Sunday School Lessons
Mrs. Daisy B. Scott - Superintendent
(Updated May 25, 2017)

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May 7 – Sustaining Love
Alternate Title – God's Disciplinary Love

Bible Lesson: Jonah 1:7-17 (KJV)

Key verse: Jonah 1:10a (KJV) - "Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this?"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The reference Scripture contains important lessons for us. The first lesson is that God can use discipline as a teaching tool so that we will be able to serve His purpose better. He does this out of love for our own good. Jonah was disciplined with hostile seas and being swallowed by a great fish, while he was trying to get away from God's appointed task (Jonah 1:17).

The Scripture also teaches us to face up to whatever discipline God gives us and to trust in His wisdom. Jonah knew He was wrong to go against what God told him to do, and realized his transgression was about to cause the lives of innocent people. He was willing to give up his life to save others from suffering along with him (Jonah 1:12).

We can also learn a lesson about how our actions can affect those around us. What we do and what we say, as Christians, can cause a profound effect on people around us. Our actions can cause them to become stronger believers or it can have the opposite effect if they see us as hypocrites. Through Jonah's actions and what he said, the sailors on the boat came to believe in the Lord (Jonah 1:16).

There is another perspective which we don't often hear about. Jonah presented a dangerous influence on those in the boat. They could have all died if he had not been thrown overboard. They did what they could to help him (and themselves) by trying to get to the safety of the shore; not wanting to throw him overboard (Jonah 1:13). But that didn't work. How does this relate to us? If we have done all we can do to help the "Jonahs" in our life—who insist on doing the wrong thing and dragging us into their troubled existence—then we should leave them to the Lord, along with their troubled seas. He can solve problems which we can't.

If their problems are causing us to drift away from the Lord, we may have to throw them out of our life (throw them overboard). If you are a woman who is being influenced by a man to sin (or vice versa) by having an illicit affair, then the best thing may just be to throw him (or her) out of your life!

The Lord's word teaches us right from wrong and it tells us what God wants us to know. It teaches us what God wants us to do, and what He wants us to say. If we run away from that knowledge in favor of doing what the flesh craves, we can expect to receive discipline from God just as Jonah received. But, we should also thank God for that discipline, as we would for a blessing, because it shows He loves us and wants us to be godly.

God could have simply sent someone else to Nineveh with the warning. But He wanted Jonah to change and obey Him rather than just resolve the immediate need. When we learn to face the challenges in life from the perspective of trusting and, especially obeying God, we will become a much better tool for the Lord to use to accomplish His desires. "The Lord is more interested in changing us, and how we meet the challenges of life, than to simply change or fix the challenges themselves."1 Otherwise, He could have sent someone else to Nineveh and let Jonah escape His responsibility.

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 Jonah 1:7-17.

The key verse: Jonah 1:10 - "The sailors were terrified when they heard this, for he had already told them he was running away from the LORD. 'Oh, why did you do it?' they groaned."

1Quote from - The Book of the Holy Spirit - Joyful Living

May 14 – Preserving Love
Alternate Title – God's Protective Love

Bible Lesson: Jonah 2 (KJV)

Key verse: Jonah 2:9 (KJV) - "But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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If we could always get out of the responsibilities and commitments we didn't particularly like, for some people the rent would never be paid, and many of the laws would be broken. If we wanted to drive 100 mph, that's exactly what we would do without fear of receiving a citation. We would be free to ignore contracts, and the parts of our job we didn't like would go undone. In an environment such as this, the economy, and justice system would be thrown into chaos. But, in the case of God: He is not a God of chaos, disorder, or confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33, KJV).

If Jonah had successfully escaped from God's command for him to go to Nineveh, his whole attitude towards God's desires might have changed. He could have become less of a tool to be used by the Lord. But God didn't allow that to happen. He did not forsake Jonah in his time of need—because openly defying the Lord constituted a time of need for Jonah as well as it does for any godly person. We need the Lord even more when we are sinning than when we are obedient.

When he was thrown overboard into the rough seas, initially one might think that was the end of Jonah. In fact, Jonah considered he was headed for death when he said, "From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help." (Jonah 2:2, 2:4). The fact is, the Lord had other plans for him, but first he was put through an ordeal to help him stay on the path God had chosen for him. Sometimes, we have to go through an ordeal in order to better appreciate God for who He is, what He wants, and what He has done for us.

When we go against God's commands and receive discipline from Him—such as was the case with Jonah—we shouldn't feel sorry for ourselves. Instead, we should rejoice and sing praises to the Lord for He has not forgotten us. He still wants to use us to advance His kingdom and to accomplish His desires. Jonah learned this lesson when he was swallowed by the great fish and he found himself praising God. (Jonah 2:9).

When we pray to the Lord and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide our life and to protect us, we may find that the main one we need protection from is ourselves. Our worldly and sinful desires are self-inflicted and can drive us to go against God's commands; such as was the case with Jonah.

But, as long as we trust in the Lord, we know that all things will work for our good according to His purpose for us. (Romans 8:28). It was for his good that Jonah was in the belly of the great fish because it helped him appreciate God for who He is, and it put him back on path to accomplish the Lord's purpose.

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 Jonah 2.

The key verse: Jonah 2:9 - "But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the LORD alone."

May 21 – Forgiving Love
Alternate Title – God's Love For The Lost

Bible Lesson: Jonah 3 (KJV)

Key verse: Jonah 3:10 (KJV) - "And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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God used a special form of discipline—trapping Jonah in the belly of a great fish—as a teaching tool so that Jonah was able to serve His purpose better (Jonah 1:17). When Jonah was thrown into the rough seas, he called upon the Lord in his time of need (Jonah 2:7). God rescued him but disciplined him at the same time by allowing a great fish to swallow him. While inside the fish he realized God had saved him rather than letting him perish. For this he praised the Lord (Jonah 2:9).

He also discovered there is no place he could go to hid from the Lord. God declared in Jeremiah 23:24 that no one can hid from Him, because He is everywhere.

We all will go through some difficult times in life, and sometimes those difficulties will be because we did wrong and are receiving discipline from God. Just as Jonah called upon the Lord during his ordeal, we should likewise call upon Him when we are going through adversity, even if that trouble is self-inflicted (Jonah 2:2). The Lord wants us to call upon Him in our time of need because to do so is praise in itself. By praying to Him alone for help, we are acknowledging that the Lord is the only one who has complete control over the events in our life.

The Scripture emphasizes that everyone has the opportunity to repent and receive salvation, regardless of their sins. Jonah and the people of Nineveh were saved from destruction by the Lord. Jonah was given a second chance to do what God had instructed him;obeying the Lord's commands this time (Jonah 3:3). The people of Nineveh repented and the Lord had mercy on them and did not bring on their destruction (Jonah 3:10 NIV).

Salvation is God's to give to whomever He pleases and requires no approval from us. Jonah didn't want to do as God had commanded him: to warn the people of Nineveh of His judgment against them (Jonah 1:2). He didn't want to warn them because he did not like the people of Nineveh—who he considered to be his enemies—and didn't want them to have an opportunity to repent and be forgiven by God. If there was no repentance, their destruction by God would be more likely.

As Christians, we can learn from the Scripture an important lesson about our attitude toward others. It has to do with loving others—even our enemies—in that we should desire for them to repent and be saved through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:43-44, NIV) regardless of what they did to us or someone else.

Jonah's thinking was much like the thoughts many of us have at times. One of the most difficult things for us to do is to forgive those who have wronged us or who have committed some heinous act against an innocent person. We may find ourselves eagerly desiring the guilty person to receive punishment or misfortune; to suffer as he has caused others to suffer.

Perhaps that person will receive such a punishment, but shouldn't we pray for them to turn their life around and follow Jesus so they will be forgiven by God? Jesus even prayed for those who were willfully torturing Him on the cross, when He said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). No doubt, if He desired to, Jesus could have punished the responsible people and not even gone to the cross. But He had a greater purpose in mind. He was able to face this challenge and to give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).

