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Lectionary Guide

Readings for October 14, 2018

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Series B, ESV

Amos 5:6-7,10-15, Seek the Lord and Live

Amos was one of twelve Minor Prophets. The dominate theme of Amos calls for social justice as the indispensable expression of true piety. Amos 5:21-24 Whereas his contemporary, Hosea emphasized God's love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.

Where was Amos from and who were the reigning monarchs over the divided kingdom, Israel and Judah? Amos 1:1 Tekoa is a small town about 6 miles south of Bethlehem. What is Amos' ministry story? Amos 7:14-15

The house of Joseph, verse 6, was in Israel, the northern kingdom. Since Jerusalem was located in Judah, the southern kingdom, where was the northern kingdom's main religious center? Amos 3:13-15, 7:12-13

wormwood , verse 7, bitter plant with a repulsive taste, it represents sorrow. Proverbs 5:1-6; Lamentations 3:13-15

Once again in verses 11-13, Amos rails against the prevalent injustice of the day, especially the abuse of the poor. Amos 2:6-8, 3:9-10, 4:1-3, 6:11-14

remnant of Joseph , verse 15, these words look beyond the impending destruction of the Northern Kingdom at the hands of the Assyrians and see that a faithful few will be preserved and restored, leaving a mere remnant. Isaiah 10:20-23; Amos 9:11-15

Psalm 90:12-17, Teach Us to Number Our Days

Read Psalm 90:1-11 for context.

What is meant in verse 12 by teach us to number our days? Psalm 39:4 When did God number our days? Psalm 139:13-16 If we fail to gain a heart of wisdom, by understanding our days are numbered and our accountability to God, what might be the outcome? Psalm 73:4-12

In verse 14, the psalmist asks the Lord to Satisfy us. In what ways does the Lord's unfailing love satisfy us? Psalm 103:1-5, 107:4-9, 145:10-20

your work be shown , verse 16, God's work of salvation. Psalm 77:11-15, 96:1-3 The psalmist seeks deliverance from crisis, whether famine, enemies, sickness, or injustice. Ultimately, the answer to the prayer is Jesus, who shows God's glorious works of salvation in loving and merciful fullness.

Hebrews 3:12-19, A Rest for the People of God

For lead-in, read Hebrews 3:7-11, which alludes to Numbers 14, where the people refused to trust that God would give them the Promised Land.

According to verse 12, what leads an individualto fall away from the living God? an evil, unbelieving heart is a refusal to trust in God's promise. Matthew 16:13-17

Where in the Old Testament is verse 15 found? Psalm 95:7-8 Does Today last indefinitely? Hebrews 4:6-7

In verses 16-19, the writer, perhaps Barnabas, warns first-century readers of Hebrews that they face a similar danger spiritually as the Israelites did during Moses' time. Numbers 14:1-35

Mark 10:17-22, The Rich Young Man

What is the answer to the man's question in verse 17? Ephesians 2:8-9

In verse 18, how does Jesus draw a parallel to try and help the man understand to whom he is addressing his question?

Jesus lists some of the 10 commandments in verse 19. If defraud is understood to represent coveting, which commandments did he not mention? Exodus 20:1-17

In verse 20, the man declares he had kept all of the commandments since he was a boy. It is probably a reference to the age of 13, when a Jewish boy assumed personal responsibility for obeying the commandments.

Jesus identifies the man's primary problem. What was it and what was Jesus' prescription for the man to overcome it? Mark 4:18-19, 10:21 In essence, which commandment has the man been unable to keep? Deuteronomy 5:5-21

In verse 21, there is no indication that Jesus' command, "

sell all that you have and give to the poor

" was meant for all Christians. It applies only to those who have the same spiritual problem. Matthew 5:29-30 What did the early Christians do in regard to believers who had need? Acts 2:44-45