The Darkroom: The Picture Takes a While to Develop…

NOTES FROM A SERMON (First in a Series) PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, June 23, 2019 IN THE 10:30 am SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

Introduction

Biblical Characters in the Darkroom
  • Job in his loss
  • Jonah in the Whale
  • Joseph in Slavery & in the Prison
  • Moses in the Wilderness of Midian
  • Rahab in Jericho
  • David in the Crosshairs of Saul
  • Woman at the Well
  • Saul in Blindness
  • Jesus in the Tomb
A Lesson in Photography
  • Robert Malachi Owens was a guidance counselor at J. W. Carver Junior High in the mid 1970s.
  • I had the opportunity to learn a little about radio station operation and photography under his tutelage.
  • The process of developing film is interesting.  Let me outline it briefly:

Before you get started, make sure you have:

  • A film reel
  • A film tank
  • A cassette opener
  • Scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A timer
  • A metal or plastic container
  • A clothesline or wire rack
  • Clothespins or clips
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic sleeves
  • Chemicals and liquids:
    • Film developer
    • Water
    • Stop bath
    • Fixer
    • Wetting agent
    • Film cleaner

Place the film into the film tank. Turn off the lights. Open the film cassette with the opener. Remove the film from the cassette, and unroll it until you reach the small plastic cassette in the center. Cut through the tape attaching the film to the plastic. Wind the film onto the reel. Place the reel into the film tank. Slide the tank’s detached core through the hole in the center of the reel. Cover the tank with the lid. Turn the lights on. Mix 1 part film developer with 1 part water in a container. Use the thermometer to measure the temperature of the mixture. Use the temperature and the film developer’s instructions to determine how long it will need to develop. Pour the liquid into the film tank and set a timer. Rotate/gently shake the tank periodically as the film develops. Pour the mixture out of the film tank into the sink. Fill the tank with stop bath and shake the tank for 30 seconds. Pour out the stop bath. Fill the tank with fixer. Set a timer for 3-5 minutes, and periodically shake the tank. Pour out the fixer. Thoroughly rinse the film with cold water. Soak the film reel in a container filled with wetting agent for 30 seconds. Take the film off the reel and unroll it. Hang the film up to dry on a clothesline or wire rack. Leave the flim to dry for several hours. When the film is completely dry, gently wipe it with a paper towel soaked in film clear to remove any streaks. Cut the film into strips of 5 negatives. Store the negatives in plastic sleeves for protection.

The Spiritual Application of the Darkroom
  • Darkness (for all intents working blind)
  • Being exposed to the elements (some harsh, but necessary)
  • Stages of a long process
  • Cleaning the elements off
  • Stretching or weighting
  • Cutting parts off to make useful

Part One: Job the Perfect

Who Was Job?

Job 1:1–5 (NKJV)  1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. 2 And seven sons and three daughters were born to him.

3 Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East.

4 And his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.

The Components of Job’s Darkroom Experience
  • Satan put a target on his back
  • He lost all of his livestock, the majority of his wealth
  • He lost his children to a freak storm
  • Job tore his clothes and said,

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there.  The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”  In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. (Job 1:21–22 [NKJV])

  • Another day, Satan asked God to allow him to do more than take Job’s things, but also to touch his health, assuming Job would cave in if he was attacked physically.

Job was then plagued with boils, scraping his sores with a broken piece of pottery.  His wife said, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”  Job responded, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. (Job 2:9-10)

Job’s friends all accused him of sin.  They called him to repent.

Job responded with an insistence of his innocence in the matters at hand.

•“Hold your peace with me, and let me speak, then let come on me what may!  Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hands?  Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.  Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.  He also shall be my salvation, for a hypocrite could not come before Him. (Job 13:13–16 [NKJV])

Job’s friend Elihu scolds him further, and then God let them all know Who was right and in charge when He said, 

“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.  “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?  Tell Me, if you have understanding. 

Who determined its measurements?  Surely you know!  Or who stretched the line upon it?  To what were its foundations fastened?  Or who laid its cornerstone,  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 

“Or who shut in the sea with doors,  when it burst forth and issued from the womb;  when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band; when I fixed My limit for it, and set bars and doors; when I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!’ (Job 38:1–11 [NKJV])

The Results of the Darkroom Experience
  • Job acknowledged God as Almighty more fully than ever before
  • Job repented for his complaint concerning his unfortunate circumstances
  • God restored the perfect man to his former state of blessedness and beyond.  

Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. (Job 42:12–13 [NKJV])

Takeaway Thoughts
  • God is still present, even in the darkness
  • Even if you are exposed, cleansed, stretched, or trimmed, it can work out for your good 
  • God is Lord over the process
  • Even if there is loss, God is the Lord of Restoration

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