Sunday School Material 9-7-14: A Vision of the Future



(Jeremiah 30:1-3, 18-22; 9/7/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God will restore at the right time and in the right ways. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to trust God’s plans and timing for restoration today.

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Body:

Read Jeremiah 30:1-2

I. Message Transmission. In our Sunday School material God sends a word. The word is sent to Jeremiah. Jeremiah is to write the message down in a book.

 

Applications -

- A word from the Lord. Notice in vss. 1-2 that God sends a word to Jeremiah that is to be written down for the sake of others. First, we should thank God for His sending a word to people like us.

When you think about how much we have ignored God’s word in the past, His continuous sending says volumes about his compassion.

Second, the best way to know God and His will for our lives is to prayerfully study and obey the Bible. We should be so thankful that we don’t have to rely on having visions and then arguing about what each vision means today.

Third, the more God speaks, the more we should obey. It is one thing for God to send a word. It is another for us to obey His will. Let’s appreciate God’s love and word to us so much that we obey Him.

Read Jeremiah 30:3, 18-22

II. Message Content. God promises to restore His people - Israel and Judah. The restoration is to include the return of land and honor. In our Sunday School material God also promises to punish the enemies of His people. A leader of God’s people is to be raised up from among them.

Applications -

- Promised restoration. Notice in vs. 3 that a day of restoration is promised. First, the restoration is going to take place after the destruction of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is going to be destroyed because the people of God keep on sinning. Sin leads to destruction.

Second, we should not give up hope, when things look bad. The same God who destroys is able and willing to restore. God tends to restore quicker, when we repent quicker. Let’s work on living by God’s will, so we can avoid some destruction and hasten God’s restoration.

- God’s ability. Notice in vss. 18-20 that God promised restoration. The restoration included money, buildings, community, and young people. In other words, God’s restoration was spiritual and very practical.

In like manner, God is concerned with our spiritual and practical restoration. There is nothing too hard for God. He is able to restore money, buildings, communities, and young people.

Let’s live like God is able to restore His people spiritually and practically. This kind of living should be known for both our obeying His will and our trusting that God’s plans will be accomplished according to His timing.

- Rejoicing and singing. Notice in vs. 19 of our Sunday School material that restoration will trigger rejoicing and singing. In like manner, when we think about how good God has been to us, we should be known for our rejoicing and singing.

The lack of enthusiasm in our worship services is not evidence that God is failing to do His part. It is evidence that we are either unconscious of God’s goodness or we are being rebellious towards God’s will for us to praise Him. Let’s work on enthusiastically praising God for His goodness towards us.

- Punishment of oppressors. Notice in vss. 20, 23-24 that God will punish the oppressors. First, if you are not for God, you are against Him. There is no neutral. The best way to make sure you are for Him is to obey Him.

Second, as loving and restorative as God is towards His people, He is also known for punishing those who oppress. It is inconsistent to accept God’s energetic blessings and reject His energetic punishments.

Let’s make sure we are on God’s side, instead of being labeled as an oppressor subject to divine punishment.

- A promised leader. Notice in vs. 21 of our Sunday School material that a leader is to be raised up from among them. Beyond the point of who is being pictured - a leader in the Old Testament or Jesus - notice that followership is implied.

God would not send a leader, if there were no expectation of followership. Even in restoration, followership is expected. In fact, the reason for destruction and restoration is because of the failure to follow God’s leadership.

Let’s make sure that we follow the leadership that God sends, so we don’t have to experience more of God’s destruction and delay in His restoration.

Conclusion: Let’s work on trusting God’s plans and timing for restoration today. God has much for those who obey His will. 

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