C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON For August 18th, 2019. That The Scripture Must be Fulfilled.  UNIT I: TOPIC – THE SCRIPTURE ARE GIVEN.  

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C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON For August 18th, 2019. That The Scripture Must be Fulfilled.  UNIT I: TOPIC – THE SCRIPTURE ARE GIVEN.  

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C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON
That The Scripture Must be Fulfilled.
UNIT I: THE SCRIPTURE ARE GIVEN.
August 18th, 2019.

LESSON THREE
IN PREPARATION FOR THE MESSIAH’S COMING

The eternal programme of God is that, born of a woman, the Messiah would be despised and rejected, so as to redeem the depraved humanity.


MEMORY SCRIPTURE
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.

(Zechariah 9:9)

BRIEF COMMENT
The time of Zachariah’s prophecy was a turbulent time for Israel, when she was surrounded by enemy nations. The God of Israel would judge His enemies and orchestrate the plan to restore His people with the promise of a Messiah and a just King who would come to justify sinners. The Saviour that would come is coming with salvation, instead of oppression, because He will put Himself in the people’s shoe — sympathy (Heb. 4:15). Where other kings rode on the highest grade of exotic vehicles (horses) with entourages and glamour, He would ride on a gentle donkey, lowly, without the worldly pomp and splendour.

Already, God had commanded Israel’s kings not to multiply horses, and kings who flouted this order were miserable themselves, even as they impoverished their people (Deut. 17:16; 1 Kgs. 4:26). The King who would come would not come for His own pleasure like the worldly ones do, but for the emancipation of His people from injustice and oppression.

This prophecy has been fulfilled for Israel and the world at large. Believers can now wait and hope for His return as He comes to eternally save from Satan, sin, death and hell. Let us keep waiting!

DEVOTIONAL BIBLE READINGS FOR WEEK ONE
Mon.    12:    Jesus: The Unblemished Sacrifice (Lk. 24:44; Heb. 9:14)
Tue.     13:    Jesus: Lowly Esteemed (Psa. 8:5-6; Heb. 2:7-9)
Wed.    14:    Jesus: Despised (Isa. 49:7; Matt. 26:67)
Thur.   15:     Jesus: Ridiculed for Us (Psa. 22:7; Matt. 27:38-42)
Fri.      16:     Jesus: The Chosen Stone (Isa. 8:14,15; 1 Pet. 2:7,8)
Sat.     17:     Jesus: Numbered with Criminals (Isa. 53:12; Mk. 15:27,28)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS
1.    God’s word is known by its fulfillment; Christ’s second coming is as sure as the first. Be ready!
2.   Who can command things to happen without the Lord’s permission? He is the architect behind Jesus’ first and second coming. He is unfailing God whose Word never charges. So, believe Him and His Word.

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: John 1:49; 12:15

AIM AND OBJECTIVES
AIM:   To show the manner of the Messiah’s coming in fulfillment of Scriptures and the need to prepare ourselves for this.

OBJECTIVES:   At the end of this two week-lesson, learners should be:
i.    able to describe Jesus as the promised Seed of the woman, bruised for humanity’s redemption;
ii.   able to explain how Christ’s lowly birth relates with His kingly duties, so that we may live like Him;
iii.  able to explain why the Saviour had to undergo suffering and death in the hands of sinners and Satan for our redemption; and
iv.  showing signs of being better prepared for the second coming of the Messiah.

INTRODUCTION
TEXTUAL SOURCE: GENESIS 3:15; ISAIAH 7:14-16; 53:1-11; MICAH 5:1-5

Thank God for the experience He accorded us in the previous lesson, titled, IN RELATION TO ISRAEL. In it, we have seen how Israel became a great nation from which the Messiah would come, and would be revealed to the world. The actualization began with the birth of the promised child to Abraham, who eventually produced the nation Israel. The nation, being a child of covenant, was privileged to be the one through whom the Messiah would come to the world.

