Monday, February 1, 2016

On 2-7-16, Exodus 12:1-14 will be our Adult Sunday School/ Uniform Series/ International Sunday School Lesson, herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Passover or Free at Last

Passover
or 
Free at Last
Exodus 12:1-14
February 7, 2016




Commentary 
by
Jed Greenough



Commemorate.  When you commemorate someone or something you celebrate that person or thing, you make memorials, you recall and respect this.  That is the instruction albeit with details that God gave to Moses for Passover.  

Now normally when you commemorate someone you do so with it being your idea.  You might have a celebration every year in remembrance of a grandparent or another important family member who has passed on or you might be celebrating an event by commemorating it like an anniversary.  But when you are gone the celebration of recognition ceases.  God however said this commemoration of Passover was to be for generations to come not to cease with the ones he was about to save from slavery.

This is important why?

  1. Israel might become slaves again.
  2. Israel by forgetting would fall to other “gods”.
  3. Israel would forget God.

So by instituting this remembrance God was glorified but by giving Him the glory Israel was also protected.  

It can be almost certain based on human nature that not all followed the instructions given here and were not spared by the destroyer.  It is also most certain that among those who survived many did not continue to keep the Passover.

Some would come back to it just as some come back to any faith.  Some would keep it because they were raised to and others would not because they were not.

We as Christians do not need to keep the Passover but we should use it as an example for ourselves in the things that we should commemorate.  We should meet together, we should be faithful to baptism and communion.

We can encourage others to come back to their faith, we can raise up our families so that they will commemorate Him as well.  Failure to do so will lead to becoming lost just as it did for Israel.  Falling again to the slavery of sin, falling to other “gods”, forgetting God.

We can bring glory to God and save ourselves at the same time.




For Discussion:

  1. Can you relate this to Christians who say they don’t need to go to Church?
  2. Discuss other ideas for the importance of Israel keeping the Passover.
  3. Discuss the idea that many may have failed to keep even the very first Passover.
  4. Read 1 Corinthians 11:27-32
  5. Discuss how Israel was strengthened by remembering Passover.
  6. Discuss how Christians are strengthened by meeting together, celebrating baptisms and partaking in communion.



 Upcoming Lessons

2-14-16     Feast of Weeks or Bountiful Harvest Leviticus 23:15-22






Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved

Monday, January 25, 2016

On 1-31-16, John 11:38-44 will be our Adult Sunday School/ Uniform Series/ International Sunday School Lesson, herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as The Death of a Friend

The Death of a Friend
John 11:38-44
January 31, 2016




Commentary 
by
Jed Greenough


Sickness, accidents, murder and old age.  These are just some of the ways that death strikes us.  The grief that is usually then expressed ranges from stunned silence to the tearing and clutching of hair and clothes.

I am sure you have seen in person, in print or in some media and perhaps even in yourself where in grief an individual either feels abandoned by God or knows the comfort of God.  The latter more often an eventual comfort than immediate.  

Mary and Martha didn’t feel immediate comfort because they felt the pain of their brother’s absence but they knew and believed in the resurrection so the point should be learned—grief is okay even if you believe.

Knowing that you will no longer have that person to talk to, laugh with, help or be helped by is painful.

Jesus knew how this would all turn out when He said in verse 4, “This sickness will not end in death.”  But yet He grieved with and for Lazarus’ family and friends.  

It seems almost astounding knowing as He did what He was about to do and the joy that would soon come their way!  Isn’t it comforting to know that this is the one who sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us?  (Romans 8).  

This is especially true when we know that those who have died are His but it is the complete opposite when we know that they are not.  Then how do you comfort the grief?  For this I have no answer save to say what will you do to prevent it for others in the future?

Sharing the gospel message should not be something you are afraid to do if you love someone.  And to whom will you limit your love?

For Discussion:

  1. Please read my blog entry from 5-20-12 where the subject of Lazarus was covered previously.
  2. Talk about your own experiences of grief and comfort at the death of a loved one.
  3. Discuss dealing with those who grieve at the loss of a loved one who was not saved.
  4. Discuss what Mary, Martha, their friends and Lazarus must have felt after this miracle.
  5. Discuss those who still held Jesus a grudge.
  6. Discuss what Jesus went through during this.







Upcoming Lessons

2-7-16     Passover     Exodus 12:1-14






Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved