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Sunday School Lesson, Outline

September 14 Lesson 2 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
DEVOTIONAL READING: Hebrews 8:1–7, 13 BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 31

JEREMIAH 31:31–37

31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. 35 Thus sait…

The International Sunday School Lesson

Lesson for September 14, 2014Hope for the FutureJeremiah 31This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. It is published in the September 7 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com. ______ By Sam E. Stone  Jeremiah is often called “the weeping prophet” because of the sad news he had to bring to his people. But he also held out hope for them. Following 70 years in Babylonian captivity, a remnant would return to the promised land (Jeremiah 23:3). They would rebuild Jerusalem and be the source of great rejoicing (31:7-14). His message encouraged the captives to trust God and carry on with life as normally as possible. In today’s text Jeremiah prophesied a better day, a time when God would create a new covenant with his people. The first covenant mentioned in Scripture includes the promises the Lord made to Noah (Genesis 6:18; 9:8-17). Later he made covenants with Abraham (Gen…

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 | PENTECOST FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Old TestamentLeviticus 19:9–18              Psalm       Psalm 133–134 New TestamentGalatians 3:15–22

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

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 19 YEAR A
Old TestamentExodus 14:19–31 Old TestamentExodus 15:1b–11, 20–21 (UMH 135) New Testament Romans 14:1–12 GospelMatthew 18:21–35

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

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 | PENTECOST PROPER 19 YEAR A On the same date: Holy Cross Day
Old Testament Genesis 50:15–21              Psalm       Psalm 103:1–12 Epistle       Romans 14:1–12 Gospel       Matthew 18:21–35

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

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 19 YEAR A On the same date: Holy Cross Day
 Psalm       Psalm 103 or Psalm 103:8–13              First Reading       Sirach 27:30–28:7              Second Reading       Romans 14:5–12 Gospel       Matthew 18:21–35

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

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 19 YEAR A On the same date: Holy Cross

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament Exodus 14:19–31              Psalm       Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b–11, 20–21   or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old TestamentGenesis 50:15–21              Psalm       (Psalm 103:1–7) 8–13
New Testament Romans 14:1–12 Gospel Matthew 18:21–35

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

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

September 14: Going Your Own Way Jonah 1:1–4:11; Acts 13:1–12; Job 22:1–13
I work hard to make my disobedience socially acceptable: “I have a stubborn streak,” I explain, or “I’m just like my dad.” But the truth is that my weaknesses aren’t cute or transitory—and they’re not anyone else’s fault. Instead, my disobedience is a deep-rooted, rebellious tendency to follow my own path when I should be humbling myself, seeking wisdom, or obeying leaders who know better.

The book of Jonah illustrates these opposing responses to God’s will. We can easily identify with Jonah’s stubborn character. When God tells Jonah to warn Nineveh of its coming judgment, Jonah not only disobeys, but he sets off in the opposite direction. As Jonah’s story progresses, however, we see God orchestrate a reversal. In His incredible mercy, He breaks Jonah’s stubborn streakand replaces it with humility. God also has mercy on the Ninevites—a “people who do not know right from left”—and they repent in sackcloth and ash…