PROPHETS FAITHFUL TO GOD'S COVENANT
March 2021-May 2021
Unit I: Faithful Prophets
1. March 7 Moses: Prophet of Deliverance
2. March 14 Joshua: Prophet of Conquest
Joshua 5:13-6:5, 15-16, 20
3. March 21 Huldah: Prophet of Wisdom
2 Kings 22:14-20
4. March 28 Elijah: Prophet of Courage
I Kings 18:5-18
Unit II: Prophets of Restoration
5. April 4 (Easter) The Suffering Servant Brings Salvation
6. April 11 Ezra: Faith and Action Preacher
7. April 18 Nehemiah: The Captive Cupbearer Rebuilds a Nation
8. April 25 Lamentations: A Plea for Restoration
Unit III: Courageous Prophets of Change
9. May 2 Micaiah: Speaking Truth to Power
I Kings 22:15-23, 26-28
10. May 9 Isaiah: Offering Hope for the Future
11. May 16 Jeremiah: The Suffering Preacher of Doom
12. May 23 Ezekiel: Street Preacher to the Exiles
Ezekiel 18:1-9, 30-32
13. May 30 Jonah: Fiery Harbinger of Doom
This quarter introduces the ministry of the Old Testament prophets. God employs people who live among Israel and Judah to be spokespersons for God. A formal representative of God, the prophet has a message meant to effect social change that conforms to God's desired standards as prescribed under the Law.
Unit I, "Faithful Prophets," has four sessions drawn from Exodus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, 1 and 2 Kings, and explores the reasons prophets were necessary in Israel's history. Moses leads the people out of Egypt, thus fulfilling God's promise to bring the people back to Canaan. In Deuteronomy, Moses gives the people God's promise to give them prophets who will 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," has four sessions, which 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," has five sessions, which show the boldness of God's prophets in I Kings, 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.