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Sunday School Lesson, Outline

October 19 Lesson 7 I WILL CALL ON GOD
DEVOTIONAL READING: Jeremiah 14:14–22 BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Job 5, 24; Psalm 55:12–23

JOB 24:1, 9–12, 19–25
1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?

9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
11 Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.

19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.
20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
21 He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow

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22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no…

International Sunday School Lesson

Lesson for October 19, 2014 I Will Call on GodJob 5; 24; Psalm 55:12-23This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. It is published in the October 12 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com. ______ By Sam E. Stone  Last week’s study focused on Job 19. After that section, more attacks followed by Job’s friends, Zophar (chapter 20) and Eliphaz (chapter 22). They continued to insist that Job was guilty of serious sin. To them, all that happened to him was obviously God’s punishment for wrongdoing. Job, however, declared his wish to have access to God’s presence so that he could plead his case and then be acquitted (Job 23:3-7). Today’s lesson focuses on Job’s reaction to all of the injustices that he saw in the world about him.
Injustice ThrivesJob 24:1, 9-12Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment?Job asked. Sam Balentine observed, “When there are no visible signs o…

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 | PENTECOST
NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

             Old Testament       Deuteronomy 10:12–21
             Psalm       Psalm 2
New Testament1 Corinthians 1:4–9
Gospel Matthew 22:34–46


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

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 24
YEAR A


Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
 Old Testament Exodus 33:12–23
             Psalm       Psalm 99
  or

Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
Old TestamentIsaiah 45:1–7
             Psalm       Psalm 96:1–9 (10–13)

 New Testament1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
GospelMatthew 22:15–22


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

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 24
YEAR A

Old TestamentExodus 33:12–23
             Psalm       Psalm 99 (UMH 819)
New Testament 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
Gospel Matthew 22:15–22


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

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 | PENTECOST
PROPER 24
YEAR A

Old TestamentIsaiah 45:1–7
             Psalm       Psalm 96:1–9 (10–13)
Epistle       1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
Gospel       Matthew 22:15–22


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

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 24
YEAR A

Psalm       Psalm 96 or Psalm 96:1–9
             First Reading       Isaiah 45:1–7
             Second Reading       1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
Gospel       Matthew 22:15–22


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

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

October 19: Big Picture Hope
Ezekiel 38:1–39:24; Revelation 19:1–10; Job 38:12–24

Some Bible passages are so perplexing that we’re not really sure what to make of them. Such is the case with Ezek 38:1–39:24. As we closely examine this text, we can easily lose sight of its message. We can find ourselves so lost in the details that the big picture becomes fuzzy. So what is the big picture presented in this passage? God is on the side of His people; He will fight for them.

This message is comforting. We all experience times when we feel like an ancient Israelite, lost and wandering in the desert. We go through times when we’re not sure what’s next or how it will all end up. But when we realize that God is there to war on our behalf—even in the midst of supreme chaos and paradise interrupted (compare Ezek 37)—our viewpoint quickly shifts.

When we feel as though we’re blindly grasping for answers in the smoke that is the future, startling realizations like the type Ezekiel envisions can pro…