Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated August 15, 2022)

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August 14, 2022 – A New City

Alternate Title – John Tells Us About the New City of Jerusalem

Bible Lesson: Revelation 21:9-21 KJV


The key verse:
Revelation 21:14 (KJV) - "And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."

(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Faithlife Reftagger)


What shall we learn from this lesson:

In Revelation 21:1 we learn that there will be a new earth, a new Heaven, and a new Jerusalem. All this will be brand new. The old ones have passed away meaning they no longer exist. We also will learn of the measurements of the New Jerusalem. This means that the New Jerusalem is more than symbolism and representation. It is a real city.

Because the city comes from God (Rev 21:2) we can be assured that its makeup and functioning will be as God desires. God will live with His people and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever (Rev 21:4).

That is welcomed news for any of us who would be concerned that our troubles and mistakes of our former earthy existence would continue to dog us in eternity. All such hurtful memories that used to cause us pain or crying will no longer exist. They will be gone forever.

All those who are Saved (God's redeemed people) will be citizens of the New Jerusalem. Death is not our final home.

The Tribulation is over and Jesus has gathered His church in the Rapture and Satan has received his punishment in the Lake of Fire. The final judgment has been executed. The Battle of Armageddon has been fought and Jesus Christ has won the battle against the demonic and evil forces lead by the Antichrist.

In Revelation, John described being taken to a great high mountain where he saw the New Jerusalema new and beautiful holy citydescending from Heaven (Rev 21:10). It's width, and length were 1,400 miles and the height of the walls was also 1,400 miles (Rev 21:16).

It had 12 gates with 3 on each sideeast, north, south, and west with each guarded by an angel. The fact that each of the gates was named after one of the 12 tribes of Israel is a testament that God had not forgotten about or abandoned His people Israel.

The city will be fortified by walls that were 216 feet thick with 12 foundation stones on which were written the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb (Christ) Rev 21:14. We therefore have both Jews and Gentiles represented in the constructionthe 12 tribes for the Jews and the 12 Apostles for the Gentiles.

The whole city including its walls, and foundation were fashioned in a way to display the brilliance of precious stones, jewels, and gold. The city shone with the glory of God and it sparkled like a precious stone (Rev 21:11). This will be God's home (Rev 21:3) with His people.

This brand new city has not ever been polluted or stained with sin by the people or dishonored by human kings. Those that are Saved may enter the city at any time. The gates will never be closed.

Outside the city walls are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie (Rev. 22:15 ESV). These and others whose names are not in the Book of Life will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:15 ESV) and in the outer darkness of Hell (Matthew 8:12 ESV).

When Jesus ascended to Heaven He commissioned the Apostles to proclaim the gospel worldwide. Therefore they could be considered as the foundation of the Church with Christ as the cornerstone. From the foundation of only a few we now have a church with over two billion members.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." John 28:19 NIV

This New Jerusalem represents the bride of Christ (Rev 21:9). It is therefore filled with those who are redeemed by God through the blood of Christ, and together comprise the Church. This is consistent with Paul's description of the church as the bride of Christ. (Ephesians 5:25-27).


The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Revelation 21:9-21 NLT

The key verse: Revelation 21:14 (NLT) - "The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”




August 21, 2022 – The River of Life

Alternate Title – John Tells Us About the River of Life

Bible Lesson: Revelation 22:1-7 KJV


The key verse:
Revelation 22:1 (KJV) - "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb."

(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Faithlife Reftagger)


What shall we learn from this lesson:

John saw a vision in which the old heaven and the old earth were gone and a new heaven and a new earth had come into existence, the Bible says.

In studying this lesson it is difficult to resist trying to use the existing earth in our understanding. God said it is gone. Forget it. To get the right perspective and the correct context, we should understand that God is making EVERYTHING new. And then He said write it down because what He is saying is true.

"And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." Rev. 21:5 KJV

So when we think of the New Jerusalem descending out of Heaven do not think of it being situated on the old earth, for the old earth is gone. There is no California, Texas, Tennessee, or any of the States as we know them. They are all gone. Everything will be new.

Presumably the New Jerusalem will be situated on the New Earth and we don't know how big it is.

He realized that the destiny of believers is for us to one day end up living where God and His throne will be located. Jesus will also be there. The Bible says that He will be "seated at the right hand of God" meaning He will be there with God and in a high position of power and honor.

In John's vision of the New Jerusalem, the angel showed him a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Rev. 22:1). This is the River of Life that our lesson today is about.

This statement tells us that life flows from God out into the city. Just as it was in the Garden of Eden a life-giving river flows in the New Jerusalem.

The "water of life" flows freely. Whether or not actual water (as we know it) is involved is unimportant. The important thing is that the river of life represents the eternal life that flows from God to His people.

This water of life symbolizes the everlasting life promised by God through His Son Jesus. This could be easily expected since in the New Jerusalem are believers and they have free access to eternal and everlasting life.

All human life began with God in the beginning and all life begins with God now. God was the source of life for the first human and He is the source of eternal life now for us through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus.

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7 KJV

There is no amount of "life" that can be purchased from Amazon, or the mall, or the grocery store. No scientist can peer through a microscope and point out the quantity called life. They can show the results of life or the results of the loss of life on a cellular basis, but not life itself.

If life had been a quantity that could've been purchased or obtained from somewhere, the people could have brought Lazarus back to life from the dead if they had some. That was not the case.

But when Jesus prayed to the Father, Lazarus was granted resurrected life through Jesus even though he had been dead for four days. The Lord is the source of life.

In John's vision, the river of water of life flowed from the throne of God down the middle of the great street of the city (Rev 22:1 NIV). This throne is that of the Father and the Son.

