Monthly Archives: June 2020

Vindicating Wisdom

International Sunday School July 5, 2020 Summer #5

Matthew 11:7-19 (NIV) As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? [8] If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. [9] Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. [10] This is the one about whom it is written: “ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ [11] Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. [12] From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. [13] For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. [14] And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. [15] Whoever has ears, let them hear. [16] “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: [17] “ ‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ [18] For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ [19] The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”


Feast with Wisdom

International Sunday School Lesson June 28, 2020 Summer #4

Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. (2) She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. (3) She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, (4) “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, (5) “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. (6) Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”

Proverbs 9:8-10 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. (9) Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. (10) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:13-18 Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing. (14) She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, (15) calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way, (16) “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, (17) “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” (18) But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

Receive Wisdom’s Gifts

International Sunday School June 21, 2020 Summer Quarter #3

Proverbs 8:8-14  All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.  (9)  They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.  (10)  Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,  (11)  for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.  (12)  “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.  (13)  The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.  (14)  I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength.

Proverbs 8:17-21  I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.  (18)  Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.  (19)  My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.  (20)  I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice,  (21)  granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.

Value of Wisdom

International Sunday School Lesson June 14 Summer Quarter #2

Proverbs 2:1-11 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, (2) turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding– (3) indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, (4) and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, (5) then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. (6) For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (7) He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, (8) for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. (9) Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path. (10) For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. (11) Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.