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: RETURN TO LOVE AND JUSTICE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: MEASURE UP!
Printed Text: Hosea 11:1-2,7-10; 12:1-2,6-14
KEY VERSE: Hosea 12:6 (NIV) But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: People often equate prosperity with righteousness. Is prosperity the standard y which people and society should be judged? Hosea reminds us that love and justice are God’s standards.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Hosea summoned the people to “remember” their history—how God freed them from slavery in Egypt; how God chose and protected them in the wilderness. However, Israel refused to learn from its history and changed its course. Look at the religious and political choices we in American have today. We should learn the lesson of our own history.
PRAYER: Dear LORD, help us ever to look to you for all the good and perfect gifts that come down to us. Help us to keep a perspective on the things that truly matter in life. Do not let us confuse material success with spiritual depth. Keep before us a sense of right and wrong in our dealings with one another. And help us ever to look to you for the model of what truly constitutes justice and righteousness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.