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, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: THE PEOPLE GAVE THANKS TO GOD
Adult/Young Adult Topic: FINDING INSPIRATION
Printed Text: 2 CHRONICLES 7:1-9
Key Verse: 2 CHRONICLES 7:3b (KJV)
And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: People often celebrate what seems important to them. How can their celebrations become a form of worship? As they dedicated the Temple, Solomon and the people worshipped the Lord by bowing on their knees, making burnt offerings, playing music and praying.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Sometimes people celebrate trivial things such as sports, jobs, romantic relationships, and even material possessions, such as the purchase of a new house or car. These accomplishments are not bad or wrong in themselves, but they can become objects of worship. As they dedicated the Temple, Solomon and the people worshipped the Lord by bowing on their knees, making burnt offerings, playing music, and praying. God has a special, faithful way of honoring true sacrifice and true worship.
PRAYER: Dear LORD, thank you, for the example and the inspiration of Solomon and the people as they worshipped you with utter abandon. We humble ourselves before you, Almighty God, and you have promised to honor our worship with your presence. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.