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The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, vol. 60

August 18 Lesson 12 DEDICATION OF THE WALL
DEVOTIONAL READING: Psalm 96
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 12:27–43

NEHEMIAH 12:27–38, 43
GOD’S PEOPLE WORSHIP
Unit 3: Worshiping in Jerusalem Again (Nehemiah)
LESSONS 10–13
LESSON AIMS
After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to:
1. Describe how ancient Israel gave thanks for a great accomplishment through a joyous but formal praise service.
2. Explain how the celebration and worship in the text can be a model for a proper celebration of any ministry task successfully completed.
3. Plan a detailed celebration for the church of a past or possible future great accomplishment.

LESSON OUTLINE
Introduction
      A.      Joyful Celebration
      B.      Lesson Background: Geography
      C.      Lesson Background: Levites
  I.      Dedication Preparation (NEHEMIAH 12:27–30)
      A.      Musicians (v. 27)
      B.      Singers (vv. 28, 29)
      C.      Purification (v. 30)
  II.      Dedication Participation (NEHEMIAH 12:31–38)
      A. …

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary, vols.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 15
YEAR C

 Old Testament   Isaiah 5:1–7
   Psalm  Psalm 80:1–2, 8–19 (UMH 801)
   New Testament Hebrews 11:29–12:2
 Gospel    Luke 12:49–56


Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary, vols.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 | PENTECOST
PROPER 15
YEAR C

   Old Testament Jeremiah 23:16–29
   Psalm Psalm 119:81–88
 Epistle Hebrews 11:17–31 (32–40)
 Gospel   Luke 12:49–53 (54–56)


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary, vols.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 15
YEAR C


  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
 Old Testament Isaiah 5:1–7
 Psalm Psalm 80:1–2, 8–19
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
 Old Testament Jeremiah 23:23–29
       Psalm Psalm 82

New Testament Hebrews 11:29–12:2
   Gospel Luke 12:49–56


Revised Common Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, vols.

August 18: Connecting the Dots
Job 9:1–11

When we don’t have all the facts, we still like to connect the dots. Questions make us uncomfortable, so we draw lines with answers that make us feel safe and that fit our worldview. But sometimes we hold too tightly to the picture that results.
Job’s friends were guilty of this error. Although they affirmed true things about God’s character, they connected the dots in unhelpful ways. For example, in Job 8, Bildad pointed to God’s justice and stated that Job’s hardship couldn’t be for nothing. Therefore, he must have sinned. Job also affirmed God’s justice, wisdom, and strength, but he didn’t buy into Bildad’s worldview. In Job 9, he acknowledged that God was beyond his understanding. Job might have suffered, but he kept his high opinion of God.
Job wanted answers, too. He longed for God to make Himself known and settle the matter (Job 9:3). Job mourned that he had no way of defending himself before God: “There is no arbiter between us that he …