Uniform Adult Sunday School Lesson for May 27, 2018
To claim the reconciliation and healing God offers us through Jesus Christ
Background: Leviticus 16; Psalm 34; Hebrews 2:5-18
Psalm 34:1-10 (CEB)
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise will always be in my mouth.
2 I praise the Lord— let the suffering listen and rejoice.
3 Magnify the Lord with me! Together let us lift his name up high!
4 I sought the Lord and he answered me. He delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to God will shine; their faces are never ashamed.
6 This suffering person cried out: the Lord listened and saved him from every trouble.
7 On every side, the Lord’s messenger protects those who honor God; and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see how good the Lord is! The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy!
9 You who are the Lord’s holy ones, honor him, because those who honor him don’t lack a thing.
10 Even strong young lions go without and get hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Hebrews 2:17-18 (CEB)
17 Therefore, he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way. This was so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, in order to wipe away the sins of the people. 18 He’s able to help those who are being tempted, since he himself experienced suffering when he was tempted.
Taste and see how good the Lord is! The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy. (Psalm 34:8)
Some Thoughts on This Week's Lesson
As I prepare for this week’s lesson, there is news of yet another school shooting in Texas. This epidemic is reaching more and more people every day. Our politicians and educators do not seem to have an answer. Although no one wants to state the obvious, our text says it very well.
For the past forty or fifty years America has done everything possible to keep God and biblical teachings out of our schools. In addition we have cheapened human life by allowing abortion as a form of birth control.
The challenge is laid out for us in today’s text, when we sincerely worship and praise our living God, we will find our suffering wanes, and our joy is increased. Believing and serving God will make a difference in our personal lives and in our countries life.
The Psalmist assures us that God listens and is willing and able to help us in our times of trouble. We are then challenged in verse 8 “Taste and see how good the Lord is! The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy!”
We have the Lord’s assurance, but it is conditional on our own willingness to honor Him as it says in verse 9 “You who are the Lord’s holy ones, honor him, because those who honor him don’t lack a thing.”
We can not continue to ignore God’s words, and expect different results. The call is for repentance and reconciliation. God has gone to great lengths to provide a way through His only begotten Son. One that came and lived as a man, suffered the cruelest of deaths in order that we can have not only a high priest that has lived life as a man, but also a savior that has died for us.
What more could we ask? “Taste and see,” True happiness depends on it.
My hymn for this week is simply “How Great Thou Art.” We have not because we ask not.”