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 LOCALCHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: JEHOSHAPHAT MAKES JUDICIAL REFORMS
Printed Text: 2 Chronicles 19:4-11
Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 19:6 (NIV)
He told them, “Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for man but for the LORD, who is with you whenever you give a verdict.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011
In today’s lesson, King Jehoshaphat was instrumental in bringing about reformation in ancient Judah and some portions of Israel. He appointed men who would execute justice for all. As you study the lesson, look for ways that you can become more attuned to instances of injustice in your community. Also, look for ways that you can become more involved in the political process of your local government. Christians must not only be concerned about the spiritual life, but must also be concerned about the institutions that govern the lives of people. Ask the Holy spirit to reveal to you ways to make the teachings of the lesson applicable to your life.
There are a number of lessons that emerge from today’s lesson. First, we learn that the number one task of spiritual leaders is to lead the people of God in the ways of the Lord. Second, there is no substitute for a fair and just legal system in any society. Finally, there is the lesson of organization and a clear division of responsibility and authority. Within many churches, there is no clear line of demarcation between responsibility and authority. Churches operate best, and with greater integrity, when they operate within clearly defined lines of responsibility and authority.
Lord God, give us the minds and wills to serve YOU in righteousness and equity. May we be committed to the kind of justice that pleases YOU and honors the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
Corruption – defined as “evil or wicked behavior.”