Lesson Plans that Work: Seventh Sunday After Epiphany

Lesson Plans that Work: Seventh Sunday After Epiphany

February 17, 2014
Shannon Kelly

lptwWe are currently in Epiphany, Year A so we have Lesson Plans for both the Gospel readings and the Old Testament (Track One) readings.

Gospel Lesson: Choosing Peace
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48

An eye for an eye not only doubles the grief, but also the blindness. Could it be that one of the reasons Jesus came was to help us see the futility of violence?

Old Testament Lesson: Be Holy, For I am Holy
Scripture: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

Leviticus is a collection of laws related to worship, priests, sacrifices and holiness. It is named after Levi, the tribe of priests. Leviticus reminds us that the people of Israel are called to have a relationship based on justice and love.  They are to be holy in their relationship with each other just as God treats his relationship with them as something sacred. This book underscores the holiness of God and the hope for Israel to reflect that holiness in all aspects of life. “Be holy, for I am holy” is the heart of this book. Israelites believed holiness was accomplished by keeping God’s commandments and codes.

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