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Song of Moses

International Sunday School October 9 2022 Fall Quarter # 6

Deuteronomy 32:3-6 ESV  For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God!  (4)  “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.  (5)  They have dealt corruptly with him; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation.  (6)  Do you thus repay the LORD, you foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?

Deuteronomy 32:3-6 ESV 

Deuteronomy 32:10-14 ESV  “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.  (11)  Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions,  (12)  the LORD alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.  (13)  He made him ride on the high places of the land, and he ate the produce of the field, and he suckled him with honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock.  (14)  Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock, with fat of lambs, rams of Bashan and goats, with the very finest of the wheat— and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.

Deuteronomy 32:10-14 ESV

Deuteronomy 32:18 ESV  You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth.

Deuteronomy 32:18 ESV

Notes

Background

  • The children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt
  • God called Moses to lead the children of Israel
  • Pharaoh resisted, letting the children of Israel go
  • Egypt was struck with the plagues
  • Pharaoh agrees to let them go
  • But chases them, and is drowned in the Red Sea
  • The children of Israel, when they get close to the promised land, send spies to look at the land
  • They are afraid and complain, and God says none of the adults will come to the promised land, except for the two spies who are not afraid
  • The children of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years
  • Moses is told he will not go to the promised land. Joshua will lead the children of Israel.

God is Good — Deu 32:3

  • Psa 150:2 (ESV)Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
  • Eph 1:19 (ESV)and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might

The Rock — Deu 32:4

  • 1Co 10:4 (ESV)and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

Backsliding — Deu 32:5-6

  • Jdg 2:19 (ESV)But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.
  • Gal 4:6 (ESV)And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

A Desert Land — Deu 32:10

Like an Eagle — Deu 32:11-12

  • Isa 31:5 (ESV)Like birds hovering, so the LORD of hosts will protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it; he will spare and rescue it.”
  • Gill As an eagle stirreth up her nest,…. Her young ones in it, to get them out of it: Jarchi says the eagle is merciful to its young, and does not go into its nest suddenly, but first makes a noise, and disturbs them with her wings, striking them against a tree or its branches, that so they being awakened may be fitter to receive her: with respect to literal Israel, Egypt was their nest, where they were who were then in their infant state, lay like young birds in a nest; and though it was a filthy one and where they were confined, yet they seemed sometimes as if they did not care to come out of it; until the Lord made use of means to get them out, by the ministry of Moses and Aaron, by suffering their taskmasters to make their bondage heavier, and by judgments inflicted on the Egyptians, which made them urgent upon them to depart: with respect to spiritual Israel, their nest is a state of unregeneracy, in which they are at ease, and do not care to be awakened and stirred out of it; but the Lord, in love to them, awakens them, stirs them up, and gets them out, by sending his ministers to arouse them, by letting in the law into their consciences, which works a sense of wrath, by convincing them by his Spirit of their sin and danger, opening their eyes to see their wretched and miserable estate and condition, and by exerting his almighty power, plucking them as brands out of the burning:

Blessings — Deu 32:13-14

  • NICOT The blood of grapes (Deu 32:14)—the idiom means wine and it is known in both Hebrew and Ugaritic poetry.

Forgot God — Deu 32:18

Conclusion

  • Praise God in song every chance you get
  • God is the source of all good

The Birth of Moses

The International Sunday School Lesson October 2, 2022

Exo 2:1-10 (ESV) Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. 4 And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Exo 2:1-10 (ESV)

Notes

Background

  • Joseph was sold into slavery into Egypt.
  • Joseph rose power in Egypt as a second in command.
  • Joseph gets his entire family to come to Egypt.
  • After this generation, a gnu, pharaoh comes to power
  • the Egyptians are jealous of the Jews
  • Egyptians enslaved the Jews
  • The Pharaoh gave an order to kill the Jewish baby boys

The Birth of Moses Exodus 2:1-2

Num 26:59 (ESV) The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt. And she bore to Amram Aaron and Moses and Miriam their sister.

Num 26:59 (ESV)

The Basket Exodus 2:3

  • Heb 11:23 (ESV)By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
  • Dake — Hebrew: tebah(H8392), a box. Used of Noah’s ark 26 times (Genesis 6:14-9:18) and twice here (Exo 2:3, Exo 2:5). Like Noah’s, it was made by divine command.

Miriam at a Distance Exodus 2:4

  • Exo 15:20 (ESV)Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.
  • Gill — This was Miriam, as the Targum of Jonathan expresses it; who is supposed to be about ten or twelve years of age, others say seven:

The Daughter of Pharaoh Exodus 2:5-6

  • Gill — Her name, in Josephus (g), is called Thermuthis, and by Artapanus (h), an Heathen writer, Merrhis, perhaps from Miriam, and frequently by the Jewish writers.

Moses Mother Exodus 2:7-8

  • Pulpit — No doubt, all had been prepared beforehand by the mother, who had selected the place and time of the exposure from a knowledge of the habits and character of the princess, had set her daughter to watch, and — so far as was possible — instructed her what she was to say.

