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: SOLOMON’S BLESSING
Adult/Young Adult Topic: COMMITMENT TO SUCCESS
Printed Text: 1 KINGS 8:54-61
KEY VERSES: 1 Kings 8:57-58 (NIV) May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: People often mark the start of new ventures with special ceremonies or observances because they have high hopes for success. How can we know that what we propose to do will succeed? After dedicating the Temple, Solomon prayed for God’s continued faithfulness toward Israel while calling on his people to renew their commitment to God.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: This celebration led by King Solomon is noteworthy, particularly in reference to how Solomon blessed the LORD and prayed for the people. In his prayer, Solomon had five basic requests; (1) for God’s presence; (2) for the desire to do God’s will; (3) for help with daily needs; (4) for the desire and ability to obey God’s commandments; (5) for the spread of God’s Kingdom. The lesson closes with a blessing upon the people by King Solomon, reminding them of God’s commitment to them and seeking to encourage the people to experience total commitment to God. May his blessing encourage us to grow to be better in our service and not bitter over disappointments that are merely temporary pauses.
PRAYER: LORD, thank you for dwelling in us and making a home for your Holy Spirit inside of our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.