C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR September 16, 2018.UNIT II: MAN'S LOVE TOWARD MAN. LESSON FIVE : TOPIC - LOVE DISPLAYED IN JACOB'S FAMILY

C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR September 16, 2018.UNIT II: MAN'S LOVE TOWARD MAN. LESSON FIVE : TOPIC - LOVE DISPLAYED IN JACOB'S FAMILY



C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON
UNIT II: MAN'S LOVE TOWARD MAN.
September 16, 2018.

LESSON FIVE.
LOVE DISPLAYED IN JACOB'S FAMILY

The partial love displayed by Jacob to Joseph almost finished both of them. Love everybody around you fairy. That is Christlikeness!


MEMORY SCRIPTURE
But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors (James 2:9).

BRIEF COMMENT
God provides us with a lot of examples of men and women who were partial to various people of things, and along with it comes important lessons we can learn to avoid their mistakes. Sometimes, a right and godly favoritism is shown particularly by God Himself and unrighteous, human reactions cause a great deal of trouble. God's acceptance of Abel's offering and the rejection of Cain's was based on proper attitude, whereby hatred, jealously, resentment and murderous rage resorted (Gen. 4).

The favoritism of Isaac toward Esau and that of Rebecca for Jacob instilled a spirit of competition, strife and resentment between the two brothers that led to the ongoing feud (Gen. 25 and 27). Worsening the issue was the favoritism of Jacob to Joseph; this made his brothers to jealous that they were ready to murder him but instead he was sold into slavery that caused Jacob himself grief for at least 13 years.

The act of favoritism is a great sin. This is why in James 2:1, believers are warned never to treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance but to show equal love to all. It is clear that effects of partiality are the real problem of many homes today of many homes today. Of course, there is news of racial, social, religious, etc, prejudice. Thus, partiality has to be understood as a role of bias to one party; inclined to favour one party in cause, or one side of a question more than the other. May we not use our influence to tear and pull our home down in Jesus' name.

DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Mon.    10:    God Demands Holiness and Loyalty (Lev. 19:1-4)
Tue.     11:    God Demands Keeping Regulations (Lev. 19:5-8)
Wed.    12:    God Hates Stealing and Cheating (Lev. 19:9-11)
Thur.    13:    God Hates Favoritism (Lev. 19:12-16)
Fri.       14:     God Regards Defrayal Differences (Lev. 19::17-19)
Sat.      15:     God Regards Gratitude (Lev. 19:20-25)

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Romans 2:10-16.

AIM AND OBJECTIVES
AIM: To establish the fact that it is ungodly to prefer one child to the other.

OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, it is expected that each learner would have learnt to:
i.    see that it is a sin to be partial, for God hates favoritism;
ii.   eliminate biases and prejudices which will go a long way toward bringing unity at home and growth to God's church;
iii.  live a life that can correct the wrongful living of one's parents; and
iv.  take a cue from the way Joseph accommodated his brothers that vengeance is to the Lord.

INTRODUCTION
The first unit of this series came to an end with lesson 4, titled Loving God In Risky Situations. The lesson was remarkably an example for reference, that we have no excuse in taking to our stand, if Peradventure we find ourselves in such situations. The man Job, despite the agonies of pain and depression, refused to deny sovereignty of God an his Redeemer. Likewise is the captured slave girl whose godly and charitable personality paved way for her leprosy master to be made whole. May this do us well, in Jesus name. Amen.

While the previous unit lasted, we discussed man's response to God's love, toward God Himself. In this second unit of the series, God has it that we should look at how some people responded to God's unfailing love, from man to man. The unit is Man's Love Towards Man. This fifth lesson in the series meant for this week and the next week introduces the unit with a journey through the family that pioneered the nation of Israel.

Lesson 5 is a discourse of how love was displayed from parents to their children, and vice versa, in Jacob's family. God promised Abraham he would be the father of a great nation. In order to enjoy that privileged position, he obviously had to have Isaac, who later had Esau and Jacob. However, with time, the godless human attitude of favourism reared in its ugly head to fan the embers of rivalry among the children.

