Sunday, September 21, 2014

Outline of the Sunday School Lesson

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September 21
Lesson 3

ANTICIPATION OF A NEW FUTURE

DEVOTIONAL READING: Isaiah 12
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 32


JEREMIAH 32:1–9, 14, 15

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.
2 For then the king of Babylon’s army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah’s house.
3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;
4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes;
5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper.
6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.
8 So Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.

14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.
15 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.

KEY VERSE
For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
Jeremiah 32:15





SUSTAINING HOPE

Unit 1: The Days Are Surely Coming
LESSONS 1–4


LESSON AIMS

After participating in this lesson, each learner will be able to:
1. Relate the details of how Jeremiah came to possess his cousin Hanameel’s field.
2. Explain why it was so unusual and dramatic for Jeremiah to buy Hanameel’s field.
3. State one thing he or she will do in the coming week that is based on hope and not circumstances.


LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      Relatives, Property, and Prison
      B.      Lesson Background: Right of Redemption
      C.      Lesson Background: Anathoth
          I.      Living Under Siege (JEREMIAH 32:1–5)
      A.      Imprisoned Prophet (vv. 1, 2)
      B.      Angry King (vv. 3–5)
      Attacking the Messenger
          II.      Buying Distressed Property (JEREMIAH 32:6–9)
      A.      Lord’s Prediction (vv. 6, 7)
      B.      Astonishing Request (vv. 8, 9)
          III.      Preserving the Proof (JEREMIAH 32:14, 15)
      A.      Safe-Deposit Jar (v. 14)
      B.      Long-Term Investment (v. 15)
      The Practice of Farsightedness
Conclusion
      A.      Faith That Overpays
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Thought to Remember


HOW TO SAY IT

Anathoth
An-uh-thoth.
Babylon
Bab-uh-lun.
Babylonians
Bab-ih-low-nee-unz.
Baruch
Bare-uk or Bay-ruk.
Canaan
Kay-nun.
Chaldeans
Kal-dee-unz.
Hanameel
Han-uh-meel.
Levites
Lee-vites.
Nebuchadnezzar
Neb-yuh-kud-nez-er.
Nebuchadrezzar
Neb-uh-kad-rez-er.
Shallum
Shall-um.
Zedekiah
Zed-uh-kye-uh.


Krause, Mark S. et al. “Anticipation of a New Future.” The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2014–2015. Ed. Ronald L. Nickelson & Jonathan Underwood. Vol. 62. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2014. 26–27. Print.

International Sunday School Lesson

Lesson for

September 21, 2014

Anticipation of a New Future

Jeremiah 32

This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. It is published in the September 14 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com.

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By Sam E. Stone 
Despite all that was going on around them, the people of Israel still had reason for hope. This month’s studies in the book of Jeremiah explain why they could have such confidence that much better days were ahead.
Many years before this time, God had given the land of Canaan—the promised land—to his people. The Law of Moses contained specific provisions designed to keep family property intact. These parcels of land were intended to stay with the original family who owned the property. When hard times forced a person to sell a parcel of land, it was to be offered first to his relatives so that it could be kept in the family. This is the context in which today’s lesson is set.

Living Under SiegeJeremiah 32:1-5
Just months before the downfall of Jerusalem, King Zedekiah was still ruling. He was very unhappy with Jeremiah, since the prophet had told the people that the Babylonians were going to conquer them. Tremper Longman III explained, “The prophet was thought to be a collaborator since he advocated the view that Zedekiah ought to capitulate to Nebuchadnezzar.” Jeremiah’s strong message was not politically correct.
The king was upset because the prophet said that the city would be delivered into the hands of their enemies—not by a stronger army, but by God himself. The king couldn’t imagine such a thing. Zedekiah was told that he would be turned over to the hands of the king of Babylon and would be taken as a prisoner to that pagan land.
Through all of this, Jeremiah was kept a prisoner until Jerusalem fell (see 38:13, 28; 39:14). That event is recorded in 52:7-14. Zedekiah was taken captive to Babylon, where he eventually died (see v. 11).

Buying Distressed PropertyJeremiah 32:6-9
God told Jeremiah that his uncle Hanamel would be arriving to ask that he buy his property in the nearby village of Anathoth (see 32:7). Evidently no other relative had either the means or the desire to purchase this “distressed merchandise.” The property would be useless in the near future since the country was being taken over by another nation. The purchase could become a valuable long-term investment, however, if one believed that God would eventually deliver his people from the Babylonians.
J. B. Coffman pointed out, “This indicates that the Pentateuch was well known among the Jews of this period, and that many of its provisions were still being observed. The book of Ruth tells of the marriage of Ruth the Moabitess, along with the redemption of a piece of land that had belonged to Ruth’s husband. Leviticus 25:25 records the Mosaic law that was involved in such purchases.”
The purchase of this family property is especially significant at this time. Only direct assurance from the Lord could guarantee that this investment was one that Jeremiah should make. “I knew that this was the word of the Lord,” he declared. Nothing proves the reality of faith like “putting your money where your mouth is!”

Preserving the ProofJeremiah 32:14, 15
Verses 10-13 (not in our printed text) outline what all took place. The deed was signed, sealed, and witnessed. Payment was made. “All the legal requirements for transfer of property were followed,” noted James E. Smith. “Payment of seventeen shekels of silver were publicly weighed out, Jeremiah signed and sealed the deed. He called in witnesses before whom he again weighed the shekels.”
The deed was given to Baruch in the presence of Hanamel and other witnesses. These important documents were then placed in a clay jar container, probably much like those used to preserve safely the Dead Sea Scrolls for more than 2,000 years. The significance of this legal transaction was made clear to the prophet: “Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.”
Better times are coming. You can count on God to keep his word. While Jeremiah would not personally live to see that day, he knew by faith that it was coming (29:10). The verses after our printed text include a long prayer to God (32:16-25) and both God’s first answer (vv. 26-35) and his second answer (vv. 36-44).
With each week’s Bible lesson, the quarterly includes a devotional reading. The one for today is especially appropriate—Isaiah 12. It says in part, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted(v. 4).
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*Lesson based on International Sunday School Lesson, © 2009, by the Lesson Committee. Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©2011, unless otherwise indicated.

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary





SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 | PENTECOST
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

             Old Testament       Deuteronomy 8:10–18
             Psalm       Psalm 116
             New Testament       Galatians 5:16–24
             Gospel       Luke 17:11–19


Christian Worship One Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Revised Common Lectionary





SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 20
YEAR A


  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 16:2–15
             Psalm       Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45
  or
  
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Jonah 3:10–4:11
             Psalm       Psalm 145:1–8

             New Testament       Philippians 1:21–30
             Gospel       Matthew 20:1–16


Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary





SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 | PENTECOST
PROPER 20
YEAR A
On the same date: St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

             Old Testament       Isaiah 55:6–9
             Psalm       Psalm 27:1–9
             Epistle       Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30
             Gospel       Matthew 20:1–16


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church, Sunday Lectionary





SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 20
YEAR A
On the same date: St. Matthew

             Psalm       Psalm 145 or Psalm 145:1–8
             First Reading       Jonah 3:10–4:11
             Second Reading       Philippians 1:21–27
             Gospel       Matthew 20:1–16


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional





September 21: Throwing Caution to the Flood
Zephaniah 1:1–3:20; Acts 19:1–41; Job 27:1–23

Words are powerful. They can restore and heal; they can also be used as deadly weapons. When we interact with one another, we know to choose our words carefully to avoid being misinterpreted or inadvertently causing harm. But Yahweh speaks words of daunting ambiguity—proclamations that can easily be misunderstood or that are frightening beyond measure.

Consider Zephaniah 1:2–3: “ ‘I will surely destroy everything from the face of the earth’—a declaration of Yahweh. ‘I will destroy humanity and beast; I will destroy the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked. And I will cut off humankind from the face of the earth’—a declaration of Yahweh.” Does Yahweh actually intend to destroy everything on the earth? Why is He speaking so boldly?

The phrase “face of the earth” appears twice in this passage; it encloses a miniature narrative that references the story of the flood in Gen 6:7 and 7:4. This story is used as a metaphor for why Yahweh will destroy Judah: “And I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal, and the name of idolatrous priests with the priests, and those who bow down on the rooftops to the host of heaven, and those who bow down, swearing to Yahweh but also swearing by Milkom” (Zeph 1:4–5). Yahweh plans to destroy Judah because they have sought other gods. In other words, Judah has acted just like the evil people who caused the flood.

The startling images of destruction and death that Yahweh’s proclamations evoke seem shockingly blunt. Yet these bold statements remind us that using audacious language is sometimes necessary, and evoking stories of the past can make the point more powerful. We must still take caution when choosing our words, but when we must speak an uncomfortable truth, we can turn to the example that Yahweh sets here: Live boldly for Him and speak the truth.

How can you be more bold in your words about Yahweh?

JOHN D. BARRY


Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012. Print.