God could have simply sent someone else to Nineveh with the warning. This would have satisfied Jonah and God's warning would have still been delivered. Instead, He made Jonah face the challenge He had given him. Because of the Lord's discipline, when Jonah was given another opportunity to do what God told him to, he was obedient (Jonah 3:3).

At times, we too will make the wrong decisions and go against God's desires. To help us make the right decisions in life, God has graciously given us the Holy Spirit as a constant indwelling companion. But He has also given us freedom of choice. We must choose to allow the Holy Spirit to control our 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 of Jonah 3. (see special note below*)

The key verse: Jonah 3:10 NLT - "When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed His mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened."

*The NLT version of the key verse uses the phrase, "changed His mind" which could require a special explanation to reconcile it with our knowledge of the Lord (1 Samuel 15:29). A more direct expression is, "relented" which means to abandon or mitigate a harsh intention.

Therefore, we are also listing the NIV version of the key verse Jonah 3:10 NIV: "When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened."

May 28 – Pervasive Love
Alternate Title – God's All Embracing Love

Bible Lesson: Jonah 4 (KJV)

Key verse: Jonah 4:11 (KJV) - "And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Jonah did not like the people of Nineveh (who were Assyrians) to the extent he considered them his enemies. He selfishly wanted them to be punished by God for their actions. Jonah's thinking was much like the thoughts many of us have at times. One of the most difficult things for us to do is to forgive those who have either wronged us or who we consider bad in nature or even evil. We may find ourselves eagerly desiring the guilty person to receive punishment or misfortune; to suffer as he has caused others to suffer.

After he delivered the warning from God to the people of Nineveh (Jonah 3:4), Jonah didn't want them to repent and be forgiven by God. He wanted them to be punished and destroyed. But, after he saw that the King and the people had decided to repent, he was very upset that perhaps the Lord will relent and not destroy them (Jonah 4:1).

Jonah made a shelter on the east side of the city and waited to see what would happen. No doubt, he hoped to still see the destruction of the city. He was willing to wait even though the hot sun and scorching wind made his stay very uncomfortable (Jonah 4:8). He angrily complained to the Lord that he was upset because he knew He might forgive the people and not destroy them. He said, "I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people." Jonah 4:2. This is the practically the same thought which is in Exodus 34:6-7 and Psalm 145:8.

God caused a plant to grow and shelter Jonah from the Sun but then caused that same plant to die the next day. Jonah was sorry for the plant because of the protection it had brought to him from the elements. He had compassion for himself even though he knew how he had disobeyed God. On the other hand, he had no sorrow or compassion for the 120,000 Assyrians living in spiritual darkness in Nineveh and was not happy they had repented because he considered them to be enemies. Jonah did not realize that God is the God and creator of all people, even those living in spiritual darkness (Jonah 4:11). When a person goes from spiritual darkness to having knowledge and fear of the one true God, it is good, even if it is our enemy.

God showed mercy to Jonah by saving him when he was thrown overboard in the dangerous seas, and Jonah should have been willing to appreciate that same mercy for those in Nineveh after they repented. We too must realize that, through His pervasive love, God would rather save than destroy. True forgiveness is a valuable commodity. We say we have forgiven someone for something, but may find ourselves thinking about and reliving the situation years later because we have not truly forgiven the person. Fortunately for us, God is not like that. When he forgives...He forgives.

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 Jonah 4.

The key verses: Jonah 4:11 NLT - "But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn't I feel sorry for such a great city?" "

June 4 – Deborah and Barak

Bible Lesson: Judges 4:1-10 (KJV)

Key verse: Judges 4:9 (KJV) - "And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh."

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Before there were kings in Israel, there were Judges to lead the people and rule over legal disputes that arose. Deborah was such a judge, but more importantly, she was also a prophet who received revelations from God. One such revelation was a call to the arms for the Israelites to rise up against their oppressor King Jabin of Jazor - the Canaanite king. God told her to send for Barak to lead an Israelite army to defeat King Jabin's army, lead by its commander Sisera (Judges 4:3).

