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, 98th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: A MOTHER-DAUGHTER COVENANT
Adult/Young Adult Topic: LOYALTY AND DEVOTION
Printed Text: RUTH 1:6-11 14-18
KEY VERSE: Ruth 1:16 (NIV) But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 98th Edition, 2018-2019
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: When bonded by a strong love and commitment to one another, people who are unrelated by birth may enter into a covenant relationship. What drives and sustains this relationship? Although Naomi begged Ruth to return to her people, Ruth clung to her mother-in-law and vowed her loyalty until death.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Through the consistent and powerful influence of Naomi, Ruth became a kind of first-fruits of the Gentiles. Ruth marries Boaz and becomes the ancestress of David, and through him, of the Messiah. In the Book of Ruth we find encouragement to build solid, successful and functional families. To invest in one’s family is to invest in his/her future and the future of the entire world. Time is never wasted that is spent loving one’s family and encouraging others to do likewise.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for the gift of family. Help us never to take this gift for granted but to do all we can to grow it into an entity that can be of aid to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen