Sunday, May 18, 2014
On 5-25-14, Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Mark 12:28-34 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as The Greatest Commandment
The Greatest Commandment
Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Mark 12:28-34
International Sunday School Lesson
May 25, 2014
Last week when we were considering our scripture I tied it in with the desire God has for us to worship him in Spirit and truth. I also mentioned how we have the ever changing groups within our places where we worship who, though they change, things still stay eerily the same in that the way we worship often times hinders worship.
This week as we consider our assignments we see in the assigned scripture a great example of how we can help instead of hinder as we look at the greatest commandments. Therefore, I ask, despite all that we can learn, despite all the words is this what we should most glean from all that the Bible is showing us?
For some like me who are detail oriented or perfectionists this can be very difficult to answer in the affirmative. But we can allay the fears we have in doing wrong or doing things half-way by seeing from today's scripture that Christ did not shy away when He was asked about this very thing. His answer, as you know, is immediately given in today's Mark 4 and is fleshed out by the scribe with Christ's approval.
Today's scripture clearly wants us living like this in our daily lives, loving God with everything we have; loving our neighbor as ourselves, not seeking revenge and not holding grudges. Furthermore it is not something we do in secret but rather we do it in a way that it is a part of our being.
This is how we are to raise our children. We don't leave this at home but since it is a part of us it is with us everywhere we go from home to work. It is with us in what we think of as we go to bed and the first thing we think of when we arise.
Living out our lives as Christians in this manner rather than all our, if we apply it to today, burnt offerings, will truly be worshiping and demonstrating how to worship in Spirit and truth.
1. Read all of Leviticus 19 and Deuteronomy 6.
2. Discuss instances where you held grudges or sought revenge.
3. Discuss where you were able to do the reverse.
4. Discuss how the commands we read of in the OT scriptures above reveal the character of God.
5. Discuss people who do not love themselves.
6. Discuss examples from the Bible where people followed these greatest commandments or where some did not.
7. Discuss how it requires our cooperation with the Holy Spirit if we are to accomplish this.
June 1 Obey the Lord, Haggai 1:1-11
June 8 Trust God’s Promises, Haggai 1:12-2:9
June 15 Live Pure Lives, Haggai 2:10-19
June 22 Hope for a New Day, Haggai 2:20-23 or Haggai 2:23, Zechariah 4:1-3, 6-14
June 29 A Call to Unity or Pursue Unity in Christ, 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 or 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:4-9
July 6 Glorify God with Your Body, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
July 13 Love Builds Up or Exercise Freedom with Caution, 1 Corinthians 8
July 20 Overcoming Temptation, 1Corinthians 10:12-22 or 1 Corinthians 10:6-22
July 27 Seek the Good of Others, 1 Corinthians 14:13-26
August 3 Consolation Granted Through Prayer or Comfort in Times of Trouble, 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
August 10 A Community Forgives or Forgiveness and Restoration, 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11
August 17 Treasure in Clay Pots or Treasure in Earthen Vessels, 2 Corinthians 4:2-15 or 2 Corinthians 4:1-15
August 24 An Appeal for Reconciliation, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 7:2-4 or 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 7:1-4
August 31 A Community Shares Its Resources or Generosity in the Midst of Poverty, 2 Corinthians 8:1-14
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