(Jer. 22:1-10; 5/24/20; Dr. Baines, Jr.
Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that the Lord will bless obedience and punish disobedience. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to obey God, especially in the areas of justice and righteousness.
Read Jeremiah 22:1-5
I. For Judah. .
- A word for the king. Notice in vs. 1 that the Lord had a word for the king......Let’s work on sharing God’s word and living by it in every area of our lives.
- Justice and righteousness. Notice in vs. 3 that the Lord is concerned with justice and righteousness being the norm and protecting the more vulnerable. .....Let’s work on more justice and righteousness for God’s glory.
- Blessings and punishment. Notice in vss. 4-5 that there are blessings for obedience and punishment for disobedience. .....Let’s live like we really believe in God’s blessings and punishment.
Read Jeremiah 22:6-10
II. For the Nations.
- God’s love and punishment. Notice in vss. 6-7 that God loved His people and considered them as precious as Gilead and the summit of Lebanon......Let’s live like we believe that God loves us enough to punish us when needed.
- What does the world see when they look at us? Notice in vss. 8-9 that the surrounding nations were watching the people of God. In like manner, the world is watching us (i.e., those who call ourselves Christians)…...Let’s show the world that God is truly the head of our lives.
- Death. Notice in vs. 10 that the dead are free from the troubles of this world. ….. Let’s be mindful of the importance of being in Christ and the realities of death.
Conclusion: Let’s work on obeying God, especially in the areas of justice and righteousness. God has much for those who obey His will.