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International Sunday School Lesson

October 20, 2013LessonA Blessing for Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 15–17; 21:9-21; 26:1-25) By Sam E. Stone Abraham is described in Scripture as an example of faith, and he certainly is (see Hebrews 11:8). But even “the father of the faithful” had his shortcomings. At one point in his life, he and Sarah seemed to doubt that God would fulfill his promise to give them a child. Sarah suggested they take things into their own hands. She urged Abraham to sleep with her handmaid, Hagar. He did and fathered a child—Ishmael. Their attempt to run ahead of God led to tragic results, the effects of which are still obvious in the world today. The present hostility between Jews and Arabs can be traced back to their mistake. At the time of today’s lesson, Ishmael was about 16 years old. He mocked Isaac and made fun of him. Sarah distressed Abraham by asking him to send Ishmael and his mother away. Such emotional upheaval can easily occur in blended or polygamous families. God told Abraham to do what Sa…

The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2013–2014. Ed.

October 20 Lesson 8 BLESSINGS FOR ISHMAEL AND ISAAC
DEVOTIONAL READING: Hebrews 11:17–22
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Genesis 15–17; 21:9–21; 26:1–25

GENESIS 21:12–14, 17–21

KEY VERSE
"God said unto Abraham, … In Isaac shall thy seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed."—Genesis 21:12, 13

FIRST THINGS
Unit 2: First Nation LESSONS 6–9
LESSON AIMS
After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to:
1. Describe God’s separate blessings on Isaac and Ishmael.
2. Explain the superior blessing of Isaac over that of Ishmael even though Ishmael was born first.
3. Suggest a means of sharing one’s faith in Christ with a Muslim.

LESSON OUTLINE
Introduction
A.      Moses Easterly Lard
      B.      Lesson Background
          I.      Promises for Ishmael (GENESIS 21:12–14, 17–21)
      A.      Intervention (vv. 12, 13)
      B.      Dismissal (v. 14)
      The Danger of Impatience
      C.      Assurance (vv. 17, 18)
      D.      Development (vv. …

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013 | PENTECOST
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

 Old Testament Deuteronomy 1:26–36
 Psalm  Psalm 139
   New Testament Ephesians 6:10–17
Gospel John 4:46–54

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

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 24
YEAR C

 Psalm Psalm 121
             First Reading       Genesis 32:3–8, 22–30
             Second Reading       2 Timothy 3:14–4:5
 Gospel  Luke 18:1–8a

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

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 24
YEAR C

 Old TestamentJeremiah 31:27–34
 Psalm Psalm 119:97–104 or Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
 New Testament     2 Timothy 3:14–4:5
 GospelLuke 18:1–8

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Jeremiah 31:27–34

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

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 24
YEAR C

         Psalm   Psalm 121
             First Reading       Genesis 32:3–8, 22–30
             Second Reading       2 Timothy 3:14–4:5
 Gospel Luke 18:1–8a

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

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 24
YEAR C

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
 Old Testament Jeremiah 31:27–34
 Psalm Psalm 119:97–104
  or
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
   Old Testament Genesis 32:22–31
 Psalm  Psalm 121

 New Testament 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5
 Gospel  Luke 18:1–8

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

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

October 20: It Has Been Granted to You
Revelation 19:11–20:6

“It has been granted to her that she be dressed in bright, clean fine linen” (Rev 19:8), announces a voice from heaven in John’s revelation. The voice describes the bride who waits in anticipation—representing the believers who wait in expectation of being reunited with Christ.
The text contrasts the fine linen of the bride with the purple and scarlet cloth of the harlot, Babylon, who represents all that oppose God’s reign (Rev 18:16). The harlot receives criticism for her infidelity: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.… For all the nations have drunk from the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich from the power of her sensuality” (Rev 18:2–3).
But the cry goes out in and among Babylon: “Come out from her, my people” (Rev 18:4). The bride, who is preparing herself for the wedding celebration of the La…