Lesson One: Adam, The Son of God Lesson Text: Genesis 2:8-25 Lesson Aim: Learn important life lessons from the experiences of Adam Memory Verse: Luke 3:38 Lesson Readings: Genesis 1-3, 4:1, 25, 5:1-5 Deuteronomy 32:8 1 Chronicles 1:1 Job 31:33 Luke 3:38 1 Romans 5:14 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45 1 Timothy 2:13, 14 Jude 14 … Read moreMen and Women of the Bible: Adam
Luke 13:10-17 A major conflict between Jesus and Israel’s leaders focused on his “violation” of Sabbath rules and regulations every devout Israelite was expected to honor. In the Ten Commandments God gave Israel at Sinai [shortly after Israel was delivered from Egypt], God instructed Israel to keep the Sabbath [Saturday] holy. They were to keep … Read moreHypocrisy: Declaring good to be bad
Mark 12:13-17 Decade’s ago, in the period of the writer’s early life as minister, he had “imaginary conversations.” Mentally he would place himself in specific circumstances. Usually those circumstances revolved around someone who disagreed with a conclusion he reached or a conviction he held. He would imagine a hostile confrontation with an imaginary antagonist. In … Read moreHypocrisy: Distorted Priorities
Luke 12:54-57 People can be extremely observant and incredibly blind at the same moment! The manner in which humans can be extremely sensitive to their environment and incredible clueless about eternal realities at the same moment can be frustrating in the extreme. All of us can have acute awareness of matters of [at most] limited … Read moreHypocrisy: Wake up! Open your eyes!
Matthew 23:29-36 Rather than a verse by verse analysis, this lesson seeks to focus attention on a problem of the scribes and Pharisees that deeply offended God. The problem was deeply rooted in Israel’s history and in the scribes and Pharisees’ self-concept. Israel had hundreds of years of history in rebelling against God. Though the … Read moreHypocrisy: The horror of the Pharisees’ mistakes
Matthew 23:27, 28 Attitudes towards and practices involving a dead body differ radically from culture to culture. When the writer was a teenager, he remembers a funeral in the community that involved a child’s death. The unfading part of his memory was the family’s reaction at the funeral. So much physical contact with the body … Read moreHypocrisy: Whitewashed Tombs
Matthew 23:25, 26 Practical expressions of religious purity frequently are strange. Perhaps the strangest expressions of purity are found in what devout persons focus on as “essential for purity.” Examples are plentiful. In some religions, people reason themselves to this conclusion: “The essential way to express my devotion to religious purity is to destroy people … Read moreCups and Dishes
Matthew 23:23, 24 Determining the important is essential to everyone! Always there are priorities! Priorities are based on properly grasping what is more important among the numerous importants. Consider. Parents ‘lay the law down’ to a 14 year old: “Under no circumstance are you allowed to drive the car!” The 14 year old arrived home … Read moreHypocrite: Details or Substance?
Matthew 23:16-22 Years ago a Christian lady often remarked to fellow Christians, “I would never say that in a church building!” The “that” was rarely something evil. To her, it was just an inappropriate statement [or action] for “inside a church building.” She had a strict spiritual protocol for what was appropriate and inappropriate in … Read moreHypocrite: Artificial Distinctions
Matthew 23:15 NKJV Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. Matthew 23:14 does not occur in the oldest manuscripts of Matthew. The problem of exploiting the helpless and … Read moreHypocrisy: Converts