C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR September 13, & 20, 2020 THEME: THE UNITY OF BRETHREN UNIT TWO / LESSON FIVE : TOPIC – UNITY IN THE FAMILY
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SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON
THEME: THE UNITY OF BRETHREN
UNIT TWO / LESSON FIVE
September 13 & 20, 2020
TOPIC: UNITY IN THE FAMILY
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
When the family is united with Christ and with one another, God’s hand rests upon them for every good thing.
This text deals with the entire nation of Israel, and by extension, the whole body of Christ. It is a celebration of the joy of unity. Such unity would be exceptionally precious to King David, because he knew from experience, the bitterness brought by division in families, and in the nation (cf. 2 Sam. 13; 15-18; 20). The state of unity is here described by the adjectives, good and pleasant. These adjectives also apply to the scented oil that was used to anoint the priests. This oil is described as a perfumer’s fragrant blend of pure olive oil and spices like myrrh, cinnamon, fragrant cane and cassia (Exod. 30:23-25). This fragrant oil would not only be on the priest’s head but also run down and perfume his clothes. He would be aware of the fragrance, and so would all others around him. Similarly, unity and peace draw the administration of others and create a zone of peace, fellowship understanding, love and concern for one another. Although, the message of this text may have been aimed at harmony between the tribes of Israel, the same applies to our families, societies and churches. As we strive to achieve unity, we should remember that all earthly unity is only a foretaste of the love harmony and unity we will enjoy in eternity. If you have this in your family then make every effort to sustain, till the end of end. May God help us all. Amen.
Devotional Bible Readings For Week One
Mon. 7: Unity Of Abraham And Lot (Gen. 12:5)
Tue. 8: Unity Of Ruth And Naomi (Rth. 1:16-17)
Wed. 9: Unity Of Jonathan And David (1 Sam. 18:1-4)
Thur. 10: Unity Of The Rechabites (Jer. 35:2-5)
Fri. 11: Unity Of Zachariah And Elizabeth (Lk. 1:57-65)
Sat. 12: Unity In Noah’s Family (Gen. 7:6-7)
1. Godly unity brings peace, understanding and progress to and in the family.
2. Family cannot be said to be in unity when fighting, and segregation and division are the order of the day.
3. Unity in the family will always bring about protection of life, property and promotion of legacy, Unity, godly one at that, is the oil that lubricates family’s health and wellness.
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES : 2 Samuel 13:1-39
AIM AND OBJECTIVES
AIM: To show that families can be beautifully blessed when they live together in unity.
OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, readers are expected to have:
i. begun to better appreciate God for the formation of families and the impact of the unity therein;
ii. become better at defending the essence of families living together as brethren in the Lord;
iii. been discipled to the extent that they can show that, for any family to experience progress and prosperity, unity must be highly prioritised; and
iv. been able to prove that living together in unity as family is a requirement for the kingdom service.
TEXTUAL SOURCE: PSALM 133:1-3
We appreciate God for taking us through lesson 4, with the topic THE UNITY AT BABEL. God helped us to revisit how the whole occupants of the ancient world, after the Flood came together in one language and accord, but in revolt against God’s plan. The plan of God for mankind was to multiply on earth, to its fullest, and subdue it. But to God’s dismay, they arrogantly resolved to build a tower that would reach to heaven, the dwelling place of God. They also over-ambitiously wanted to make the name God had not given them. Meanwhile, God will not share His glory with anyone, not even man (Isa. 42:8). Hence, God dealt with their arrogance ans over-ambition. He does this till today. Don’t mess with His grace upon your life.
The lesson at hand has the topic, UNITY IN THE FAMILY. An important part of Jesus’ prayer for His disciples is His desire that they would be one family (Jn. 17:20-23). Unity in the family is a convincing key to reach those outside Christ, that He lives, and that the whole world will know Him. However, this does not come easily. Effective communication, helping one another and even spending time together are some of the things to help build bonds and trust.
Though, families may have periodic challenges in establishing and maintaining love and unity, yet, in large measures, what and how we teach and nurture ourselves qualify us for eternal mission here on earth. God had positioned Israel as a nation, before the world to be a whole and perfect family, to reach out to the world, for His eternal redemptive purpose. May the unity required for our families to be what God desires be firmly implemented in the course of this lesson, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
INTRODUCTION TO EACH DIVISION
This lesson is in two major divisions I and II. Each division is further subdivided into parts A and B, respectively.