She told Barak that the Lord had commanded him to gather an army of 10,000 warriors to go against Sisera and his army (Judges 4:6). This would be no easy task since Sisera's army was supported by 900 iron chariots which provided a formidable advantage in battle.

Barak was not anxious to accept this challenge and presented what appears to be an obstacle to Deborah. He said he would go but only if she went with him. The Bible doesn't say precisely what his objective was for making this stipulation. Maybe he thought this requirement would discourage Deborah and then perhaps she would call the whole thing off. On the other hand, maybe he thought her presence while he assembled the army in Kedesh or her presence in the proximity of the battle would insure victory since she was one of God's prophets.

We don't know exactly why Barak asked her to go with him, but we do know she was not deterred by the challenge and agreed to go. However, she responded to Barak's requirement that she go with a prophecy that because he was requiring her to go, the glory of the victory over Sisera would go to a woman and not to him. This future development would, of course, cause him to lose face.

As it turned out, Barak's army did defeat Sisera's army as the Lord had promised, but Sisera himself was killed by a woman named Jael. So the honor for killing the dreaded enemy commander went to a woman and not to Barak (Judges 4:22). From that time on, Israel became stronger and stronger against King Jabin until they finally destroyed him (Judges 4:24).

All through the Bible are examples of the spiritual and physical leadership by men. But in this case, the leadership by the two women - Deborah and Jael -are showcased as contrasted to the reluctance by Barak.

We can find this type comparison in many churches today. For whatever the reason, men too often are willing to encourage women to lead committees and other church functions rather than accepting the job themselves. Quite often, we find the women are willing to accept the responsibility, just as was the case with Deborah and Jael.

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 Judges 4:1-10.

The key verse: Judges 4:9 NLT - "Very well," she replied, "I will go with you. But you will receive no honor in this venture, for the LORD's victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman." So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh."

June 11 – Gideon

Bible Lesson: Judges 6:11-18 (KJV)

Key verse: Judges 6:12 KJV - "And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. "

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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The story of Gideon involves faith and lack of faith, the human need for motivation and assurance, God's sovereign control of world's events, and how we should have confidence in the power of God to win victories for us.

About 20 years ago, a longtime member of my church said to me, in a rhetorical fashion, "Why do they say we have to give God the credit for everything? I was the one who worked and graduated from school and I was the one who worked and used my capability to become a success." I have never forgotten what he said to me even after all these years because it was such a shocking statement to be made in church just before worship service.

It was as though he did not even consider it was God who he had to thank for his life, his intelligence, and his abilities. Part of worshiping God is to understand He is in control of the events in this world and how we function in it. As we go through life, we should understand it is our faith and confidence in God which should be what we rely on and not just our confidence in ourselves. It's alright to have confidence in our capabilities as long as that confidence is anchored in our faith in God for it is God who is the source of our capabilities.

"If God is with us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31 KJV)," is not just a catchy verse - it is reality. Moses had to learn this lesson before he went to Pharaoh on the Lord's behalf, because Moses did not see himself as capable or worthy of the challenge before him (Exodus 3:11). Because God was with him (Exodus 3:12), the Israelites were released from bondage by the Egyptians.

David was another unlikely candidate God chose to use for his purposes. God saw in him what others did not. Because God was with him, he went from tending sheep to becoming perhaps the most celebrated king of Israel. The baby Jesus came to earth in the lineage of King David. When God is with us, we should not be afraid to go into the future with confidence. If God is with us, who can be against us?

In our reference Scripture for today, Gideon was about to also learn this lesson because God had chosen him to be the instrument of His power to defeat the Midianites and release the Israelites from their oppression. As in the case of Moses, Gideon did not see himself as being a likely candidate to lead the force to defeat the Midianites (Judges 6:15). But God told him (through His angel) that He would be with him (Judges 6:16).

