  • So get this.
  • 00:20:52.943 --> 00:20:54.278
  • In seeing God by the eyes offaith, Job saw himself.
  • 00:20:54.312 --> 00:21:02.887
  • You really only see yourselfwhen you get a glimpse of God.
  • 00:21:02.920 --> 00:21:07.591
  • And when you truly see God, youare able to truly see yourself.
  • 00:21:07.625 --> 00:21:12.029
  • It's amazing how different welook when we're next to God.
  • 00:21:12.063 --> 00:21:16.200
  • You know, you might look in themirror and go, okay, I'm ready,
  • 00:21:16.233 --> 00:21:18.502
  • ready to hit the day,I look good.
  • 00:21:18.536 --> 00:21:21.238
  • But if you were to stand nextto God in the mirror,
  • 00:21:21.272 --> 00:21:25.609
  • you're looking really gnarlyabout now, 'cause there's
  • 00:21:25.643 --> 00:21:28.979
  • just no comparison.
  • 00:21:29.013 --> 00:21:30.681
  • There's several great examplesof this in Scripture.
  • 00:21:30.715 --> 00:21:32.817
  • Isaiah was a prophet, but nextto God, Isaiah was a peasant,
  • 00:21:32.850 --> 00:21:38.489
  • a peon.
  • 00:21:38.522 --> 00:21:39.824
  • He was nothing.
  • 00:21:39.857 --> 00:21:41.826
  • And he gets this incrediblevision of God, high and lifted
  • 00:21:41.859 --> 00:21:45.129
  • up, and the train of his robefilled the temple.
  • 00:21:45.162 --> 00:21:47.531
  • And this mighty prophet of God,all he could say is, woe is me,
  • 00:21:47.565 --> 00:21:52.503
  • for I am undone.
  • 00:21:52.536 --> 00:21:55.039
  • I'm a man of unclean lips,I dwell amongst a generation
  • 00:21:55.072 --> 00:21:58.008
  • of unclean lips.
  • 00:21:58.042 --> 00:21:59.377
  • For I have seen the Lord.
  • 00:21:59.410 --> 00:22:01.679
  • Another way of saying,I'm ruined, I'm destitute.
  • 00:22:01.712 --> 00:22:05.416
  • Now, a prophet might have said,wow is me!
  • 00:22:05.449 --> 00:22:09.687
  • I'm a prophet of God, wow is me!
  • 00:22:09.720 --> 00:22:12.723
  • Until he sees God, then it's,woe is me.
  • 00:22:12.757 --> 00:22:17.928
  • Another example is Peter.
  • 00:22:17.962 --> 00:22:19.296
  • Peter was a professionalfisherman, but next to
  • 00:22:19.330 --> 00:22:22.867
  • Jesus Christ, he's a failure.
  • 00:22:22.900 --> 00:22:26.036
  • Remember, Jesus said, Peter,let's go fishing.
  • 00:22:26.070 --> 00:22:28.506
  • Peter said, well, I've beenfishing all night, have caught
  • 00:22:28.539 --> 00:22:31.142
  • nothing, but okay, you want togo fishing, I'll humor you,
  • 00:22:31.175 --> 00:22:34.178
  • you're the preacher, I'll takeyou out on the boat.
  • 00:22:34.211 --> 00:22:36.480
  • So he takes him out on the boat,he throws his net overboard at
  • 00:22:36.514 --> 00:22:40.284
  • Jesus' command, and he catchesso much fish that they have to
  • 00:22:40.317 --> 00:22:44.288
  • bring in another boat, and bothboats almost sink.
  • 00:22:44.321 --> 00:22:47.425
  • All Peter can say at that pointin looking at Jesus is, depart
  • 00:22:47.458 --> 00:22:52.563
  • from me, Lord, I'm a sinful man.
  • 00:22:52.596 --> 00:22:57.101
  • Before that it was, here I am,your professional guide
  • 00:22:57.134 --> 00:23:00.771
  • and fisherman.
  • 00:23:00.805 --> 00:23:02.139
  • Now it's, depart from me,I'm a sinful man.
  • 00:23:02.173 --> 00:23:04.542
  • You see, he sees himself nextto Jesus, imperfection
  • 00:23:04.575 --> 00:23:10.080
  • next to perfection.
  • 00:23:10.114 --> 00:23:12.817
  • If you sing in the shower,that's one thing, but if you
  • 00:23:12.850 --> 00:23:19.723
  • sing next to Tamra, that's quiteanother thing.
  • 00:23:19.757 --> 00:23:25.596
  • You know, I'll say, I sing everynow and then, I play guitar and
  • 00:23:25.629 --> 00:23:29.133
  • I sing, and I go, I sound prettygood.
  • 00:23:29.166 --> 00:23:31.068
  • When I sing next to Tamra,I don't sing that,
  • 00:23:31.101 --> 00:23:33.304
  • I don't sound that good.
  • 00:23:33.337 --> 00:23:34.939
  • 'Cause she sounds so good.
  • 00:23:34.972 --> 00:23:36.607
  • Every note is always on key.
  • 00:23:36.640 --> 00:23:39.376
  • Am I embarrassing you right now?
