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: CIRCUMCISION
Adult/Young Adult Topic: A SIGN OF AGREEMENT
Printed Text: GENESIS 17:1-14
Key Verse: Genesis 17:10 (NIV)
This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Humans have an innate desire to support their children and ensure their future. What is required to make this possible? God used circumcision to ratify an everlasting covenant between God and Abram to make him and his descendants prosperous, provided they walked with God and live blameless lives.
God wants those professing His name to have hearts that match their professions. The flaw of the Law was that it revealed humankind’s shortcomings but had no mechanism to overcome these shortcomings. Paul would full address these shortcomings later in Romans 3:23. Even today, God desires more than just our coming to worship and church school on Sundays and Bible Study and giving our tithes and offerings. He also wants our daily living to be a reflection of His righteousness.
Almighty God, we thank you for always being a keeper of your promises. You have never fallen short on your word. We ask that you continue to allow your Holy Spirit to control us so that the “circumcision” of our hearts remains. We pray this prayer in your Son’s name. Amen.