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Smoke and Mirrors- Two Questions

Smoke and Mirrors

Speaker: Pastor Ty Neal
Date: September 17, 2017

Just when you think you have life figured out, it happens - the unexpected. It's ironic how life has so much mystery that leaves us asking more questions than there are answers for. So we go to God. We try to figure Him out. We cross our t's and dot our i's expecting him to be controlled and domesticated. But God is not to be tamed like a circus lion. This blows us up. So what are we to do? Where are we to find meaning and lasting happiness when we don't have all the pat answers we so desperately desire? What do we do when life feels like a bunch of smoke and mirrors? Join us as we go through the enigma, wrapped up in a mystery, surrounded by a riddle within the Bible known as the book of Ecclesiastes.

 

Title - Two Questions

 


Ecclesiastes 3:16 - 16 Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.

 


Question #1 Where is the justice in this world?

 


Ecclesiastes 3:16 - 16 Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.

 


Ecclesiastes 3:17-17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.

 


Romans 3:10-12 - 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,not even one.”

 


Mark 10:17-18 - 17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

 


Quote - “If God were to remove all the evil in the world he would have to begin with me.” Andy Stanley

 


2 Peter 3:9-13 - 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

 


Question #2 What happens when we die?

 


Ecclesiastes 3:18 -18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts.

 


Ecclesiastes 3:19-20-19 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.

 


Quote - “The opposable thumb is of not advantage to human because it will decay just like the claw.” Matt Chandler

 


Ecclesiastes 3:21 -21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?

 


Ecclesiastes 3:22- 22 So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

 


Big Idea: Jesus is our Perfect Judge & The One who lived, died, and lives again.

 


Romans 3:21-26-21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

 


Acts 17:30-31 - 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 


Revelation 21:4-4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

 


John 11:25-26-25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

 


Quote - For a Christian, death does not exist, or, rather, it is only a starting-point and not an end. The Church sings at Masses for the Dead: “Life is not taken away, it is changed.” The anniversary of the death of the blessed it calls a “birthday.” Saint Therese of Lisieux, on her deathbed, murmured, “I am not dying, I am entering into life.” Our dead are alive, and, unless they are condemned forever, we can find them again in God. If we wish to live eternally with them, we must meet with Christ, listen to him and commune with him. Michael Quoist

 

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