DIVISION I: THE BEAUTY OF FAMILY UNITY:
This division describes pleasantness and preciousness in a family where unity is accorded the priority of place. It is likened to a man who had struggled for a long time to no avail and was suddenly blessed with gifts equivalents to his years of struggles. What a consolation! What a turn-around! Such is portrait of a family that lives together in unity.
DIVISION II: THE BLESSINGS OF FAMILY UNITY:
In this division, we see that God commands His immeasurable and eternal blessings on families that dwell together in unity. This unity is family formidable weapon of victory over Satan ans his cohorts; the world inclusive.
I. THE BEAUTY OF FAMILY UNITY
A. THE PLEASANTNESS
B. THE EXTENT OF PRECIOUSNESS
II. THE BLESSING OF FAMILY UNITY
A. THE FRUCTIFICATION OF THE BLESSINGS
B. THE AUTHENTICATION OF THE BLESSINGS
I. THE BEAUTY OF FAMILY UNITY
The beauty of the family is firstly seen in a man and woman coming together as husband and wife in accordance with the counsel of God. This beauty is further displayed when they are united in one accord (Gen. 2:25).
A. THE PLEASANTNESS (line 1)
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwelt together in unity! (v. 1).
i. Psalm 133 is one of the shortest in the Book of Psalms.
ii. The exclamatory call, “brethren living together in unity”, is timely and totally applicable to this generation of believers. This does not mean that all Christians would have to be living together under a single roof, or attending the same church/denomination. It goes beyond that (Acts 2:42).
iii. ‘Living together’ here connotes friendship, not devouring, but delighting in each other with mutual endearment (Lev. 19:17-18; Eph. 5:22).
iv. It is an amiable thing which will attract our hearts to brotherly responsibilities that will give peace and rest of mind (1 Pet. 3:8).
v. It is the source of spiritual growth and maturity (Acts 21:8-9; Pet. 2:1-5). It also stirs up hope against depression, to kindle faith where things seem to stagger (Rth. 1:6).
vi. Unity is what gives family the fragrance of love, attracts goodness and repels negativity in the family.
B. THE EXTENT OF PRECIOUSNESS (line 2)
It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments (v. 2).
i. The psalmist illustrates the message of line 2 in form of one consecrated and anointed (cf. Psa. 23:5; 1 Sam. 15:1).
ii. This oil is described as a perfumer’s fragrant blend of pure Olive oil spice, like myrrh, cinnamon fragrant cane and cassia (Exod. 30:23-25).
iii. Its fragrance and colour reflects a holistic way of life that one’s life is to portray. It is a sweet smelling ointment (Eph. 5:2).
iv. Oil, as anointing, has the general significance of joy (Psa. 23:5; 104:15), a symbol of comfort and love for the family.
v. The running down of the oil is to spread, until all are positively affected for unity (1 Cor. 13:1-2).
vi. A unified family is a strong team, capable of weathering adversity and beating the odds, in the path of their joy and happiness.
1. Unity in the family determines joy and comfort of the family.
2. Unity makes family achieve their goals, even where seems unfit.
WORK TO DO
Discuss the level at which the unity between Ruth and Naomi helped them to bear, for what they are known for today.
SUGGESTED ANSWER TO WORK TO DO
i. Naomi ans her household, until she lost them, demonstrated unity by mutually resolving before they decided to take off.
ii. Ruth was just a Moabites whose love, even after the loss of her husband, stuck to her mother-in-law.
iii. The story of Ruth and Naomi, her mother-in-law, shows the quality and importance of friendship in God’s family.
iv. The quality of their unity is genuine, while it’s level is so deep ans profound; this they had already developed prior to the death of Elimelech.
v. Ruth displayed her loyalty to Naomi with a solemn vow never to leave her! She made a commitment to follow Naomi’s God ans abandon the gods of Moab.
vi. As they finally settled into life at Bethlehem, Ruth was thinking how she would best take care of Naomi. On her part, Naomi was also thinking of how Ruth will settle down to a life of marriage ans blissfulness.
vii. At last, God came up to crown the efforts of both of them. Ruth God married and got a ‘great’ son as consolation.