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It sounds too good to be true—triumph through trials.  It even sounds contradictory.  Trials: the word is pregnant with heaviness:  —pain, “Oh God, how can I stand it; can’t someone do something about it?”  —misery, “Let me die; I can’t go on any more.”  —fear, “Is it cancer? How long do I have, Doctor? Will I have much pain?”  —sorrow, “He’s gone, Oh bitter grief!”  —loneliness, “The house rings with silence. I hear her voice, yet she’s gone.” 

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What a contrast between bastards and sons.  A bastard is an illegitimate child. From the point of view of those who are responsible for his existence, he shouldn’t have been born, his existence testifies of sin. From his own point of view he is a misfit, he doesn’t belong in the home. There are such spiritual bastards. Jesus spoke of the Pharisees, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do,” John 8:44.

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