Mature Class Study, teacher Josh Olmsted.
When a person who isn’t saved is doing something they know is wrong, kindness makes a difference.
Isaiah 58:1-2 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Some people like to be at church and delight in it. It’s important to think about the affect we have on visitors that come to church and others. They could come and not feel that anyone cares about them. They put on a happy face so you don’t see the hurt that is inside them. It takes time to get to know them and show we truly care.
Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
We all have different experiences in life that affect how we react and handle situations. Josh said he didn’t trust doctors so when he was very sick, he didn’t want to go to a doctor. His trust was in God and he wanted to trust God. He earnestly took his need to God, then God began healing him. He was drawing out his soul to God for the help he needed.
Isaiah 58:10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
The people in this scripture were looking the part by being at church and fasting. There’s a difference between looking the part and being the part. These people were only going through a ritual – go to church, sing, pray, and go home.
Isaiah 58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
Josh showed a picture of a girl who was smiling and looked like she was happy. She showed him kindness that made a difference in his life, but she committed suicide. Do we see the way we need to see when we look at people? When someone misses church are we going “uh oh” but we don’t really know anything? God wants us to know and to care about each other. We must have a relationship with God and with souls around us – not just be statues.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
We don’t want people to think we have no mercy. We want them to know we genuinely care for them. Do we show we care for the staff at a restaurant? If we may treat the people around our table with kindness but not the waitress, we don’t want to be like that. We don’t want to be like the Pharisee that basically said, I’m glad I’m not like that sinner (Luke 18:11). Salvation is about ourselves when we get saved. Being sanctified means we care about more than ourselves. It means we care about others and reach out to help them.