Sunday, June 2, 2013

On 6-9-13, Isaiah 12 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Worship with Thanksgiving aka Give Thanks

Worship with Thanksgiving aka Give Thanks
Isaiah 12
International Sunday School Lesson
June 9, 2013

Jed Greenough
Again, like last week and probably for awhile I am having to post the commentary early so be careful which week you are looking for as this is the commentary for 6-9.  Thanks 

God promises and then of course He follows through on the promise.  He promised Israel that if they failed to keep His commands they would suffer the consequences and no longer be protected by Him (see Deuteronomy 28-30).
In view today is this song of praise found in Isaiah 12 where though Israel is being punished God’s anger will abate and He will once again comfort the nation. 
We don’t know if this is referring to the very end times for Israel or the multiple fulfillments in which the ever obstinate nation was punished and then returned to God’s favor.
Better today I think to apply it to ourselves.  We know that as it says in verse 2 that God is our salvation and because of Jesus sacrifice His anger has been turned away from us.  Like Israel the nation, we rebel by nature, their example from the Bible shows us this.  Unlike Israel we don’t have to wait to the very end for His comfort to come.  And unlike Israel we this day can, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations (through the gospel message) what He has done (for mankind), and proclaim that His name is exalted (now, not in the end when it is too late!).  Yep, I can find the gospel message everywhere because it is!  That’s the beauty of God’s word, “shout aloud and sing for joy”!
For Discussion:
1.      Discuss the joy and the sadness that can be seen by the words, “In that day you will say: ‘I will praise you, O Lord.”.
2.      Underline in your Bible verse 2 in part or in whole
3.      Look at John 4:10 and Jeremiah 2:13 for today’s verse 3
4.      Discuss the idea of joy that is so front and forward
5.      Discuss glorifying God
6.      Discuss how clear this praising of God is for all the world to see and relate it to Christians and the present
7.      Discuss the example of Israel
Upcoming Lessons
6-9-13:     Worship with Thanksgiving aka Give Thanks Isaiah 12
6-16-13:   Worship with Meaning aka Meaningless Worship Isaiah 29:9-16
6-23-13:   Worship in the New Creation aka The Glorious New Creation Isaiah 65:17-25 or 65:17-21, 23-25
6-30-13:  Restoring Joyful Worship aka Joyful Worship Restored Ezra 3:1-7

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