C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL FOR SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 UNIT TWO, LESSON FIVE / DIVISION II : TOPIC – REVIVAL IN THE REIGNS OF TWO KINGS
CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH Nigeria & Overseas SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON PREVIEW CLASS
September 25th, 2022
THEME: REVIVAL REDISCOVERING THE PATH TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY
JULY – DECEMBER, 2022
Unit Two: The Process and Progress of Revival
LESSON 5 / DIVISION II
II. REVIVAL IN THE REIGNS OF TWO KINGS (2 Chronicles 14-15; 29-31)
Asa and Hezekiah were two kings of Judah who reigned at different times in history and cooperated with YAHWEH exemplarily. They each led the people back to God, not further away from Him, unlike those wicked kings of both Judah and Israel, e.g. Jeroboam. Leaders are expected to cooperate with God to lead their followers back to, not away from Him. By so doing, revival is not farfetched.
A. DURING ASA’S REIGN (Chaps. 14-15)
For he removed the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars, and cut down the wooden images (14:3)
14:1-6: Asa’s reign was marked by peace because he “did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the LORD his God.” This refrain is often repeated in Chronicles—obedience to God leads to peace with God and others. In the case of Judah’s kings, obedience to God led to national peace, just as God had promised centuries earlier. In our case, obedience may not always bring peace with our enemies, but it will bring peace with God and complete peace in his future Kingdom. Obeying God is the first step on the path to peace.
v.3-5: Simply attending worship services is not enough to secure God’s peace
Like Asa, we must also actively remove anything that is offensive to God. Becoming more active in church attendance or doing good deeds will still leave us in turmoil if we have failed to eliminate sinful practices from our lives. We should continually ask God to help us remove any source of temptation from our lives.
v.7: Judah had peace with all her neighbors. Times often peace are not just for resting. They allow us to prepare for times of trouble. King Asa recognized the period of peace as the right time to build his defenses–the moment of attack would be too late. It was is also difficult to withstand spiritual attack unless defenses are prepared beforehand. Decisions about how to face temptation must be made with cool heads long before we feel the heat of temptation. Build your defenses now before temptation strikes.
15:1,2: Asa wisely welcome people who had a close relationship with God, and he listened to their messages. Azariah gave the armies an important warning and encouraged them to stay close to God. Keep in contact with people who are filled with God’s Spirit, and you will learn God’s counsel. Spend regular time in discussion and prayer with those who can help explain and apply God’s message.
15v3: Azariah said that Israel, the northern kingdom, was “without the true God,” Eight kings reigned in Israel during the 41-year rule of Asa in Judah, and all eight were evil, Jeroboam, the first ruler of Israel, began this wicked trend by setting up idols and expelling God’s priests (11:13-15). Azariah used Israel’s problems as an example of the evil that would come to the people of Judah if they turned away from God as their northern brothers and sisters had.
15:14,15 Many people find it difficult to commit themselves to anything. They are tentative, indecisive, and afraid of responsibility. Asa and his people were different—they had clearly declared themselves for God. Their oath of allegiance was punctuated with shouts and trumpet blasts! This decisive and wholehearted commitment pleased God and resulted in peace for the nation. If you want peace, check to see if there is some area where you lack total commitment to God. Peace comes as a by-product of giving your life wholeheartedly to God.
15:16: The Ten Commandments tell us to honour our fathers and mothers, and yet Asa removed his grandmother from the throne. While honouring parents is God’s command, maintaining loyalty to God is an even higher priority. Jesus warned that respect for parents should never keep us from following Him (Luke 14:26). If you have unbelieving parents, you must respect and honour them, but you must make devotion to God an even higher priority.
B. DURING HEZEKIAH’S REIGN (Chaps. 29-31)
…he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them (29:3).
v.5: Sanctify now yourself… carry forth the filthiness out. In order for God’s people to experience revival and renewal, four things are indispensable:
1. Confession of specific sins. We must recognize those areas of our lives where we have departed from God’s will and Word and must confess those specific sins (vv.6-7; Ps. 51:3; cf. Mat. 5:24).
2. Cleansing the house of the Lord (vv. 5,18). The church is God’s house under the new covenant (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21-22). We must remove those things in the church’s belief system, worship and lifestyle that are clearly contrary to God’s will as revealed in Scripture. Likewise, the individual believer, as the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19), must be cleansed from all unrighteousness.
3. Renewal of the covenant (vv.10-11). We must renew our dedication to God, His kingdom and His righteous cause on earth, and we must express a sincere desire to turn from the evil of the world and to resist sin.
4. Proclaim a blood sacrifice for atonement (vv. 20-24). We must appropriate by faith the blood atonement of Jesus Christ, who suffered on the cross to save, sanctify and heal His people .
29:11: The levites chosen by God to serve in the Temple, had been kept from their duties by Ahaz’s wickedness (28:24). But Hezekiah called them back into service, reminding them that the Lord had chosen them to minister.
We may not to face a wicked king, but pressures or responsibilities can render us inactive and ineffective. When you have been given the responsibility to minister, don’t neglect your duty. If you have become inactive in Christian service, either by choice or by circumstances, look for opportunities to minister (and listen to the “Hezekiahs”) God will send your way. Then, like the Levites, be ready for action (29:12-15)
The biggest Question:
Can people experience great true revival In your time, at your location and where you are as a leader in the vineyard of God including your community?
2 Samuel 1:27: How the mighty have fallen, And the weapons of war perished!
Where are those who started well with God yesterday? Where is our spirit of revival? So we still understand the message of the spirit? Do we still have leaders who have a broken spirit any time they committed sins? Do we still have leaders that God will depend on? Can division in the body of Christ give us a better nation and world at large?
We focused on Asa and Hezekiah on how they stood as agent of revival in their days! Can you be the next agent of revival in this generation?
Despite the teaching many leaders still refuse to change, what can we do?
May our labour in God’s vineyard never be in vain in Jesus name.
1. Leaders in every clime, spiritual leaders especially, must set an example of Christlikeness to follow, if things will get better, and back to normal.
2. As believers, we must be willing to shun the “status quo” and embrace the “God-way”, in order to achieve the much anticipated revival and spiritual maturity.
1. What are the main lessons we can learn from the life of King Asa in relation to what we might do in preparation for a revival movement in the society and the Church?
2. How did Hezekiah’s revival produce the financial needs for God’s work to be carried out (2 Chr. 31:2-19)?
Thank you for joining us here today. You will not study in vain and may God give you a retentive memory in Jesus name.