Sunday School Lessons for 6-13-21
Lesson 1—Steadfast in Difficulties
Revelation 2:8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
The Christians in Smyrna were persecuted by non- believing Jews and non-Jewish people that supported Emperor worship. Persecution of Christians is not new, in fact Jesus told His followers they would be persecuted. We always have God as our refuge and protector. God will take care of His faithful followers.
Revelation 2:10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
All persecution comes from Satan. God does not persecute His people. God loves everyone and protects and rewards His believers. The Smyrnans were persecuted, and some were put to death, all faithful believers received a reward in Heaven for their perseverance.
Revelation 2:11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
All people will suffer physical death. All people will be resurrected, believers will be resurrected to eternal life with God in Heaven, but the nonbelievers will be resurrected to eternal separation from God known as the second death. While we live on this earth, we are aware of God and have the choice to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but after Jesus returns to destroy the world and sin there will be no more mercy or chances to serve God, the decision has already been made.
Lesson 2—Hope Defined
Job 14:1 “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. 2 They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure. 3 Do you fix your eye on them? Will you bring them before you for judgment? 4 Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one! 5 A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. 6 So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.
Job knew he had not done wrong. He loved and served God and God had blessed him greatly. Now he was suffering severely. Even though he thought it was unfair he still loved God and trusted Him. As we suffer in this life, we need to focus on God’s promise that Jesus will return to get His children.
Job 14:7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. 8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, 9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant. 10 But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more. As the water of a lake dries up or a riverbed becomes parched and dry, 12 so he lies down and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, people will not awake or be roused from their sleep.
Job observed nature, the way a tree stump sprots leaves and tries to live. How flooded places dry up and cease to exist and realized that when a man dies, he cannot live again but hopes God will intervene. We know God had a plan. Do you know God’s plan? Have you experienced the salvation God provided? If not please come to our church or call our church to learn about God and His Son, Jesus.
Job 14:13 “If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me! 14 If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.
Job did not have the New Testament and the knowledge of Jesus being born, dying on the cross for our sins, and coming back to life the third day to defeat death, sin, and Satan. Job just trusted God to take care of Him. We need to be thankful for the complete Bible and all the help we have to learn about God, the Holy Spirit being the most important and trustworthy.
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