Source: Festival of Praise – Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, K / Lawrence Bryant / LB Photography
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: A PLACE IN THE ARK
Adult/Young Adult Topic: A LONG-ANTICIPATED CELEBRATION
Printed Text: 1 KINGS 8:1-13
KEY VERSE:1 Kings 8:13 (NIV)
I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People have dedication ceremonies or grand openings for many different things. How are these ceremonies or grand openings celebrated? When King Solomon called an assembly to celebrate the dedication of the Temple, the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
The celebration of the Temple was extravagant because God is worthy of all our praise. Our rejoicing in God can be done in a private manner, but it can and should also be exhibited publicly. Our worship of God may not be a mirror image of Old Testament believers, but the most important thing is that our hearts are openly willing and our minds are aligned with the divine will of God, who wants to be worshipped in Spirit and in truth.
Dear Lord, thank you for living inside of us. Help us to prepare our temples, to protect our temples, and to provide our temples with everything that is needed to please the one who is the ultimate owner of our temples. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.