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, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: THE RAINBOW
Adult/Young Adult Topic: MAKING A PROMISE
Printed Text: GENESIS 8:20-22; 9:8-17
Key Verse: Genesis 9:11 (NIV)
I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
After tragedy strikes, there are possibilities for people to seek renewed hope and strength to rebuild their lives. Is there a reliable source human beings can turn to for rebuilding and protecting their lives? As an act of benevolence, God used the rainbow to assure Noah that neither humankind nor the earth would ever again be destroyed by water.
The Bible is really God’s “promise book.” God formalized His promises in the form of a covenant. His promise to Noah (and all humankind), God chose the rainbow as His sign. God’s Rainbow is awesome! The rainbow has biblical roots. The color red represents Jesus’ blood that was shed for our sins. Yellow represents God’s perfect light. Orange represents coming from night into life through Jesus Christ. Green represents new life, reminding us of God’s created world. The color of water, blue represents the oceans and other bodies of water as well as the waters of baptism. The color purple represents Christ as King of Kings and our crown of life in Heaven. It is important for us to restore and reaffirm the “awesome rainbow” as a symbol of God’s covenant to humanity.
LORD God, we thank you for never breaking your promises. When we see your rainbow in the sky it is a reminder of your unmerited faithfulness toward us. We thank you for always keeping your word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Covenant (verse 12) – divine ordinance with signs or pledges; alliance, pledge
Establish (verse 9) – to raise; to rise up or stand up; to accomplish