October 21, 2018 C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON. UNIT II: MAN’S LOVE TOWARD MAN : LESSON SEVEN : Topic -LOVE ACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO DAVID.
C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON.
UNIT II: MAN’S LOVE TOWARD MAN.
October 21, 2018.
LOVE ACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO DAVID.
LOVE ACTIONS BY DAVID (1 Samuel 30:21-31; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; 18:19ff)
Love is give and take. David received love and he did not keep it to himself alone, that is, he wasn’t selfish, rather, he showed love to everybody, including the undeserving ones. We have to learn and copy this gesture.
A. SHARED BOOTIES WITH ALL (1 Sam. 30:21-31)
For who will heed you in this matter? But as part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike (v. 24).
i. v. 21: God had given David victory (vv. 11-20). On returning to the two hundred men who had been weary…, he greeted them. This is commendable. How many leaders would behave in that manner? Love isn’t vengeful (Rom. 12:21; cf. 1 Sam. 20:22).
ii. vv. 22,23: David’s leadership was characterised by love, sincerity and integrity. He showed character, fairness and equity among his men, unlike those selfish, wicked and worthless men of his (v. 22).
iii. vv. 23-25: True love is not partial and self-centered. David ensured that equal portion was given to everyone. v. 24. Fairness and equity are products of true love.
iv. v. 23: David’s statement, you shall not do so with what the Lord has given us, shows 3 things: (1) his deep love for God; (2) his recognition and appreciation of God as the Owner and Giver of all things things, including victory and possessions (cf. Jn. 3:27); and his selflessness.
v. This action wouldn’t have gone down well with the wicked and worthless men, who preferred otherwise. Watch out for any selfish tendency in you. He also addressed them as “my brethren” (v. 23a). That is love pat excellence, not keeping record of evil (cf. 1 Cor. 13:5).
vi. vv. 26-31: Love shares. David further showed love by giving portions of the spoil to people outside his camp.
vii. David would not have offended anyone, if he shared the booties amongst himself and his men alone. Only true love could have made him to extend the sharing to his friends and the elders of Judah, in Bethel and other places mentioned. If you decided to eat alone, you can be sure and be ready to die all alone.
B. MOURNED HIS ENEMIES’ DEATH (2 Sam. 1:1-16; 18:19ff)
And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword (1:12).
i. vv. 1-10: David’s reactions on hearing of the death of Saul and his sons, showcases his Christly love (cf. Matt. 5:44-48).
ii. vv. 11-16: Rather than celebrating, David rented his cloth, mourned, and wasted the confessed murderer (vv. 11-16), unlike many of us who would have been rejoicing and praising God for seeing the end of our enemies.
iii. 18:19ff: David had earlier forgiven and restored his son, Absalom, despite his foolishness, because true love easily forgives (14:25-33). Characteristic of him, Absalom rebelled again and met his waterloo (18:1-18). “That serves him right,” you would say.
iv. Surprisingly, David did not celebrate but deeply mourned the rebel. In fact, he didn’t want any evil to come to him. He preferred to die instead.
v. David’s kind of love is practical. Unlike some of us today, he wasn’t vengeful. He wasn’t interested in the death of his enemies. Ask for the grace to show love, to both the lovable and those that that do not deserve our love.
vi. It is almost impracticable not to rejoice when our enemies experience mishap. David was incredible! He has shown to us how we can certainly love our enemies and do n
good to those who are after our lives.
1. It is ungodly and unloving to repay evil with evil. If you truly love somebody, you will not act to him/her actions to you.
2. True love does not rejoice when bad things happen to the enemy.
1. Discuss what can be done to restore true love in the church of God today.
2. How practicable is the commandment to love our enemy?
SUGGESTED ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
ANSWER TO QUESTION 1
Factors that contributed to scarcity of love in the church are all activities of the enemy of the gospel, which manifest themselves in the end-time saga, and our character flaws and deficiencies (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
Most brethren are carnal (1 Cor. 3:1ff), money lovers, selfish and lovers of themselves, less concern for others’ well-being and welfare. Many of us are too proud, arrogant and boastful. Many who are in the church are godless, etc.
What can we do to restore love true in the church?
i. We have to return to God where we left Him, that is when we will become godly again.
ii. Godliness must be expressed with love, unity, peace, care, friendship, etc., because, God is love.
iii. We have to repent and be ready to make amends. (Ps. 80:19)
iv. Deliberately, we must allow love of, and for, God to permeate our hearts .
v. Love must be demonstrated and not mere defined, that is, love must be in actions (deed) not in mere word (expression).
vi. We must be ready to shun selfish, evil tendencies and greed, and be spiritual
vii. Be our brothers’ keeper (Gen. 4:9, Lk. 10:29-37).
viii Follow to letter, the teaching of Jesus on love and be ready to forgive, no matter the gravity of the offence (Lk. 10:25-37; Jn. 15:9-17).
ix. Let love be without dissimulation.
x. Pray for the bowel of mercy, and be practically merciful, caring and friendly (Matt. 25:34-40).
xi. Embrace gratitude and generosity.
xii. Be ready to share and care (Act. 4:32-37).
ANSWER TO QUESTION 2
i. Loving our enemies, to be candid and humanly speaking, is not easy, except the grace comes from God.
ii. There is tendency to relaliate, revenge and pay evil with evil in every natural man (2 Sam. 3:26,27).
iii. Hate and hurtful speeches are parts of the fallen state.
iv. Self-defense is part of the sinful nature and it is even allowed in the law of the land. Anyone who does not use it would be seen by the people as weak and incapacitated. Many people still believe Jesus gave Himself because He was weak.
v. All these and many more, made loving our enemies impracticable.
vi. Without the nature of God (2 Pet. 1:4), loving either the deserving, or undeserving is impossible. However loving our enemies and everyone becomes one of the requirements to be like Jesus and to enter the kingdom of God (Matt. 5:38-41). How do we do it then?
vii. Jesus teaches us to love and do good to, those who persecute us. He gave us perfect example as he came to die for us, the undeserving sinners.
viii.He came to fulfill and amend the laws of Moses, which recommended an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth (Matt. 5:38).
ix. If truly, we are going to be the children of God that we claim to be, we have no option than following Jesus’ recommendations and expectations (Matt. 5:43-47).
x. Actually, we need His grace and love to do it.
xi. Holy Spirit will definitely help us to do just that, if we are willing (Phil. 4:13).
Praying for our enemies, persecutors and forgiving from hearts, our offenders, is the hallmark of true and godly love. How ready are we for this? Remember, Jesus prayed that God should forgive his crucifiers for the know not what they do. Are you saying but Jesus is God? Yes, but He is completely human too. What about Stephen (Acts. 7:54-60)? He prayed for his persecutors that God should not count it against them. Part of the outcome of that prayer was Saul who later became Paul, a veritable weapon in the hand of God and exceptional apologist for the church. Had Stephen cursed him, what would have become of him, and all the epistles he penned? The Bible records that someone’s blood cries for vengeance and says another’s speaks better things than the blood of Abel, which do you prefer? May we allow God to work on us and perfect our lives in line with his agenda and programme. Amen.
God has once again wonderfully taken us through this life-changing and destiny-redirecting encounter through His wonderful Word. There is no way we can. Claim innocence of the fact that we have to reciprocate the love of God bestowed on us through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, after partaking in this faith-building and challenging lesson. David reciprocated the love he received from God to people. By that, he went ahead becoming what God purposed for his life. We can’t be different. In fact, this lesson that has just come to an end has made us to know that love, is a key to life, living, greatness, success and fulfillment. Love! Love! Love!
READING ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE SECOND WEEK
Mon. 15: For Love’s Sake, Ahimelech Helped David (1 Sam. 21:1-9)
Tue. 16: For Loving David, Ahimelech was Murdered, (1 Sam. 22:6-19)
Wed. 17: Further show of Love to David by Jonathan (1 Sam. 23:16-18)
Thur. 18: For Love’s Sake, David Spared Saul (1 Sam. 24:1-8)
Fri. 19: Further Show of Love to Saul by David (1 Sam. 26:1-12)
Sat. 20: For Love’s Sake David Forgave Absalom (2 Sam. 14:25-33)