I. The Way a Family Complains (5:1-5)
A. EXP. Hunger (vv. 1-3): “Great Outcry”, “Eat & Live”, “Famine”
ILL. Spiritual Hunger – unsaved loved ones; physical hunger among church family.
APP. When family is hurting, we should hear (Ps 37:25)
B. EXP. Bondage (vv. 4-5): “borrowed money”, “forced into bondage”, “belong to others”
ILL. Spiritual Bondage – sin in the camp; financial bondage to debt in church family.
APP. When family is enslaved, we should free (Luke 4:18)
II. The Way a Family Contends (5:6-11)
A. Anger (vv. 6-8): Righteous Indignation?
1. Internal Consultation – lit. my heart consulted in me
2. Interpersonal Contention – rebuke
ILL. Cf. Ps. 69:9; John 2:17
APP. What do you do about anger between brothers?
B. Assembly (vv. 8-11): Biblical Confrontation?
1. Sayings – two questions: Practical & Theological
2. Silence – no answers
APP. How do you confront sin in the family?
III. The Way a Family Covenants (vv. 12-13)
A. The Goal of Restoration (vs. 12) – The Promise
B. The Ceremony of Restoration (vs. 12) – The Oath
C. The Accountability of Restoration (vs. 13) – The Amen/ Witness