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: GOD PROMISED A RIGHTEOUS BRANCH
Printed Text: Jeremiah 23:1-6; 33:14-18
Key Verse: Jeremiah 23:5(NIV)
The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011
Leaders may betray the people whom they serve. Where do we find leaders whom we can trust? God promises to send leaders who will administer justice in God’s name.
Jeremiah preached a message of hope. Central to the lesson is the realization that the people of God will always be first and foremost in the heart of God. Is God concerned about the quality of leadership that His people receive? This lesson emphatically points out that God is concerned so much that He holds leaders to a high level of accountability. Every church must take seriously the need to have leaders in place who have hearts for the things of God and who will care about the people of God. When leaders are selected because it is their turn to be in leadership positions, ultimately the ministry and mission efforts of the local church suffer immeasurable harm. Leaders in the local church should model themselves after Jesus Christ who is the supreme and final example.
Lord God, Creator of the ends of the earth, the heavens continue to attest to the veracity of Your promises. Teach us to love and honor You, not simply by what we say, but even more so in our actions. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen