WHAT'S YOUR OPINION OF CLEANSING? (4 of 4)
Series: Old Testament "Profits"
1. Not long before she died in 1988, in a moment of
surprising candor in television, Marghanita Laski, one
of our best-known secular humanists and novelists,
said, "What I envy most about you Christians is your
forgiveness; I have nobody to forgive me."
2. Let me say a couple of things about what Mrs. Laski
said. First, I would have said to Mrs. Laski that she
did have "Someone" to forgive her and she could have
enjoyed the same forgiveness that every Christian has
experienced and I trust she did before she died.
Secondly, one of the blessings of being a Christian is
that we can say our sins are forgiven and furthermore,
when we sin, we can be forgiven of our sin.
3. For the past few weeks I have been sharing with you
a series of messages that I have entitled "Old
Testament Profits" and in so doing we have looked at
times in the Old Testament when someone questioned the
value and profit of a certain matter.
4. We have considered those who questioned the profit
of service. In Malachi 3:14 there were those who said,
"It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that
we have kept His ordinance?"
5. We considered those who questioned the profit of
prayer. We saw in Job 21:15 those that said, "What
profit should we have, if we pray unto Him?"
6. Last week we considered Esau and his statement,
"What profit shall this birthright do to me"
(Gen.25:32)? We saw how Esau questioned the profit of
7. In our final message in this series I want us to
consider how the matter of cleansing was questioned.
In our text, Elihu accuses Job of saying, "What profit
shall I have if I be cleansed from sin?" That's not
exactly what Job said. Job had referred to those he
called wicked. In essence, Job was declaring that
there were those who question the value and profit of
being cleansed fr ...
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