Summary: This sermon deals with the struggle of doubt. we see the prosperity of the wicked and we wonder why they seem to be doing better than God's own children.
Intro -- The year was 1998…
…on the evening of 2 September 1998, Swissair 111 departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 8:18 p.m. Eastern Time en route to Geneva, Switzerland.
On board were 215 passengers and a crew of 14.
This flight was popular with United Nations officials, researchers and scientists and was known as the “UN Shuttle.”
Some of the passengers were leaders in their fields.
Jonathan Mann, a pioneer in the global campaign against AIDS, his wife Mary Lou Clements-Mann, also a world renowned AIDS researcher and vaccine scientist,
Pierre Babolat, head of the French sports equipment maker Babolat,
Pierce Gerety, a senior official with the UN Refugee Agency,
The plane also routinely carried valuables to and from the financial capitals of the United States and Switzerland, and this flight was no different.
In the cargo hold that night were millions of dollars of banknotes, jewellery and diamonds, as well as a painting by Pablo Picasso.
Swissair Flight 111 crashed in the sea off Peggy’s Cove, NS on 2 September 1998,. All 229 passengers and crew were killed. It was the second-deadliest air accident to occur in Canada.
An investigation by Canada’s Transportation Safety Board determined that a fire, sparked by arcing in the MD-11 aircraft’s electrical system, resulted in a catastrophic failure of the plane’s main operating systems.
Also on board that flight was a young man answering the call to be a missionary…
Actor Tim Allen Struggles to Trust God
The actor Tim Allen's father died when Allen was 11 years old. A drunk driver crashed into their car as his dad was driving home from a college football game. Nearly 50 years later, Allen still claims that his father's death "changed everything forever." In a recent (2012) interview he said,
Part of me still doesn't trust that everything will work out all right. I knew my father was dead, but I was never satisfied with why he was dead. I wanted answers that minute from God. "Do you think this is funny? Do you think this is necessary?" And I've had a tumultuous relationship with my creator ever since.
Text: Psalm 73
I. Asaph begins his poem with an affirmation of faith – “God is Good” (CREEDAL)…
repeat the words…
II. But Asaph Plays The Comparison Game And He Loses --- He Is Overtaken By Envy And Doubt
my feet had almost slipped
I envied the wicked (Prosperity of…)
Looked across the fence at his neighbour…
Roosevelt -- "I have never envied a person who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."
III. Asaph Falls into despair ***in vain have I kept my heart pure***
CS Lewis quote: "I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port (beer or whiskey) would do that. If you want religion to make you really comfortable, I certainly do not recommend Christianity."
Asaph writes… “I tried to understand…but I could not…”
Life isn’t fair!!!
Life doesn’t make sense…
Let’s remind ourselves of the identity of the writer of this poem.
One of the three leaders of music in the tabernacle service,
I chron 15
16 David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. 17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brothers Asaph the son of Berechiah;
1 chron 16
4 Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel. 5 Asaph was the chief…
Do worship leaders ever struggle with doubt or envy?
What to do with your doubt? (when live gets ugly)
Stop going to church?
Stop praising him?
Asaph “went into the sanctuary”
IV. Until I went into the sanctuary (v17) -- then I understood *their final destiny*
Story from Luke 16:19 ff (Rich man and Lazarus)
Where are we going?
Prayer… “How long will the wicked prosper and believers suffer?”
Persecution is on the rise against Christians around the world.
CT – symposium in USA
*** But Scripture tells the end of the story!
***hear the good news of the gospel…
On the cross Jesus defeated sin…death and the evil one… he is however – not yet destroyed – that happens later…at our Lords coming
Life doesn’t make sense without the return of Christ!
When he comes he will set things right!
Politicians are trying…but they can do a lot of good – and Canada is a great country
But the world needs Messiah--- we need the govt upon his shoulders!