Tuesday, August 4, 2015

On 8-9-15, Jeremiah 7:1-15 will be our Adult Sunday School/ Uniform Series/ International Sunday School Lesson, herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as A Choice to be Just

A Choice to be Just
Jeremiah 7:1-15
August 9, 2015

Jed Greenough

How important are you?  Are you the center of the universe?

I remember when I was little and it seems I thought of myself that way.  It seems like it took a really long time for me to wrap my mind around the idea that people were living out their lives at the very same time away from me.  They had their fun and their pets and their families and so on.

I think for many of us we rather maintain that feeling of our own importance in some respects and we put ourselves in front of others as if we can do no harm.

What made me think about all this was today’s scripture.  It made me think of how we often are in the church today.

In today’s scripture we read about all the people who came through the gates to worship.  They were told to reform their ways and their actions.  They were told, “Do not trust in deceptive words and say, This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!”

They were given a chance or as most of us have this week for a title, A Choice to be Just.

So how about us, we, who you will remember, still think of ourselves as being rather important.  Important that is until a call such as the one the people of Judah were given.  But I say we are each as Christians important and should make ourselves count.

Just as they were told “reform your ways and your actions” and to “not trust in deceptive words” so should we.  They said, “This is the temple of the Lord” and we say “this is the church of God”.  
But not everything that is happening inside is right just because it is taking place there.

There might not be some of the atrocities as mentioned in Jeremiah from today but wickedness comes in many forms.

We are important enough to make a difference and return the house of God to the place it should be.  The choice is ours.

For Discussion:

  1. Discuss how this call Jeremiah was given to proclaim uniquely went to the individual by saying, “all you people who come through these gates to worship.”
  2. Discuss how we are all important in the matters of the church.
  3. Discuss how we rely on “those in charge” to take care of matters.
  4. Discuss how we rely on “those in charge” to always do the right thing.
  5. Discuss our responsibilities as individuals.
  6. Discuss the fear of taking a stand.
  7. Discuss what God thinks of those who deny Him in a sense when they fail to stand for Him.

Upcoming Lessons

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

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