SUNDAY SCHOOL WEEKLY OVERVIEW – 04/29/2012
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 91ST EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: HEALING THE BLIND MAN
Printed Text: John 9:1-17
Key Verse: John 9:16 (NIV)
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others asked, “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?” So they were divided.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011-2012
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People’s critical personal needs often outweigh the rules and regulations made by other human beings. How do we decide which priorities in life come first? Jesus put the blind man’s need to see before the Jewish rules about Sabbath observance.
In our lesson today, we find the Pharisees placing more importance upon their traditions and laws than they did the people for whom the traditions nd laws were established. This behavior is still more common than one might imagine, because people tend to pay more attention to what others cannot do rather than who they were created to be.
People will go through great lengths to preserve the legitimacy of their traditions. Jesus understood that and thus chose to operate out of a spirit of courage, placing a higher value on persons than He did on traditions, laws, or cultic restrictions.
Lord, help us to learn how to value people over systems, traditions, and things. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
WORD POWER: Blind (Greek: tuphlos [toof los]) –This is derived from the Greek word for “pride”. Self-conceit and pride obscure the truth like smoke or fog obscures the road while driving. The prideful person is blind to things that are obvious to everyone.