The Joshua Victor Theory

God of Reversals

November 22, 2010

Sermon on Malachi 3:13-18 about injustice in life. For the Last Sunday in the Church Year.

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1. Read what some of the “complaints against God” were from the Jews, in Malachi 1:2; 2:17; 3:8; 3:14-15. Read Psalm 73. How did Asaph envy the wicked, and what brought him back to the truth?

2. What injustice or unfairness do you feel you face in life? If you suffer for doing wrong, this is no credit to you (see the whole book of 1 Peter, especially chs. 2-4; verse 2:19-20). But suffering for doing what is good is a “gracious thing.”

3. How did Asaph find peace and understanding about the plight of the righteous and the prosperity of the wicked? Psalm 73:16-28. How does this parallel what God says in Malachi 3?

4. In what way does the Day of Judgment show the “distinction between the righteous and the wicked?” How will God sort things out?

5. Does God hear our cries to Him about injustice? How do we, and how does God respond to injustice and the feelings it produces? How did we become God’s treasured possession? Cf. Malachi 3:16-18, Ps. 73, 1 Peter 1:18-19; Matt. 13:44-46; Rom. 8:31-32

6. How did Jesus respond to the injustice of His crucifixion? Luke 23:34, 43. See how God reacts to injustice in the following parables: Luke 14:12-24; 15:11-32; 19:9-18.

7. How does this set a pattern for us as Christians to follow? How do we respond to injustice in a Christ-like way? If we suffer injustice in this life, what far outweighs anything we experience?

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