Sunday, September 14, 2014

On 9-21-14, Jeremiah 32:1-9, 14, 15 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Anticipation of a New Future or A New Future

Anticipation of a New Future
Or
A New Future
 Jeremiah 32:1-9, 14, 15
International Sunday School Lesson
September 21, 2014
                                                                                 


Commentary
By
Jed Greenough


Imagine asking a true prophet of the Lord why he prophesies the way he does! 
In another scenario imagine asking a similar question of a true Holy Spirit gifted teacher or preacher as to why they teach the way they do!
The first seems preposterous and the second happens all the time!  Why?
I would guess that if we were weak in our faith and didn’t like what we heard we might ask the question.  In fact a sign of the near End of Times is just that.

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.  2 Timothy 4:3
But maybe many question those who teach and preach because of how they live out, or don’t live out their lives.
I am sure that King Zedekiah did not like to hear the bad news that there was no hope in defeating the Babylonians thus the question of why he prophesied what he did.  Jeremiah didn’t cave to pressure to say what Zedekiah wanted to hear.  Jeremiah answered the question by demonstration by showing him how much he believed what he spoke.  He bought land that would be restored in the future even while the countryside was being destroyed and lost.
What he showed was pretty important; he had faith in what he spoke.  He said in essence that resistance was futile but he also said eventually after a period of punishment things would be restored.
Operating on faith; fairly easy to teach, preach and talk about but living it out—now that is another thing.
For Discussion:
1.      Discuss the pressures of teaching/preaching.
2.      Discuss what happens when those positions are filled by those who shouldn’t.
3.      Discuss the student’s role as a Christian.
4.      Read Jeremiah 52:1-11 to see if what Jeremiah said would happen did.
5.      It is interesting to read how many times Jeremiah made these prophesies especially directly concerning King Zedekiah.
6.      Discuss why we can have difficulty living out our faith.
7.      Discuss ways to improve the process.

Upcoming Lessons
9-28-14    Future Peace and Joy or Improbable Possibilities, Jeremiah 33:1-11
10-5-14    Rejoice Anyway or Yet I Will Rejoice, Habakkuk 2:1-5; 3:17-19
10-12-14   Even So, My Redeemer Lives or I Know That My Redeemer Liveth , Job 19:1-7, 23-29
10-19-14   Hope Complains or I Will Call on God, Job 24:1, 9-12, 19-25

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved

Sunday, September 7, 2014

On 9-14-14, Jeremiah 31:31-37 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Hope for the Future or Restoration

Hope for the Future
Or
Restoration
 Jeremiah 31:31-37
International Sunday School Lesson
September 14, 2014
                                                                                 


Commentary
By
Jed Greenough

More than last week this week we can very clearly point to the time yet to happen in Israel’s future and now much more near when we read today’s scripture’s words.  They took it to refer to the Messiah as can we.
The time had not existed when their old covenant with God had ceased to exist.  They had failed to hold up their end of the bargain but God had not.  We as Christians knew how this all pointed to the need for Christ and how and why He was a gift of Grace and was bringing about a new covenant but Israel doesn’t know it yet.  But they will!
God promises He will not reject them all in verse 37 and Paul tells us in Romans 11 how much we in sharing the gospel as Gentiles and Christians play a part.

I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited:  Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.  And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:  “The deliverer will come from Zion; He will turn godlessness away from Jacob.  And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”  Romans 11:25-27
Those words stir me when I think of this reconciliation but no less that when I read this prophecy from Zechariah in a day when it seems like the end for Israel as a people.

And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son.  Zechariah 12:10
There are those who would rewrite God’s will and promises and say they take Israel’s place.  I would not be among those who would teach that God changes His mind or His word like some man!
I am thrilled for Israel and I grieve for what they must yet endure before they too call Jesus Lord and Master.

For Discussion:
1.      Pray for Israel.
2.      Discuss how we can contribute by our contributing to the fullness of the Gentiles that will come in as referenced in Romans 11.
3.      There are other scriptures that deal with this time find them and discuss.
4.      Discuss how there will be no need to teach someone to know the Lord.
5.      Read Romans 9-11.
Upcoming Lessons
9-21-14    Anticipation of a New Future or A New Future, Jeremiah 32:1-9, 14, 15
9-28-14    Future Peace and Joy or Improbable Possibilities, Jeremiah 33:1-11

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved