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, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: LEADING JUSTLY
Adult/Young Adult Topic: JUSTICE FOR ALL
Printed Text: MALACHI 2:1-9; 3:5-6
KEY VERSE:MALACHI 2:2 (NIV)
“If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the LORD Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Just leaders act honorably toward constituents. How do just leaders act toward others? Malachi admonished the priests to turn from their wickedness, revere God, and reap a rich harvest for promoting Godly justice.
Malachi warns God’s people against the fatal mistake of offering gifts to God without first offering themselves as a living sacrifice to Him. The cleanser and purifier of sinners comes also as judge. Every believer needs this warning: God does not desire false worship filled with empty ritual and cold ceremony. The call to moral integrity and right worship is a call to unwavering constancy in practice. Obedience to God marks nothing less than a radical reorienting of the life and character of the community, a redirection that God promises to meet halfway.
Dear God, help those of us who are charged with the responsibility of passing your Word on to others. Help us to rightly divide the Word of truth as we impart this knowledge to oncoming generations. Give us the strength to live what we teach and to honor your name each day of our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.