Moses Nursed Exodus 2:9

  • Gill — take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages; by which means she had not only the nursing of her own child, but was paid for it: according to a Jewish writer (t), Pharaoh’s daughter agreed with her for two pieces of silver a day.

Pharaoh’s Daughter Exodus 2:10

  • Barnes —He became her son – See the margin reference. His training and education was, humanly speaking, all but indispensable to the efficient accomplishment of his work as the predestined leader and instructor of his countrymen. Moses probably passed the early years of his life in Lower Egypt, where the princess resided.
  • Act 7:21-22 (ESV)and when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. 22And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.

The Scepter Given to Judah

International Sunday School Lesson 9/25/2022 Fall Quarter #4

Genesis 35:22-26 ESV  While Israel lived in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine. And Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.  (23)  The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.  (24)  The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.  (25)  The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant: Dan and Naphtali.  (26)  The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.

Genesis 35:22-26 ESV 

Genesis 38:24-26 ESV  About three months later Judah was told, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has been immoral. Moreover, she is pregnant by immorality.” And Judah said, “Bring her out, and let her be burned.”  (25)  As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law, “By the man to whom these belong, I am pregnant.” And she said, “Please identify whose these are, the signet and the cord and the staff.”  (26)  Then Judah identified them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not know her again.

Genesis 38:24-26 ESV 

Genesis 49:10-12 ESV  The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.  (11)  Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, he has washed his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes.  (12)  His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.

Genesis 49:10-12 ESV 

Notes

Background

  • God’s plan works through personal failings and struggles in the line of Judah.
  • The grouping of Jacob sons will be by their mother.
  • The focus is on the miracle of the line of Christ coming through Judah.

Sons of Leah — Gen 35:22b-23 (ESV)

  • Note that Levi was the father of the priest because they needed to be split up within Israel due to their anger over Dina.

Sons of Rachel — Gen 35:24 (ESV)

  • When the Bible talks about the tribes of Israel, Joseph is split into Ephraim and Manasseh.
  • Benjamin is the tribe of the first king of Israel

Sons of Bilhah — Gen 35:25 (ESV)

Sons of Zilpah — Gen 35:26 (ESV)

Tamar Gets a Child — Gen 38:24 (ESV)

  • Lev 21:9 (ESV)And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

The Truth Comes Out — Gen 38:25-26 (ESV)

  • Joh 8:7-9 (ESV)And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”8And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

The Scepter — Gen 49:10 (ESV)

  • Rom 15:12 (ESV)And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.”
  • Rev 11:15 (ESV)Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

Washed Garments in Wine — Gen 49:11-12 (ESV)

  • This description is a metaphorical description of financial blessings.

Jacob Called Israel

International Sunday school lesson 11/18/2022 Fall #3

Gen 32:22-32 (ESV) The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.

Gen 32:22-32 (ESV)

Notes

Background

  • Jacob had cheated Esau
  • Jacob was returning from Laban after many years
  • Jacob had sent a gift ahead to Esau
  • Jacob and then sent his children and wives on ahead
  • Jacob was all alone

Jacob Alone — Gen 32:22-23

“… over the brook, and sent over that he had—himself remaining on the north side (Delitzsch, Keil, Kurtz, Murphy, Gerlach, Wordsworth, Alford), although, having once crossed the stream (Gen 32:22), it is not perfectly apparent that he recrossed, which has led some to argue that the wrestling occurred on the south of the river (Knobel, Rosenmόller, Lange, Kalisch).”

Pulpit Commentary

Jacob Wrestles — Gen 32:24-25

  • We must pray through
  • Rom 15:30 (ESV)I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,

I Will Not Let Go — Gen 32:26

  • Hos 12:3-4 (ESV)In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he strove with God. 4He strove with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor. He met God at Bethel, and there God spoke with us—

A Name Change — Gen 32:27-28

And he said unto him, what is thy name?…. “Which question is put, not as being ignorant of it, but in order to take occasion from it, and the change of it, to show that he had granted his request, and had blessed him, and would yet more and more:”

john Gill

Peniel — Gen 32:29-30

  • Isa 9:6 (ESV)For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  • Jdg 13:17-18 (ESV)And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?” 18And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”

Israel’s Limp — Gen 32:31-32

Jam halted upon his thigh — As Paul had a thorn in the flesh given to humble him, lest he should be too elevated by the abundant revelations granted him [2Co 12:7], so Jacob’s lameness was to keep him mindful of this mysterious scene

Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown

Conclusion

Lay hold of the alter and do not let go until the blessings come!

God Chooses the Younger Twin

International Sunday School September 11 2022 Fall #2

Scripture Text

Genesis 25:19-34 ESV  These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham fathered Isaac,  (20)  and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.  (21)  And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.  (22)  The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.  (23)  And the LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.”  (24)  When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb.  (25)  The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau.  (26)  Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.  (27)  When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.  (28)  Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.  (29)  Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted.  (30)  And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.)  (31)  Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.”  (32)  Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?”  (33)  Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.  (34)  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis 25:19-34 ESV

Notes

Background

J Vernon McGee — This is the line we are going to follow. “Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob” is the way the first chapter of Matthew begins. Each of these men had other sons, as we have seen. Abraham had quite a few sons, but the genealogy of those men is not followed. It is the genealogy of Isaac that is followed. You can forget Ishmael and Midian and Medan and all the rest. They will cross paths with the descendants of Isaac time and again, but we will not follow their lines.

