Standing on the Promises


This week at Route 415, we had a creative night where each small group read a different passage and performed an interpretive skit for the group.

In the society we live in, promises aren’t worth much.  We promise people things every single day that we sometimes keep, many times fail, and sometimes never had any intentions of keeping to begin with.  Why is this?  Why do we keep some promises and yet fail to keep others?  We examined this along with looking at some of the examples of promises God made to His people.  In each of these instances, there is a significant contrast between God’s promise to His people and people’s promises to God. 

Genesis 6:5-9:29 – Promise to Noah                                                                                       MS Ladies

God:  Never again will flood waters destroy all life; God has kept this promise to today

Man:  Responsible for being obedient to God; Noah was obedient to build the ark as God commanded.  The issue we see, however, is with Noah’s son Ham (See Genesis 9:18-29).  Upon seeing his father’s nakedness, rather than covering him, he went out and “flaunted” it to his brothers.  This showed the wickedness of man that God had just saved from the flood.

Genesis 12-22 – Promise To Abraham                                                                                    HS Guys

God:  I will make Abram into a great nation (Genesis 12:1-3); I will give your descendants this land (Genesis 12:7; 13:14-17); I will protect you, reward you, and I will give you a son (Genesis 15:1-4; 18); God kept all of these promises to Abram (Abraham)

Man:  For the most part Abraham was obedient, even to the point of intending to sacrifice his son, Isaac, as God had directed.  Abraham and Sarah, however, took matters into their own hands when it came to a son (See Genesis 16).

Exodus 6-19 – God’s Promise to Moses                                                                                 HS Ladies

God: Israel will be my people.  I will free them from their oppression and give them the land of Canaan (Exodus 6:2-8); I will display my glory for all to see (Exodus 14:17-18); I will give you what you need (Exodus 16:1-18; 17:1-7); the people of Israel will be God’s special treasure if they just obey (Exodus 19:4-6); God kept these promises to his people

Man:  At every turn, see scriptures above, the Israelites doubted and questioned God’s promises.  They complained, scoffed, and disobeyed God in these scriptures and throughout the whole of the Old Testament.

2 Samuel 7 & 11-12 – David’s Lineage                                                                                    MS Guys

God:  I will make your name famous (2 Samuel 7:9); I will provide a homeland for Israel(2 Samuel 7:10); I will give you rest from your enemies (2 Samuel 7:11); I will bless your descendants (2 Samuel 7:12-16); God fulfilled his promises through Solomon, but more importantly down the line of David to Jesus Christ

Man:  David was a man after God’s Own Heart, but even he failed multiple times.  One time in particular results in adultery, murder, an illegitimate child, and deceit.  See 2 Samuel 11-12.

Join us this week at Route 415 to hear Eric Dean speak on Jeremiah 31!

Memory Verse for Next Week: Jeremiah 31:33, “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord.  “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

 

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