Sunday School Perspective
A Covenant Is A Serious Thing
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of Exodus Chapter 20: Verses 18-26 and it offers study about obeying God Word as we look at the law that God gave to Israel.
Key Verse: “An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.” Exodus 20:24, KJV: This scripture reveals that gives instructions for the good of his people. The bottom line plain and simple, obedience to God’s Word is rewarded.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 is “A Covenant Is a Serious Thing” and this lesson emphasizes the seriousness of being responsible to live righteously.
The objective for students and readers is to understand that obedience to God’s covenant is to simply avoid sinfulness and become recipient of God’s grace and mercy.
The People are Fearful (Exodus 20:18-21)
The lesson unfolds as the Israelites are gathered to hear God speak when they witnessed disturbing sounds thunder, lighting, trumpet and the mountain smoking. They were immediately afraid and moved away from the mountain. No, they did not understand what was happening, however, they did realize fear if God spoke directly to them. God purpose was to extinguish their desire for disobedience and develop a attitude of love and trust in Him which will bring about less sinning and wrong doings. “And all the people saw the thundering, and the lightings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” (Verses 18-21)
Moses Responds (Exodus 20:22-26)
It is significant in these verses that Moses intercedes reassuring those present that God does not give commandments to keep us from enjoying life. Laws are given to avoid painful and difficult consequences. Laws bring about reward and a joyous life offering His grace and mercy to those that are obedient. The full purpose of this covenant with Israel was just to demonstrate to them His desires and to assist in understanding the correct path to follow. Blessings follow obedience. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.” (Verse 22-26)
PRAISE THE LORD.