Isaac and Rebekah Gen 25:19-20

  • Isaac was older than most grooms.

Rebekah Barren Gen 25:21

  • She was barren nineteen years after marriage.

Strife Gen 25:22-23

John Gill “… and she went to inquire of the Lord; to the school of Shem the great, say the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem, and so Jarchi: the Arabic writers say (d), she inquired of Melchizedek; and, according to Aben Ezra, of some prophet, or of Abraham, who lived fifteen years after this event: and indeed, if she inquired of any particular person of note for religion, and as a prophet, there is none so likely as he, who was the friend of God”

Birth Gen 25:24-26

NICOT — For inside Rebekah’s womb two fetuses struggled with each other. The verb used here for the fetal movements is a strong one and means “to abuse, crush”; several times it parallels ʿāšaq, “to oppress” (1Sa 12:3, 1Sa 12:4; Hos 5:11; Amo 4:1).

Favoritism in the Family Gen 25:27-28

NICOT – Scripture has already provided two instances of fraternal rivalry: Cain and Abel, and Ishmael and Isaac. Both times the elder brother (as in the NT parable, Luk 15:25-32) emerges in a less than desirable light. The case is no different with Esau and Jacob.

Expensive Stew Gen 25:29-30

  • Hunger — Proverbs 13:25 (ESV) The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

Drama Queen Gen 25:31-33

  • Numbers 11:2-6 (ESV) Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD, and the fire died down. [3] So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD burned among them. [4] Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! [5] We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. [6] But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

Birthright Despised Gen 25:34

  • Hebrews 12:16-17 (ESV) that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. [17] For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

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The Call of Abram

International Sunday School September 4 2022 Fall #1

Lesson Scriptures

Genesis 12:1-7 ESV  Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  (2)  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  (3)  I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  (4)  So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.  (5)  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,  (6)  Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.  (7)  Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

Genesis 12:1-7 ESV

Genesis 15:1-7 ESV  After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”  (2)  But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”  (3)  And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.”  (4)  And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.”  (5)  And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  (6)  And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.  (7)  And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”

Genesis 15:1-7 ESV 

Notes

Call of Abram Gen 12:1-3

  • Joshua 24:2 (ESV) And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods.
  • Enter world to be blessed by the Messiah and this gives the world the opportunity to be be blessed by accepting Jesus as our personnel Savior.

Abram Obeys Gen 12:4-6

  • People lived a lot longer in that day. Abraham 175 when he died so this was middle-age for him.
  • Hebrews 11:8-9 (ESV) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. [9] By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.

Promise and Alter Gen 12:7

  • The first mention of a theophany in the Bible.
  • But Abram did not see God the Father. He saw the pre-existent Son of God. See John 1:18 NIV  “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”

Fear Not Gen 15:1

  • This happened right after Abraham rescued Lot from the attack and capture of the multiple Kings.
  • This was a night vision, not a dream.
  • Psalms 27:1 (ESV) Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Abram Childless Gen 15:2-4

  • The first use of LORD God (Adonai Jehovah) in combination in the Bible.
  • According to the Code of Hammurabi, Eliezer, his steward, Abram’s head servant would inherit if Abram did not have a child.

Faith Counted as Righteousness Gen 15:5-7

  • Hebrews 11:11-12 (ESV) By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. [12] Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
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A Welcoming Invitation

International Sunday School August 28 2022 Summer Quarter #13

Revelation 22:10-21 ESV  And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.  (11)  Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”  (12)  “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.  (13)  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”  (14)  Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.  (15)  Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.  (16)  “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”  (17)  The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.  (18)  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,  (19)  and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.  (20)  He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  (21)  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

Revelation 22:10-21 ESV

The River of Life

International Sunday School August 21 2022 #12

Revelation 22:1-7 ESV  Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb  (2)  through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  (3)  No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.  (4)  They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.  (5)  And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.  (6)  And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”  (7)  “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Revelation 22:1-7 ESV

A reference I use often is Dr John Gill. He pastored the same church as Spurgeon about a hundred years before Spurgeon. Here is a link to his commentary on Revelation 22.

A New City

International Sunday School Lesson August 14 2022 Summer Quarter #11

Revelation 21:10-21 NIV  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.  (11)  It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.  (12)  It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.  (13)  There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.  (14)  The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.  (15)  The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.  (16)  The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.  (17)  The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.  (18)  The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.  (19)  The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,  (20)  the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.  (21)  The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

Revelation 21:10-21 NIV

A New Home

International Sunday School Lesson August 7 2022 Lesson #10

Revelation 21:1-9 NIV  Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  (2)  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  (3)  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  (4)  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  (5)  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  (6)  He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.  (7)  Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.  (8)  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”  (9)  One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Revelation 21:1-9 NIV