We normally start Sunday School by singing a hymn. Lisa was kind enough to share this one.
The scripture for this week's lesson is:
The book of Micah is another of the 12 Minor Prophets. Micah's ministry took place in the second half of the eighth century BC. His times were full of turmoil and uncertainty for both Israel (the northern kingdom) and Judah (the southern kingdom). The Assyrians were a formidable threat to both kingdoms. They were the instrument in God's hands to carry out his judgment against Israel when the capital city of Samaria fell in 722 BC.
Micah's ministry may have overlapped with that of Amos. Micah and Isaiah were contemporaries. Both ministered in Jerusalem. Micah's message included words of judgment against both Israel and Judah. His book begins with a reference to Samaria and Jerusalem, representing both Israel and Judah respectively. Both are indicted for rebellion against the Lord.
Normally, we would discuss this lesson in Sunday School. We are unable to do this in person. However, we can still have a discussion. The book poses several questions to reflect on. If you would like to, you may post some of your thoughts and answers below.
Micah courageously confronted the tragic lack of godly leadership for the people of God. While Micah's words in the concluding portion of our printed text apply to all God's people, they most certainly need to be exemplified in the lives of their leaders. One thinks of how Jesus looked at the masses in his day and saw them as "sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36). The same terminology could have been used to describe the people in Micah's day, given how corrupt the leadership had become. What a difference it would have made if those leaders had taken the words in Micah 6:8 to heart!
Church leaders today would do well to make those words their standard of conduct. But whether Christian leaders are aligned with God's will or not, the priesthood of all believers must still bring their lives to God as sacrifices (Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 2:5). Jesus has paid the price (Hebrews 7:27-28). We do not worry about offering rivers of oil or thousands of animal sacrifices. Let us therefore search our hearts for strongholds that resist practicing justice and mercy. In humility, may we seek to please the Lord with our whole lives.
Father, thank you for godly leaders! May the power of your Holy Spirit help us all to seek and do your will, even when -- and especially when -- our leaders stray from your paths. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
Betty L. Matthews
3/22/2020 10:25:22 am
I feel we all need to search ourselves, God did pay the price, I thank our Godly leaders, and Christian friends. I need to remind myself daily. Thank you
3/22/2020 10:30:13 am
This is a very timely lesson. We certainly need to pray for our leaders right now, for God to give them strength, guidance, and rebuke if necessary. And certainly a time when each of us can be mindful to practice justice, mercy and humility in our daily walk.
Garnet and Christine
3/22/2020 10:46:21 am
We circled back to reaching people where they are (1 Corinthians 9:19-23) several times. At least, we talked about Paul being with the people he needed to reach. He didn't distance himself.
3/22/2020 11:31:29 am
It is our duty as Christians to pray for our leaders especially now.As like Micah being divided among the people,he was unsure which way to turn.Praise God for He is our shepherd to turn to in these times of uncertainty.Pray for our leaders and one another.God bless all friemds at North Buffalo.Thank you Lisa for the beautiful music.I really felt I was attending church.
Betty & Bob Fisher
3/22/2020 11:38:22 am
We would love to thank Christine for all the work she has accomplished for GODS work.The fact that we were able to bring some normalcy to our lives during this very hectic time. To be able to hear the voice of Pastor Gary is a calming reality that God is and will always be in charge . We thank you and the song Ms. Lisa picked out is very appropriate again thank all of our church family.
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