Sunday, July 26, 2015

On 8-2-15, Isaiah 59:15b-21 or 15-21 will be our Adult Sunday School/ Uniform Series/ International Sunday School Lesson, herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Our Redeemer Comes or A Redeemer in Zion

Our Redeemer Comes
 or 
A Redeemer in Zion
Isaiah 59:15b-21 or 15-21
August 2, 2015



Commentary 
by
Jed Greenough


Have you ever been forced into action?  For example, were you suddenly put into a position where you had to save someone from drowning or choking.  Maybe you were in the military or law enforcement and situations were such that you had to act.

We have more incidental things in our life that bring a reaction out of us because we are parents or neighbors or Christians.  We just do them because you don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.

When we read of God in today’s scripture it kind of reads like man could have done something but we know when we read Romans 3:10 “There is no one righteous, not even one.”  

Certainly not by God’s standards and so “His own arm worked salvation for Him and His own righteousness sustained Him.”  Only He could “put on the garments of vengeance”.

We do things because of who we are and we see them through to the best of our ability and when God is doing it that is as thorough as it is going to get!

So when we read “He will repay wrath to His enemies and retribution to His foes;” you can bet that the action taken will be complete.  And it isn’t just retribution that will be complete but also His plan of redemption

Do not see this scripture as a return to Jerusalem from Babylonian exile and a temporary squelching of foes.  Rather we should see this scripture as referring to Christ. 

Paul speaks of this scripture in Romans 11:25-32 which gives us clarity on the subject. 

Understanding that and having Christ and Israel in sight we can understand the big picture of God’s plan for ALL of us.


For Discussion:

1. This is a perfect example of how God who never changes is the same God in the Old Testament as the one in the New Testament.
2. Discuss the beauty of God’s word.
3. Discuss God’s plan.
4. Read Romans 9-11.
5. Discuss from verse 15, “whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.”
6. Discuss His coming “like a pent up flood”.
7. Discuss the relationship of righteousness and salvation.




Upcoming Lessons

August 9      A Choice to be Just     Jeremiah 7:1-15
August 16    A Call for Repentance     Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 or 30-32






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


Monday, July 20, 2015

On 7-26-15, Micah 7:14-20 will be our Adult Sunday School/ Uniform Series/ International Sunday School Lesson, herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as God Shows Clemency or God’s Matchless Mercy

God Shows Clemency
 or 
God’s Matchless Mercy
Micah 7:14-20
July 26, 2015



Commentary 
by
Jed Greenough




I hope that many of you will learn a lot about the mercy of God this week I really do.  I feel God’s mercy and His patience in my life continually and I am glad that I have not taken it totally for granted although I must, I’m sure, to some extent, because in the end I am I must admit an unworthy creature.

This week however I am being drawn back to last week where I stressed the need for substance over symbolism and truly walking the walk and not just talking the talk.

When I read today’s scripture I realize that like last week used hyperbole to show how meaningless mere acts were to God (remember the use of the word thousands and the sacrifice of a first born child) we seem to see the same thing this week.

Nations (people of all types) are ashamed, they lose all their power, their hands go to their mouths, they lick the dust and crawl on the ground.  All this to show how truly magnanimous God can be.

I think that this has been shown out by the many people who have heard the gospel message and God’s gift of grace and come to faith. For some however this has not worked, why?

Could it be due to the example of many who have claimed this act of mercy and who are so called Christians that do not seem so different to non Christians who view them?

How affective would they be if they did merely what God wants?  Again from last week walk the walk of Micah 6:8, “He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  

I dare say if we were better at doing that then truly people would react as the nations mentioned in today’s scripture and that is no hyperbole!




For Discussion:

  1. Discuss our examples to non believers
  2. Discuss when people have responded positively to your example
  3. Discuss when you’ve failed as an example
  4. Discuss God’s mercy
  5. Discuss in particular God’s “delight to show mercy”
  6. Discuss verse 17’s “they will turn in fear to the Lord”





Upcoming Lessons

August 2     Our Redeemer Comes or A Redeemer in Zion     Isaiah 59:15b-21 or 15-21







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