Sunday School Material 11-23-14: Inheritance Marks A New Beginning



(Ezekiel 47:13-23; 11/23/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is Ezekiel is shown the water that comes from the Temple and its life giving power. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to let God use us to be a part of the life giving work that He does in this world of so much salt and barrenness.

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Body:

Read Ezekiel 47:13-14

I. The Inheritance. On our Sunday School material the Lord is talking to Ezekiel. Land is to be given to God’s people, as God had promised/swore. Joseph is to receive two portions.

 

Applications -

- Blessing our children and children’s children. Notice in vs. 13 that the faithfulness of Joseph resulted in his children receiving a double portion. First, every believer should strive to live a faithful life as a way of telling the Lord, “Thank You for another day.”

Second, we should strive to leave some blessings for our children and children’s children (see Pro. 13:22).

This idea includes financial blessings, but there is also much to be said about leaving the blessing of being an example of being Spirit filled/controlled. Think about “our children” as our next generation - not just our biological children.

Third, no matter how much we want our children to live a blessed life, they have a mind of their own. We are challenged to do the best that we can and leave the rest to God. Let’s work on living so that our children and children’s children can experience great blessings. 

- Trusting God’s promises. Notice in vs. 14 of our Sunday School material that God remembers and keeps His promises. It is easy to get people to say “amen” to this statement. However, it is difficult to get people live by the statement.

God promises to bless obedience and punish disobedience; thus, we should obey. But too often we don’t. Let’s work on living like we trust that God is a promise keeper.

- Inheritances. Notice in vss. 13-14 that the people of God are to receive an inheritance. An inheritance is not earned. And an inheritance should be treated as a sacred trust. 

There are too many who behave as if they have earned the blessings that they have without God’s grace. And if one earns it then one feels as if one can do whatever he/she wants to do with it. 

Let’s work on living like all that we have are inheritances from the Lord. Think about how this applies to your health, wealth, relationships, positive mental attitude, and call to make a positive contribution with your life. 

Read Ezekiel 47:15-20

II. The Boundaries. The boundaries of the land in question are mentioned in our Sunday School material. There is a description of the northern, eastern, southern, and western boundaries. 

Applications -

- Being obedient and trusting. Notice in vss. 15-20 that God has more than enough for all of His people. However, we should note that the blessings came after time and obedience. 

First, we should behave as if God has some more, instead of being jealous about what others have or behaving as if we believe that God is running out of blessings. Second, we should trust God to give us what is best, when it is best for us to have it. 

Third, we should make sure that we are not delaying our blessings by being disobedient. Let’s work on being obedient and trusting God’s timing.  

Read Ezekiel 47:21-23

III. The Imperative. There is a reiteration that the people of God are to receive the land. However, there is now mention of the land to be allocated by tribes in our Sunday School material. And more interesting, even the foreigners are to receive land. 

Applications -

- Compassion. Notice in vs. 22 that God calls for the weak to be treated with compassion. First, there are Christian scholars who see Christological implications, in the Sunday School material text. 

They would say that just as the foreigners in the text were to receive blessings, all believers, including non-Jews, are to receive eternal life through Jesus Christ.

I don’t know if that is the meaning of the text, but it is true that all believers have eternal life through Jesus Christ - praise the Lord! 

Second, we are clearly called to be kind towards those who are less fortunate than we are. How we show our kindness may vary - giving people money who are begging on the street, and making donations to non-profit organizations that work with the homeless.  

Also, volunteering with social service agencies that help empower people to live independently, and so forth. Let’s work on being a blessing to those who are less fortunate than we are. 

Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient and patient, as we wait on the promised blessings of God.  God has much for those who obey His will.

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