Here, we come to the third lesson in this series. It is titled, IN PREPARATION FOR THE MESSIAH’S COMING. That is, The Scriptures in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. God, in fulfillment of His eternal programme to redeem the erring Adam, and by extension, the entire humanity who sinned along with him in his loins, declared that the Messiah would come as the Seed of the woman, with a lowly but honourable beginning and lifestyle.

The divine declarations of prophecies about the Messiah would be discussed, i.e. in Bethlehem, and in a manger, in the course of this study. This would happen in readiness for the suffering and sacrifices that He must make. Our Saviour would live a life of servanthood, oppressed and chastised by those He had come to save. But for the purpose of fulfillment, He would surrender to sinners who would shed His blood. This was with the permission and supervision of God who also would raise Him up (Acts 13:25-30).

It is our prayer that God grants us the grace to embrace the reality of His Word, by waiting and preparing for His second coming.

INTRODUCTION TO EACH DIVISION
This lesson is divided into 2 sections, I and II. Each of the sections is further divided into A and B.

DIVISION I: THE MESSIAH WILL COME
This first section discusses Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14-16, and Micah 5:1-5. It is divided into A (As Seed of The Woman) and B(In a Lowly Manner). The first part discusses the proof of the prophecy about Jesus being the Seed of the woman in Gen. 3:15, Who would bruise Satan’s head, and be bruised on the heel by Satan. The second part opens the discourse on the humility of Christ regarding the choice and manner of His birth. Notwithstanding, He shall be great and expand to the ends of the earth — that is fulfillment!

DIVISION II: THE MESSIAH’S LIFE AND DEATH
This second division is also divided into two. Part A (Will Live a Suffering Servant) is taken from Isaiah 53:1-7. The Messiah prophesied, would surrender to unjust treatment by sinners, laying the iniquity of all upon Himself. Part B. (Will Die But Will Resurrect) is a discourse on verse 8-11 of the same book. The Messiah, for humanity’s sake, would be cut off (killed), through having no offence. In spite of all these, He shall be satisfied seeing the reward of His labour — souls being saved and added to His immediate and eternal kingdom.

LESSON OUTLINE
I.    THE MESSIAH WILL COME
A.   AS SEED OF THE WOMAN
B.   IN A LOWLY MANNER
II.   THE MESSIAH’S LIFE AND DEATH
A.   WILL LIVE A SUFFERING SERVANT
B.   WILL DIE BUT WILL RESURRECT

LESSON EXPOSITION
I.   THE MESSIAH WILL COME (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14-16; Micah 5:1-5).
Messiah is a person who is expected to save people from a precarious situation. Jesus is that King who, in the Old Testament, was prophesied that He would be sent by God to save the Jews and the world at large. Though God had raised prophets and kings to deliver His people, they either failed or were killed, and so, Israel continued to suffer in sin and oppression, until the Son of God Himself would come to earth. What a great hope!

A.   AS SEED OF THE WOMAN (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14-16)
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgil shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (Isa. 7:14).

i.    Here in Isa. 7:14, God reinstated His commitment and promise to eternally deliver His people from sin and the oppression of the enemies, which were then the Assyrians, Immanuel would come as a sign of grace, since the law couldn’t rescue them (Hab. 2:4; Gal. 3:11).

ii.  … and shall call His name Immanuel authenticates the prophecy of The Seed of the Woman who would bruise Satan’s head, ultimately (Gen. 3:15)! Emmanuel (‘God is with us’; Matt. 1:23), regardless of the threats and bruising from the kingdom of darkness, is surely the Peace the world is waiting for.
iii.  Gen. 3:15b: The serpent (representing Satan, our archenemy) would be divinely permitted to deal with (bruise) the heel of the Seed of the woman (Christ), though to Satan’s own eternal detriment, and in line with God’s eternal redemptive plan (cf. Matt. 4:1ff; 1 Cor. 15:45).

iv.   He shall bruise your head. The Messiah (Jesus) would disable Satan and his nefarious works (cf. 1 Pet. 5:8). But the ancient serpent would have to bruise Jesus’ heel, that Scriptures might be fulfilled. Thank God Satan isn’t omniscient. He would later regret ever instigating Jesus’ sufferings.

v.   The Word of God is Yes and Amen. Scriptures must be fulfilled (Matt. 5:18). Jesus eventually came to suffer greatly in the hands of the devil (cf. Matt. 4:1ff; 27:1,2,34,35; Lk. 22:66,67).
vi.   That Christ didn’t come as the seed of the man is God’s great wisdom that defeated Satan arms down. Satan could have easily corrupted Him and brought disrepute to God’s redemptive programme, but he missed it. The all-knowing God chose to come without copulation with a man in order to avoid the inherently sinful nature of man, hence the precious incorruptible blood that sets us free in all regards!

