Summary: The strengthening of godly zeal is a major factor in the effectiveness & unity of God’s witness/people. Godly zeal arises from...
"Mom and Dad, guess what?" called the high school senior as he rushed into the house.
"I got a part in the senior class play! I get to play a man who’s celebrating his twenty-fifth wedding anniversary!"
"That’s fantastic, son!" “I’m so proud of you!” exclaimed his father.
"And you know, if you apply yourself, when you get to college & have a little more experience, you’ll get some speaking parts, too." ....
Both the father & son were enthusiastic/zeal about the son’s accomplishments but for different reasons.
God’s people should be zealous for their Lord.
Godly/Religious zeal was tested/exhibited by the tribes of Israel on both sides of the Jordan.
Godly/Religious zeal is a major factor in the effectiveness/unity of God’s witness/people.
From where does godly/religious zeal arise?
6 sources of godly/religious zeal.
Godly zeal arises from...
1. MET OBLIGATIONS
2. RELEASED OBLIGATIONS
3. EXTENDED OBLIGATIONS
4—Godly zeal arises from
“Now to the one half-tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan, but to the other half Joshua gave a possession among their brothers westward beyond the Jordan. So when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them,”
“Sent them away”—Separation/Estrangement from toer tribes
Responsible for maintaining God’s will in own land.
Go on own
“He blessed them”—Permanence
Obligation to your: Church/Community/Town/City, County, State
Spiritual obligations incorporated into our areas of strongest influence.
Each tribe responsible to contribute accordingly, both loving & living for God.
Not responsibility of others but ourselves.
Wall/Held up by outside supports until boxed in & roof in place/Self-supported/Owned Obligations
Cotton along road/Hauler’s responsibility/Contact company to clean up roadside OR take it upon yourself to clean it up
?You Owned Obligations to God?
Church—?Just hearing a sermon—Pat yourself on back thinking ‘I’ve done my duty’.
Family—Spouse, Children—Personal responsibility
Job—Christian work ethic
Resources—Income—?What outcome does your income bring?
?You Zealous for God’s will?
5—Godly zeal arises from
“& said to them, “Return to your tents with great riches & with very much livestock, with silver, gold, bronze, iron, & with very many clothes; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers.””
“Very much livestock”—Food—meat, milk; Wool; Leather—shoes,belts
“Very many Clothes”—Poor people may have owned only on set of clothing.
Isa. 55:1-5—“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy & eat. Come, buy wine & milk Without money & without cost. “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, & eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. “Incline your ear & come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David. “Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples, A leader & commander for the peoples. “Behold, you will call a nation you do not know, And a nation which knows you not will run to you, Because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you.”