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, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: GOD FORGIVES
Adult/Young Adult Topic: ONE MORE CHANCE
Printed Text: Numbers 14:10b-20
KEY VERSE: Numbers 14:19 (NIV) In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: Everyone wrongs others, even those who love them and those whom they love. When we have done wrong, is forgiveness possible? According to the book of Numbers, God forgave the rebelling people of Israel and promised to lead their descendants forward to the Promised Land.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Moses used his unique intimate relationship with God to pray for forgiveness for the people of Israel. God’s forgiveness of Israel becomes a model for the ways in which we should behave with one another. It is only when we forgive that we can move on to healthier relationships that are strengthened and sustained through hard-won love and trust. There are consequences to our brokenness, but there are also the open arms of God which indicate His readiness to restore us to a right relationship with Himself. In like manner, we too, should be willing to forgive each other with an eye toward living peaceably in God’s beloved community.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, we give you thanks for your tender mercies and kindness demonstrated toward us daily. Forgive us of our sins and restore to us a right relationship with you. Help us to learn how to forgive one another and to move forward with a renewed sense of trust and hope. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen