SUNDAY SCHOOL WEEKLY OVERVIEW – 06/24/2012
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, 91ST EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIRLOCALCHURCHAND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: THE HEART OF THE LAW
Printed Text: Deuteronomy 10:12-22; 16:18-20
Key Verse: Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NKJV)
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People respond in various ways to being loved. How should someone respond when he or she is the recipient of love? As recipients of God’s love, we are expected to be fair, act justly, and love others.
The book of Deuteronomy is set within the context of Israel’s final days of wilderness wandering when they were near9ing the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (See Deuteronomy 1:1-5).
From the passage of study today we learn that justice did not originate in humankind, but in the very nature of God. Why are we called to love God? According to the lesson, our love for God is the response of God’s love for us (verses 14-15). When we love God, we will not only do what He says, but also we will love the people and things that matter most to Him. God is to be loved because of the greatness of His might. Once Israel entered the Promised Land, they were to appoint judges who would ensure that the laws were executed in fairness and equity.
Fear (Hebrew) – This word has in it the idea of dread, but at a deeper level it means honor, respect, astonishment, and awe.
Praise (Hebrew) – means laudation; a hymn; praising God in singing.