May 23, 2009
Symbols and rituals are key to this lesson, but they are also a core value in the teaching ministry God established long ago. Symbols such as the cross, bread and wine, an olive branch, and a dove can be rich devices for teaching or they can become empty figures that are meaningless, depending on how we integrate them into our lives. It is important to explain the symbols in the Bible with vivid stories, giving attention to the greater meaning. The sanctuary service is filled with meaning about the story of redemption. Many can learn what the candlesticks represent or the altar of burnt offering or the table of showbread without hearing the story. The commentary on this week's lesson captures the details of a ritual through the lens of the story of redemption. Keep the symbols and stories before the young people and help them make real connections from the ancient story to their life today.