Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated March 5, 2014)
Sunday School classes start at 9:30 AM every Sunday.
The lesson segments include a synopsis of the lesson and a link to AudioBible.com where the reference scripture will be played in audio and displayed on the screen. If your computer cannot play the file, download a free copy of RealPlayer at the Real.com site. Also in each lesson segment will be a link to the NewLivingTranslation.com site where the scripture will be displayed in the plain English of the NLT Bible.
March 2 – An Eternal Kingdom
Alternate Title – A Change Of Plans
Bible Lesson: 2 Samuel 7:4-16
What we shall learn from this scripture:
King David considered the prospect of building a house (temple) for the Lord (2 Samuel 7:2). God responded, through the prophet Nathan, that David was not the one who should build such a house for Him (2 Samuel 7:5). The Bible says he was not eligible to build the temple, because of the blood he had personally shed in the Lord's sight (1 Chronicles 22:8). But, the Lord said, one of David's descendants will be the one to build the temple (2 Samuel 7:13), and it was in fact his son Solomon who built the temple structure for the Lord.
The reference scripture is about far more than building a physical temple structure. It concerns the destiny of humankind; salvation through Jesus Christ, the Messiah. The tent in the wilderness (the tabernacle) is where God's glory resided as the Israelites made their way to the Promised Land. When Jesus came to earth, He was the dwelling place for God ... for He was God; the spiritual temple. It is at His feet we come to worship as Christians. He is our spiritual temple. The book of John says, "The Word became human and made His home among us" (John 1:14).
Through Jesus, who was in the lineage of David, God's covenant with David was brought to fruition (Luke 1:32-33). That is why 17 verses in the New Testament refer to Him as the Son of David (Matthew 15:22, Mark 10:47, Luke 18:38, etc.) The kingdom, through Christ, will be eternal (2 Samuel 7:16), as God promised in the Covenant.
The body of believers is also a temple, because God's presence lives in us as it does in all believers. We are granted the presence of God, through the Holy Spirit (1st Corinthians 6:19).
The Bible lesson link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of 2 Samuel 7:4-16. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.
March 9 – Son of David
Alternate Title – Family Connections
What we shall learn from this scripture:
In my early childhood, the most expensive movie ever made (at that time) was called "Cleopatra," and starred Elizabeth Taylor. It won 4 academy awards and was one of the top grossing movies of that year (1963). There were several women who held the title of Cleopatra, but the movie was about a particular one, Cleopatra VII, who was born around 69 BC. She had such importance, her story was written by Shakespeare, and an epic movie made about her. Our lesson today is about a particular son of David. Any male from the seed of David could possibly be called "son of David," (eg - 2 Samuel 13:1, NIV, 1 Chronicles 29:22, NIV), but when we say Jesus, son of David, it takes on a different meaning. This is because He is the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning the Messiah coming from the seed of David (Isaiah 9:7).
Our reference scripture is a three-part story: First, the promise God made to David concerning the Messiah; secondly, the prophecy that the Messiah would come to the world; and finally, the promise of the Messiah being realized in the birth of Jesus Christ. Psalm 89:36 describes the eternal nature of the promise (covenant) the Lord made to David: that a descendant of his will reign forever. This descendant is the Messiah, and his birth was foretold in Isaiah 9:6. The eternal nature of the Messiah's reign is also described in Isaiah 9:7. The fulfillment of the promise was the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. He was from the seed of David through Joseph, his legal father. Joseph's genealogy traces the path back to David in Matthew 1. In addition to the genealogy, it is worthy to note, when the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, he referred to him as Joseph, son of David (Matthew 1:20).
Jesus was more than the Son of David - a man. He was also the Son of God, which made Him divine. David himself alluded to this fact in Psalm 110:1. Although not included in our reference scripture, this verse has great importance to our discussion of the "Son of David." In the New Testament, this verse is quoted 5 times. Jesus used it to describe the divine nature of David's descendant, the Messiah. The first line of the verse (NLT), David writes, "The Lord said to my Lord...". To explain what is meant, let's restate it a different way: "The Lord [meaning God] said to my Lord [meaning the Messiah], sit in a place of honor at my right hand..." When David wrote "my Lord," he was referring to his own future descendant (from God's covenant with him.)
