Sunday School Material 8-7-11: Walk in God's Path

(Judges 13:1-8, 24-25; 8/7/11)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God nurtured Samson to deliver God's people. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live so God will bless us.

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Body:
Read Judges 13:1-5
I. God Responding to a Need.
In this section of the Sunday School material the children of Israel sinned again. And God punished them again. This time, God punished them with forty years of being under the rule of the Philistines.

However, God also had an angel to go down to talk with Manoah’s barren wife. She was told that she would bear a son who was to be a Nazarite unto God, and he would begin to deliver Israel from the Philistines.

Applications –
- Learning from others.
Notice in vs. 1 of the Sunday School material how more sin leads to more punishment. It would seem as if we would look at how sin led to punishment, in our text, and work on our sin problems.

But too often we keep on sinning. Think about how long some have been robbing God of His time, talent, tithes, and worship. Think about how long some have been mistreating the temple of their body and mistreating others.

Let's learn from our text to work on our sin problems. We do not have forty years to waste.

- God’s plan. Notice in vss. 2-5 of the Sunday School material that God was already working on a plan to bless His people. It should be encouraging to us that God is still working on a plan to bless Hs people.

This idea supports why we should avoid feeling hopeless. In light of God using "ordinary people" like Manoah's wife and Manoah, we should be careful how we treat "ordinary people," they may be a part of God's plan for us.

Let's keep our hope alive in God's plan, which may include His use of "ordinary people."

- God’s mysterious ways. Notice in vss. 2-5 of the Sunday School material that God can work in mysterious ways. It is strange for God to speak to the wife, instead of the husband. It is strange for the mother to be under restrictions.

Usually just the son would be under Nazarite vow restrictions. And some even suggest that the "angel of the Lord" is a pre-incarnstion of Christ. A lesson for us to take away from this text is that God is a big God.

We should be careful about saying what He can and cannot do. Let's work on being open to God doing what is best for us, in whatever way He wants to do it. Prayerful study with a mind to obey and with the support of other believers can help us in this area.



Read Judges 13:6-8, 24-25
II. God Providing for the Need.
Manoah’s wife told him what happened. Manaoh asked God in this section of the Sunday School material to send the man of God back to talk to both of them.

The child, Samson, was born. God blessed Samson and the Spirit of the Lord began to move him in the camp of Dan.

Applications –
- Communication.
Notice in vss. 6-7 of the Sunday School material that Manoah's wife reported what happened between her and the angel of the Lord to Manoah, her husband.

Communication is so important in a partnership. Whether the partnership is between spouses, co-workers on the job, or members in a church, the principle is true.

Too many small things become lareger things in the church because of a lack of communicating/reporting the right and complete information to the right person at the right time.

Not only are cabinet members mandatory reporters, but all who are in partnership with those whom God is using as a leader should feel duty bound to report pertinent information in a timely fashion to the right people.

Let's work on communication in our partnerships.

- Understand and execute. Notice in vs. 8 of the Sunday School material that Manoah wanted to make sure that he understood what was going on.

Especially when you are in charge of something, you strive to make sure you understand the assignment and any restrictions. God is calling every believer to do a good work for Him.

Let's make sure we understand and execute those things that Gods s calling us to do.

- God is a promise keeper. Notice in vs. 24 of the Sunday School material that God is a promise keeper. The son was born to the woman as promised.

We can count on the promises of God, including the promises to bless obedience and punish disobedience. Let's live like we believe the promises of God. Such living includes obeying God's commandments to love Him and other, as we love ourselves.

- The Spirit’s moving. Notice in vs. 25 of the Sunday School material that the Spirit was moving Samson. On one hand, because the Spirit may be moving a person, we should be careful how we treat people. Everything that is new is not ungodly.

However, on the other hand, everything that is new is not a moving of the Spirit. Let's seek godly wisdom for the times in which we live. Prayerful Bible study with a mind to obey and with the support of other believers will help in this area.

Conclusion: Let’s live so God will bless us. God has much for those who obey His will.

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