B.   IN A LOWLY MANNER (Mic. 5:1-5)
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting (Mic. 5:2).
i.   v. 1: The recalcitrant Israel would be divinely punished with Assyrian, but they shall be delivered temporarily, and then permanently (Rom. 11:26), by Someone from the little Bethlehem.
ii.  v. 2: Out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be ruler in Israel. Scriptures is replete with references about the coming of the Messiah. God has chosen that He would not come in the full regalia of the earthly king, hence the choice of that little town — grace at work.
iii.  v. 4: For now He shall be great to the ends of the earth. Though the Saviour would come lowly, His reputation would not have an end. His greatness cannot be equalled (Phil. 2:9, 10), and is for eternity (Heb. 13:8). Do you know any name that more mention today?
iv.   v. 5: This Man shall be the Peace for those who would embrace Him and His Word. Trouble would definitely come (cf. Jn. 16:33), but He is our propitiation to Whom all kneels bow. This Scripture was fulfilled on the Cross, giving believers authority over darkness (Mk. 16:18).
v.   Jesus Christ is coming very soon to judge the world and reward the saints. He is definitely the Rock of salvation to some and the Rock of offence to the disobedient finally impenitent. Don’t allow Him fall on you as He fell on the Egyptians (Exo. 14:30), and Assyrians (Nah. 2:8-13). Come to Him, today!
vi.   Though Christ first came to the Jews, many refused Him because He fell short of their own kind of Messiah. Hence, He became an offence to them. They even cursed themselves as they crucified Him (Matt. 27:25), thus bringing their unborn children under the curse.

LESSONS DERIVED
1.   Though the Seed of the woman grew among thorns and thistles, His fruits have filled all the earth, and still counting. This is Scripture fulfilled!
2.  Those who will be great in life must have chosen the lowly, humble, sacrificial, and righteous path of Christ in His unfailing Word.

WORK TO DO
Why did God subject the Seed of the woman to untold sufferings from the hand of the devil and not give Him automatic defeat without the bruising?

SUGGESTED ANSWER TO WORK TO DO
*   God is God of justice (Gen. 18:25; 2 Chr. 19:7). He keeps faith with His Word — that the Scripture must be fulfilled (Gen. 3:15). God’s Word is yes and Amen.
*    No sinner will go unpunished (Prov. 11:21). God’s Word will not return to Him void (Isa. 55:11).
*    Adam’s race had sinned, had been condemned (Rom. 3:23; 6:23) in fulfillment of God’s righteous requirements. Yet, he must. Yet, he must be saved, though Adam’s seed could  ot save himself. That is why God had to become man — Jesus — to do this work (Phil. 2:5-7).
*    God wants to prove His integrity to the devil.
*    When God allows the blow of the devil on His Son, it is to allow His followers to know the extent of His holiness (Heb. 1:9). If He could allow His Son to be death with in such manner, how much more humans.
*    Jesus came to bear the sin of humanity. He was bore the ultimate retribution for the sin, to save man from such.
*    It wasn’t going to be easy to pay the debt man owed God (Rom. 6:23). The bruising the Lord allowed the devil to inflict on our Messiah (Jesus) is God’s way of allowing the Son of Man to suffer in the hands of the gentiles to redeem humanity.
*    God is God of process and time. He has continually taken His time to allow His programme mature before launching out, lest it dies half way. He waited until the fullness of time before giving His Son to live among and die for us.
*    Satan would be eternally regretful for allowing the Messiah to be betrayed and crucified. Had he known that is was the divinely accredited way to crush his head, he would have done everything to stop the crucifixion.

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