Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated December 9, 2019)

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December 1 – David Worships God in Jerusalem

Alternate Title – David's Worship


Bible Lesson: 1 Chronicles 15:1-3, 14-15, 25-29a (KJV)


Key verse:
1 Chronicles 15:28 (KJV) - "Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
The Ark of the Covenant was perhaps the most sacred and holy of items in the possession of the Israelites. It was built to God's exacting instructions and the two stone tablets on which God wrote the Ten Commandments (1 Kings 8:9) were placed inside.

It had preceded the army of Israel when it went into battle and was kept in a special room of the Tabernacle and later in a special room of the Temple. In both cases, the room was called the Holy of Holies.

Among other things, the Ark represented a place where God could meet man. The Lord told Moses to meet him there (Exodus 25:22) so that He could provide the rest of His commands.

The first time they had tried to bring the Ark to Jerusalem was a failure and ended with God striking Uzzah dead when he touched the Ark to steady it when the oxen stumbled (1 Chronicles 13:9-10). Also, the Lord had killed 70 men from Beth-shemesh because they looked into the Ark (1 Samuel 6:19).

Even though David was the king of all Israel, he respected the holy importance of Ark and the danger it presented if not handled properly. It was obvious that the Ark must be treated with reverence so David planned exhaustingly to ensure the second move would be okay.

There is no longer a Jewish temple and no one knows where the Ark of the Covenant is. So what does all of this mean to us?

We can learn from David that worship should not only be reverent and sacred, but also joyous. Worship is a celebration of what God has done for us and should demonstrate our gratefulness to Him for his mercy and grace.

We should also remember that all believers have part of God spiritually living inside us as the Holy Spirit. That is why we say that the Holy Spirit indwells us. That means we represent the temple of God and must treat that temple with the utmost respect because there are consequences to doing otherwise (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).


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 1 Chronicles 15:1-3, 14-15, 25-29a.

The key verse: 1 Chronicles 15:28 (NLT) - "So all Israel brought up the Ark of the LORD's Covenant with shouts of joy, the blowing of rams' horns and trumpets, the crashing of cymbals, and loud playing on harps and lyres."







December 8 – A Heart Filled with Gratitude

Alternate Title #1 – David's Gratitude

Alternate Title #2 – David Gave Thanks to God


Bible Lesson: 1 Chronicles 16:8-12, 28-36 (KJV)


Key verse:
1 Chronicles 16:8 (KJV) - "Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:

Someone once said the best way to start your day is by expressing gratitude and praise to God. After all, He didn't have to let us see a new day. He didn't have to let us see any day! When we are truly grateful to Him for all He has done for us, this positive attitude can help us start our day with optimism and hopefulness rather than depression and heartbreak.

Our eloquent reference text is mainly based upon Psalms written by David (see references
below) 1 . These psalms express gratitude and praise for the Lord's many deeds of favor to us (1 Chronicles 16:8-9). Although this gratitude was mainly written for Israel, the words certainly apply to us.

God called David a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22 KJV). This verse says David did whatever God told Him to do and he, therefore, demonstrated absolute faith in the Lord.

As a young shepherd, through faith and armed with only a slingshot, he went against Goliath, the giant Philistine warrior. God gave him victory over this overwhelming foe and later chose him to be king of Israel to replace Saul.

David had his problems, for he did sin, but He loved the Lord and the Lord gave him favor. In some respects, this is a reflection of our life also. As humans, we are destined to sin (1 John 1:8) but just like David, we should never stop trusting and loving God and singing His praises for all He has done for us (1 Chronicles 16:34-35).

David's words in our text celebrate the power of God while also praising and glorifying Him for who He isthe master of us all and the One who controls our present and future.


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 1 Chronicles 16:8-12, 28-36.

The key verse: 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NLT) - "Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done."

1 References:








December 15 – Building God's House

Alternate Title – David's House


Bible Lesson: 1 Chronicles 17:1, 3-4, 11-14 (KJV) ; 1 Chronicles 21:18, 21-27 (KJV)


Key verses:
1 Chronicles 17:11-12 (KJV) - "And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. "

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
This lesson has as its basis two desires of king David; separate but ultimately interrelated. One desire was admirable while the other resulted in God's anger. We will look at each separately and then how the events which followed intersect in the Scripture.


