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: FAITHFUL GOD, UNFAITHFUL PEOPLE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: UNWAVERING COMMITMENT
Printed Text: Numbers 25:10-13; 1 Samuel 2:30-16
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 2:35 (NIV)
I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Some people are more faithful to their commitments that others. How do we respond to those who are faithful to their commitments and to those who are not? God rewarded faithful Phinehas and punished Eli’s unfaithful children, thus proving that God is faithful to the everlasting covenant with God’s people.
After sharing words of doom and gloom, God ends His prophecy to Eli on a positive note—for Israel as a whole, not Eli’s house. God was going to “raise up…a faithful priest in contrast to the unfaithfulness of Eli and his sons. This “faithful priest” would be completely different from Eli and his sons. He would be faithful to God’s will.
Some Bible scholars believe the “faithful priest” is a reference to God’s Son, Jesus. After all, the writer of the book of Hebrews called Jesus our Great High Priest (see Hebrews 4:14). God’s prophecy to Eli looked to a priest who would serve Him faithfully.
Lord God, we know we are not perfect. However, we ask you to help us live lives whereby we sin by accident and not by appointment. Would you give us, Lord, a discerning spirit so that we can be on the lookout for modern-day Balaams in our lives? We thank you in advance for your providential care. In your Son’s name we pray. Amen.