Sunday School Material 6-21-15: God Abhor Selfishness





(Amos 6:4-8, 11-14)


Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God gets so angry with selfishness that He punishes His people. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to work on helping one another, so we can be blessed, instead of punished.

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Body:

Read Amos 6:4-6

I. Excesses Described. In our Sunday School material Amos talks about how the rich are busy enjoying their riches. Beds of ivory, eating lamb, and drinking bowls of wine are mentioned.

They do this without grieving the ruin of the land that God has provided – “the ruin of Joseph.”

Applications –

- Being our siblings’ keeper. Notice in vss. 4-6 that those who were well off neglected the well-being of the body or collective group.

First, being well off is not necessarily a sin. If you are well off because of sinful behavior then your sinful behavior is the problem. If you earn high, spend low, and invest in righteous ways then being well off is not sin.

Second, it is sin to be so focused on your own well-being that you ignore the well-being of the rest of the collective group or body.

For example, those who are well off in our country should make sure they are doing their share to help those who are not as well off, in the country, especially in light of the fact that we are all members of the same country.

Thus, we have higher taxes for the well off than those who are poor. Taxes are then used to provide assistance to the poor and strengthening of the country.

Another example can be found in the church. Those with more are to give more (e.g., time, talent, and treasure), so ministry can be provided for the less fortunate and the strengthening of the church.

Let’s make sure that we are not so focused on our being well off that we neglect our duties to be our siblings’ keepers.

Read Amos 6:7-8

II. Exile Determined. In our  Sunday School material Amos talks about the punishment to come. The feasting and lounging will soon come to an end.

The Lord has sworn by Himself, which is about as certain as one can be about a promise. God abhors/hates the pride of the people in their fortresses.

Applications –

- God’s anger. Notice in vss. 7-8 that our stuff is temporary, especially when God gets angry. In the Sunday School material, the feasting, lounging, and feeling secure with human made fortresses will soon come to end because God is angry with the people’s sins.

In like manner, whatever we have going for us can be gone today, when God gets angry with our sins. Retirement funds can dry up, health can fail, and loved ones can die, when God gets angry with our failure to obey His will.

God wants us to be saved and focused on loving Him and others, as we love ourselves. Let’s work on obeying God, so we can be blessed, instead of experience His wrath and anger.

- God the promise keeper. Notice in vs. 8 that God is a promise keeper. This is one of those statements that it is easy to get an “amen” for. However, too many people don’t live like God is a promise keeper.

If we believed that God blessed obedience then we would obey. If we believed that God punished sin then we would stop sinning. Think about how many members of the church rob God of His tithes, show so little enthusiasm in worship, and give so little of their time and talent in service.

Let’s live like we believe that God is a promise keeper. Such living should be known for joyful obedience.

Read Amos 6:11-14

III. Extent of Destruction. We see in our Sunday School material, the Lord has commanded for all of the houses to be destroyed – great and small.

God is upset about the lack of justice and righteousness. God has plans for great destruction.

Applications –

- Justice ministry. Notice in vs. 12 that God wants justice and righteousness. It doesn’t matter how much singing and even giving we do on Sunday, God wants everyone to be treated justly and rightly.

God wants people to be treated right Sunday through Saturday – all of the time. Let’s work on being a part of justice and righteousness ministry.

We can carry out the spirit of this application by treating people that we encounter with justice and righteousness. We can carry out the spirit by voting people into positions of influence who will make sure that systems are just and right.

We should then hold them accountable to such expectations and replace them as needed.

 

- Don’t trust your resources. Notice in vss. 13-14 of our Sunday School material that some rather insignificant accomplishments are listed.

The idea is that when God gets ready to deal with our sins, our accomplishments and whatever we think we have going for us are no match for God.

Think about how our education, health, relationships, wealth, or whatever else we may be counting on is no match for God having a mind to chastise us for ours sins. Let’s work on living by God’s will, instead of counting on our might or accomplishments.

Conclusion: Let’s work on helping one another, so we can be blessed, instead of punished. God has much for those who obey His will.

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