David's desire to build a Temple for God

David desired to build a temple to honor and worship God where the Ark of the Covenant would be kept. David considered it was wrong for the Ark to then be housed in a place (a tent) which was, by his way of thinking, inferior to where he was living (1 Chronicles 17:1).

Yet, through the prophet Nathan, God told David He did not want him to build the Temple (1 Chronicles 17:4). The honor of building the house would fall to his son Solomon. David explained to his son why God wanted it this way "But this word of the LORD came to me: 'You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. (1 Chronicles 22:8 NIV)


David's desire to conduct a census

When David was influenced by Satan to take a census of Israel (1 Chronicles 21:1), God became very angry. God gave David a choice of three punishments for his decision to take a census. The punishment David chose was three days of plague within Israel. As a result, 70,000 died in the three days (2 Samuel 24:15) even though David pleaded that he and his family would be punished instead (2 Samuel 24:17).

The angel of the Lord ordered Gadthe prophet and seer who counseled Davidto tell David to build an Altar to the Lord on the threshing floor owned by Ornan the Jebusite (1 Chronicles 21:18 KJV). (called Araunah the Jebusite in NLT). Gad had counseled David in the past when he was trying to escape from King Saul (1 Samuel 22:5).

David asked Ornan if he could buy the threshing floor to build an altar to the Lord so that the plague would stop (1 Chronicles 21:22 KJV). Ornan wanted to freely give David the threshing floor and whatever else he needed to present a sacrifice to God. (1 Chronicles 21:23 KJV).

But David insisted on paying full price. He did not want to offer the Lord a sacrifice which had cost him nothing. David said, "No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing." (1 Chronicles 21:24 NIV).

David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings (1 Chronicles 21:26 NIV). Then the Lord spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath (1 Chronicles 21:27 NIV).

This ended the plague but the angel came very close to spreading the plague within Jerusalem as we can see in - 2 Samuel 24:16: "But as the angel was preparing to destroy Jerusalem, the LORD relented and said to the death angel, 'Stop! That is enough!' At that moment the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite." (Araunah also known as Ornan)


How David's two desires are interconnected

Even though God didn't allow David to build the Temple, He allowed him to help in the preparations. The plague which God brought upon Israel as punishment for David's census eventually led David to the threshing floor owned by Ornan.

This Threshing floorthe one David purchased for the altaris where the Temple would be eventually built (1 Chronicles 22:1). It is called the Temple Mount and is where the second temple was also built (following the destruction of the first one). In addition to this important fact, David was allowed to gather materials and other needs in preparation for Solomon to build the temple after David's death (1 Chronicles 22:5).


Where does God live and where is His house?

The Ark of the Covenant represented God's presence when it was located in the Tabernacle (and later the Temple) in the room called the Holy of Holies. The Bible clearly states that God dwelt on the mercy seat of the Ark, between the cherubim (Exodus 25:22).

However, at the future dedication of the temple, Solomon said, "But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built" (1 Kings 8:27 NIV). From this statement, we can understand the Temple was not the single place that God existed. He cannot be contained in a structure built with human hands.

We can see that the Ark was not the single dwelling place of God in His fullness. He exists in Heaven and on earth. In fact, He exists spiritually in every believer who has received the Holy Spirit. We are therefore also a temple of GodHe indwells us. The place where God exists is not limited to a single location. He exists in all of creation.


The House that God promised to build for David?

The house God promised David was actually a dynasty of Kings; a lasting dynasty (1 Chronicles 17:10, 17:17). This was ultimately realized in the coming of Jesus the Messiah—a descendant of David (Matthew 1:1). His kingdom will last forever. By contrast, the house David wanted to build would be made out of solid materials like stone and wood which will not last forever.


Conclusion:

We were put on earth to please God ... not the other way around. Therefore, what He wants should determine how we live. Jesus demonstrated this when He prayed to God the Father and said, "... Yet not my will, but yours be done" (Luke 22:42 NIV). Sometimes, the Lord's answer to our request will be "no" as it was with David's desire to build the Temple. But, God knows what is best for us, and sometimes what is best is simply what He wants and not what we want.


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 1 Chronicles 17:1, 3-4, 11-14 ;
1 Chronicles 21:18, 21-27 (NLT)

The key verses: 1 Chronicles 17:11-12 (NLT) - "For when you die and join your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, one of your sons, and I will make his kingdom strong. He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for me. And I will secure his throne forever."






