Showing posts with label suffering. Show all posts
Showing posts with label suffering. Show all posts

27 March 2018

Praising Him in Pain




Theme: A song for suffering

Scriptures: Psalm 22

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: David chose to call upon and praise God in the midst of suffering.
Think: View suffering and difficulty as opportunities for God to work in my life.
Do: Choose to praise God during times of suffering.




C1 People:
  • The Psalm Project

  • Video of a song by The Psalm Project, recorded live at the Symposium 2011, Thursday evening worship service, Calvin Institute for Christian Worship
  • Miranda de Vlieger - soloist
  • Eelco Vos - piano
  • Luca Genta - cello
  • from The Psalm Project Band (Netherlands) with local musicians
C2 Lyrics:

Psalm 22

My God, My God, Why?


My God, my God, why have you left me here?
Where are you now, when I need you near
to rescue me, deliver me from fear?
Please, don't forsake me.

LORD, answer me; do you not hear my sighing?
All day and night, my eyes are sore from crying?
I long for you, to keep my hope from dying.
I find no rest.

My God, my God, why have you left me here?
Where are you now, when I need you near
to rescue me, deliver me from fear?
Please don't forsake me, my God.

See, O my God, that I am poor and weak.
I have no voice, I have no strength to speak.
They scoff and stare, have pierced my hands and feet.
My heart is melting

O LORD, my God, my enemies despise me.
They steal my clothes;
they mock and compromise me.
"Where is your God?" they taunt and terrorise me.
Don't stay away.

My God, my God, why have you left me here?
Where are you now, when I need you near
to rescue me, to deliver me from fear?
Please don't forsake me, my God.

Words: Lee Ann Vermeulen-Roberts 2010.
Music: Eelco Vos, based on the tune for Psalm 22 in the Genevan Psalter, 1542/1543.
© 2010, The Psalm Project

