C.A.C Sunday School Manual For March 14, 2021, Lesson Four : Topic – AMONG THE SYRIANS
CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH WORLDWIDE
SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON
(KINGDOM OF GOD FAMILY)
Mar. 14th, 2021.
AMONG THE SYRIANS (1 Kgs. 19:15-17; 2 Kgs 8:7-15)
Uninvited, the Sovereign God interfered in the leadership of many nation. This He does to prove Himself as the unquestionable and unstoppable Administration of the universe.
A. Sends Elijah To Give Them King (1 Kgs. 19:15-17)
Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria.” (v. 15).
v. 15, 16: God asked Elijah to anoint three different people. The first was Hazael, as king of Aram. Elijah was told to anoint an enemy king because God was going to use Aram as his instrument to punish Israel for its sin. Aram brought Israel’s external punishment.
Israel’s internal punishment came from Jehu, the next man Elijah was to anoint. As king of Israel, Jehu would destroy those who worship the false god Baal (2 Kings 9-10).
The third person Elijah was told to anoint was Elisha, the prophet who would succeed him. Elisha’s job was to work in Israel, the northern kingdom, to help point the people back to God. At this time, the southern kingdom was ruled by jehoshaphat, a king devoted to God.
God believes in continuity. His mission and work must not stop.
If all leaders can listen to the leading of Holy Spirit at all times before appointing anyone as his successor or to any ministerial position, the church would have been too strong for devil to penetrate. But reverse is the case in our generation.
As a leader you can’t be there for life. A good successor appointed by God will be a great blessing to the ministry. Let God leads.
B. STRENGTHENS ELISHA’S TO CONFIRM IT (2 Kgs. 8:7-18)
So Hazael said, “But what is your servant a dog, that he should do this gross thing?” And Elisha answered, “The Lord has shown me that you will become king over Syria” (v. 13).
8:12,13: When Elisha told Hazael he would sin greatly, Hazael protested that he would never do that sort of thing. He did not acknowledge his personal potential for evil. In our enlightened society, we might think that we are above gross sin and can control our actions. We think that we would never sink so low. Instead, we should take a more biblical and realistic look at ourselves and admit our sinful potential. Then we will ask for God’s strength to resist such evil.
8:12-15: Elisha’s words about Hazael’s treatment of Israel were partially fulfilled in 10:32,33. Apparently Hazael had known he would be king because Elijah had anointed him (1 Kings 19-15). But he was impatient and, instead of waiting for God’s timing, took matters into his own hands, killing Ben-hadad. God used Hazael as an instrument of Judgment against the disobedient Israelites.
God often commissions one of His servants to fulfil a task, which may span many years and include several other servants of His. The commission given to one person isn’t necessarily fulfilled by that person alone.
It is well understood through this lesson that the work of is teamwork. You alone can’t do all. And it is clear that God cannot give you the assignments you alone can finish.
Let God lead you to do the best you can do in line with His plan for the universe within the particular area He want to use you.
And the leaders should help the up coming and young ministers to grow in ministry. We must not oppressed or mislead them in the name of “I’m the one in-charge”.!Not you but God.
1. When we are discouraged, God’s faithfulness in the past gives us hope and confidence for the future.
2. God empowers those He commissions and sent on His own assignment.
1. Explain God’s supremacy among the Philistines.
2. Elijah received the instruction, Elisha executed the programme and than had to do with a gentile nation. Any lesson?
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