That’s Not Fair

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, June 11, 2017

  • Genesis 1:1-31 – Creation
  • Genesis 4:1-12 – Cain and Abel
    • I John 3:12
  • Genesis 6:1-22 – Noah
  • Genesis 11:1-9 – The tower of Babel
  • Genesis 19:14-26 – Sodom and Gomorrah
  • Genesis 25:27-34; 27:30-36 – Jacob and Esau
  • Jacob, Rachel, and Leah
  • Jacob and Esau meet again – Genesis 33:1-4
  • Genesis 34 – Dinah

That’s Unfair

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 16, 2017

  • God is perfectly fair and just, but this world is not.
    • Deuteronomy 32:4
    • The world is often unfair and unjust. God did not make it so (Genesis 1:31).
    • Do not attribute man’s injustice to God.
  • God will settle justice at the Judgment.
    • Romans 2:5-11
    • Every injustice will be settled when God judges the world with perfect impartiality.
    • Sinners who are justified by faith in Christ will be spared from God’s wrath. Romans 5:1, 9-10
  • We must be willing to wait on God’s justice.
    • Often what we perceive as unfairness in God is actually our own impatience.
    • Revelation 6:10
    • While we are impatient, God’s patience is working to bring about the salvation of the world.
    • II Peter 3:14-15
    • Isaiah 30:18
    • James 5:7-8
  • Fair or unfair?
    • Do not confuse fairness and justice with equality in the world.
    • If it is right, then it is fair.
    • Was it fair for Jesus to suffer for sins He did not commit?
      • No, it was not fair because it was not right.
      • However, it was merciful and gracious.
    • Is it fair for Christians to suffer for their faith in Jesus?
      • II Thessalonians 1:5-10
      • In the parable of the laborers (Matthew 20:1-6), was it fair for the landowner to pay all of the workers the same amount even though they did not all work as many hours?
        • Yes, it was fair because the landowner had the right to do so.
      • In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), was it fair for the master to give different talents to different slaves?
      • Was it fair for God to choose Jacob rather than Esau?
        • Romans 9:13-14
        • Yes, it was fair because God had the right to do so.
      • It is fair for God to save those who meet the conditions of His gospel and not others?
        • Romans 9:15
        • Yes, it is fair because God has the right to do so.
      • Many times, the cry of “unfair” arises from discontent rather than from injustice.
        • I Timothy 6:6-8
        • Philippians 4:11-12
        • Don’t compare yourself to others as a measure of fairness or justice.

Life Isn’t Fair

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By George Slover

Benchley, October 14, 2014

  • Ecclesiastes 1:13-18; 9:11-16
  • Law of sowing and reaping – Hebrews 10:12-13
    • David had to live with the consequences of his sin. II Samuel 12:9-12
    • Galatians 6:7-8
    • Sometimes we make life unnecessarily complex because of our bad decisions.
  • Add the activity of the devil! Job 1:9-11
  • Life isn’t fair! Judges 6:13
  • Life isn’t fair … but God is fair! Psalms 145:17
    • God remembers when others do not. Hebrews 6:10
    • God provides an escape from temptation. I Corinthians 10:13
    • God rewards according to ability. Matthew 25:14-30
      • We all have different abilities. Romans 12:3-8
    • God accepts according to what you have. II Corinthians 8:12
    • God judges fairly and impartially. Romans 2:5-11
  • A just God rules the world! Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Dealing With Unfairness

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