NBC Sunday School Manual For June 26, 2022 :Topic – GOD OFFERS DELIVERANCE.

NBC Sunday School Manual For June 26, 2022 :Topic – GOD OFFERS DELIVERANCE.

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DATE: SUNDAY, 26TH JUNE, 2022.

TOPIC:  GOD OFFERS DELIVERANCE.

Background Scripture: Isaiah 51.

Lesson Scripture: Isaiah 51:1-8.

GOLDEN TEXT:
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn.” Isaiah 51:1.

OBJECTIVES:
By the end of the lesson, class members should be able to:
● Summarise Isaiah’s message of deliverance to the exiles in Babylon;
● Examine Isaiah’s example of God’s rich faithfulness in Israel’s spiritual history;
● Share the goodness and deliverance of God with others.

INTRODUCTION:

The nation Nigeria has been faced with the challenge of insurgency the last few years, particularly in the North East. Many lives and properties have been destroyed and many people rendered homeless and jobless. Such people are often referred to as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). They are only left with an option to settle in some centres with little or no assistance from the government and so they are overwhelmed with sorrow, hunger, frustration, health challenges and neglect. Their children are denied the right to education with no choice of good food and proper care. Undoubtedly, these people would have asked some questions like where and how they can find comfort in the face of adversity. In that case, imagine when someone suddenly promises freedom, deliverance and prosperity. Such was the case of the people of Israel who were in exile for several years in Babylon. Eventually, God arose and promised to offer deliverance.

Moving to a new place has a way of taking us out of the usual. It can be very disheartening, especially when one has no say in such sudden arrangement. The confusion is usually worsened by loss, remorse, or anger. Unlike the people of the Northern part of the country, the Israelites were captured and exiled in Babylon because of their rebellion against God. However, having spent some years in captivity, God promised that deliverance was on the way because He was about to cause their release from their captors. He urged them to draw comfort from past history, and to look forward to yet a greater exodus. It will be a time to shake off grief and weariness and embrace freedom. However, they were encouraged to remain faithful to His teachings. This is the pivotal point of today’s lesson.

✍️ THE LESSON EXPLAINED…✍️

A. A CALL TO REMEMBER:
[Isaiah 51:1-3]

This chapter of the book of Isaiah seems to be addressed to the Jewish nation that was suffering through the Babylonian exile and were waiting for a time of deliverance. God spoke through Prophet Isaiah words of encouragement because they had come for help. They were instructed to think of the rock and quarry – a symbol of unity and oneness of the present Israelites with their forefather, Abraham. Though he was childless when God called him but he was blessed with many descendants (Genesis 13:16). In other words, God who kept His promise to Abraham and Sarah will also keep His promise of restoration to Jerusalem and rule over all the nations. On this premise, God promised to do two specific things:

● To show compassion to Jerusalem and everyone who live in her ruins.
● To bring them back. Even though it seems the land is desolate, God promised to make it like the garden in Eden where songs of joy, gladness, praise and thanksgiving will be given unto God. In fact, the Bible describes the garden of Eden as having all kinds of beautiful trees that produced good fruits. A stream flowed into it and watered the garden beyond Eden (Genesis 2:9-10). Certainly, this description signifies restoration and life of abundance when the inhabitants of Jerusalem would have returned from exile.

The call of Jerusalem to consider their spiritual forefather was to renew their confidence in God, His faithfulness and power to transform (v. 2b). Presumably, if God could fulfil His promise to Abraham and made him into a great nation, He would surely make the faithful remnant of Jerusalem greater. So, Isaiah envisioned the condition of the people of Israel when they were taken captive to Babylonian exile, to a time of deliverance and restoration when the Lord will comfort Zion and restore her. It is noteworthy that Isaiah views Israel’s restoration from the Babylonian captivity like the final restoration of the redeemed to the Lord, in a renewed creation and finally the manifestation of the kingdom of God. Isaiah’s encouragement to Israel was to look back at their family history and consider God’s wonderful works that should be emulated by believers. When we constantly ponder on what the Lord had done, our faith and hope will be renewed, despite the turbulent times we may be going through.