December 22 – The Lord Is with You

Alternate Title – Mary's Praise


Bible Lesson: Luke 1:39-56 (KJV)


Key verses:
Luke 1:46-47 (KJV) - "And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. "

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
Mary was faced with a dilemma. Even though she was a virgin, the angel Gabriel had told her she would become pregnant and bear a child who should be called Jesus (Luke 1:31). He said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35).

From Mary's perspective, when all of this comes to pass, it would have far-reaching effects. What would she tell her betrothed, Joseph? What would other people think about her having a baby that was not from Joseph and before she was married? What would it mean to give birth to and be responsible for the Son of God? This birth would be fulfillment of prophecy from hundreds of years before (Isaiah 7:14).

She had a relative, Elizabeth, who was married to the priest, Zechariah. The angel Gabriel had told Mary that Elizabeth was in her 6th month of pregnancy even though Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah were both very old (Luke 1:18).

After the angel had told her about Elizabeth's pregnancy in her old age, he then said, "For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37). Elizabeth's pregnancy and Mary's pregnancy were both through the power of God.

Even with the angel's extraordinary explanation of what would come in the future, Mary did not respond with fear but with hope and faithfulness and humble submission to God's will. She said, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true." (Luke 1:38).

Then Mary decided to visit Elizabeth and started her journey with haste (Luke 1:39 ESV). Her trip to the hill country of Judea would take at least four days. We can imagine she wanted to talk to Elizabeth because the angel specifically mentioned her, coupled with the statement that nothing is impossible with God. If anyone could help her make sense of her situation it was probably Elizabeth.

If Mary needed confirmation about the nature of baby she would have, she got it just after entering Zechariah's house when she greeted Elizabeth. Elizabeth's response to the sound of Mary's greeting was (Luke 1:41-43 NLT):

"At the sound of Mary's greeting, Elizabeth's child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, 'God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?'"

The Bible doesn't identify Mary's exact greeting so we don't know if it was the greeting itself or the sound of Mary's voice which moved Elizabeth so much. In a loud voice, She called Mary "blessed" among women because the child she would bear (Luke 1:42).

Mary responded with a statement of praise for the Lord. Her response is often called The Magnificat and also Mary's Song. (Luke 1:46-55). Mary glorified God in a joyous exclamation of gratitude for the honor He has promised her (Luke 1:46-48).

She praised God for mighty deeds He has done for the people in the past (Luke 1:50-52). Finally, she praised God for His faithfulness to her people Israel (Luke 1: 54-55).

Mary is an example of how we all should be and how we should approach living. We should be submissive to God's will when He speaks to us through the words of the Bible. We should be submissive to God's will when given an opportunity to help advance his kingdom on earth. We should always approach God through humility and gratefulness. To be short, we should live a life that honors God.


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 Luke 1:39-56.

The key verse: Luke 1:46-47 (NLT) - "How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! Mary responded, "Oh, how my soul praises the Lord."






December 29 – David's Prayer

Bible Lesson: 1 Chronicles 17:16-27 (KJV)


Key verse:
1 Chronicles 17:20 (KJV) - "O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears."

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

What shall we learn from this lesson:
When we pray to God, it is a time we can tell Him what is on our heart. How we choose to use this time is a reflection on our relationship with Him. It is not a matter of how eloquent we are with our prayer words but a matter of how we truly feel toward Him, for He already knows our true self (1 Chronicles 17:18).

Prayer is a form of worship, for we are acknowledging God's sovereign power to change things which are beyond our control. Prayer is a time when we can imagine we are kneeling at His feet and talking to Him. What would we like to tell Him at such a time?

For one thing, like David, we should desire to humbly express our gratitude for all He has done for us (1 Chronicles 17:16). We should praise Him for who He is (1 Chronicles 17:20).

God has promised us eternal life with Him if we accept His Son as our Lord and Savior (John 3:16 KJV). He has promised us the Holy Spirit will indwell us to help us live a godly life. These are eternal blessings just as was God's blessing to David in our text (1 Chronicles 17:27).

Many times, prayer is used only to petition God to do something for us or for someone we know. But David's prayer in our reference Scripture reminds us of the importance of also expressing gratitude and praise for who God is and what He has done for us and our world.


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 1 Chronicles 17:16-27.

The key verse: 1 Chronicles 17:20 (NLT) - "O LORD, there is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!"




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