Lesson Highlight: "compassion"

"And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things." (Mark 6:34)
In "Word Focus" William Sillings writes:

It is interesting to note that Jesus was as interested in the physical needs of His followers as He was in their spiritual needs. Not only did He want His disciples to have a time to rest and recuperate, but He also wanted to take care of the multitude’s need for food. And He did. In fact, when they handed out the multiplied thousands of pieces of fish, everybody ate. And the Bible says they were filled (echortasth san, v. 42). This word means not merely that they were full, but that they were satisfied with food. This demonstrates that before you can satisfy people with spiritual food, you sometimes have to satisfy their physical needs. Satisfying physical needs will not always definitely lead to satisfaction spiritually, but it sometimes helps. Later on, after this passage, Jesus chided this same crowd for the fact that they followed Him for the loaves and the fish, but were not truly seeking the spiritual food they so desperately needed. (See John 6:26, 27.)

Source: Miracles of Jesus, Adult Teacher's Insights, page 4.

2015-12-03T09:00:49+00:00December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , |0 Comments

Compassion for the Lost

Read Jeremiah 9:1-8
“Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!” (v. 1).
Kansas City is sometimes called the “City of Fountains.” Only Rome has more public fountains than Kansas City. Take a trip with me to the wooden bench next to one of those fountains. We have arrived just after sunrise. The water is already running. As the city wakes up, a continual stream of water shoots out of a stone figure and splashes into the pool below. By lunchtime, the restaurant on the corner is crammed with patrons, yet the stream of water has not lessened nor the pool overflowed. We do not leave our bench until well after sunset, yet still we have not witnessed the end of the fountain’s supply or a change in the pool’s water level.
Of course, we understand the reasons for this, but have you ever felt your sorrow or compassion worked much the same way? Every tear you wept fell uselessly into a pool that neither eased your suffering nor helped the one who had caused it. Yet that realization does not stop the flow of tears.
Jeremiah’s ministry often revolved around tears. They were not magical tears — no healing or saving power was in them. Yet those tears, when mixed with a prayerful and obedient ministry to the very ones who caused his weeping, were exactly what God required. (Michelle Avery)

Have you ever wept over a soul?

This devotional is the Monday, October 5, 2015 entry of Opening the Word.

2015-10-06T06:00:22+00:00October 6th, 2015|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Showing Compassion to Everyone

Lesson 6 - October 11
Focus Text: Luke 10:29-37
Central Truth: The Christian family shares Christ's love liberally with those in need.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list several practical ways they will share God's love with others.
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Self-Righteous Question (Luke 10:29)
  2. The Self-Concerned Responses (Luke 10:30-32)
  3. The Self-Giving Example (Luke 10:33-35)
  4. The Self-Denying Command (Luke 10:36-37)
2015-10-05T06:00:43+00:00October 5th, 2015|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments


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