We can underscore what Jesus said, that He and the Father are One (John 10:30). Therefore only one throne is mentioned in the passage Rev 22:1b. The Bible called it "the throne of God and the Lamb."

Theologians are not unanimous on whether or not there will be a true river as opposed to a symbolic river flowing down the center of the main street of New Jerusalem. Symbolism plays a huge role in the Book of Revelation.

The fact that the river is pure and clear as crystal symbolizes that the nature of God and the lamb is that of purity and holiness without the contamination of sin. Nothing unclean can enter the New Jerusalem.

Including our reference text, we will find that water and life are sometimes associated with each other in the Bible. In fact, science says that without water there can be no life as we know it.

When we sent a rocket to Mars we were primarily looking for evidence of water. If we found that evidence it would indicate that life could exist there. In the Bible, we also find that life was tied to water in several places.

Another example of water being associated with life is "Living Water". Jesus spoke of the Living Water in His encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well:

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10)

"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." (John 4:14).

Those who believe in Christ Jesus are the recipients of the living water. They receive the Spirit of God and ultimately everlasting and eternal life.

Therefore, in the case of the Samaritan woman, the living water that Jesus spoke of quenches spiritual thirst rather than physical thirst.

Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, "If you only knew the gift God has for you...". She did not know what was in the future for those who believed in Christ.

On the other hand, Jesus knew what was in the future of the believers. The gift of the Holy Spirit will be received by all believers after Christ came into His glory and ascended back to Heaven.

And all those who believe in Christ as their savior will have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV).

The Holy Spirit will do more than just come upon a believer temporarily but represents a continuous connection to God and will dwell within the believer as the presence of God.

The Holy Spirit exists within us believers and He can help us live a godly life and to do right rather than wrong...

As a child, I grew up a relatively short distance from a river and our family would fish there sometimes.

The water in the river was murky and had an odor that I came to associate with only that river. No one, in a right mind, would think of drinking water directly out of that river.

Thoughts of that contaminated and polluted river remind me of the sinfulness, unfairness, and meanest which pollutes the world society today. There will be none of that in the New Jerusalem.

Now back to John's visions, on either side of the river was the Tree of Life. You may recall that the first appearance of the Tree of Life was in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9).

Now we see it again in Revelation. Also in the Garden of Eden was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eating the fruit from this tree was prohibited by God (Gen 2:16-17) but Adam and Eve ate from it anyway (Gen 3:5-6). Eve was encouraged by the serpent to eat from the fruit of the tree and then Adam was encouraged by Eve to eat from the tree.

As a result of this first sin—the original sin by the humans—there was a judgment made by God against them and a penalty issued by Him (that can be called a curse). This penalty was placed upon the woman (Eve), the man (Adam), and the serpent that was the instigator (Gen 3:13-19). We can summarize the curse:

The man will be subject to a lifetime of hard labour followed by death, the woman to the pain of childbirth and to subordination to her husband, and the serpent was relegated to traveling on his belly and suffer the enmity of both man and woman.

Ever since the first sin, humanity has been cursed because of rebellion in the form of disobedience by Adam and Eve. However, in the New Jerusalem, the rebellion, sin, and curse are all gone. (Rev 22:3).

Today we depend on our privilege to communicate to God through prayer but in John's vision we will see His face; we will be there with Him (Rev 22:4).

Today we depend on the Sun or some form of artificial light to see by, but in John's vision, there will be no night and no need for lights for the Lord God will shine on us (Rev 22:5).

We will end this lesson text with Rev 22:7 NLT:

Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.”


The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Revelation 22:1-7 NLT

The key verse: Revelation 22:1 (NLT) - "Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”




August 28, 2022 – Come and Enjoy

Alternate Title – A Welcoming Invitation

Bible Lesson: Revelation 22:10-21 KJV


The key verses:
Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV) - "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Faithlife Reftagger)


What shall we learn from this lesson:

Out of time! If we made this statement the title of the lesson it would apply to the text. In verse Rev. 22:10 the Bible says, "... the time is at hand." In other words, our time is up. It's time to face the music, the clock has stopped ticking. Your reward is at hand.

Rev. 22:10 KJV - There is going to be a time that however we are is how we will be judged. If we are unjust when our time runs out, we will be judged that way. If we are righteous, we will be viewed that way.

When Jesus comes back this time, it's over. His coming will be unexpected and our fate has already been decided. Therefore, He is bringing with Him our reward for whatever we have done or not done for His Glory. (Rev. 22:12 KJV).

We can't escape Him; there is no need to devise a getaway plan because it won't do us any good. Every way we can go He will be there. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev. 22:13 KJV).

Are we someone who loved God and our neighbor as we were commanded to do? Did we declare Jesus as our Lord and Savior? If so, then we will be blessed and may enter in through the gates of the city (Rev. 22:14 KJV). If not, then we will remain on the outside with those such as the whoremongers, murderers, and idolaters (Rev. 22:15 KJV).

We don't want time to run out while we are still not ready for Jesus' return. We don't want to be left behind. We want to be able to enter the Holy City and have access to the Tree of Life.


The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Revelation 22:10-21 NLT

The key verses: Revelation 22:18-19 (NLT) - "And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book.

"And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person's share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book
.”





September 4, 2022 – The Call of Abram

Bible Lesson: Genesis 12:1-5, 7; 15:1-7 KJV


The key verse:
Genesis 12:7 (KJV) - "And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him."

(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Faithlife Reftagger)


What shall we learn from this lesson:

The synopsis of this lesson will be posted on or before Monday, August 29, 2022.


The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Genesis 12:1-5, 7; 15:1-7 NLT

The key verse: Genesis 12:7 (NLT) - "Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, 'I will give this land to your descendants.' And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the LORD, who had appeared to him.”











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