This is the Pits!

SERIES: PIT People

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR JULY 8–14, 2020

AIM:  Have you ever been in a pit? Is someone you love dwelling in a pit? No matter how you got stuck, no matter how long you’ve been down, whether you think you deserve it or not, Jesus is waiting, and wanting, to deliver you. After studying this lesson students will know how to move from the pit to praise!

You may ask – who are PIT people?

Pit people are:

People

In

Trouble

We find ourselves in the pits of:

  • discouragement
    • depression 
    • disappointment
    • distress

Characteristics of a person stuck in a pit:

  • You feel like you are sinking
  • You feel that something is pulling you down inch by inch and you can’t pull yourself out.

Jeremiah 38:6 (AMPC) – So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the dungeon or cistern pit [in the charge] of Malchiah the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard; and they let Jeremiah down [into the pit] with ropes. And in the dungeon or cistern pit there was no water, but only mire, and Jeremiah sank in the mire.

  • You feel stuck
  • You feel trapped.  You tend to feel your only options are to misbehave (have a kicking and screaming fit, hoping your flailing can help you escape).

Isaiah 42:22 (GW) – But these people are robbed and looted. They are all trapped in pits and hidden in prisons. They have become prey with no one to rescue them. They have become loot with no one to say, “Give it back.”

  • You can’t stand up
  • You can’t stand up to assaults, trials, or temptations because your feet are in the mud and mire.

Psalm 69:2  (GNT) – I am sinking in deep mud,  and there is no solid ground; I am out in deep water, and the waves are about to drown me.

  • You can’t see
  • You’ve lost vision.  All you can see is the pit!
  • A pit is so poorly lit we can no longer see things that may have once been obvious to us.

Ephesians 1:18 (ESV) – having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints

Definition of a Pit:

  1. Another word for pit is rut.  Rut is a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change.
  2. To the ancient Hebrews, a pit was a literal or figurative reference to the grave or to an abyss so deep that the dweller felt like they were the living dead.
  3. A pit is an early grave dug by Satan for you in hopes He can bury you alive. 
  4. He wants to make. . .
  5. your life a mess
  6. Your job miserable
  7. Your bills a mountain
  8. Your home a madhouse
  9. HE WANTS YOU TO STAY IN THE PIT!!!!!
  10. Satan can’t make you stay in the pit!
  11. God will not make you leave the pit!
  • How do we get in a pit?

Genesis 37:22-24 (ESV) – 22 And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father. 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. 24 And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

  1. Thrown
  2. Like Joseph you have done nothing wrong,  BUT you are in a pit
  3. A love one gets sick and die, suddenly you are thrown in a pit
    1. You go to work and find your job is gone – you are thrown in a pit
    1. You got a bad doctor’s report – you are now in a pit
    1. You get sick and have no insurance – you are in a pit
    1. Some sick family member molested you when you were young, and you have been in a pit now for years
  4. You can be thrown into a pit by something or someone!   Because of a. . .  
  5. Choice
  6. Crime
  7. Condemnation
  8. Chronic Illness
  • You don’t have to do anything wrong to end up in a pit!

Luke 15:14-16 (NLT) – 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

  • Prone
  • Like the Prodigal Son – you did it to yourself  BUT you didn’t mean to!!!
  • You just meant to watch your weight.  You certainly didn’t intend to end up with an eating disorder.  Anyways. . .nobody knows yet.  Or at least that’s what you think.
  • You just meant to borrow the money and pay every dime of it back.  You just needed to buy a little time while you were short on cash.  You surely didn’t mean to have THIS many credit cards and a mountain of debt that would throw you into bankruptcy.
  • You needed relief for your back pain and now you are dependent on pain killers
  • You just meant to flirt.  After all, she is married and you are happily married, but now you are in a BIG mess.
  • You was just trying to help your son,  after all everybody needs a second, a third chance but now the problem is worse
  • Of the three ways to end up in a pit – perhaps the one you hate most is getting yourself into it. You are in because of the. . .
  • Decisions you made
  • Determined to have it all and now
  • Desperate to help out your family
  • Folly can bring us to a low state.  This was true with David – consider his tone and anguish. . .

