Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
 
The title of this quarter’s study is “Prophets Faithful to God’s Covenant.”
 
This quarter introduces the ministry of the Old Testament prophets. God employed people who lived among Israel and Judah to be spokespersons for God. A formal representative of God, the prophet had a message meant to effect social change that conformed to God’s desired standards as prescribed under the Law.
 
Unit I, “Faithful Prophets,” has four lessons drawn the books of Exodus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, and 1 and 2 Kings; they explore teh reasons why prophets were necessary in Israel’s history. Moses led the people out of Egypt, thus fulfilling God’s promise to bring the people back to Canaan. In Deuteronomy, Moses relayed to the people God’s promise to give them prophets who would speak God’s word to them. Stories about Joshua, Huldah, and Elijah illustrate the fulfillment of God’s promise given through Moses.
 
Unit II, “Prophets of Restoration,” contains four lessons that reveal the compassion of God during the times in Israel’s history when the people continually forsook the ways of God. On Easter, Isaiah’s prophetic writings and the book of Luke are used to portray Jesus as the Suffering Servant and the one through whom believers receive salvation. Passages from the prophecies in Ezra, Nehemiah, and Lamentations show the faith of the prophets as they presented new hope to the Israelites.
 
Unit III, “Courageous Prophets of Change,” is comprised of five lessons that show the boldness of God’s prophets in the books of 1 Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Jonah. Israel and Judah were released from captivity and charged to rebuild Jerusalem, God sent prophets to call the people to restore their covenant relationship with God. When the people strayed away from their covenant with God, the prophets called them back.
Unit 1: Faithful Prophets
 
March 7, 2021
Following True Leaders
Deuteronomy 18:15-22
 
March 14, 2021
Making Wise Choices
Joshua 5:13-15; 6:1-5,, 15-16, 20
 
March 21, 2021
Seeking Wisdom for the Future
2 Kings 22:14-20
 
March 28, 2021
The Bearer of Bad News

1 Kings 18:5-18

Unit II: Prophets of Restoration
 
April 4, 2021
Finding Hope in the Midst of Oppression
Isaiah 53:4-11
 
April 11, 2021
Confession and Correction
Ezra 10:1-12
 
April 18, 2021
Initiating Renewal
Nehemiah 2:11-26
 
April 25, 2021
Overcoming Losses and Brokenness
Lamentations 5:1-22
Unit III: Courageous Prophets of Change
 
May 2,2021
Speak Truth Boldy
1 Kings 22:15-23, 26-28
 
May 9, 2021
Empty Rituals Are Useless
Isaiah 29:13-24
 
May 16, 2021
The Consequences of Giving Challenging Advice
Jeremiah 38:14-23
 
May 23, 2021
Take Responsibility
Ezekiel 18:1-9, 30-32
 
May 30, 2021
Changing for the Better
Jonah 3:1-10