In the Sight of All Nations – Luke 13:1-9September 17, 2017
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Speaker: Jerry Cisar
Why did the Lord put Israel in Canaan? Why was the Promised Land there instead of somewhere else?
You might be wondering, “What does this have to do with my week, the wreckage of Irma, living without AC for a few days in Florida heat, and fearing the loss of our homes? What does this have to do with why God seems to have answered some prayers and not others? (We can certainly say we missed near disaster, but the Caribbean can’t say the same.) Does God love us more than them? Did we have more faith? Was Key West more wicked than Tampa Bay?
Or maybe you are wondering, “What does this have to do with why I felt so angry with the Lord? What am I to do with the fact that I was angry at God when I thought we were going to take a direct hit? How can I help my unbelieving friends who lost everything and are still angry with God?”
Of course, I can’t answer all of those questions (or the 30 other relevant questions) thoroughly tomorrow morning, but, the answer to the first question, “Why did the Lord put Israel in Canaan?,” will actually shed some light on each of these questions. And answering that question also has something to do with understanding the text of Luke 13:1-9 which we will be exploring as we try to understand how the Lord is working even through a storm like Irma.