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 WIDOW AND THE UNJUST JUDGE Adult/Young Adult Topic: Persistence Pays Off
Printed Text: Luke 18:1-8
Key Verse: Luke 18:7a (NIV) And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: People become discouraged when their requests for relief seem to go unanswered. Why should we persist? Jesus promises justice to those who persistently request relief from unjust treatment.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Humans may temporarily thwart and usurp the purposes of God, but the promise of the Scriptures is that God will win! God will hear our cries. This parable supports faith by arguing that even an unjust judge will yield to the persistent and courageous seekers of justice. If this is true of an unjust judge, then how much more true is it of the God who promises and cannot lie? Moreover, this God is still on the throne! In the meantime, we continue to cry out for justice, to demand that all people be allowed to live in the truth that we all belong to God and are equal in His sight.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to not lose heart in times of struggle and despair, but to look unto you for our help and strength in the firm belief that you will indeed ultimately hear our prayers for justice in this world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.