Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God promised on several occasions that the line of David would continue. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to trust and obey the promises of God.
Read Psalm 89:35-37
I. Confident Worship. God is talking about His sworn promise. The Sunday School material states that the line of David is to last forever. His throne is compared to the longevity of the sun and the moon.
- God the promise keeper. Notice in vss. 35-37 that we see that God promises that the line of David will continue. As believers, we trust that this promise is fulfilled ultimately in Jesus. We should live like we trust the promises of God. Such living should be known for obedience.
When we disobey God’s word without conviction, it seems as if we really don’t believe the promises of God. God promises to bless obedience and punish disobedience. God keeps His promises. Let’s live like we trust the promises of God.
Read Isaiah 9:6-7
II. Confident Hope. Here in the Sunday School material is a prophesy about the continuance of David’s throne. Believers see this as a prophesy about Jesus. Jesus is an eternal continuation of David’s throne. The zeal of the Lord will accomplish the prophesy.
- Living faith in God’s promises. Notice in vss. 6-7 that we see a reinforcement of the previous promise about David’s line and throne being continued.
First, again we believe the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy is in Jesus, in spite of the more immediate evidence of the prophecy being fulfilled.
In other words, there is what is known as “double meaning” and fulfillment. There is a sense in which a prophecy comes true during the time of the original writer and readers. And there is a sense in which the prophecy comes true ultimately in Jesus.
Second, it is noteworthy that God is God of the Prophets and Kings. It is a tragic mistake to think that God is only concerned with the church and not the community, which is governed by political systems. Thus, God’s people should be involved in making political systems godly.
Let’s work on having a living faith in God’s promises. Living faith is a faith that does what God calls us to do, as we wait on God to do what He promised to do. More specifically, we should be doing the good work on making a positive influence in our political systems.
Read Matthew 1:18-23
III. Confidence Fulfilled. In our Sunday School material the birth of Jesus is talked about. Mary is to give birth to Jesus, by way of the Holy Spirit.
Joseph is urged by an angel to continue with the plan to marry her, even though he was about to put her away privately. This is a fulfillment of the prophecy that David’s throne would continue forever.
- Lessons from Joseph. Notice in vss. 18-20 three noteworthy things about Joseph. First, he believed in marriage, instead of simply sleeping around.
There are too many who have all but forsaken marriage and have chosen to simply “play house.” We should do what we can to make marriage what God intends for it to be.
Second, Joseph was known for being both devoted to God’s law and for being merciful. There are some who are devoted to God’s word in such a legalistic way that they have no mercy.
And some are so merciful and lenient with sin that they have no reputation for being devoted to obeying God’s word. We should strive to have a balance of obeying God’s word and mercy for those who fail to obey.
Third, Joseph was willing to change his mind. There are too many people who are either too indecisive or too decisive. On one extreme, some people can never make up their minds. At the other extreme, there are those who make up their minds and not even God can change them.
We should work on being as decisive as we can be, but always allow room for the Lord to veto our plans. His ways are best for us.
Let’s work on living by the positive lessons learned from Joseph - the value of marriage, balancing obedience with mercy, and allowing God to override our plans.
- God’s mysterious ways. Notice in vss. 18, 20-23 of our Sunday School material that God works in mysterious ways. First, as we have noted before, Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy.
We ought not think of Jesus as being just another Bible character. He is in a class all by Himself.
Second, modern believers have probably grown so familiar with the “virgin birth” that we don’t think about it too much. It is highly unusual for a virgin to become pregnant and claim that the Holy Spirit did it.
It is made even stranger, when Joseph is expected to pay for the expenses related to raising the Holy Spirit’s baby.
There is a marvelous place to rehearse that “… God works in mysterious ways ... We walk by faith and not by sight ... Some things just don’t fit into our understanding…”
Let’s learn to simply trust God, when we don’t understand His mysterious ways. If you have to understand everything, you will have some sleepless nights with God. Because some of what God does fits into the category of “we will understand it better by and by.”
Conclusion: Let’s work on trusting and obeying the promises of God. God has much for those who obey His will.Please click here to let us know, if this has been quality and helpful information for you (i.e., make sure you let us know the name of the article). Feel free to share your questions and comments about the article as well.