12.1-3, with Isaiah 40.28-31
“God’s classified” “Wanted: Someone to dream big, dare big,
risk and give everything, just like the heroes and saints of ages past”.
Faith commended to us, faith commending us to God
Faith risks – Abraham
Faith abused – Moses
Today’s theme: Faith endures.
summer Olympic Games
Redmond takes the lead, blow hamstring on backstretch
the track as all others run past him
stretcher, gets up and hobbles/hops
in the top of the stands, runs through security and joins him
we hear “punishment”
and put this into the “fault” category
did I do to deserve?
happened because of my sin/mistake
athletic metaphor (not an explanation for suffering)
– athletic discipline – character revealed thru adversity
hardship AS discipline” – how we receive and live it
us bitter or better?
range of biblical reasons given for suffering
specific to the event itself
biblical hardships are unexplained, in terms of cause
randomness, and the pervasiveness of evil
why we ask: If God is good, why?
a sign of justice and peace that God desires, and a desire given to us by God
lit Greek “sons” (good to translate as “children”)
text echoes “son” in Hebrews 5.8 (Craddock)
“Although [Jesus] was a Son, he
learned obedience through what he suffered”
“For the sake of the joy” (Craddock)
translations, “instead of” – cross OR heavenly joys
translations, “for the sake”, poses another problem:
is the relation between the suffering of the cross and JOY?
salvation, to be both “pioneer and perfecter” of our faith
No matter how tough the road, there is JOY ahead
for us … we do not choose the path or the obstacles
for Jesus (and for us who endure)
cancer, grief, mental health, addiction,
financial struggles, HIV, divorce, job loss
No matter how difficult the journey, one who LOVES us
Model, rare in NT, though not limited here to Model
Jesus “endured”; once (same word), us (“persevere”, 12.1)
he is not
simply waiting for us at the finish line, as our goal
he – who
understands every human weakness – joins us on the track
Redmond with Derek)
No matter how dark the moment, we are never left ALONE
If you lost
Derek Redmond and father Jim, 400 meters:
Interpreter’s Bible, Vol XII.