Sunday School Material 9-11-16: The Mountain of God





(Isaiah 25:6-10a; 9/11/16)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that there will be a great feast among God’s people, and they will be glad. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to make sure that we are among God’s people and help others do the same.

Body:

Read Isaiah 25:6-8

I. God’s Graciousness.  There is a promise of the Lord doing great things on a mountain in our Sunday School material. There will be a great feast for all people. He will swallow up death forever. He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the Earth.

Applications –

- The feast. Notice in vs. 6 that there will be a great feast among God’s people. First, we believe that this is a picture of what is to come – “the end times.”

Second, if there is no fellowship among us, as we eat at the feast, we will not experience the feast at its highest level. Think about having a delicious meal with someone you don’t like.

Third, we should not wait until the “end times” to get along with one another. God commands us to love one another right now. Love includes being kind and forgiving people. Let’s work on getting along with one another, as preparation for the great future feast.

- “All peoples.” Notice in vs. 6 the reference to “all peoples.” This is probably a reference to how there will be people from all groups of people or ethnic groups, not a reference to every person being at the feast.

In other words, there are some saved people among all of the peoples/ethnic groups of the world. Thus, we should make sure that we are saved through Christ.

We should help others get saved through Christ. We should not count on some universal salvation of everybody. Let’s keep working on evangelism, as saved people.

- God’s promises. Notice in vss. 7-8 that death and disgrace will be taken away. No matter how bad things are in our lives today, God has better days ahead. Our troubles are temporary. Thus, we should never be hopeless.

We may cry and be frustrated for a short while. But we should refocus on the promises of God. We can count on God doing what He said that He will do. He has promised to bless our obedience and punish our disobedience.

Let’s work on living like we trust the promises of God. This kind of living should be known for going through rough times with hope in God and obedience to His will.

Read Isaiah 25:9-10a

II. People’s Gratitude. The people of the Sunday School material will talk about how they trust in God. There will be rejoicing and gladness. The hand of the Lord will rest on the mountain.

Applications –

- Declaring with gladness. Notice in vs. 9 that the people will declare the existence of God, their trust in Him, His saving them, and they will do all of this will rejoicing and gladness.

First, we should be known for declaring the existence of God, today. God is real right now. Second, we should both trust Him and declare our trust in Him. Our declarations can be edifying to other believers.

Third, we should declare that it was the Lord who saved us, not we ourselves. This will help us stay humble. And fourth, we should be known for rejoicing and being glad in the Lord.

Being a grumpy, non-smiling Christian is a contradiction of terms. The fruit of the Spirit includes joy. Let’s work on declaring with gladness.

- Rest. Notice in vs. 10 that the hand of the Lord will rest on the mountain. Remember in Genesis that on the seventh day, God rested. Rest is important.

All work and no rest will not work. And all rest and no work will not work either. Let’s work on balancing the need to work with the need for rest.

Conclusion: Let’s make sure that we are among God’s people and help others do the same. God has much for those who obey His will.

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