Wednesday, February 1, 2012

1 Peter Lesson 4


 Lesson 4 (pages 36-41):  Shadow the Servant
                                                  1 Peter 2:11-25
Core 1 begins with a warning:  We, like Peter's original audience, may struggle to adopt what we are about to learn.  If you want to be really honest, have you struggled to adopt biblical lessons before?  Has the struggle been worth it?
                All mankind will struggle with what the Bible teaches us as it is so contrary to what society promotes or teaches.  For example, the major push in today’s society has been to be “tolerant” of others views in all areas such as politics, religion, finances, sexual matters and more.  However, Jesus remained who He was regardless of the outside pressures to conform, be tolerant or be silent.  In being honest, we would have to agree wholeheartedly it is a struggle.  Why focus on the struggle instead about thinking in terms of being His followers, taking up our cross daily regardless of the cost?  Jesus’ eyes were fixed, his heart was one of obedience, and we can do no less.  Of course it is a struggle too because of our sinful nature.  Warfare is a struggle of the Spirit and the flesh as Paul shares with us in Romans.  The price Jesus paid as well as the indwelling Holy Spirit make us become more than conquerors.
Core 2 is titled "Living for Christ in a Hostile Society”.  How do you think our society compares to that of the original audience?  Better?  Worse?  The same?  How can Peter's message still speak to us today?
                I think society is only different in the way it “looks” hostile.  The natural flesh is hostile to God regardless of the era, people, society, etc... The devil before time began was hostile to God; he still is and he still wants others to follow him in doing so. 
                Peter’s letter can still speak to us today because all Scripture is God-breathed; it is still useful today and always will be.  We are challenged to live good lives so that others can see and glorify God. (1 Peter 2:12) 1 Peter 2:15 tells us by doing good we should “silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.” So Peter’s letter tells us that God still speaks today through His Word and He will continue to do so until He returns.
What do you think it means to entrust yourself to Him who judges justly?  Is there a situation in your life that you need to give to God?
                If we entrust ourselves to God, we depend on Him and not on ourselves or anyone else.  God alone judges rightly without partiality or bias.  He alone is holy, completely righteous.  No sin can change or touch Him.  Our tendency is to “stand for our rights” when, like Jesus, we should submit our rights to God and let God work in us and though us for His glory not our own.
                As far as a situation needing to be given to God, one thing I am learning is to give myself to Him at the start of my day.  I have come to realize I am not my own.  I was bought at such a high cost, and He alone is able to do whatever needs to be done for His glory.  The temptation is to pray that the situation will be over quickly, when it is in the crucible we see what we cannot do and all that He is and will do.