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Sunday School Lesson

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December 29, 2013
Jesus Is Presented in the Temple (Luke 2:21-40) By Sam E. Stone This month’s lessons have followed the theme, God Sends Jesus,” based on Luke’s Gospel. We have seen how God called various individuals to have part in these events. In today’s study Simeon and Anna touch the life of Jesus when he is just a baby. Their hopes were realized in the birth of the Messiah, just as ours are.
Obedient ParentsLuke 2:21, 22Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord at the appropriate time. The baby had been circumcised on the eighth day after his birth (see Genesis 17:12) and at the same time named Jesus as the angel had instructed (Luke 1:31). A mother was considered ceremonially unclean for 40 days after the birth of a son (Leviticus 12:1-8). From Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph traveled a few miles north to the temple in Jerusalem for the ceremony. All firstborn male children were considered holy to the Lord (Exodus 13:2).
Devout SimeonLuke 2:25-35Simeon li…

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 | CHRISTMAS
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY
YEAR A

             Old Testament       Isaiah 63:7–9
             Psalm       Psalm 148 (UMH 861)
             New Testament       Hebrews 2:10–18
             Gospel       Matthew 2:13–23


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

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 | CHRISTMAS
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
YEAR A
On the same date: David

Old Testament  Isaiah 63:7–14
Psalm Psalm 111
 Epistle Galatians 4:4–7
Gospel Matthew 2:13–23


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

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 | CHRISTMAS FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS YEARS ABC
 Psalm   Psalm 147 or Psalm 147:12–20              First Reading       Isaiah 61:10–62:3              Second Reading       Galatians 3:23–25, 4:4–7 Gospel John 1:1–18

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

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 | CHRISTMAS
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS:  HOLY FAMILY
YEAR A

Old Testament   Isaiah 63:7–9
 Psalm   Psalm 148
New Testament Hebrews 2:10–18
Gospel Matthew 2:13–23


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

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 29
The Grace of God Shines ThroughLamentations 1:1–2:22

I was once asked why the Bible is so brutal—why it depicts things like babies being killed and war. It’s true, the Bible has many moments of darkness and violence. But these depictions of the rawness of humanity—in all its ungratefulness and depravity—demonstrate how much people need God. And more than that, through these moments, the Bible shows how much people need a savior.

The book of Lamentations is brimming with sorrow and gnashing of teeth. Little hope can be found in this book. The prophet weeps and moans over his fallen nation, over watching Jerusalem crumble. In this poetic work, we see people who don’t follow the God who loves them dearly and so badly yearns to see them return to Him.

“How desolate the city sits that was full of people! She has become like a widow, once great among the nations! Like a woman of nobility in the provinces, she has become a forced laborer. She weeps bitterly in the night, her tears …