Into the Word: July 2017 – Summer Quarter—“God’s Urgent Call”
Considerable time and effort is spent on seeking God’s calling in our lives. Many people often ask the questions, “Why am I here?” and “What specifically is God calling me to do?” While these are certainly legitimate questions, the ultimate call of God on our lives is given in the great commandment as stated in: Matthew 22:37-40 (KJV)
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind
38 This is the first and great commandment
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Our second unit, “Calling of Prophets,” focuses on five men called to be God’s spokesmen to sinful people. Moses, commissioned to deliver Israel from Pharaoh’s slavery, was fortified by encountering God in a burning bush. Isaiah, sent to stiff- necked Judah, was prepared through a vision of God’s holiness and cleansing from his own sin. Jeremiah, intimidated by his own youth and inexperience, ingested God’s own words to condemn apostate Judah. Ezekiel, called to prophesy to a rebellious nation, was hardened by the Lord to resist their animosity. Amos, a Judean herdsman, followed the call to speak against apostasy in the northern kingdom of Israel.
Regardless as to whether it is a large or small task that God calls for us to do; we must humbly respond to the call and watch Him at work in our lives and the lives of others. We do not need to be or aspire to be anyone special; the hand of God on us to complete His will is sufficient for the task that He gives us to do.
We look forward to studying the word with you in Sunday School this coming month.
Unit II: Calling of Prophets:
|July 2||Moses and the Burning Bush||Exodus 3:1-12|
|July 9||Isaiah in the Temple||Isaiah 6:1-8|
|July 16||Jeremiah’s Call and Commission||Jeremiah 1:4-10|
|July 23||The Call of Ezekiel||Ezekiel 3:1-11|
|July 30||The Call of Amos||Amos 7:10-17|