Sunday School Material 7-26-15: God's Matchless Mercy

(Micah 7:14-20; 7/26/15)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material God has plans to restore His people. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to never lose hope, as long as we are in right relationship with God.

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Read Micah 7:14-17

I. Israel’s Shepherd. God is the great shepherd of His people. In our Sunday School material blessed days are promised for the people of God. The surrounding nations will fear the Lord.

Applications –

- Shepherd and sheep. Notice in vs. 14 that God is pictured as the great shepherd of His people. The shepherd feeds, leads, protects, and cares for his sheep. God has done and is doing all of this and more for us, who have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith.

It is easy to shout about God being a great shepherd. However, God is also calling us to be good sheep. Good sheep hear and obey the voice of their shepherd. Let’s work on being so thankful for God being our shepherd that we live as good sheep for Him.

- God has been so good. Notice in vs. 15 a reference to how God blessed His people to get out of Egypt. It is important for us to remember what God has done for His people historically, so we can be inspired to trust Him to take care of us today and in the future.

Whereas the Jews had Egypt, African American believers have deliverance from American slavery.  Each race or ethnic group should have a historic reminder of God’s ability and willingness to take care of His own.

Let’s live like we trust that God is still able and willing to take care of His own. This kind of living should be noted for obedience and anticipation.

- King of kings. Notice in vss. 16-17 of our Sunday School material that the nations will have to essentially bow before the Lord. No matter what the world says, God is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

In the end, everyone will have to bow before Him. To the extent that the world has defied God, they will experience great shame. God’s ways are right, even when they are not popular.

Let’s live like we trust that God is King of kings. This kind of living should be noted for obedience. At the core of what God expects of us is to make sure that we are saved and living lives that are focused on loving Him and others, as we love ourselves.

Read Micah 7:18-20

II. Israel’s Savior. God is in a category all by Himself. We see in our Sunday School material He forgives the sins of His people. He remembers and keeps His pledged promises of blessings.

Applications –

- God without peers. Notice in vs. 18 that God is in a category all by Himself. There is none like Him. This is an important point to remember, especially in light of so much tolerance and compromising in the public square.

There are too many who in the name of “let’s just get along” have reduced God to popular opinions and other religions, while exalting popular opinions and other religions to the place that should be reserved for God.

This amounts to desecrating God and idolizing popular opinion and other religions. It almost makes sense for the world to do such, but there are too many who claim to be Christians doing the same. Let’s live like God is in a category all by Himself.

This kind of living calls for prayerfully studying His word and obeying it, even when so many others are living contrary to God’s word.

- God’s grace. Notice in vss. 18-20 of our Sunday School material that God is a gracious God. He gives us undeserved mercy and unmerited favor.

On one hand, we should do the best that we can to live up to God’s will. But on the other hand, we should not give up hope, when we falter. God’s grace has a way of taking us from sinful failures to being those who are back on our feet with another chance to live for Him.

Let’s live like we trust the grace of God. Such living should include a continuous praising of God and striving to live by His will. /// Grace should never be used as a license for sin, but it should keep us from ever being hopeless.

- God the promise keeper. Notice in vs. 20 that God is a promise/pledge keeper. First, we should remember that God promises to bless obedience and punish disobedience. Therefore, we should live obedient lives.

Second, as people of God, we should strive to keep our promises/pledges. We can start with our church covenant. Let’s work on living like we trust the promises of God and being keepers of our promises.

Conclusion: Let’s work on never losing hope, as long as we are in right relationship with God. God has much for those who obey His will.

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