Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated June 16, 2018)

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June 3 – Justice and Sabbath Laws
Alternate Title – God's Law Is Fair

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 12:1-14 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 12:7 (KJV) - "But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Today's lesson centers around a confrontation between some Pharisees and Jesus. A Pharisee was a member of a Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law. They believed in their religious superiority. Some people would call them self-righteous.

As Jesus and His disciples were walking through some grain fields on the Sabbath, the disciples, because they were hungry, were breaking off some of the heads of grain and eating them (Matt 12:1). When the Pharisees told Jesus that His disciples were doing what was unlawful on the Sabbath, Jesus told them He is Lord of the Sabbath (Matt 12:8). They did not understand or believe He was God made into flesh, and therefore they did not honor His authority over the laws.

Who better could explain the meaning and intent of the Sabbath than the One who commanded its existence, for Jesus was God in flesh? The Pharisees did not accept Jesus as the Lord and rejected His claims of authority. In fact, they even plotted to kill Him (Matt 12:14). Even this development was part of God's plan, because Jesus was destined to be a sacrifice for us on the cross. He could not be so if there was no one who wanted Him killed.

He tried to explain to them, in terms they might understand, that His actions, and the actions of His disciples were not violating the intent of the Sabbath. He gave three examples: the time David and his men ate the consecrated bread (Matt 12:4); how the Priests work on the Sabbath, but were innocent of violating the law (Matt 12:5); how they themselves wouldn't hesitate to save one of their own sheep on the Sabbath even though this action would be technically violating the law (Matt 12:11-12).

The Sabbath observance was commanded by God, but in many cases the laws of the Sabbath were either created by or interpreted by man. The Pharisees may have thought they were the supreme authority on the meaning Sabbath and its laws, but they were mistaken. The Lord is the supreme authority over the laws—their interpretation and how they should be applied.

Jesus gave a glimpse of who He really was when He made the shocking statement in which He explained what He wanted (Matt 12:7 NIV)—indicating the Law was His to explain and interpret. He said, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." This is a statement which could only be given by the One who owned the Sabbath and how it applied to the people.

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 of Matthew 12:1-14

The key verse: Matthew 12:7 (NLT)- "But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices."

June 10 – Parables of God's Just Kingdom
Alternate Title – Parables of God's Just Kingdom

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 13:24-33 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 13:30 (KJV) - "Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

The first parable in the reference text is that of a farmer who planted good seed in his field (Matt 13:24), only to have his enemy plant weed seed in the same field to contaminate the crop (Matt 13:25). Not just any kind of weed was used by the enemy. A type of tare called Darnel would be the best choice because it is weed grass which looks very much like wheat until the end of the growth when both are mature. The wheat is good for you, but the Darnel can make you sick.

In this parable, Jesus represents the farmer (Matt 13:37). The field represents the world and the good seed represents the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the devil (Matt 13:38-39). Jesus specifically said the field represented the world.

The farmer told the workers to let them both grow and eventually it will be much easier to tell the good wheat from the weeds. When the harvest time arrives, the harvesters will separate out the weeds and burn them (Matt 13:30). The harvesters have to be trained to know the difference.

The harvest time represents the end of the world (Matt 13:39) and the harvesters are the angels. The angels will remove all who do evil (Matt 13:41) and throw them into fiery furnace (Matt 13:42) which is Hell.

We are not the harvesters and shouldn't take it upon ourselves to pronounce a fellow church member as evil. If we threw everyone out of church who has sinned, no one would be left (including ourselves). Instead, we should do all we can to help all church members (including ourself) to be better Christians.

In the end, only the righteous will be left in the kingdom and they will shine like the sun (Matt 13:43). One way of visualizing this statement is to imagine a chandelier which had half the bulbs which were bad and burned out, as compared to the same chandelier will all good bulbs which shined much brighter than the one with the bad bulbs.

Interestingly, the parable of the yeast (Matt 13:33) has dual, but opposing, interpretations. It simply says that a small amount of yeast can permeate every part of the dough.

A small beginning can blossom into a great movement. Christianity began with Christ and 12 apostles, and has grown into a worldwide ministry which had lasted over 2000 years. Therefore we should not hesitate to contribute to our church regardless of small our participation is. God can take our commitment and use it to benefit the church in a great way.

The opposing interpretation is that a small amount of corruption can permeate and dishearten a body of believers. In my community was once a dynamic new pastor who took a congregation of about 100 and led the revival which added 300 more members in his first year. However, due to corruption in his private life, the congregation dwindled back to around 100 in the following two years. We do not want to be an obstacle to cause a believer to stumble in their faith.

Which one of the "yeast" interpretations should be used? Perhaps we should use both since they both have something from which we can benefit.

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 of Matthew 13:24-33

The key verse: Matthew 12:7 (NLT)- "Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn."

June 17 – Jesus Teaches About Justice
Alternate Title – Doing What Is Right and Fair

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 15:1-9 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 15:8 (KJV) - "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Written above the main entrance of the Supreme Court building are the words, "Equal Justice Under Law," which indicates their ultimate responsibility. In the Supreme Court website, we will find a statement that the Constitution was worded by the founding fathers "in rather general terms leaving it open to future elaboration to meet changing conditions."

In some cases this has allowed some of their rulings to incorporate fairness and mercy while others, some say, cloud the religious heritage and history of the United States. Over the years, the whole complexion of our society has, in many aspects, been molded by their decisions. Many of their rulings were based on their personal interpretation of the intent of the constitution, or perhaps just on their own personal preference and opinions.

No doubt, if the founding fathers were alive today they would be surprised or even appalled at some of the decisions from the Supreme Court. Most likely they would say some of the rulings did not at all reflect their intent. We can expect problems when imperfect beings are interpreting what other imperfect beings have written.

Affecting the rulings of the Supreme court is another body or people—Congress. They have amended the Constitution 27 times and have created countless additional laws.

Over a period of many years, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees had added to God's law to help sure up obedience by the people. In some respects, they were acting like Congress and the Supreme Court of today.

Jesus said the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees were the official interpreters of the law of Moses (Matt 23:2). However, He did not like their harsh application of the law, with a lack of mercy (Matt 23:4). Some of their changes, additions, or interpretations of religious law, at times, also created problems with obeying the true law.

He did not like their pretentious nature (Matt 23:6). Compared to the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, Jesus did not have to guess at the intent of the law because He was the creator and owner of the law and therefore knew its meaning and intent firsthand. He is God the Son.

A delegation of Pharisees and scribes (teachers of religious law) from Jerusalem asked Jesus, in an accusatory manner, why His disciples did not follow the long-standing tradition of the elders; to adhere to the ceremonial hand washing, before eating. This type of hand washing was required by tradition (Mark 7:3). This had little to do with hygiene, as it does in modern times when we have discovered the existence of bacteria and harmful microorganisms.

The Pharisees were considered experts in Jewish religious law and traditions. It would be logical for them to expect anyone who claimed to be the Jewish Messiah to follow all Jewish laws and traditions to the letter. As a result, perhaps they expected Jesus to issue somewhat of an apology for the failure of His disciples to obey the hand washing tradition. Instead of an apology from Him, they received His rebuke.

Jesus pointed out an example where man-made traditions were used to circumvent one of God's direct commandment (Matt 15:3). Jesus gave an example of how the law of God to honor thy father and mother was circumvented by using the traditions (Matt 15:4). As part of honoring the mother and father, people were expected to care for their parents in their old age or when they could no longer provide for themselves. The people could avoid this responsibility by vowing that the resources, which they would have given to the parents, were dedicated to God (Matt 15:5). The so-called traditions allowed for this.

The trick was they could personally keep on using the resources, presumably until such time God ever asked for them. They did not have to use the resources to care for their parents. This violated the fifth commandment to honor their father and mother (Matt 15:6).

The same type principle applies to how rich people in this country avoid paying some significant taxes, due to loopholes in the tax law. Tricks involving trust funds, offshore banking accounts, and use of shell companies have long been used to circumvent the actual intent and spirit of the tax laws. The use of these type loopholes has been in existence such a long time that it has become a part of everyday business practice.

Jesus did not condemn them, so much for the hand washing tradition, as He did for disregarding the more important concerns. This is exactly what He said about them in Matt 23:23 when Jesus condemned them, not for what they did, but for neglecting "the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness."

It's similar to a soldier spending all emphasis on having a neat uniform and bunk area, and keeping his gun clean, while not spending enough time on his main purpose of being ready to fight to defend this country. He (or she) should do all of the former, but the main umbrella purpose is the latter.

As with the Pharisees, symbolism and tradition can become an integrated part of our own worship service. These type extensions onto actual biblical practices can sometimes blur the line between what is required by God as compared to what is desired by man.

An example is placing a white cloth over the wine and bread, on communion day. This is the tradition and practice in many churches, but the reason for it won't be specifically found in the Bible. We could speculate the cloth represents purity, or that it signifies high importance. There are some who say the practice originated in the old days, before air conditioning, when the open windows allowed flies and other insects to freely enter the sanctuary. There had to be a way to keep those pests off of the wine and bread ... thus the white cloth.

