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Lesson based on the International Sunday School Lesson

Lesson for August 21, 2016
Grafted In
Romans 11:11-24
Dr. Mark Scott wrote this treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson. Scott teaches preaching and New Testament at Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri. This lesson treatment is published in the August 14 issue of The Lookout magazine and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com. ______ By Mark Scott  Dad used to say, “The greatest word in John 3:16 is ‘whosoever,’ because that one word gets us into the kingdom of God.” Paul would likely agree. Paul was a Jew, and due to that heritage had ready access to salvation. But Paul was also the apostle to the Gentiles, and due to that calling wanted them to have ready access to salvation as well. At points, one is tempted to think that the Jews have squandered their opportunity to be saved at all. But Paul reassured that God has reserved for himself a remnant of believing Jews (Romans 11:1-10). Paul used our text to remind the Gentiles not to feel haughty about their opport…

Peppermint Flower

Peppermint Flower

‎Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint, both of which grow wild in Palestine. As a hybrid, peppermint is usually sterile, producing no seeds but propagating by its roots. A common garden plant in Jesus’ day, it was one of the main mint species used for medicine and in cooking. ‎Matt 23:23, Luke 11:42 ‎Image by H. Zell, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

‎The sea, the port, the old city of Jaffa at the southern end of Tel Aviv, in a panoramic view from the air. Jaffa has been known from Canaanite times, at the end of the 4th millennium B.C. Its name is connected with Japhet, son of Noah. From the 17th century, it was a port city and gateway to the Holy Land for European pilgrims. The port was closed in 1965 and all that remains of it today is a quay for fishing boats and yachts. Jaffa’s long and checkered history has left it with a rich legacy of archaeological sites, churches, mosques and building styles in a combination of east and west.

The Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant

The ark of the covenant being returned by the Philistines (left; 1 Sam. 6:7–8) after it caused the statue of Dagon to break in front of his temple (right; 1 Sam. 5:2–5). Wall painting from the synagogue at Dura-Europos, third century CE.
Clifford, Richard J. “Dagon.” Ed. Mark Allan Powell. The Harper Collins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated) 2011 : 170. Print.

The World in the Gospel of John

The World in the Gospel of John

John 3:16–17, 19

Excerpt


In the Gospel of John, the world is the object of God’s salvation in Christ (3:16; 12:47). Moreover, it is his creation through Christ (1:3, 10). Yet the world apart from Christ stands under judgment (16:8-11), hating Jesus’ followers, who have been separated from the world and are not of the world (17:16). The dualism between God, Christ, and the disciples, on the one hand, and the world, on the other, is described in terms of a sharp antinomy. Disciples are urged to have nothing to do with the world, especially not to love it (1 John 17:15). Even in the Fourth Gospel, the world continues to be God’s, in creation and salvation. It is the same world that Matthew has in view as he portrays the risen Jesus sending his disciples to make disciples of all nations (28:19) or Luke as Jesus informs the disciples that they shall be witnesses from Jerusalem to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8).


Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society…

Introduction

Introduction

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‎For various reasons, it is highly desirable to read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelation. Thus, the Old Testament prepares for the New, a cumulative knowledge of the Bible, so valuable in education, is secured, and a true perspective of religious history and truth is obtained. One who does this reading is prepared to understand and appreciate the myriads of allusions and references to sacred literature contained in secular history, literature, art, law, and life in general.

‎Every person’s life is a success or a wreck, or something between the two, as according as he does or does not govern it by the precepts of God’s Holy Word. ‘The way of the ungodly shall perish, but the path of the just is as a shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” The foregoing should prove a powerful incentive to every seeker after truth to read the Bible through. …

Adams, A. Dana. 4000 Questions & Answers on the Bible. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman…

Carmel in Judah

Carmel in Judah

‎Carmel in Judah, not to be confused with Mount Carmel, was situated about 7 miles (11 km) south of Hebron in the tribal allotment of Judah. The town was home of Nabal, Abigail’s first husband, who insulted David so badly that David nearly killed him for it, restrained only by God’s wisdom spoken through Abigail. The tower shown in the picture was built in the twelfth century A.D.

Burial chamber

Burial chamber

‎Graves often consisted of cut-rock chambers that were reached through cut-rock steps. The antechamber (C) was separated by a wall (E, D) from the burial chamber (A, B). Family members always used such burial chambers for several generations. ‎Judg 8:32; 16:31; 2 Sam 2:32; 3:32; 19:37; 1 Kings 13:22; 2 Kings 9:28; 13:21; 22:20; 23:16; Ps 88:5; Jer 5:16; 8:1; Nah 1:14

Connect the Testaments

August 16: No Fear and Full Confidence
Isaiah 33:1–17; Luke 11:37–12:21; Job 8:1–10

Jesus didn’t exactly follow social niceties as a dinner guest. Once again while dining with a Pharisee, He exposed the hypocrisy that was rampant among those religious leaders: “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but your inside is full of greediness and wickedness”(Luke 11:39). The “woes” He followed with challenged His host and, by extension, the Pharisees in general.

His boldness is a trait He wanted to pass on to His disciples: “But nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, and a secret that will not be made known”(Luke 12:2). The gospel message will not be kept secret; the new kingdom is coming into being.

Jesus wanted the disciples to be fearless among people because it is God who is in charge, not the Pharisees; they had built up a false construct of authority. And although they may have exercised authority—they could kill and spread fear—they weren’t ultimate…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, August 16Go To Evening Reading

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name.”
—Psalm 29:2
God’s glory is the result of his nature and acts. He is glorious in his character, for there is such a store of everything that is holy, and good, and lovely in God, that he must be glorious. The actions which flow from his character are also glorious; but while he intends that they should manifest to his creatures his goodness, and mercy, and justice, he is equally concerned that the glory associated with them should be given only to himself. Nor is there aught in ourselves in which we may glory; for who maketh us to differ from another? And what have we that we did not receive from the God of all grace? Then how careful ought we to be to walk humbly before the Lord! The moment we glorify ourselves since there is room for one glory only in the universe, we set ourselves up as rivals to the Most High. Shall the insect of an hour glorify itself against the sun which warmed it into life? …

My Utmost for His Highest

August 16th
Does He know me


He calleth … by name. John 10:3.

When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (John 20:17). It is possible to know all about doctrine and yet not know Jesus. The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine out steps intimate touch with Jesus. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine was no more to Mary than the grass under her feet. Any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could not ridicule out of her was the fact that Jesus had cast seven demons out of her; yet His blessings were nothing in comparison to Himself. Mary “saw Jesus standing and knew not that it was Jesus …”; immediately she heard the voice, she knew she had a past history with the One who spoke. “Master!”

When I have stubbornly doubted? (John 20:27). Have I been doubting something about Jesus—an experience to which others testify but which I have not had? The other disciples told Thomas that they had seen Jesus, but Thomas doubted—“Except I shall see …, I will not believe.…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 16

  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ
1 Cor. 11:1
When in the Mexican war the troops were wavering, a general rose in his stirrups and dashed into the enemy’s line, shouting, “Men, follow!” They seeing his courage and disposition, dashed on after him, and gained the victory.

What men want to rally them for God is an example to lead them. All your commands to others to advance amount to nothing so long as you stay behind. To effect them aright, you need to start for Heaven yourself, looking back only to give the stirring cry of “Men, follow!”

T. Dewitt Talmage


Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.