31/7/2016 LESSON 9
ISRAEL’S REJECTION OF GOD
Quarter’s Theme: BASIC CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES
Unit 2 – The Believers’ Justification And Admonition To Sinners (Lessons 5-9)
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 243, 349
Devotional Reading: EXO. 19:3-8
Topic For Adults
RISE ABOVE THE STUMBLING BLOCK THE ENEMY HAS PUT IN YOUR PATH
Topic For Youths
DON’T MISS GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
Topic For Intermediates
WRONG ZEAL CANNOT PLEASE GOD
ROM. 9:4-5; EXO. 19:5-6; 1 COR. 1:21-24; ACTS 13:14-21
For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion” (Rom. 9: 15) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Israel’s Uncommon Advantage
The people of Israel occupied a strategic position in God’s agenda for mankind. God told them on Mount Sinai “If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people” (Exo. 19:5). The advantages given to them include – their nation was adopted as a son by God; God manifested His Shekinah glory to them; God made covenants with their forefathers to be their God and to defend them; while other nations worshipped idols out of ignorance, God revealed to them the true way of worship; through them the Christ came into the world. These advantages should have made the Israelites come closer to God than any other nation. But when Christ came to His own, His own did not receive Him (Jn. 1:11). By rejecting the Christ, they forfeited their chance of inheriting eternal life. This loss caused great sorrow for Paul.
Point of Emphasis: Many people suffer great loss because they spun the advantage God extends to them.
Prayer Point: Father, grant me the grace to always respond to Your offer of love and blessing in my life.