THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 98th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: A COVENANT BETWEEN FRIENDS Adult/Young Adult Topic: A TRUSTED AND LOYAL FRIEND Printed Text: 1 SAMUEL 18:1-5; 19:1-7
KEY VERSE: 1 Samuel 18:1 (NIV) AFTER David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 98th Edition, 2018-2019
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: Sometimes we are challenged to compromise our loyalty to a beloved authority figure to keep a promise made to a trusted friend. Whom does one choose? Jonathan chose to keep his promise to love and protect David, his intimate friend, despite his father’s insane hatred of David.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: One of life’s most valuable possessions is a genuine friend. In the age of reality shows and facebook friends, it is rare to have someone who will walk with you in good times and in bad times. Since life cannot be perpetually sunny, it is a blessing to have a rain-worthy friend. The older one gets, the greater the appreciation for true friendship. The demands of honesty and friendship can surpass family bonds and civil obedience. Jonathan and David could have been rivals, but Jonathan, whether by intuition or revelation, understood that David was destined to become king.
PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for giving us true friends to help us navigate the sometimes weary waters of life. Also, thank you for giving us a friend who sticks closer than a brother—Jesus Christ, your Son. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen