David C Cook COVID-19 Response


Need for Just Leaders

Lesson 5 


Spring 2020


By: RLD Editorial Team 


March 29, 2020

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Lesson Focus:

Warning! Does your example help or harm?

Bible Basis:

Malachi 2:1-9; 3:5-7a

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Need for Just Leaders

These videos and materials are for your personal use. If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

Music Video, Traditional: “Take My Life and Let It Be”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Spirit Pour Out” by Urban Doxology
Music Video, Contemporary: “Steadfast” by Sandra McCracken
Guzik’s Commentary on Malachi 2 and Malachi 3
Coffman’s Commentary on Malachi 2 and Malachi 3
Gill’s Exposition of Malachi 2 and Malachi 3

Memory Verse:

If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the LordAlmighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.
—Malachi 2:2

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

Every year, an organization calling itself Transparency International ranks nations in its Best Countries report. They rank 73 countries based on surveys from more than 20,000 global citizens, arranging countries in multiple categories, such as citizenship, adventure, and heritage. They also rank nations on a Corruption Perceptions Index, which gives negative scores for countries that encourage “the misuse of public power for private benefit.” This year’s index puts Columbia, Mexico, and Ghana as the three most corrupt nations in the world.

The Old Testament prophet Malachi brought God’s dire warning against the corrupt religious leaders of Judah. Instead of proclaiming truth and justice, the priests were perverting justice and showing partiality in matters of law. God said these legal experts were themselves going to be put on trial. He would swiftly bring justice against them if they did not remember the fear of the Lord and judge rightly.


  • In what ways have you ever been tempted to misuse resources for private benefit?
  • If you were ranked in a transparency survey, in what categories (such as kindness, forgiveness, etc.) would you rank high or low?
  • In what situations have you been a good example for God? A not-so-good example?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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