Concordia Theological Monthly

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The Secret of God's Plan

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israel, covenant, God's plan, grace, moses, faith, judgment, christian

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


A restive search is going on today, and almost everyone is engaged in it. The search is for meaning in life, for significance, for purpose. Captured by a meaningless job and caged inside four walls with a TV set for companionship, modern man feels trapped. We need not extend the picture except to suggest that a disintegrating anguish takes possession of people when suddenly they realize that life is empty and sterile, completely lacking in meaning for them. One single devastating question keeps begging for an answer: Why live? The author of Ecclesiastes struggled with this question long ago and wrote: "I have seen everything that is done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. . . . So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair." (1:14; 2:20).


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Ecclesiastes 1:14; Ecclesiastes 2:20; Ephesians 1:9-10; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Ephesians 2:10; Genesis 12:2; Genesis 26:4; Genesis 28:14; Genesis 35:10-12; Genesis 46:2-4; Exodus 23:20-24:8; Amos 3:2; Amos 9:1; Micah 3:9-12; Isaiah 1:2-3; Isaiah 30:1-2;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars