Sunday School Material 8-9-15: A choice to be Just

(Jeremiah 7:1-1-5; 8/9/15)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God is calling for real repentance, before His sends punishment. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to really repent from our sins, so we can experience the blessings of God, instead of His punishment.

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Read Jeremiah 7:1-2

I. Prophetic Message. The Lord has a word for Jeremiah to proclaim in our Sunday School material. Jeremiah is to proclaim the word at the gates. The message is for those people of God who are on their way to worship.

Applications –

- Responding to God’s message. Notice in vss. 1-2 that God sends His message to those who come to His house. In like manner, when we come to God’s house, the church, we should be looking for God’s message. It may be in the song or prayer. But it is surely in His word.

And we should make sure we obey God’s message. There are too many who hear but don’t obey. Let’s work on hearing and obeying what God is saying through whomever He sends His message.

Read Jeremiah 7:3-8

II. False Trust. In our Sunday School material the Lord is calling for His people to turn from their wicked ways. They are to stop oppressing one another and treat one another justly. The Lord is willing to let them live in the land of Canaan, if they would repent.

Applications –

- Real repentance. Notice in vss. 3-5 that God is calling for real repentance, not just vain words. God knows when our words are serious and when they are not. There are too many who say all of the right things, but don’t do what they say. Let’s work on real repentance, instead of simply saying the right things.

- Obedience and blessings. Notice in vss. 3, 7 that obedience leads to all kinds of blessings. Just as God was able and willing to let the people enjoy Canaan, God is able and willing to send all kinds of blessings into our lives.

God can send wealth, health, and great relationships. And He can allow us to enjoy the blessings. There are many who have more than they need, but they don’t enjoy their blessings. Let’s work on obeying God, so we can enjoy His blessings.

- Giving up our sins. Notice in vss. 4-6, 8 of our Sunday School material that the people are called to stop trusting in deceptive words, oppressing people, and engaging in idolatry. It is hard to believe that the people were engaged in so much willful sin and yet coming to the Temple on a regular basis.

However, there are many today who do essentially the same. We sin during the week and come to church on Sunday like all is well. Let’s work on living by God’s will, which includes our giving up our sins.

God has a special concern regarding the sins of mistreating people - foreigners, fatherless, widows, and shedding innocent blood. Think about how this list compares to the treatment of “illegal immigrants,” children without active parents, elders without enough resources, and the senseless violence of our day.

Read Jeremiah 7:9-15

III. Exposed Injustice. The Lord is upset about the people engaging in so many sins and then coming to the Temple, as if the Temple would protect them. The Lord promises that punishment similar to that administered to Shiloh would be administered to them. The building will not protect them from the Lord.

Applications –

- Worshipping with lips and lives. Notice in vss. 9-11 that God sees our dirt beyond our worship rituals. Just as the Sunday School material talks about God watching His people, God does the same today. He doesn’t just see us in worship. He sees us all of the rest of the week as well.

Let’s work on living like we really mean what we talk about in worship. God wants us to worship Him with our lips and our lives.

- Learning from history. Notice in vss. 12-15 that God had plans to punish Jerusalem similar to how He had punished Shiloh. We should work on learning from our history.

We should learn what to do and what not to do. God is rather consistent in how He treats His people. Let’s work on learning from our history to obey, instead of disobey God.

Conclusion: Let’s work on really repenting from our sins, so we can experience the blessings of God, instead of His punishment. God has much for those who obey His will.

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