Bible Studies for Life Sunday School Lesson for September 17

Here’s the Bible Studies for Life Sunday School lesson commentary for Sept. 17, written by Bobby McKay, pastor of New Liberty Baptist Church in Morton, Mississippi.

Bible Studies for Life Sunday School Lesson for September 17

Speak truth boldly

Daniel 5:13–17, 22–28

The young boy was ready for the church’s annual Christmas program. He was overjoyed to learn he had a speaking part and felt his contribution would be unforgettable. His role was that of an angel whose sole line was, “It is I; be not afraid!” For weeks, he practiced — at home, at school and even while playing with his dog. The big night came, and he was eager to debut in his acting career. The moment had arrived. He stepped toward the edge of the stage, the spotlights shone brightly on his face and he uttered, “It’s me, and I’m scared to death!”

Sometimes, fear can get the best of us. We are inhabiting a culture and world bent on both fear and compromise. What seems to make matters worse is that those two factors can be found in the lives of believers and churches.

When it comes to sin and evil, it will eventually be confronted. It is not always easy for a person to speak the truth with boldness, but it is necessary. Our attempts to rationalize or dismiss sins are futile and detrimental. Sin has consequences, and we should be bold enough in our love for others as we share with them the hope only found in God. With God’s help, Daniel became the bold witness we should all desire to be.

Pursue a life of integrity and godly wisdom. (13–16)

Scripture bears evidence repeatedly that a wise person is one who seeks, follows and believes God in all things. Those who possess wisdom from the Lord will exhibit integrity.

Daniel was sought out by the rulers due to his reputation as having “insight, intelligence and extraordinary wisdom.” Our daily testimony and how we treat others is a message by itself. What are you proclaiming?

Speak the truth that sin involves exalting ourselves over God. (17, 22–23)

Daniel reminds the king, Belshazzar, what happened to Nebuchadnezzar, the king before him. God had allowed Nebuchadnezzar to reach a level of greatness that resulted in power and the fear of the people. Once Nebuchadnezzar became arrogant, God dealt with him. The same is true for you and me.

We do not deserve the blessings God richly bestows on us. However, we are prone to pride. Pride is the root of every sin you and I will ever commit. Pride is sin, and all sin is believing we know better than God. If left unforgiven, the consequences are dire.

Speak the truth that sin brings judgment. (24–28)

In this account, God uses dreams and visions to reveal His message. Today, the Scripture and the Holy Spirit are the primary means God uses to convey what He wants us to hear. If you are a pastor or teacher of any kind in the Church, do not do your people a tragic disservice by avoiding talking about sin.

Stand on the truths of God’s Word and share what it says. We do not proclaim His words with hate, but rather with concern and an appeal to repent. We have the greatest news of all — the grace and forgiveness available to all because of Jesus. Pray God will give you the courage to speak the truth, and boldly determine to love everyone. Don’t be afraid. He is with you.

By Bobby McKay
Pastor of New Liberty Baptist Church in Morton, Mississippi

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