At Talbot Chapel, "church starts in Sunday School!" The theme for our Sunday School lessons this quarter is: TRADITION (Jesus' Fulfillment of Scripture) Studies in Leviticus, Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel, Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Zechariah, The four Gospels, Acts, and Revelation
Scripture: Isaiah 56:6-7; Jeremeah 7:9-11; Mark 11:15-19.
Mar. 31 Habakkuk 2:18-20. The Holy Temple.
Apr. 1 Psalm 27:1-5. The House of the Lord.
Apr. 2 Psalm 18:1-6. I Cried for Help.
Apr. 3 Johan 2:1-9. My Prayer Came to You.
Apr. 4 Matthew 12:1-8. Something Greater Than the Temple.
Apr. 5 Ephesians 2:11-22. A Holy Temple in the Lord.
Apr. 6 Is 56:6-7; Jer. 7:9-11; Mk. 11:15-19. A House of Prayer.
KEY VERSE: Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbes in your sight. Jeremiah 7:11
CENTRAL THOUGHT: The Restoration of the Sanctity of God's House
LESSON OBJECTIVE: To reflect on what the house of God is and what it had become; to understand the continuing role of the prophets
LESSON INTRODUCTION: The Lord's concern regarding worship and the Temple recorded in the Isaiah and Jeremiah texts remained a problem in the experience of Jesus. The issues were still unabated. This should not surprise us; for the church in our day manifests faults not unlike those Jesus found in the Temple. Time passes, but human behavior tends to remain the same. The lesson today affords us an additional opportunity to learn about and benefit from another foretelling by two prophetic spokesmaen for God. The Markan text presents a graphic portrait of the issues at hand. We will see how, according to Mark, Jesus used Old testament phophets in addressing conditions found in God's house that were quite disturbing. The lesson begins with Jesus entering the Temple. Remember, Jesus had come to Jerusalem to die (Mark 10:32-34), and this thought, with its many ramifications, was surely on Jesus' mind as He went forth.
I. Obedience and the Covenant: Isaiah 56:6-8.
II. The Relevant Question: Jeremiah 7:8-11.
III. Jesus Cleanses the Temple: Mark 11:15-19.