This indicates David knew his special descendant would be more than just a man, and that he would sit at the right hand of God. He called this special person, "my Lord." It is not normal for a father, or powerful king to refer to a future descendant as "my Lord." That would be similar to Abraham referring to Joseph, his great grandson, as his Lord. Under normal conditions, we would not expect a father to refer to someone, who is in the nature of an offspring, as Lord. These were, however, not normal circumstances. This son of David would be divine.
In Mark 12:35, Jesus asked why the teachers of the law said the Messiah was the son of David. He taught that the Messiah is more than just the "Son of David." In Mark 12:36, Jesus quoted David from Psalm 110.1. Jesus said, "Since David himself called the Messiah 'my Lord,' how can the Messiah be his son? (Mark 12:37)" He was not denying the Messiah would be a descendent of David (as God promised); he was saying the Messiah would be much more.
In our lesson, the Son of David means more than a physical generational offspring. This particular Son of David is the realization of God's plan for our salvation. He is the Savior promise by God, and is called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6.) Because of our sinful nature, the Law of Moses was unable to save us, and God sent His son Jesus to provide a means of salvation (Romans 8:3.)
The Bible lesson link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Psalm 89:35-37 ; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-23. If the scripture is not automatically displayed when the mouse pointer is over it, click on the link to the New Living Translation website. When you get to the site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.
March 16 – Peter's Report
Alternate Title – Looking Forward and Looking Back
What we shall learn from this scripture:
Last week, we discussed Psalm 110:1-4 in connection with Jesus being the fulfillment of God's covenant with David; Christ is the Messiah promised by God. To understand this better, review the synopsis above from last week (Son of David.)
In the lesson for this week, the apostle Peter was speaking to a crowd on the day of Pentecost, not long after a miracle had occurred. Even though the day of Pentecost was an annual observance, this particular one is of great significance to Christians. Many consider this day as the inception or beginning of the Christian church. It was the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and some others, as Jesus had promised the apostles before His ascension. A miracle occurred where (through the Holy Spirit), everyone could understand, in their own language, what was proclaimed about the Good News of salvation through Jesus. This was the case even though many people were present who would not normally understand the language of the apostles.
Peter sought to explain to the crowd what all this meant. His explanation was akin to a sermon, and he preached on the basis of three prophecies which had been fulfilled because of, or through, Jesus Christ.
First, the "speaking in tongues" was a fulfillment of the prophecy of the prophet Joel. Peter quoted from Joel 2:28-32 to explain why the Holy Spirit had descended on them and why they were speaking in such a way.
Secondly, he explained God's prearranged plan of salvation through the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He proclaimed this had been foretold by King David in Psalm 16:8-11. In this Psalm (written by David), Peter explained David was not speaking of himself in this scripture, but rather, from the perspective of the Messiah, who was raised from the dead as promised (Psalm 16:27).
Thirdly, he preached that Jesus was the "my Lord" in David's prophecy of Psalm 110:1 and now sits at the right hand of God in heaven. Christ himself used this scripture along with the three verses that followed - Psalm 110:2-4 - to explain who He was. (See the lesson synopsis from last week for more explanation.)
Peter continued preaching for a long time and about 3,000 were baptized that day (Acts 2:41). Afterwards, they met each day to worship together, and met at homes for the Lord's Supper (Acts 2:46). These actions correspond to what we can call a church. Many believe the events which happened on the day of Pentecost, was the beginning of the Christian church. It is fitting to end this synopsis with words from Jesus: "Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew_16:18, KJV)
The Bible lesson link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Psalm 110:1-4 ; Acts 2:22-27, 29-32. If the scripture is not automatically displayed when the mouse pointer is over it, click on the link to the New Living Translation website. When you get to the site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.
