NBC SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 : TOPIC – MOSES AND MIRIAM PRAISE GOD.
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Date: Sunday, 5th September, 2021.
TOPIC: MOSES AND MIRIAM PRAISE GOD.
Devotional Reading: Exodus 14:1-15:1-21.
Background Scripture Reading: Exodus 15:11-21.
Lesson Scripture Reading: Exodus 15:11-21.
Who among the gods is like You, O Lord? Who is like Your majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? Exodus 15:11
By the end of the lesson, class members should be able to:
• Identify the different ways Christians should respond to God’s miraculous deliverance over the enemies;
• Compose songs of thanksgiving and praise to God in their different dialects;
• Encourage those that are faced with difficulties to be steadfast in God.
Pastor James Gideon is the pastor of Glorious Baptist Church. Apart from the fact that he is trained as a music minister, he loves composing songs, singing and dancing. Since his assumption of office as pastor of the church, the music department has witnessed tremendous transformation. Every Sunday worship service is characterised by high praise and worship. It was the last Sunday of the year and as it was the tradition of the church, every member is given opportunity to sing songs of their choice in appreciation of God’s faithfulness throughout the year. Mama Grace, as she was fondly called by church members, came out smiling while singing the song:
When I think of the goodness of Jesus,
And all He has done for me,
My very soul shall shout Hallelujah,
Praise God for saving me!!
Her testimony was God’s deliverance from the hands of kidnappers who kept her captive for six days without food and water. Eventually, she was released without paying ransom. Whenever we experience unexpected miracles, or receive gifts of high value, the spontaneous reaction that often follows is to an outburst of melodious songs of praise to God. A good example is the case of Moses and Miriam who sang songs of praise to God in celebration of the miraculous escape of the Israelites from Egypt and victory over Pharaoh and his army when they crossed the Red Sea. It was a song of victory over their oppressors. Today’s lesson is an encouragement to believers to continually give praise to God for His mighty works, not only when we are happy but also in adversity with the assurance that victory is sure.
THE LESSON EXPLAINED..
A. MOSES EULOGISES GOD FOR VICTORY:
When God called Moses from the burning bush to rescue His people from the wicked hands of Pharaoh, little did he know that God will truly give him victory. As He assured Moses, God displayed His absolute power by allowing the Israelites to cross the Red Sea safely and then destroying the Egyptians. When the Israelites saw the great power with which the Lord had defeated the Egyptians, they stood in awe of the Lord; and they had faith in the Lord and His servant Moses (Exodus 14). In response to this great victory, Moses eulogises God in his song. He said, “Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like
you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders (v. ii). In other words, no other god can do this great wonders except the mighty God who is holy, awesome and majestic. He stretched out his right hand and silenced the enemies. Moses’ confession in verse 13 is remarkable. He acknowledged God’s faithfulness to His promise. Therefore, the people He had redeemed will be led to the Promised Land and with His strength; they will be guided to His presence.
Moses’ song was a testimony of the mightiness of God who tolerates no rival. He defeated all the gods of Egypt and their worshippers through the miraculous deliverance of Israelites from the many years of oppression. The lyrics of the song are theocentric not directed to any individual but to God. It is worthy of note that Moses did not ascribe the victory to himself or his people but to God, using his poetic understanding to describe Him. He talks about the majesty of God over that of Pharaoh, His awesomeness and His working of wonders in parting the Red Sea. This is truly an example of one of the ways Christians should respond to God for victory over the enemies. We can sing songs of thanksgiving with praise with different instruments in acknowledgment of God’s faithfulness to His people. Moses’ song is quite different from the worldly songs we hear these days, which are not associated with victory. Some of them are filled with despair and gloom, and speak of the hopelessness of life. Christians are admonished to sing songs of hope, redemption, and victory from the power of sin and death through Christ Jesus.
1. Discuss why some people often complain rather than praise God for His wonderful deeds.
2. Give some examples of worldly songs and their negative impacts in the lives of people, especially the youths.
B. MOSES’ SONGS OF PRAISE:
As he continued to sing praises to God for His miraculous deeds, Moses declared that the notions have heard His wonderful works and were overwhelmed with fear. He mode particular reference to some notions and their different experiences based on God’s show of power. For instance:
-•The Philistines were seized with terror.
-▪︎The leaders of Edom were terrified.
-▪︎Moab’s mighty men trembled.
-▪︎The people of Canaan lost their courage.
All of these were the manifestation of God’s power, mercy and compassion that do not fail. Therefore, He is worthy of praise. According to verse 16, terror and dread fell upon them when they saw the mighty work of God in the life of His people, Israel. Moses’ greatest testimony is in verses 17 and 18. He said, “You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance, the place 0 Lord you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord your hands established.” He concluded with the affirmation, “The Lord will reign forever and ever.”
How often do Christians remember the faithfulness of God so as to give Him praise? Like Moses, believers in Christ should regularly acknowledge God and sing songs of victory in appreciation of Him. However, our attitude to praise should not to be only to receive, but also to give praise for everything He has done. This implies that we should not forget every act of His deeds but praise God on account of His blessings, like Moses in today’s passage.
1. How often do the songs we sing manifest a thankful heart?
2. What did Moses mean in verse 17?
C. MIRIAM’S SONG OF PRAISE:
Israel’s victory over the Egyptians prompted Moses and his sister Miriam to sing in appreciation of God’s faithfulness. The passage captures Miriam’s song in celebration of the defeat of Israel’s enemies, like Moses’ song in verse 1. It is the historical narrative of how the Israelites walked through the Red Sea on dry ground while their enemies (the Egyptians and their chariots and horses) were drowned. In view of this, Prophetess Miriam and the women sang songs of praise, dancing with their musical instruments like tambourines. Verse 21 states that Miriam sang to the other women saying, “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.” This song has become popular among Christians, especially during revival programmes and special prayer sections against the works of the enemy.
God fought on Israel’s behalf. Pharaoh and his chariots and horsemen were all drowned in the sea. Surely, one reaps what one sows. Miriam presided over an assembly of the women and was referred to as a prophetess who uses her melodious voice, and expresses her joy with tambourines as she dances to the song. God is capable of fighting our battles, especially when we trust Him for victory. At the point of disappointment when the Israelites were faced with the challenge of crossing the Red Sea, seeing their enemies behind, and were afraid of being captured, God intervened and gave them victory. It was indeed a miracle so amazing that inspired Moses, Miriam and the other women to sing songs of praise in honour of God.
1. What does the song of Moses and Miriam teach us about God and His ability to work miracles?
2. Should Christians celebrate the death of their enemies like the case in today’s lesson?
Fellowship and Ministry Building Activity:
▪︎ Compose a song that extols some attributes of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
▪︎ Encourage them to set aside a time to praise God practically with every instrument at their disposal.
▪︎ It is good to sing praises to God always.
▪︎ God still delivers His people from dangers.
▪︎ God inhabits the praises of His people.
▪︎ We must avoid worldly songs that can corrupt our minds.
▪︎ Prepare daily to join the heavenly Hosts in praising God, now and in eternity.
▪︎ God is always ready to fight our battles.
Remain Inspired & Be Lifted!