Sunday School

Outline for June 28, 2020

Mrs. Joyce Hicks

Luke18:1-8

  • And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
  • Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
  • And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
  • And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
  • Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
  • And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
  • And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
  • I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

To this end…..(in light of what He had been talking about in the last chapter – the coming kingdom)

Men ought always to pray and not to faint

  • Prayer and persistence
  • Be thinking about your personal prayer life.  How would you describe it to someone and would God agree with that description. (ouch!) What would be an acronym that describes your personal prayer life?   For example ACTS….or would it be SSSS?  Are you persistent or are you a “one and done” kind of pray-er?
  • The most basic definition of prayer is “talking to God.” Prayer is not meditation or passive reflection; it is direct address to God. It is the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul. Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God and to fellowship with God. – GotQuestions.org
  • Prayer is the Christian’s way of communicating with God. We pray to praise God and thank Him and tell Him how much we love Him. We pray to enjoy His presence and tell Him what is going on in our lives. We pray to make requests and seek guidance and ask for wisdom. God loves this exchange with His children, just as we love the exchange we have with our children. Fellowship with God is the heart of prayer. Too often we lose sight of how simple prayer is really supposed to be. – GodQuestions.org
  • Psalm 19:14 – wonderful verse to pray each morning
  • Philippians 4:6-7 – worry about nothing, pray about everything
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – pray without ceasing

Unjust judge – hmmmm

  • did not fear God
  • did not regard man

Widow

  • Prevailing and persistent prayer

God will avenge his own elect

  • AMPC – And will not (our just) God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night?  Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf?
  • NIV – And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

Shall He find faith?

  • AMP – However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find (this kind of persistent) faith on the earth?
  • EASY – I the Son of Man, will return to earth, but will I find many people that still believe in me then, or not?

Will we finish well?

Sunday School

May 6, 2020

Mrs. Joyce Hicks

Luke 16:14-18

  • And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
  • And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
  • The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
  • And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
  • Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

I’m going to do these notes a little differently today.  Going to use a kind of outline.  Please be patient with me. Want to get you engaged in class as much as possible. 

Verse 14:

Pharisees

  • Covetous (most versions say “lovers of money”)
  • Motivated by Greed
  • Obsessed with riches and wealth
  • Corban (Mark 7:11) – this is sad! 
  • Luke 20:46-47
  • Matt:6:2

Heard all these things. 

What things? 

What had Jesus just been talking about?

Derided:  “The word literally means that they turned up their noses at him.”     (Barclay)

            Dictionary says:

  • Deride: express contempt for; ridicule
  • Similar words:  ridicule, mock, jeer at, scoff at, jibe at, make fun of, poke fun at, laugh at, disdain, dismiss, slight, sneer at, scorn, taunt, insult, torment, treat with contempt,

Usual response when someone doesn’t want to hear truth.

Verse 15:

            Justify yourselves before men

                   Justify:         

show or prove to be right or reasonable

 Synonyms        give grounds for, give reasons for, give a justification for, show just cause for, explain, give an explanation for, account for, show/prove to be reasonable, provide a rationale for, rationalizedefend, answer for, vindicatesubstantiateupholdsustainestablishlegitimizelegitimatize

be a good reason for

synonyms         warrant, be good reason for, be a justification for, bear out, confirmvalidate

declare or make righteous in the sight of God

            Before men

                        Mark 12:38-40

                        Matt. 23:5-7

                        Matt. 6:1-2, 5, 16

Men may highly esteem you, but as far as God is concerned you’re an abomination.  More on abomination later.

b. You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts: It is one thing to justify yourselves before men, because smooth words and a “loving” smile can deceive men. But God knows your hearts – when you serve another master, it is impossible to be justified before God, no matter what men think. – David Guzik

God knows your hearts

  • comfort or a curse?
  • Scary thought?
  • Sobering thought?

            Matt 23:27-28

            1 Samuel 16:7

            Matt 6:17-18

            John  2:24-25

For that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable (abomination) in the sight of God.

God finds all false forms of religion exalted among men detestable (the Greek Word can refer to something that stinks; that is abominable, disgusting, revolting); that is, not at all a sufficient offering to satisfy Him.  The world’s religious wisdom is mere foolishness in God’s sight. (Rom. 1:22; 1 Cor. 1:20) – John MacArthur

c. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God: God judges our hearts with a different set of values. Men may honor someone because of their wealth or their public display of spirituality; but God sees who they really are. – David Guzik

Men may highly esteem you, but as far as God is concerned you’re an abomination. – Chuck Smith

Definition of abomination

something regarded with disgust or hatred something abominable
extreme disgust and hatred LOATHING

Verse 16

John the Baptist

            Last of the Old Testament Prophets

            Old Testament era, the era of promise

            First representative of the New Testament era

            New Testament era, the era of fulfillment

            His ministry bridged the two eras

John’s father, Zacharais, – Luke 1:67-79

Messiah’s forerunner

Matt 11:11

Baptized Jesus – Matt 3

He must increase, but I must decrease – John 3:30

Since that time

            A turning point

Kingdom of God (Good News of the Gospel) is now being preached – not just prophesied

            The Messiah is now here – if they would only recognize him as the Messiah         

Every Man presseth into it  

 The word press is a intense word in the Greek. It’s agonizo, must agonize into it.

Here are some other translations

AMPC – everyone strives violently to go in (would force his own way rather than God’s way into it)

NIV – everyone is forcing their way into it

CSB – everyone is urgently invited to enter it

HCSB – everyone is strongly urged to enter it

EASY – Everyone is now trying very much to get into that kingdom

NLT – everyone is eager to get in

ERV – everyone is trying hard to get into it

AMP – everyone tries forcefully to go into it

Verse 17

Words of Scripture – down to the smallest part of a letter – are divinely inspired.

Matt 5:18

Matt 24:35

Verse 18

Divorce – Pharisees – loopholes