THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: BRINGING FIRST FRUITS
Adult/Young Adult Topic: REASONS TO GIVE
Printed Text: LEVITICUS 23:9-14, 22
Key Verse: LEVITICUS 23:10 (NIV) Speak to the Israelites and say to the: “When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the firs grain you harvest.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: In a culture of scarcity, people acquire and hoard the best they can afford. How can they live less fearfully and more joyfully during difficult economic times? God called the people of God to worship the LORD with the first and best of their lives.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: People of God are called to demonstrate the love of God by sharing the resources of God with those who need it the most. This is especially true when we personally experience times of blessings and abundance. We honor God when we give to others without expecting anything in return. We demonstrate our faith in God by putting our trust in God. God is the giver of all good gifts, and we absolutely cannot beat God giving no matter how we try.
PRAYER: Dear LORD, thank you for blessing us with the privilege of giving to those who are in need. Help us always to view blessing others as a privilege and never as a burden. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.