Still, Gideon could not accept what the Angel told him on face value. He wanted a sign to verify what the Angel said (Judges 6:17). He would eventually ask for two more signs (Judges 6:36-37, 39). This showed a lack of faith and he needed additional motivation motivation in order for him to accept this significant responsibility. God responded with the signs to help with Gideon's uncertainty and reluctance. In other words, his faith was not sufficient and he needed additional motivation and assurance before he would do what God wanted of him.

There are a lot of potentially good leaders and workers in the church who are reluctant and uncertain about taking on new responsibilities just as was the case with Gideon. There are other members who need encouragement in whatever church duty or community activity in which they already function. What motivates one person may not be what motivates another person. Some people are motivated by fulfilling a need while others are motivated by praise. As brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, we should make it a point to motivate them at every step through encouragement. Paul told the Thessalonians, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up..." (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

How do we go about motivating and encouraging each other? Praise for a good job they are doing at church or in the community would help. Sometimes, just attending a function is all the encouragement they need to get motivated to do even better. As an example, your attending Sunday School may mean more to the Sunday School teacher than mere words. Maybe you don't really want to get up early enough to make it to Sunday School. Just remember you are not only going for yourself, you are going to encourage and motivate those who are sacrificing their time as teachers.

It would have been ideal for Gideon to take on this huge responsibility out of faith alone. But in reality, he was like most of us are today ... we sometimes need to be motivated and encouraged by others in order to reach our full potential in the service of the Lord.

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 Judges 6:11-18.

The key verse: Judges 6:12 NLT - "The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, "Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!"

June 18 – Jephthah

Bible Lesson: Judges 11:4-11, 29-31 (KJV)

Key verse: Judges 11:9 KJV - "And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me, shall I be your head?"

What we shall learn from the lesson Scripture:
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Jephthah was the son of Gilead by a prostitute (Judges 11:1). Gilead had three other sons by his wife and they did not want Jephthah—their half brother—to share in their father's inheritance. Jephthah was forced to flee from his brothers and live in another land, away from them (Judges 11:3). Therefore, through no fault of his own, he suffered a second-rate existence in the eyes of his brothers.

The story could have ended there, but it didn't. Jephthah became a great warrior and the elders of Gilead sought him out to lead them in the battle against their attackers—the Ammonites (Judges 11:5). Even though he was an outcast, they were more than willing to put all that to the side and try to convince him to help in their time of need.

This is similar to the way some people relate to God, except He is no outcast. Even though He is worthy of their full attention, praise, and gratitude every day, the fact is, when they don't need Him, they go about their lives as if He doesn't exist. Mostly, the only time they go to church is for a funeral; they don't read His word and don't testify about His goodness. You couldn't pay them to go to church on a regular basis, and giving their money to help the church is not in their budget. But, when extreme adversity arises in which there appears to be no solution, they find themselves praying to God for their deliverance because He is the only one who has control over the events in the world.

If God had a human temperament, no doubt He would tell such people to "get lost" when they pray to Him in times of great adversity. But He is not like that. God doesn't have to be bribed to help us, like was the case with Jephthah when he had to be promised he would be the ruler of the people before he agreed to help. Jephthah found himself trying to bribe God in the form of a vow; promising to sacrifice the first thing which came our of his house if God gave him the victory. Not only was this not necessary, but it sealed the fate of his only child—his daughter.

Regardless of the status a person has with human society, God demonstrated, in the case of Jephthah, He can use anyone as an instrument of His will. We should not let the fact of our heritage interfere with our desire and determination to do great things in the name of the Lord. Each and every one of us was created by Him and we should act like a child of God. Another thing we should learn from Jephthah is to not make hasty vows to God which we may not want to or be able to keep. Ecclesiastes 5:5 says, "It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.

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 Judges 11:4-11, 29-31.

The key verse: Judges 11:9 NLT - "Jephthah said to the elders, "Let me get this straight. If I come with you and if the LORD gives me victory over the Ammonites, will you really make me ruler over all the people?"

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