  • 00:23:39.410 --> 00:23:40.744
  • Just a little bit.
  • 00:23:40.778 --> 00:23:42.079
  • Okay.
  • 00:23:42.112 --> 00:23:43.447
  • One time I was in Nashville,Tennessee and I was out and
  • 00:23:43.481 --> 00:23:46.016
  • about, and I was lookin' inguitar shops, and talkin' about
  • 00:23:46.050 --> 00:23:49.153
  • music, and a lot of people askedme, do you play guitar?
  • 00:23:49.186 --> 00:23:52.790
  • And I go, oh, yeah,I play guitar.
  • 00:23:52.823 --> 00:23:54.458
  • And so I was with a friend wholived there and he goes,
  • 00:23:54.492 --> 00:23:56.660
  • can I just caution you?
  • 00:23:56.694 --> 00:23:58.028
  • When you answer that questionhere in Nashville,
  • 00:23:58.062 --> 00:24:02.366
  • it's different than answeringthat question anywhere else.
  • 00:24:02.399 --> 00:24:05.336
  • He said, the guys that work atthe gas stations are better
  • 00:24:05.369 --> 00:24:07.905
  • players than most people.
  • 00:24:07.938 --> 00:24:09.573
  • And it's true.
  • 00:24:09.607 --> 00:24:10.941
  • I walked into a little drugstorein Nashville, there were four
  • 00:24:10.975 --> 00:24:13.811
  • people in the audience, therewas a guy playing blues guitar
  • 00:24:13.844 --> 00:24:16.347
  • and he was like, wow, and allI could think is, woe is me,
  • 00:24:16.380 --> 00:24:24.154
  • I am undone.
  • 00:24:24.188 --> 00:24:25.489
  • That guy was incredible.
  • 00:24:25.523 --> 00:24:27.591
  • So that's how it is.
  • 00:24:27.625 --> 00:24:28.959
  • Job sees God, Job sees himself.
  • 00:24:28.993 --> 00:24:30.995
  • Show me a prideful person,and I'll show you somebody
  • 00:24:31.028 --> 00:24:34.465
  • who has not encountered God.
  • 00:24:34.498 --> 00:24:36.634
  • You cannot encounter the livingGod and walk away with pride.
  • 00:24:36.667 --> 00:24:41.939
  • Just like John, the apostle.
  • 00:24:41.972 --> 00:24:43.440
  • Got a vision of Jesus Christin Revelation.
  • 00:24:43.474 --> 00:24:45.809
  • He hit the deck, he fellat his feet as dead.
  • 00:24:45.843 --> 00:24:50.581
  • He encountered a holy God.
  • 00:24:50.614 --> 00:24:53.651
  • And you find this in olderworship songs, and I just want
  • 00:24:53.684 --> 00:24:57.888
  • to give a plug to you who arewriting modern worship songs.
  • 00:24:57.922 --> 00:25:02.426
  • Older worship songs seem tovalue the majesty of God along
  • 00:25:02.459 --> 00:25:08.165
  • with the inadequacy of humanity.
  • 00:25:08.198 --> 00:25:12.169
  • Think of the great hymn,Amazing Grace.
  • 00:25:12.202 --> 00:25:15.239
  • "Amazing grace, how sweetthe sound, that saved
  • 00:25:15.272 --> 00:25:20.444
  • a wretch like me."
  • 00:25:20.477 --> 00:25:22.246
  • I once was blind,but now I see."
  • 00:25:22.279 --> 00:25:24.949
  • Or the song by John Newton.
  • 00:25:24.982 --> 00:25:26.750
  • "Alas, and did my Savior bleedand did my Sovereign die,
  • 00:25:26.784 --> 00:25:32.089
  • would he devote that sacred headfor such a worm as I?"
  • 00:25:32.122 --> 00:25:38.662
  • Now, the reason they use thatkind of language that is
  • 00:25:38.696 --> 00:25:41.365
  • so self-deprecating is 'causethey were so in awe of God.
  • 00:25:41.398 --> 00:25:45.536
  • So he sees the majesty of God,he discovers the inadequacy of
  • 00:25:45.569 --> 00:25:50.341
  • man, there's a third monumentaldiscovery that he makes,
  • 00:25:50.374 --> 00:25:55.145
  • and that is the generosityof God toward man.
  • 00:25:55.179 --> 00:25:59.516
  • Yes, God is awesome, yes,I'm not.
  • 00:25:59.550 --> 00:26:02.620
  • But God is so good.
  • 00:26:02.653 --> 00:26:03.954
  • ♪♪♪
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  • the message, "Discovering God,Discovering Myself."
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Can youimagine going to Wikipedia and
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  • finding a biography of your lifethat's just totally wrong?
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  • That would be so frustrating.
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  • Well, we know that the nature,character, and motives of God
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  • have often been poorly portrayedand even
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  • intentionally misstated.
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  • That's one reason I decidedto write the book,
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  • "Biography of God."
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  • To open our eyes and hearts to abigger and more accurate picture
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  • of God.
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  • I hope that you'll go on thisjourney with me as I ask and
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  • answer the universal question,can God be known by man?
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