Monday, September 22, 2014

On 9-28-14, Jeremiah 33:1-11 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Future Peace and Joy or Improbable Possibilities

Future Peace and Joy
Or
Improbable Possibilities
 Jeremiah 33:1-11
International Sunday School Lesson
September 28, 2014
                                                                                 


Commentary
By
Jed Greenough

How many times did Jeremiah share what God had given him about the fate of Jerusalem and its people?  I haven’t gone back to add them up but this system of warning and encouraging must be important to God and therefore must be to us too as the tally we can add up not just in Jeremiah but throughout the Bible are beyond numerous.
Today we all love to revel in the fact that one day Christ will return and we will join Him forever and what a wondrous joy that will be but we seem to forget this other part that will happen also.
Matthew 24 tells us first how dreadful it will be.  That the distress will be unequaled from the beginning of the world and but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened or no one would survive.
God shows His consistency by revealing what will happen if we fall away and what the reward will be if we don’t.  He told the Israelites generations before as we can read in Leviticus 26 that if they failed to obey He would bring upon them this sudden terror, wasting, fever and destruction they were now experiencing in Jeremiah’s time.  The list of God’s hostility towards them takes many paragraphs so the seriousness is apparent.  But again, consistently, the reminder of the great rewards for obedience is in the same chapter.
For us these books like Jeremiah should be a reminder and an example not just of the rewards but the inevitable punishment that will come for disobedience as God will not tolerate sin.  Like Leviticus or today’s Jeremiah 33 show both the punishment and the rewards, the aforementioned Matthew 24 in Jesus’ words also tells us both.  Will we listen?  The difference is all the other examples such as Jeremiah lead up to this coming moment.   Last chance!

For Discussion:
1.      Discuss tearing down the city to fight the Babylonian invaders.
2.      Discuss God’s wrath.
3.      Discuss God’s turning His face towards them in forgiveness.
4.      Discuss those who follow God bring honor or dishonor to Him.
5.      Discuss examples such as these for us today.
6.      Discuss our warnings are for the last time.
7.      Discuss verse 8.

Upcoming Lessons
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 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