4/13 at The Gathering

Blake Coffee and Kellie Hooker taught on Sunday, April 13.  The videos and listening guides from that lesson, followed by the scripture, are below.

Core Lesson (Kellie Hooker)

When God Gets Angry

Jeremiah 21:1-10; 38:1-6

Ignoring the Warnings: verses 1-2

Experiencing the Consequences: verses 3-7

Considering the Choices: verses 8-10

Venture Lesson (Blake Coffee)

When God is Unpatriotic

Jeremiah 21:1-10; 38:1-6

It is the responsibility of the leader of any God-fearing nation to inquire of the sovereign God on that nation’s behalf.

God does not pledge His allegiance to any nation nor to any flag. He is many things, but He is no patriot.

Go ahead and decide now that, if God ever asks you to choose between living with Him or dying with your country, you will choose Him.

If you think Christianity is sometimes unpopular now, how hard will it be when you are asked to stand WITH God and AGAINST your country?

When the God we serve becomes unpatriotic, there is a great price we must pay…and a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on.

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Jeremiah 21:1-10

New International Version (NIV)

God Rejects Zedekiah’s Request

21 The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur son of Malkijah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah. They said: “Inquire now of the Lord for us because Nebuchadnezzar[a] king of Babylon is attacking us. Perhaps the Lord will perform wonders for us as in times past so that he will withdraw from us.”

But Jeremiah answered them, “Tell Zedekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am about to turnagainst you the weapons of war that are in your hands, which you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Babylonians[b] who are outside the wall besieging you. And I will gather them inside this city. I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm in furious anger and in great wrath. I will strike down those who live in this city—both man and beast—and they will die of a terrible plague. After that, declares the Lord, I will give Zedekiahking of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague, sword and famine, into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to their enemies who want to kill them. He will put them to the sword; he will show them no mercy or pity or compassion.’

“Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death. Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague. But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; they will escape with their lives. 10 I have determined to do this city harmand not good, declares the Lord. It will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will destroy it with fire.’

Jeremiah 38:1-6

New International Version (NIV)

Jeremiah Thrown Into a Cistern

38 Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, Jehukal[a] son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah was telling all the people when he said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes over to the Babylonians[b] will live. They will escape with their lives; they will live.’ And this is what the Lord says: ‘This city will certainly be given into the hands of the army of the king of Babylon, who will capture it.’”

Then the officials said to the king, “This man should be put to death. He is discouraging the soldiers who are left in this city, as well as all the people, by the things he is saying to them. This man is not seeking the good of these people but their ruin.”

“He is in your hands,” King Zedekiah answered. “The king can do nothing to oppose you.”

So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard.They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.

 

~ by Blake on April 14, 2014.

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