I Have Fallen and I Can’t Get Up

SERIES: PIT People

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR JULY 29- AUGUST 4, 2020

AIM: After studying this lesson students can see why we are like sheep.  We fall down and we need someone to help us back on our feet.  Students should notice the similarities between the sheep’s fall in last week’s lesson and the man’s fall. 

A Pit is

  • A hole in the ground

Matthew 15:14 NRSV – Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.”

  • Used as a trap

Psalm 35:7-8 NKJV – 7 For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit, Which they have dug without cause for my life.  8 Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, And let his net that he has hidden catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.

  • A symbol of distress or grief

Job 9:30-31 NCV – 30 I might wash myself with soap and scrub my hands with strong soap, 31 but you would push me into a dirty pit, and even my clothes would hate me.

  • A term for the grave

Isaiah 14:15 NIV – But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.

  • A pit is an early grave dug by Satan for you in hopes He can bury you alive. 

INTRODUCTION:

A man once thought that he would take a shortcut home, so he cut through a graveyard.  It was dark and he couldn’t see very well and thus he fell into a pit, a grave that was to be used on the next day.  He walked back and forth, jumping up and down, trying to get out of the pit.  When all of a sudden he heard a voice of a drunk who had fallen into the open grave say, “it’s do use, I have tried but you can’t get out.”  Needless to say, the man got out and in a hurry!

As funny as that may sound, he was right. . .you can’t get out of a pit by yourself. You need help.  In our lesson today, we will see a man who is in trouble and he needs help.  Look closely at this familiar parable that we call “The Good Samaritan” and see which one are you.  In telling the parable Jesus uses the word “certain” over and over again.  No one has a name – a certain man, a certain priest, a certain Samaritan.  Look closely and see which one you may be, or have been. 

Luke 10:30-35 (KJV)

30   And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31   And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when  he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32   And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33   But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34   And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35   And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

I. A Certain Man

No name was given, but he was. . .

  1. Ignorant
  2. He leaves Jerusalem (the Holy City) for Jericho (a wicked city)
  3. Jericho is a cursed city

Joshua 6:26 (ESV) –Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho. “At the cost of his firstborn shall he lay its foundation, and at the cost of his youngest son shall he set up its gates.”

  • Irresponsible

The road was. . .

  • Downward
    • Leaving God’s presence is a downward path

Jonah 1:3 (ESV) – But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

Luke 22:55 (ESV) – And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.

Psalm 1:1 (AMPC) – Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

  • Distant
    • This road was 21 miles in wild country
  • Dangerous
    • Considered wild country
    • It was rough, rocky and rugged
    • It was a known habitat for thieves
    • Travelers never journeyed through this area alone.  They travelled in caravans.

Point to Ponder: If God seems far away. . .who moved?  Who left His presence?

II. A Certain Group

Three groups of people we may meet

Group One:  The Thieves steal our. . .

  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Confidence

John 10:10  (ESV) – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Thieves that steal from us today are. . .

  • Days (tomorrow)
  • Debt
  • Divorce
  • Doubt
  • Death

Matthew 6:25-34 (MSG)

25   “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.

26   Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

27   “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?

28   All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop,

29   but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30   “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?

31   What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.

32   People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.

33   Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34   “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Psalm 30:5 (ESV) – . . . Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Group Two: The  Travelers     

  • Church Folks
  • Christians
  • Colleagues
  • Children

III. A Certain Samaritan

Group Three:  The Thoughtful

  • He saw his condition
  • He came to him
  • He had compassion on him
  • Picked him up
  • Patched (fixed) him up
  • Paid up

IV. A Closer Look

  • A certain man…
  • Adam (mankind) left the will of God and ate from the forbidden tree. 
  • He was disobedient and sinned.
  • He was attacked by “thieves” – Satan, death, hell and the grave.
  • Adam was stripped of his clothing
  • The day Adam sinned he died.  He didn’t die physically but died spiritually and began to die physically.  Adam was “half dead.”

Genesis 2:16-17 NIV – 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

  • A certain priest
  • He came by chance.  He was NOT looking for him.
  • The priest speaks of religion.  It is impossible for religion to meet the real needs of man.
  • It could not save him so he passes by on the other side of the road.
  • A Levite came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
  • The Levite was a servant of the temple and the interpreter of the law.  The Levite is a type of the law.
  • The law cannot meet the needs of mankind so it too passes by on the other side.

Galatians 3:11 NIV – Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”

  • A Certain Samaritan
  • The Samaritan in this story is Jesus!
  • Samaritans were a mixed breed of Jew and Gentile.  They were despised and rejected by the Jews.

Isaiah 53:3 NIV – He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

John 1:11 KJV – He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

  • The priest and Levite came by chance but the Samaritan (Jesus) was on a journey.

Luke 19:10 KJV – For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Point to Ponder:  Are we on a “journey” as Jesus was to find the least, less, and the lost?  Are we willing to pick them up, bandage them up and bring them to Jesus.  Will we have compassion?

Point to Ponder: Which person are you in this parable? 

Point to Ponder:  Are you willing to lift someone out of the pit?  Someone lifted you!

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                     Thank God for the provision of Christ who has picked us up, patched us up and paid a heavy price for believers to be free from the penalty of death.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       Be willing to provide Godly-inspired assistance to those who have fallen and don’t appear to be able to get up without your assistance.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:            Share with others the what Christ did in your life especially the price paid on the cross and breaking the death barrier.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:            It is our giving that allows others to experience the Gospel; give wholeheartedly.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:            When you find yourself in a pit, look to the One that can help you find relief or release and be prepared to extend the same courtesy to others that you find in a pit.    

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

SERIES:          PIT People

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:  1 Chronicles 11:22-25; Psalm 119:67; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Hebrews 12:11; Deuteronomy 8:5; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Job 1:13-19; 1 Samuel 17:32-33; Judges 7:2-7; Joshua 6:1; Chronicles 20:1-2; Matthew 27:42-44; Hebrews 11:1-2, 6; Genesis 3:15; John 10:17-18; John 16:33; John 14:27; John 11:25-26; Romans 8:31-37; 2 Timothy 4:6-8

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