DISCUSSION TIME:
1. What does the lesson of looking back teach us about God?
2. What exactly did God promise to do for Zion? Discuss how it can encourage those who are suffering to trust in God.

B.🎈 DELIVERANCE THROUGH SALVATION AND RIGHTEOUSNESS:
[Isaiah 51:4-6]

God’s promise to the people of Jerusalem while they were in exile was truly comforting. He said to them, “Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation.” (51:4a) The phrase ‘my people, my nation’ depict affection and it signifies the relationship between God and His people Israel. God affirmed that when He gives His law, His justice will automatically become light to the nations. Having declared that salvation will come quickly by means of the arm of the LORD (v. 5), Isaiah added that God Himself will rule over the nations. In expectation of salvation, God said in verse 6, “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanished like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants will die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.”

One thing is clear from the passage that God’s deliverance to His people will be by means of salvation and righteousness. The salvation granted by the Servant will last forever (John 10:27-30) in contrast to the transitory nature of the heavens and the earth. Isaiah acknowledges the fact that the earth and heaven will pass away but God’s deliverance will remain forever. Interestingly, Apostle John saw these promises fulfilled in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:24). Nevertheless, Isaiah did not reveal these facts as mystery but rather to give hope to the depressed people of Israel who were in exile.

DISCUSSION TIME:
1. What was in the mind of Prophet Isaiah when he said, ‘The heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and the inhabitants like flies? (v. 6).
2. Discuss how the justice of God will become light to the nations.

C.🎈 DELIVERANCE FROM ISRAEL’S ENEMIES:
[Isaiah 51:7-8]

God’s promise of restoration to Jerusalem included deliverance from their enemies. As He called their attention to listen to Him, He addressed them as those who “are acquainted with what is right and have the law in their hearts.” There is a strong admonition in verse 8 that the people should not be frightened by the reproach of men or terrified by their insults. The reason for the reassurance is stated in verse 8a. It says, “For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool.” However, God’s deliverance, which He promised to bring, will last and His victory will be made permanent. Supposedly, the desolate condition of Jerusalem would only be temporary but God’s deliverance would abide forever.

The Scripture says that when God is for us, no one can be against us. This is true of the people of Jerusalem who had suffered shame, loss and reproach in the hands of their enemies while they were in exile in Babylon. Despite all, God was moved with compassion and assured them of safety, comfort and restoration. He would see that the city is abundantly repopulated and their opposition defeated. Without doubt, it was a message of comfort and the demonstration of God’s power to save. The lesson is an assurance that only God can offer deliverance to the oppressed. Therefore, Christians should not be afraid, dismayed or perplexed because the plans of evil men will fail. God will surely give us victory that will endure forever. We should hold on to God’s counsel in verse 7b not to fear the reproach of humankind, nor be afraid of their offensive words because of the victory that lies ahead.

DISCUSSION TIME:
1. What should be our response when evil people taunt and insult us because of our faith in Christ Jesus?
2. Discuss some things that easily cause fear in the heart of people.

📌Commitment:
● Based on today’s lesson, make a commitment to always pray for others, help the needy and care for others at all times and wherever you may find yourself.

📌Fellowship and Ministry Building Activities:
● Let some class members share how they experienced God’s deliverance recently and help one another to reaffirm that they have a covenant relationship with God.

📌 Prayer Points:
● Pray that God will give you understanding of His Word so as to understand His promise to you.
● Pray that God’s promise in your life be fulfilled to give hope to people in doubt.
● Ask that as God gave Jerusalem victory at last, He will give believers victory over all life’s challenges as we work in line with His Word.

Take Home: Write down three lessons you are taking home from today’s lesson.
● __________
● __________
● __________

REVIEW: God has graciously taken us through the first six months of the year. Truly, I know that we have been blessed. Glory be to His name. Therefore, kindly share:

● What interested you most in God’s plan of redemption for humankind?
● What insight did you receive about God’s plan to offer deliverance in June 26?
● How do you intend to respond to God in His plan to offer deliverance from the enemies?
● What were your struggles in understanding God’s plan of destruction for Babylon?

Remain Inspired & Be Lifted!

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