B2 Introduction to Psalm 22
C1 Writer is King David and author is Holy Spirit.
C2 This is a Psalm of David’s feelings and emotions.
C3 King David did not experience all that is recorded in this Psalm.
C4 Being a prophet, King David foretells the suffering of Messiah—Jesus, Yeshua.
C5 Bob Utley points out this reference that is important: Matthew 5:17-18 NKJV - "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
C6 Jesus did fulfill the words of the Psalm.
C7 Forsaken is עָזַב `azab and is pronounced ah-zav. It is the Qal perfect, thus means (Qal) to leave; to depart from, leave behind, leave, let alone; to leave, abandon, forsake, neglect, apostatise; to let loose, set free, let go, free. (Source).
B2 Psalm 22
C1 The first 2 verses describe Messiah’s feelings of being abandoned.
C2 Verses 3-5 describe Messiah’s appeal to God: “You delivered our ancestors when they asked you to.”
C3 Verse 6, Messiah describes His opinion of Himself.
C4 Verses 7-8, Messiah tells of the mocking He hears about Him.
C5 Verses 9-10, Messiah testifies that He has trusted God since birth.
C6 Verses 11-18, Messiah speaks of His suffering, His pain, His rejection, His troubles, the indignity, the humility, the torture of His body and soul.
C7 Verses 19-21a, in these Messiah pleads with God to save Him from this torture.
C8 Verse 21b, Messiah is relieved; “My prayer has been answered.”
C9 Verses 22-23, He now speaks loudly and clearly for all to hear. He is testifying of His deliverance by His deliverer.
C10 Verse 24, Messiah states, “Even though, I was so abhorrent to look at; you still delivered me.”
C11 Verses 25-29, Messiah states that He will pay His vows.
C12 Verses 30-31, Messiah tells the results of His vows—We will serve Him and testify of His goodness.
B3 Suffering—Why?
C1 The Lord Jesus suffered for our sins:
D1 Acts 1:3 NKJV - to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
D2 Hebrews 2:9 NKJV - But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
C2 People suffer because of sin: Jude 1:7 NKJV - as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
C3 Christians suffer for preaching the Gospel: Acts 5:41 NKJV - So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
C4 Christian suffer for living like Christians: Romans 8:17 NKJV - and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with [Him], that we may also be glorified together.
C5 Christians suffer because the Gospel is exclusive, for it is only through Jesus can anyone be forgiven and reconciled: 1 Timothy 4:10 NKJV - For to this [end] we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is [the] Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
C6 Christians suffer because the government has outlawed Christian worship: 2 Timothy 2:9 NKJV - for which I [Paul] suffer trouble as an evildoer, [even] to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.
C7 Christians suffer because we reject the temporary pleasures of sin: Hebrews 11:25 NKJV - [Moses] choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.
C8 Christians suffer because the devil hates God and Christians: Revelation 2:10 NKJV - "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw [some] of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
B4 Suffering—How do we respond?
C1 Pray to God: James 5:13 NKJV - Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
C2 Trust in God’s grace: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV - And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
C3 Commit our soul to our God: 1 Peter 4:19 NKJV - Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls [to Him] in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
C4 Pray for our enemies: Matthew 5:44 NKJV - But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
C5 Be patient: 1 Peter 2:20 NKJV - For what credit [is it] if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this [is] commendable before God.
C6 Know to burn off our dross: Hebrews 12:10 WEB - For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.
C7 If all forsake, God will not: 2 Timothy 4:16-17 NASB - At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion's mouth.
B5 Questions:
C1 Jesus was forsaken. He said so. How can God forsake God? Need some help? See here and here.
C2 Why does God not always answer our prayers quickly, especially when we are suffering?
C3 How are we to handle being mocked, bullied, or beat for our faith?
C4 When praying, why are we to be honest with our God?
C5 How does God show Himself as the best counselor?
C6 Does God always deliver us? Why not?
C7 When God delivers us from suffering, what is to be our response?
C8 How does God understand our suffering? (Perhaps, we can refer to the first question).
C9 If God is a God of love, why do the innocent suffer? (Sometimes it is a loving chastisement to affect repentance. Sometimes it is a bad choice. In general, it is because of evil—people, spirits, sin, or situation. Evil is the absence of good).
C10 Why isn’t the Christian life easy?
B6 Next week
C1 He shall reign forever.
C2 Theme: A song for the King
C3 Scripture: Psalm 72

30 August 2017

Loyal Love



Loyal Love

Theme: A Choice of Faith

Scriptures: Ruth 1:1-22

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson Book)
Know: Ruth chose to leave her people and false gods to embrace her mother-in-law Naomi, the Israelites, and God Almighty.
Think: Have the mindset that others’ needs are as important as my own.
Do: Commit to God and serve those around us in need.

Notes and Questions:
B1 Choice
C1 Dictionary: An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/choice
C2 Calvinism: The best definition (after searching for nearly an hour, for I wanted a clear definition from a 5 point Calvinist) is determinism and compatibilism. So, it comes down to God’s exhaustive decreeing of everything, or God decreeing the circumstances and desires so that a person will freely choose something. In other words a choice has to have a cause. If there is a cause, there is one who is the causer. The problem is that people do resist (Luke 13:34, John 5:40, Acts 7:39, etc.). A Calvinist believes that humans can ONLY always choose to sin but see Matthew 7:11. Also, God commands Isaiah to reason with Him (Isaiah 1:18).
D1 Determinism, particularly exhaustive determinism, is spelled out in the Westminster Confession of Faith: God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established. (3.1)
E1 Explanation A
F1 Humans freely choose.
F2 This is based on a cause. There has to be some reason a person chooses A instead of B.
F3 A cause has to have a causer. This causer is God.
E2 Explanation B
F1 God decrees the circumstances.
F2 God decrees the highest and best choice.
F3 A person freely choose the highest and best choice.
C3 Reformed/Classical Arminianism

