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Why Is There So Much Evil in the World, and Why Doesn't God Do Something about It? (6 of 8)
Series: When We Wonder Why?
Dr. Stan Coffey
I. Criminals Go Unpunished
II. The Oppressed Are Unhelped
III. Politicians Are Unethical
IV. Life Is Unfair Because Good People Are Unrewarded
I want us to turn to the book of Ecclesiastes written by Solomon, King of Israel, Solomon who was granted a request by God. God said, ''You can have one request. I will grant it to you whatever it is.''
He could have asked for riches, he could have asked for fame, he could have asked for power, but Solomon asked for wisdom and God gave him supernatural wisdom and because of that all the other things came to him. He is known as the wisest man in the Old Testament and other than the Lord Jesus, the wisest man in all the Bible is Solomon.
Now he gave us the books of wisdom. Proverbs, most of the Proverbs are written by Solomon, the Song of Solomon, and then the book of Ecclesiastes. In Ecclesiastes he is called the preacher, but it is Solomon who is King of Israel who writes.
He deals with this matter in several verses that we will look at in the book of Ecclesiastes this morning. Let's just start in Ecclesiastes Chapter 4 Verse 1. Maybe you can identify with what he is saying.
I. CRIMINALS GO UNPUNISHED
''THEN I LOOKED AGAIN AT ALL THE ACTS OF OPPRESSION WHICH WERE BEING DONE UNDER THE SUN. AND BEHOLD I SAW THE TEARS OF THE OPPRESSED AND THAT THEY HAD NO ONE TO COMFORT THEM; AND ON THE SIDE OF THEIR OPPRESSORS WAS POWER, BUT THEY HAD NO ONE TO COMFORT THEM.''
''SO I CONGRATULATED THE DEAD WHO ARE ALREADY DEAD MORE THAN THE LIVING WHO ARE STILL LIVING. BUT BETTER OFF THAN BOTH OF THEM IS THE ONE WHO HAS NEVER EXISTED, WHO HAS NEVER SEEN THE EVILD ACTIVITY THAT IS DONE UNDER THE SUN.''
And so you see the despair that he feels when he looks upon the evil in the world. He asks the question if God is all powerful. He implies the question if God ...
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