The New Normal

Vengeance Belongs To The Lord

We are currently in a season when even before one labor pain has stopped another one has begun. How should the Body of Christ respond and act during this time of crisis and unrest?

We are currently in a season when even before one labor pain has stopped another one has begun. How should the Body of Christ respond and act during this time of crisis and unrest?

June 14, 2020
by
Craig Walker
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Introduction

In this week’s sermon Pastor Craig discusses with us how God wants to lead us through these tumultuous times. God leads us by His Spirit, His voice, His word, His peace, His people, and by those who God puts in our path to lead us as pastors and teachers. Vengeance belongs to God alone.

Discussion Questions

1.      Have someone read Psalm 23 1-6, what is significant about David referring to God as his shepherd?

2.      How is David able to be so near to death and yet “fear no evil” (v. 4)? What does a shepherd do with his “rod and staff”? Why do you think David mentions those items as sources of comfort?  

3.      How does knowing that Jesus suffered change the way we look at the troubles in our own lives?

4.      Where does it currently seem in the world that God is delaying in repaying injustice?

5.      What are some examples of ways that wickedness is celebrated in the world today?

6.      How does this change in perspective on taking vengeance change the way we interact with others on a daily basis?

7.      How might the Lord use you to impact others if you seek their well being, even when they seek your harm? How can you do that practically this week?

Moving Forward

We never have the right to hate, we never have the right to lash out in revenge. No matter how vile the injustice. Jesus requires more of us because “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.Hebrews 4:15 NLT

Changing Your Mind

Vengeance belongs to the Lord, even Jesus did not take vengeance. “Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands[a] of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?Matthew 26:53-54NLT

Key Scriptures

Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV

Hebrews 5:7-9 NKJV - Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,”

Isaiah 53:7-9 ESV - “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.”

Matthew 5:43-48 - “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you maybe sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15 ESV “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.” 

Romans 12:17-21 - “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. I fit is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Psalms 94:1-10

2Thessalonians1:3-9

John 19:1-7, 9-11

 

 

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