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The International Sunday School Lesson

Lesson for December 20, 2015
Dedication of the FirstbornExodus 13:13–15; Luke 2:22–32Dr. Mark Scott wrote this treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson. Scott teaches preaching and New Testament at Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri, and has held preaching ministries in Missouri, Illinois, and Colorado. This lesson treatment is published in the December 13 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com. ______ By Mark Scott  There is an old downward spiral to sin that goes like this: If you hesitate, you will contemplate; if you contemplate, you will negotiate; if you negotiate, you will participate; and if you participate, you will desecrate. But maybe we could say that with the coming of Christ in his incarnation, God reverses that downward spiral of sin to this: Redemption gives rise to celebration, which leads to purification, and in turn follows through to consecration, which ultimately shows up as dedication. As we celebrate Chri…

The International Sunday School Lesson Outline

December 20 Lesson 3

DEDICATION OF THE FIRSTBORN
DEVOTIONAL READING: 2 Chronicles 30:5–12 BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Exodus 13:11–16; Leviticus 12:1–8; Numbers 3:5–13; Luke 2:21–39

EXODUS 13:13B–15
13b All the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.
14 And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:
15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem.


LUKE 2:22–32
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called …

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (with Supplemental Lectionary)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT
YEAR C

 Old Testament       Micah 5:2–5a
Old Testament       Genesis 4:1, 2, 6–8, 25–5:5 (Supplemental)
             Psalm       Psalm 85
New Testament       Hebrews 10:5–10
New Testament       Revelation 12:1–6 (Supplemental)
Gospel       Luke 1:39–55


Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (with Supplemental Lectionary). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR C

Old Testament       Micah 5:2–5a
Gospel       Luke 1:47–55 (UMH 199)
New Testament       Hebrews 10:5–10
 Gospel       Luke 1:39–45


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

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR C | ROMAN MISSAL

              First Reading       Micah 5:1–4a
  Response       Psalm 80:4
              Psalm       Psalm 80:2–3, 15–16, 18–19
Second Reading       Hebrews 10:5–10
Gospel Acclamation       Luke 1:38
Gospel       Luke 1:39–45


Catholic Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT
YEAR C

 Old Testament       Micah 5:2–5a
             Psalm       Psalm 80:1–7
             Epistle       Hebrews 10:5–10
             Gospel       Luke 1:39–45 (46–56)


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

The Episcopal Church

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR C

 Psalm       Psalm 80 or Psalm 80:1–7
First Reading       Micah 5:2–4
Second Reading       Hebrews 10:5–10
 Gospel       Luke 1:39–49 (50–56)


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