Lesson 10: November 5, 2017

Faithful God, Unfaithful People: Numbers 25:10-13; 1 Samuel 2:30-36

 


Teaching Strategy: Compare and contrast people keeping their commitments and failing to keep them, including the reasons they give and the outcomes that result from their faithfulness or lack of it. Discuss the ways in which God’s faithfulness enables us to be faithful in our service to others in God’s name.

 

The Bible is full of stories about how people have failed to keep God’s covenant and yet God has remained faithful to God’s promises. In this week’s scripture passages, God punished Eli’s children for their misbehavior, but rewarded Phinehas for his faithfulness.

What does it mean to be faithful to commitments in a time of broken promises, public lies, political polarization, and revelations of widespread sexual harassment?” To what values and behaviors are believers – people of the new covenant in Christ – called to be faithful? To whom are they called to be faithful – to God in Jesus Christ or to their country? What happens when faithfulness to Jesus conflicts with loyalty to one’s nation? These are hard, but essential and timely questions.


Fall 2017 Theme: Covenant

Unifying Principle: Some people are more faithful to their commitments than others. How do we respond to those who are faithful to their commitments and to those who are not? God rewarded faithful Phinehas and punished Eli’s unfaithful children, thus proving that God is faithful to the everlasting covenant with God’s people.

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Posted on: October 30, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing