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: GOD’S COVENANT WITH ISRAEL
Adult/Young Adult Topic: BE READY
Printed Text: EXODUS 19:16-25
Key Verse: Exodus 19:17 (NIV)
Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Because of their human weakness, people need help from beyond themselves. How do people engage a power stronger than and different from themselves? In making a covenant with the holy and powerful God, the people of Israel consecrated themselves to stand in God’s awesome presence.
While the Israelites were filled with awe and fear before the presence of God at Mount Sinai, Christians today do not seem to have that same reverence for God. The people of Israel found out at Mount Sinai, it is a pretty memorable (and terrifying) experience to see God! In the midst of smoke and thunder and shaking ground, God descended to meet His people in Exodus 19, and in doing so He revealed His unrivaled holiness. The question is: How well do we understand His holiness? Do we understand how Jesus has revolutionized our experience of God’s holiness?
Almighty God, we stand in awe of who you are. We marvel at your majesty. We glory in your creative work that goes beyond human understanding. Still, you see to our needs as only you can. You care for us as a parent does a child. We praise you daily for who you are and that you accept us as your own. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.