Sunday School Perspective: Unwavering Commitment
(Numbers 25:10-13; 1 Samuel 2:30-36)
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of Numbers Chapter 25: Verses 10-13, and the book of 1 Samuel Chapter 2: Verses 30-36 and it offers study about God’s everlasting love that is true forever.
Key Verse: “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests’ offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.” 1 Samuel 2:35, KJV: This scripture reveals God’s desire to raise up those that are faithful that will represent Him at all cost.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 is “Unwavering Commitment” and this lesson emphasizes that each believer must increase faithfulness to God by self realization and trust.
The objective for students and readers is to follow the model of faithfulness to God.
Faithful Priest (Numbers) 25:10-11)
The lesson unfolds with the Israelites causing God to be displeased with their sinful actions. They were guilty of adultery with the women of Moab and committed immoral pagan practices and twenty-four of them were killed. Phinehas, son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron prevented the death total from climbing. It is written that he killed an Israelite man and a Moabite woman who were guilty of fornication. For his action, he received God’s favor for his faithfulness and given the covenant of peace. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.” (Verses 10-11)
Covenant of Peace (Numbers) 25:12-13)
It is significant in these verses that Phinehas was given God’s everlasting covenant to the priest hood that was first given to Aaron and his sons causing the priesthood to go to Phinehas’s line and not through Aaron’s grandsons. “Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.” (Verse 12-13)
Unfaithful Priests (1 Samuel) 2:30-36)
It is significant in these verses that unfaithful priests would be removed, example: Eli’s two sons were removed because of their sins and he extended contempt to his family. God’s response to faithfulness is that he would raise up a new and faithful priest who would act in harmony with His mind and heart. We as believers in Jesus Christ must realize the contrast in this lesson and decide our destination and ultimate purpose for eternal life. “Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever: but now the LORD saith, be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house. And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever. And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age. And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them. And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed forever. And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests’ offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.” (Verse 30-36)
PRAISE THE LORD.