There is nothing wrong with having a specific tradition, process or procedure on doing one thing or another in the church, as long as we don't make that tradition, process or procedure so important that it interferes with following God's true requirements. If we don't place the white cloth over the bread and wine does not mean the communion is not just as valid.

We especially do not want to use man-made traditions or definitions which interfere with following God's intents and desires. We are told to forgive others who have trespassed against us, but we can falsely circumvent that by placing our own requirement that the person must first ask for forgiveness. We can avoid loving our neighbor by defining neighbor to exclude the people we don't like. The commandment to not lie can falsely be circumvented if we use the term "white lie" meaning the lie wasn't serious enough to count as a real lie.

Christians today have an advantage over the Pharisees of long ago. We have the Holy Spirit which indwells all believers. Through Him, we will know what is right and wrong.

From this lesson we have learned the following:

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 of Matthew 15:1-9

The key verse: Matthew 15:8 (NLT)- "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me."

June 24 – Reaping God's Justice
Alternate Title – Reaping God's Fair Reward

Bible Lesson:
Luke 16:19-31 (KJV)

Key verse:
Luke 16:25 (KJV) - "But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

Jesus' parable of Lazarus and the rich man has a serious theme and warning—death does not end our existence, for we will live on afterward; receiving rewards in Heaven or punishment in hell. The rich man ignored the needs of the very poor man (Lazarus) who had positioned himself at his gate. It is hard to miss someone who is at your gate; especially one who also is covered with sores and obviously is not doing well (Luke 16:20).

Our financial or worldly status on earth won't send us to Heaven or to hell, for it is not the measuring stick God uses. Even though Lazarus was very poor in the parable, we should not think being poor is all it takes to get into Heaven. The poor can be sent to hell just like the rich counterpart.

The poorest of the poor can inherit eternal life in Heaven if that person loved and obeyed the Lord on earth. For the rich, on the other hand, God has given them a great opportunity to be compassionate to the less fortunate while they lived on earth. They should help others while they still can because after they die from their earthly existence, it will be too late (Luke 16:25).

No doubt, some well-off people may think they have beaten the system when looking around at all the luxuries they have amassed along with the creature comforts they enjoy. They may even go to church and openly thank God for their blessings. While gratitude to God is an important Christian value, we should not stop there because we should also show love and compassion to our neighbors who are in need (Mark 12:31).

Among other things, loving our neighbor means we are called to help the poor, disadvantaged, or those who are in need. Remember also that our neighbor's need can extend far beyond financial security. Sometimes encouragement and kind words are what a person needs. If the rich man had shown compassion to Lazarus, perhaps this story would have had a different ending.

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 of Luke 16:19-31

The key verse: Luke 16:25 (NLT)- "But Abraham said to him, 'Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish."

July 1 – Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Alternate Title – Forgiving as God Forgives

Bible Lesson:
Matthew 18:21-35 (KJV)

Key verse:
Matthew 18:33 (KJV) - "Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:

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

This lesson is about the Christian principle of forgiveness. Jesus taught we should forgive others who have transgressed against us. Peter asked if we should forgive them seven times, but Jesus said not seven times, but seventy times seven times (Matt 18:22); meaning an unlimited number of times.

In the parable of the lesson text, the servant was treated by the master in a forgiving and merciful manner. No doubt, this person should have been inspired to treat others in the same fashion—mercifully and with compassion. But the servant didn't do that; having someone else thrown into jail who couldn't pay back the money owed him. When the master discovered how the servant had treated someone else in an unforgiving manner, he decided after all to not forgive the servant of his debt and had him thrown into jail until the debt could be repaid.

Jesus taught we should treat others as we would like to be treated (Luke 6:31 & Matt 7:12). This is commonly called "The Golden Rule." He taught us, in the Lord's prayer, that we should forgive others if we expect His forgiveness (Matt 6:12).

The conclusion is, that we should always be ready to treat others with compassion, forgiveness, and mercy. If we don't, then we should not expect the Lord to treat us in like fashion. We can see this parable falls under the meaning and context of the second most important commandment which is "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt 22:39).

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 of Matthew 18:21-35

The key verse: Matthew 18:33 (NLT)- "Shouldn't you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?"

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Some information on this page may be referenced from the NLT Study Bible, the Ryrie Study Bible (NIV), and the Standard Lesson Commentary. Frederick L. Marsh is the commentary author of the information contained in this page. He is the author of the the book: "The Book of the Holy Spirit: Joyful living." The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

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