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The Sixth Sunday
I. Because she was educated in God’s Word--Deut 4:9; 6:1-7; Ex 12:26-28; Ps 78:4-6; Eph 6:4
II. Because she had to speak of what she had learned--text, vv1-3; Num 11:29; Prov 10:21; Isa 43:21; Matt 5:15-16, 12:35ff; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Pet 2:9, 3:15
Charles Haddon Spurgeon has this comment on Psalm 78:6 in his "Treasury of David":
"That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born." As far on as our brief life allows us to arrange, we must industriously provide for the godly nurture of youth... The narratives, commands, and doctrines of the word of God are not worn out; they are calculated to exert an influence as long as our race shall exist. "Who should arise and declare them to their children." The one object aimed at is transmission; the testimony is given that it may be passed on to succeeding generations.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament re: 1 Peter 2:9: "That ye should show forth the praises of him." The Greek word (arete˘˘) means properly "good quality, excellence" of any kind. It means here the excellences of God--His goodness, His wondrous deeds, or those things which make it proper to praise Him. This shows one great object for which they were redeemed. It was that they might proclaim the glory of God and keep up the remembrance of His wondrous deeds in the earth.
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The Message For Children (2 Kings 5:1-14)
Visual aids: a baseball and a pie pan
Tell me some things that moms and dads teach kids your age: how to fish, how to hunt, how to throw a baseball, how to bake a cake, how to bake cookies, how to bake a pie. Moms and dads and other big folks are pretty good at showing kids how to do things. They may even help you with your math or with language or science.
But you know something? There’s one thing you probably do a whole lot better than most big people, and that’s talking about Jesus. When people grow up, they don’t talk as well about Jesus as you do. But let’s find out. Who can answer these questions?
Who is Jesus?
Why did He come to earth?
What happened on Good Friday?
What happened on the Sunday after Good Friday?
Sometimes big people forget that it’s every Christian’s job to tell the good news about Jesus. So make sure you never lose it and make sure you give it away whenever you can, just like the little girl of Israel in today’s Old Testament Reading. This little girl was away from home, away from her mom and dad, but she still loved God. She shared her faith that God could cure leprosy for a very important general.
You have a Savior who died for your sins and rose from the dead. You have a Savior who cures sin and gives eternal life. Let’s share him with as many people as we can.
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