Psalm 38:4-6, 9-10, 12, 14-17  (NLT) – 4 My guilt overwhelms me—it is a burden too heavy to bear. 5 My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins. 6 I am bent over and racked with pain. All day long I walk around filled with grief. 9 You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh. 10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind. 12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me. Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.  All day long they plan their treachery. 14 I choose to hear nothing, and I make no reply. 15 For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God. 16 I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall.” 17 I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain.

Traps set. Feet slip.  And the enemy uses the gu9ilt over how you got into the pit to trap you into never getting out.  BUT, get this in your mind – the pit is absolutely unacceptable.  No matter how responsible and guilty you feel for sliding your way in, God wants you OUT!

Instead of convicting yourself, use your mouth to talk to God. 

Psalm 94:18-19 (NLT) – 18 I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. 19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

2 Samuel 15:1-6 (NLT) 1 After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty bodyguards to run ahead of him. 2 He got up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, Absalom would ask where in Israel they were from, and they would tell him their tribe. 3 Then Absalom would say, “You’ve really got a strong case here! It’s too bad the king doesn’t have anyone to hear it. 4 I wish I were the judge. Then everyone could bring their cases to me for judgment, and I would give them justice!” 5 When people tried to bow before him, Absalom wouldn’t let them. Instead, he took them by the hand and kissed them. 6 Absalom did this with everyone who came to the king for judgment, and so he stole the hearts of all the people of Israel.

2 Samuel 18:9 (NLT) –9 During the battle, Absalom happened to come upon some of David’s men. He tried to escape on his mule, but as he rode beneath the thick branches of a great tree, his hair got caught in the tree. His mule kept going and left him dangling in the air. 16 Then Joab blew the ram’s horn, and his men returned from chasing the army of Israel. 17 They threw Absalom’s body into a deep pit in the forest and piled a great heap of stones over it. And all Israel fled to their homes.

  • Sown

Galatians 6:7 (KJV) – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

  • You are in the pit because you did it – because there was something you wanted.
  • You wanted to take vengeance
  • You wanted to hurt that person
  • You said – “they don’t know who they are fooling with!”
  • You told them you would get even – “you kill my dog, I will kill your cat!”
  • You knew you had too much to drink but you had to drive home!

You get the picture!  Psalm 19:13 gives a couple of names to pit-jumpers.

Psalm 19:13 (HCSB) – Moreover, keep Your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule over me. Then I will be innocent and cleansed from blatant rebellion.

  • Absalom (everybody knew what he was doing) but they turned their head; and, now that he is dead they just throw him in a pit and wipe their hands. 
  • He, as well as we, was guilty of willful sins. Blatant rebellion.
  • Undermine his father the king.
  • Unethical in his doings
  • Unstable in his actions
  • Unchecked by others
  • Ubiquity

Okay. . .so now you know how you got in the pit. . .so how do you get OUT of the pit.  That’s next week’s lesson. 

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                     Thank God that when you are in a pit, you have a loving God that will assist you in your pit time with relief or reassurance.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       When you know someone is in a pit, be prepared to assist them by any God-inspired means necessary.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:            Introduce all you can to the ultimate pit escaper, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:            Many times the best way out of a pit is through your giving; when you’re going through your pit experience, give until it hurts so good.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:            Although you’re sinking, stuck, can’t see your way out, can’t stand up to the situation, ask the Savior to help you, comfort, strengthen and keep you; He is willing to aid you, he will carry you through.

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: From Pit to Praise

SERIES:          PIT People

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:  Psalm 40:1-3; John 16:33; Proverbs 24:19-20; Psalm 37:1-5; Job 14:14; Psalm 27:13-14; Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 5:3; Psalm 33:20; Isaiah 8:17; Matthew 14:29-30; Romans 8:26-27; Psalm 77:1; Matthew 20:30-32;  1 John 1:9; Matthew 9:22; Luke 10:23; Psalm 91:15; Isaiah 49:8;  Isaiah 65:24; Psalm 40:2; Psalm 124; Psalm 23:3a; Psalm 34:1-4; Psalm 150

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