31/7/2016 LESSON 9
ISRAEL’S REJECTION OF GOD
Quarter’s Theme: BASIC CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES
Unit 2 – The Believers’ Justification And Admonition To Sinners (Lessons 5-9)
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 243, 349
Devotional Reading: EXO. 19:3-8
Topic For Adults
RISE ABOVE THE STUMBLING BLOCK THE ENEMY HAS PUT IN YOUR PATH
Topic For Youths
DON’T MISS GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
Topic For Intermediates
WRONG ZEAL CANNOT PLEASE GOD
ROM. 9:4-5; EXO. 19:5-6; 1 COR. 1:21-24; ACTS 13:14-21
For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion” (Rom. 9: 15) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Predestination Or Divine Selection Rom.
This is one of the difficult passages to understand and to accept. God chooses some people to whom He reveals His mercy while He chooses others as object of His wrath. The choice does not depend on merit, but on God’s sovereign will. Why would God reject Esau while accepting Jacob? It may be argued that it is unjust to reject someone while accepting another. It can also be argued that those who do wrong things cannot help themselves and are just fulfilling His will. We need to first take note that, right from Adam, all men have sinned and forfeited the right to enjoy His mercy. No one merits His mercy: Instead, everyone is due for punishment and ought to suffer His wrath. God in His sovereignty selects those on whom He will have mercy while leaving the rest in their condemned state. Rather than crying foul, those whom God has chosen to enjoy His mercy should live to show they appreciate the mercy shown them.
Point of Emphasis: It is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
Prayer Point: Father, make me and all my loved ones recipients of Your mercy.