Consequence, Catastrophe and the Call of God

Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Joshua 7:1-15

Sermon Outline

When Israel entered the promised land, they were commanded by God to drive out the Canaanite inhabitants from their cities and homes. An under-informed reading of Joshua could easily lead a modern reader to accuse God and his people of one of the great evils of our day –  ethnic cleansing, or worse yet, genocide. What is different about what Israel did then and what we have witnessed in South Sudan, Rwanda, or the Holocaust?

There are two essential distinctions between Israel’s actions and the typical rationale given for ethnic cleansing. First, it was not financially or racially driven. Second, it was an act of divine judgement on people in a particular geography who had utterly rejected God and his standards. In this we see a foreshadowing of the Day of Judgement.

All of this serves as a sobering reminder that sin has consequences, grace is undeserved and gratitude, faithfulness, and love are our fitting responses to God for what he has done for us.

 

Sermon Application

  • In what ways was the manner of Israel’s possessing the Promised Land the manifestation of the judgement of God against the Canaanites? What was being judged?
  • How was this a foreshadowing of the Day of Judgement described in the New Testament?
  • Do you believe that history is moving to the day when Jesus will judge the world?
  • What does it do to you to know that everyone will be judged by God?
  • What effect does the Gospel have on Judgement Day?
  • Does knowing that there will be a day of Judgement give you any sense of urgency to share your faith with others? Why?/Why not?
  • The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.

Questions?

Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Terrell Glenn (tglenn@StAndrews.Church).

Audio

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