D2 Lenos
E1 It is necessary to divide the idea of free will into 2 things.
E2 First, in regards to everything except God and salvation.
F1 Free will is not necessarily making choices freely.
F2 Free will has the necessity of there is no coercion whether deterministic or compatibilistic views.
F3 The Bible teaches that we are slaves of sin and dead in sins.
G1 Ephesians 2:1-3 NKJV  And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,  (2)  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,  (3)  among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
G2 John 8:34 NKJV  Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
G3 Romans 6:6 NKJV  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
E3 Second, in regards to God and salvation
F1 No one seeks God. We are totally depraved and totally unable.
G1 Romans 3:10-11 NKJV  As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one;  (11)  There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.
G2 Mark 10:18 NKJV  So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
G3 Romans 3:12 NKJV  They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one."
F2 God initiates salvation
G1 John 16:8-9 NKJV  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  (9)  of sin, because they do not believe in Me.
G2 Acts 16:14 NKJV  Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.
F3 Then we have a freed will and can resist or not resist God’s call to believe. Unless God frees the will, we cannot be saved.
C4 Back to the Sunday School Lesson. Choices have consequences.
B2 Ruth 1:1-5,
C1 Ruth 1:1-5 NKJV  Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.  (2)  The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there.  (3)  Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.  (4)  Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years.  (5)  Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.
C2 Maps
C3 Why would a famine force Elimelech’s family to leave Israel, while others stayed?
C4 How would this choice affect the family?
C5 Why did Elimelech’s sons marry Moabite women?
C6 Three husbands died. Why would God allow this to happen?
D1 The universe is under the curse of sin and its penalty--death. (Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3, Isaiah 24:5-6, Romans 8:20-22).
D2 There is a redeemer, the Messiah Jesus (Isaiah 47:4, Revelation 5:9).
D3 There is the promise of the curse removed (Revelation 22:3-5).
B3 Ruth 1:6-18,
C1 Why did Naomi decide to return home to Israel?
C2 Why did Naomi urge her daughter-in-laws to return to their people?
C3 Why did Orpah return but Ruth went with Naomi?
C4 Ruth 1:16-17, why was Ruth so determined to return with Naomi?
C5 What affect did these two choices have?
C6 How can we make wise choices?
C7 Some verses on wise choice.
D1 Hebrews 11:24-26 GNB  It was faith that made Moses, when he had grown up, refuse to be called the son of the king's daughter.  (25)  He preferred to suffer with God's people rather than to enjoy sin for a little while.  (26)  He reckoned that to suffer scorn for the Messiah was worth far more than all the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes on the future reward.
D2 1 Kings 3:5-10 GNB  That night the LORD appeared to him in a dream and asked him, "What would you like me to give you?"  (6)  Solomon answered, "You always showed great love for my father David, your servant, and he was good, loyal, and honest in his relation with you. And you have continued to show him your great and constant love by giving him a son who today rules in his place.  (7)  O LORD God, you have let me succeed my father as king, even though I am very young and don't know how to rule.  (8)  Here I am among the people you have chosen to be your own, a people who are so many that they cannot be counted.  (9)  So give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and to know the difference between good and evil. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?"  (10)  The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.
C8 How do we help someone who is hurting so badly? (Meeting spiritual needs first, then safety, listening closely, food, clothes, housing, etc.).
B4 Ruth 1:19-22,
C1 Ruth 1:19-22 NKJV  Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, "Is this Naomi?"  (20)  But she said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.  (21)  I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"  (22)  So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. Now they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
C2 How was Naomi’s response to the people of Bethlehem typical of us today?
C3 Was the Almighty the cause all this sorrow?
C4 Was God punishing her?
C5 How was the time they arrived a blessing?
B5 How has life’s sorrows affect us?
B6 Who has helped us?
B7 How can we keep our faith is times of great sorrow and troubles?
B8 Next week:
C1 A good name
C2 Theme: Faithfulness is rewarded
C3 Scriptures: Ruth 2:1-23