Lesson Title: FEAST OF WEEKS
Adult/Young Adult Topic: A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST
Printed Text: Leviticus 23:15-22
Key Verse: Leviticus 23:16 (NIV)
Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People celebrate the harvest of their labors with thanksgiving and share the fruits with others. Why do they respond in this way? God commanded the Hebrews to offer God joyful praise and thanksgiving, as they shared their harvest with the needy.
The Old Testament distinguishes between what is profane and what is holy versus what is sacred and what is secular. As believers in modern life, we have attempted to divide life around concepts of godly and worldly or sacred and secular. Life in the kingdom of God cannot be separated. We cannot live in two arenas; to do so is what Jesus labeled as hypocrisy. In other words, we can’t “straddle the fence.”
Heavenly Father, “all things come of thee and of thine own have we given thee.” It is our prayer this day that we will worship You not in words only, but rather with gifts of heart and hand so that Your kingdom will be manifest in the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.