Lesson Plans That Work: Proper 10

Lesson Plans That Work: Proper 10

July 7, 2014
Lifelong Formation

lptwSunday, July 13 is Proper 10, Year A. Lesson Plans are focused on the Gospel and Old Testament.

Gospel Lesson: Seeds and Soil
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

We skip from Chapter 11 in Matthew to Chapter 13. Chapter 12 is important because this is where Jesus is being challenged over and over by various groups of people. What we are reading today is some of the response to those ongoing challenges. Jesus uses parables to teach as well as deal with conflict that is around him. The parable of the sower has many layers and much to discuss with no easy answers for us, and that is where we will begin our discussion today.

Old Testament Lesson Plan: Sibling Rivalry and God’s Love
Scripture: Genesis 25:19-34

The Book of Genesis provides the foundational stories of our faith: God’s calling of a people; their often failed responses to Him; and God’s steadfast love throughout. The Abraham saga tells of the formation of Israel, beginning with the faithfulness of its patriarch Abraham. Although disillusioned with the wickedness of men, God separates out one family line to bring divine blessing to all subsequent families of the world. Abraham, the model of absolute faithfulness, trust, and obedience, is symbolic of Israel’s idealized self. At the request of God, Abraham has left his homeland to travel to a promised land. God promises him an heir, even though Abraham and his wife Sarah are long past childbearing age, and Sarah gives birth to Isaac. In a test of faith, God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham passed God’s test of faith and God spared Isaac. Abraham sends his servant with gifts and camels to the Mesopotamian city of Nahor to seek a wife for Isaac. Isaac marries Rebekah who gives birth to twins, Esau and Jacob.

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