Introduction: Has God called you? Has He called you to a particular
task? I think He has. How can we know if we are called? How can we
know if we missed our call? Is there another call if we missed
earlier calls? I believe that God calls each one of us to serve Him
in some special way. Our study this week is about the calling of God.
Let’s plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more!

  1. Good Timing

    1. Read Daniel 9:24-26. What is 70×7? You didn’t expect a
      math question, right? (490!)

      1. What starts this period and what ends it? (The “word”
        to restore and rebuild Jerusalem starts the period.
        It sounds like the end of the period involves the
        coming of Jesus (the Anointed One) and the second
        destruction of Jerusalem.)

    2. Read Nehemiah 1:3-6. We can (and have) discussed time
      prophecy in other lessons. Let’s look at a different
      aspect of this. The title of our lesson is “God’s Call.”
      Last week we discussed Nehemiah’s prayer and how God used
      him to persuade Artaxerxes to order the rebuilding of
      Jerusalem. How do you think calling and prophecy works?
      Was Nehemiah praying at that very moment because Daniel
      was given a vision of the seventy weeks ( Daniel 9:24)?

      1. Was Nehemiah born to do the things to fulfill the

      2. Was Nehemiah praying because he knew of the prophecy?

      3. Did God simply know all of these things in advance
        and give Daniel the numbers to fit what God knew
        would happen?

      4. How do your answers to these questions fit into the
        idea of God’s calling? How do they fit into the idea
        of human free-will?

    3. Have you ever been in a “Circle-Vision” theater? You stand
      in the middle and the movie is projected all around you. I
      view God as standing in the middle of the circle of time.
      He can look in at any point and what is happening. For
      that reason, I think that God knew before Nehemiah was
      born that Nehemiah would be praying about this. Thus, God
      gave Daniel a vision that would take into account the
      timing of Nehemiah’s prayer. This fits with the idea of

  2. Good Coordination

    1. Read Romans 8:28. What does this suggest about calling and
      the actions of God as He is standing in the middle of the
      circle of time? (God “adjusts” events to bless His

    2. Read Romans 8:29-30. How are we predestined to be like
      Jesus? (God does not interfere with our free will. He sees
      who will choose Him and He sent Jesus to live a perfect
      life on behalf of those who chose Him. This allows us to
      reach the goal of being justified and glorified.)

  3. Practical Examples

    1. Read Exodus 3:1. Is being a shepherd a calling? (Yes. But,
      it is a calling that a lot of people have fulfilled.)

    2. Read Exodus 3:2-4. If you know this story, is this the
      beginning of Moses’ calling? (Some may note that Moses
      previously had a calling in Egypt.)

      1. Could your calling be as dramatic as this one?

    3. Read Exodus 3:5-6. What is the lesson here about being
      called? (There are several, but the main one is being sure
      that it is God who is calling you.)

    4. Let’s skip down and read Exodus 3:9-10. The Jews were in
      Egypt hundreds of years. If you compare Acts 7:23 with
      Acts 7:30, Moses was 80 years old when he was standing at
      the burning bush. Why is it that God says the slavery of
      His people “has come to me” after hundreds of years?

      1. Why does Moses receive his call when he is 80 years

      2. If you were an outsider looking at all of this, what
        would you conclude about God? He is slow? He has His
        own time schedule? He is busy with other matters?

        1. Do these conclusions apply to your call and the
          solution to problems in your life?

  4. God’s Answer

    1. Read Romans 9:14-16. Notice the same kind of question – is
      “there injustice on God’s part?” What is the answer? (No.
      The Bible tells us that God will have mercy on whoever He

      1. Is that how we define “justice?” The king decides
        who gets mercy and who does not? (That is the
        opposite of the rule of law. That is injustice.)

    2. Read Romans 9:17-19. If we are simply in the hands of God
      to do with as He pleases, the Bible asks “why does [God]
      still find fault with us?”

      1. We don’t normally see attacks on the justice of God
        in the Bible. Why are these questions in Romans?
        (They reflect what God’s opponents say about Him.
        The Bible wants to give us answers to these kinds of
        tough questions.)

    3. Read Romans 9:20-21. Is this answer good enough for you?
      Is it good enough for God’s critics? (This is the same
      answer God gives Job in Job 38. Essentially it is “What do
      you know compared to Me?” Sit down and shut up!)

    4. Read Romans 9:22-24. Buried in these verses is the answer
      about God’s justice. What is it? (We all deserve death. We
      all deserve destruction. We all chose sin and death. If
      God leaves us to our choice, what complaint can we have?
      Justice for us is eternal death. But, God does not leave
      us to our just reward, God has shown us mercy.)

      1. How does this work with a guy like Pharaoh? Re-read
        Romans 9:17-18. Is Pharaoh treated unjustly? (Pharaoh
        rejected God. Pharaoh deserved eternal death. The
        fact that God “hardens” the heart of Pharaoh is
        simply an affirmation of the choices that Pharaoh
        already made.)

      2. How does this work when we find ourselves in unjust
        circumstances (slavery, for example) or when we are
        80 before we see God’s calling? Do we have grounds to
        complain about God’s timing or delay? (The default
        answer is that we deserve death. God has given us
        everything. Who are we to question how He does it or
        the timing of His plans?)

    5. Read Romans 9:30-31. Is God being unfair in the treatment
      of Israel? They worked to become righteous?

    6. Read Romans 9:32-33. What is the fatal mistake made by
      Israel? (To pursue righteousness based on works and not
      based on faith in what Jesus has done for us.)

      1. What does this have to do with our calling and the
        justice of God? Is the chapter ending raising a new
        issue? (The entire chapter deals with the same issue
        – the power of God. We have our concept of how things
        should be done. We say that hard work brings success.
        We say that things should be fair and decided by the
        rule of law. God responds that if we insisted on the
        rule of law we would all be dead – eternally. God is
        more than fair. We do not understand all of the
        calling of God, but He has our best interests in

    7. Read Numbers 20:7-8 and Numbers 20:10-12. What has Moses
      done wrong? What is the penalty for his wrongdoing?

    8. Read Deuteronomy 3:25-28 and Deuteronomy 34:4-7. Moses
      pleads with God to allow him, after all these years of
      leadership, to enter the promised land. Why does God not
      allow it?

      1. What do you say about the fairness of God?

    9. Read Jude 1:9 and Luke 9:28-31. Now what do you say about
      the justice and fairness of God? (God is more than just.
      He gave Moses more than he hoped for. See Ephesians 3:20.)

    10. Friend, the calling of God in our life sometimes is very
      clear and sometimes not. At times it may not seem to be
      fair. But our Lord shows us that He gives us more than
      justice. He is more than fair. Will you ask for the power
      of the Holy Spirit to be within you so that God can show
      you your calling and do great things through you?

  5. Next week: Facing Opposition.