March 23 – Worthy Is the Lamb
Alternate Title – Victory Celebration
Bible Lesson: Revelation 5:5-13 (for alternate title, Revelation 5:6-13)
What we shall learn from this scripture:
One of the most quoted verses in the Bible is John 3:16. God sent Jesus into the world as its savior, and to sacrifice His life for the sins of mankind. Metaphorically, He was like the lamb the Israelites used as a sacrifice to atone for their sins. But, in the case of Jesus, His sacrifice is key to God's plan of salvation for humankind. He existed in Heaven before the world was created (John 17:4-5), and returned to Heaven after completing His task on earth.
In our reference scripture, the scroll represents God's plans for humankind, and it was sealed with 7 seals. No one in heaven or on earth was worthy to break the seals, except one - Jesus Christ. John introduces Jesus as a lamb which looked as if it had been slaughtered; representing the life He gave on the cross. This sacrifice won Him the right to open the scroll, for His blood had ransomed the people for God (Rev. 5:9). The sin debt had been paid for us, and a path to salvation created through His sacrifice.
For this sacrifice, a chorus of thousands and millions of angels sang praises to the Lamb who is worthy (Rev. 5:12). The victory has been won.
The Bible lesson link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Revelation 5:5-13. When you get to the New Living Translation web site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.
March 30 – Triumphant and Victorious
Alternate Title – Joy and Celebration
What we shall learn from this scripture:
Theologians believe the Book of Zechariah was written after the return of the Israelites from exile, and over 500 years before Christ was born. Zechariah's ministry was one of encouragement; to lift the spirits of the Israelites who had been permitted to return to the homeland. He prophesied the triumphant arrival of the Messiah in Jerusalem, riding on a donkey (Zech 9:9). This emphasize the Messiah would be righteous and victorious, but also humble. [see note near the end of this lesson synopsis about the donkey]
The meaning of the specific verse Matthew 21:3 can be lost in the narrative of Jesus obtaining the donkey to ride on. In this verse, Jesus refers to Himself as "The Lord," which emphasized His true nature. He was the true Messiah who entered Jerusalem on a donkey in fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. He knew the cross awaited Him on this particular Passover trip to Jerusalem, and that His purpose on earth was nearing a successful and victorious completion. The people celebrated His arrival because of His reputation, not knowing He was about to give them something of which was even more worthy of celebrating: their sin debt was about to be paid by His death and resurrection. God's glorious plan of salvation was about to be initiated. If they had only known the true nature of His arrival ... now that would have really been something to celebrate. In fact, on Palm Sunday and Easter, we are continuing the victory celebration which began over 2000 years ago.
Note: Skeptics point out that Matthew's accounting mentions two donkeys - the mother and her colt, but Mark, Luke, and John only mention one donkey. They say this is a contradiction, but is probably nothing but a more comprehensive accounting. It stands to reason a young colt and its mother would travel together, if for no other reason than to keep the colt calm. In any regard, the subject of whether there was one, two, or fifty donkeys is insignificant to the fact Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey's colt as it was prophesied.
The Bible lesson link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Zechariah 9:9,10 ; Matthew 21:1-11. If the scripture is not automatically displayed when the mouse pointer is over it, click on the link to the New Living Translation website. When you get to the site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.
April 6 – Jesus Cleanses the Temple
What we shall learn from this scripture:
The tent in the wilderness (the tabernacle) is where God's glory resided, as the Israelites made their way to the Promised Land. It was, in some regards, God's house. Later, a permanent building was constructed, whcih was called the Temple, which took the place of the tabernacle. Similarly, all of us have probably heard a church building referred to as "God's house." As members of a particular church, very few of us, if any, believe we own any part of the building. If I left my church for another, I would not demand any bricks, chairs, or pews as my part of the structure.
Our actions within the church building should be like it is God's house and belongs to Him. The main purpose to the building is for worship of Him, and it was dedicated to Him for that reason. It would then stand to reason, He would make the rules on what goes on within its walls, just as a person can make the rules concerning what goes on in his (or her) own house.
The scripture says Jesus had been in the temple observing things the day before he ran the money changers out (Mark 11:11). I can only imagine the disgust he must have had during that visit. A well known sentence from the Terminator movie is, "I'll be back." Well, Jesus did come back to the temple the next day, and immediately set out to cleanse the temple of "the den of robbers."
As God in human form, Jesus was angered by His house of prayer (His temple) being used as a marketplace for profit. There were people selling doves and animals for sacrifice in the temple. Also, there were money changers who could exchange one type currency for another (also for profit). Theologians believe this type business was also available in other parts of Jerusalem, but was allowed within the temple walls, especially during the Passover period when many people would make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Jesus saw this as desecration of "His house" and He saw this "for-profit" venture, as thievery being condoned by the priests. Most likely, the main marketplace was set up in an area called the Court of the Gentiles which was a large area within the temple compound, but outside the area that only Jews could enter.
He used physical force to stop people conducting this commerce within the temple (Mark 11:15 and Mark 11:16). He quoted parts of Isa 56:7 and Jer 7:11 to explain his actions. However, these actions caused problems. As people might say, "It upset the apple cart." Money was being lost and people were upset, including the priests who, as a result, thought it might be a good idea to kill Jesus (Mark 11:18).
When we get too comfortable doing things which are wrong, we might forget or overlook the bad in it. I used to work for a company in which many of us, on Election Day, would stop and vote while still on company time. Thinking he was not doing anything wrong, someone told the supervisor he had to allow time to vote in a particular Election Day, and as a result, his assigned job might be delayed a little. The supervisor looked at him with amazement, and said no one was allowed to vote on company time! We had been doing wrong so long, that wrong had became right (in our eyes). The voting thing caught us by surprise. After that day, many other changes were made eliminating many of the wrong things we had been doing. Only afterwards, did we realize just how wrong we had been in some of the things we had routinely done in the past.
Possibly, the religious leaders and priests in the temple had fallen victim to the same type thing. If we give them the benefit of the doubt, the practice of having a marketplace (for profit) in the temple compound probably had been going on so long that "wrong had become right," at least through their eyes. If we don't give them the benefit of doubt, then we can conclude they were knowingly doing what was wrong, because it benefited themselves, and others. However, the important thing is Jesus knew it was wrong, because, as God in human form (God the Son), He was the ultimate authority on what should be permitted within the walls of the structure dedicated in His name and for worship of Him.
God's love is available for all of His creation, including the Gentiles. The words in Isaiah 56:6 welcomes all who will honor and love God into covenant fellowship with Him, and into His temple (Isa 56:7). He rejects hypocritical and insincere worship, and is displeased by those who think just coming into His house, which bears His name, will make that type wrong behavior all right.
God declared His house as a house of prayer for all nations, and not a safe haven for those who show disrespect to him by worshipping other gods, and for committing other detestable sins (Jer 7:11). Just because He made a covenant with the Israelites, doesn't mean they are the only ones welcomed into fellowship with Him. He is sovereign over all nations, and the Israelites were not the only ones to receive His grace and mercy (Amos 9:7) even before the time Jesus walked on the earth. We should understand that what we do and say within God's house is important to Him. When considering some program or activity with the church building, we should ask ourselves, "Would God approve of this use of His house?"
The body of believers is also a temple, because God's presence indwells all believers. We are granted the presence of God, through the Holy Spirit (1st Cor 6:19, ESV). There is no doubt; He sets the rules on what goes on inside this temple as well. When we do things in this body which are detestable to God, we can expect His punishment. Our bodies are not our own; they belong to God.
The Bible lesson link is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation of Isa 56:6, Isa 56:7; Jer 7:9, Jer 7:10, Jer 7:11; Mark 11:15-19. If the scripture is not automatically displayed when the mouse pointer is over it, click on the link to the New Living Translation website. When you get to the site, scroll down the page a short distance to find the Scripture.
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