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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: SABBATH OBSERVANCE

Adult/Young Adult Topic: TAKING TIME TO REST AND RENEW

Printed Text: EXODUS 31:12-18

Key Verses: Genesis 31:13b-14a (NIV)

Say to the Israelites, “You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy. Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you.

Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018

UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:

Multitasking, complex job responsibilities, and diverse family structures and commitments may make persons feel overwhelmed. How can one find relief from the tedious and mundane? God commanded Moses and the Israelites to rest on the Sabbath and keep it holy as a sign of their reverence to God, who created the earth in six days and who rested and was refreshed on the seventh day.

CONCLUDING REFLECTION:

Guard yourself spiritually. Take time to be alone with God every day, reading His Word and committing your burdens to Him in prayer. Remember the Bible’s promise: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15, NKJV).

PRAYER:

Jehovah God, we thank you for your creative and saving power. We praise you for the handiwork of creation. As we come to you in worship on the first day of the week, we ask that you keep our hearts focused on you and then bless us to leave for rest and refreshing. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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