Conversely, God is love and His love should moderate family relationships (1 John 4:7-8). He wants families together in oneness, working productively, and joyfully reproducing, generation after generation. Thus, as we do justice to this lesson, let us pray and imbibe the lessons therein, for the needed changes in our homes.

INTRODUCTION TO EACH DIVISION
This lesson is divided into 2 sections, I and II, and each is further divided into A and B respectively.

DIVISION I: JACOB FOLLOWED ISAAC'S PARTIALITY
This part of division titled, 'Jacob followed Isaac's partiality' negatively expresses what Jacob learned from Isaac's ungodly attitude. Like the popular slogans which says, 'like father like son', both of them as fathers, even Rebecca wrongfully showed forth a sin of favouritism by which at the end of the scene, they both ate their portion of the sorrowful cake.

DIVISION II: JOSEPH'S LOVE WAS DIFFERENT
To this part of the division which says, Joseph's Love was different, is all about his brothers who out of envy, sold him out and thought, 'bye-bye' forever Joseph, on his side, worked on their reconciliation passionately, not ready to take revenge even when they were too afraid that he might enslave them. Joseph came on board to show maturity. This is expected of every believer.

LESSON OUTLINE
I.    JACOB FOLLOWED ISAAC'S PARTIALITY
     A.  ISAAC'S PARTIALITY AND ITS RESULTS
     B.  JACOB WAS PARTIAL IN LOVE.
II.  JOSEPH'S LOVE WAS DIFFERENT
     A.   WELCOMED HIS BROTHER PASSIONATELY
     B.   WASN'T READY FOR REVENGE

LESSON EXPOSITION
16th September, 2018 | I.   JACOB FOLLOWED ISAAC'S PARTIALITY (Genesis 25; 27; 37)
Following is a way of doing things as being instructed. In this case, no one commanded Jacob to do likewise. It would have been expected that he would have learnt from his father's mistake and consequence that followed. In fact parents' love should be discharged and displayed to the children without discrimination.

A.    ISAAC'S PARTIALITY AND ITS RESULTS (25:19-28; 27:1ff)
And Isaac loved Esau because he ate his game, but Rebecca loved Jacob (25:28)
i.     25:19-26: God's hand was obviously in Rebecca's barrenness. Eventually, He providentially made two nations of them that must fulfill His purposes on different platforms (cf. Jdg. 13:3-6; Lk. 1:13-15).
ii.     vv. 27,28: God gifted these two boys differently. Should that have caused problem in the family? No, of course. Variety is the spice of life. God intended the diversity to be a blessing, but it was mishandled.
iii.    27:1-4: Isaac's decision to bless Esau was not fatherly but selfish. His affection was give-and-take. And why would he by-pass his wife for a meal of wild meat? Definitely, that was not love. Rebecca also demonstrated her partial love for Jacob (vv. 5ff).
iv.   Both parents were divided in their affection, and both received unhappy consequence. Their improper partialities provoked strife of dangerous tendency (cf. Lk. 15:28-32).
v.   Guilt was registered in the family, and that led to many years of separation (Jas. 2:9). Do you give equal treatment to your children?
vi.   How on earth will wives' responsibilities be neglected and passed on to the rival children? Everyone is to his/her duties. Thus obviously shows that both parents are somehow careless and uncommitted to their parental roles.

JACOB WAS PARTIAL IN LOVE (37:2-26)
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors (37:3).
i.     One would expect that Jacob would learn from tragedy caused by his own father's partiality that tore him away from parents (27:42ff), but he obviously had not. It is a pity that many of us don't learn from history and past mistakes.
ii.    37::2,3: Jacob had a son born to him in his old age by a woman he loved dearly. That he didn't stop this at 17-years-old from bringing bad reports of his brothers to him, was a proof that Jacob didn't learn from his father's mistake. He would soon learn the hard way.
iii.   vv. 3:4: His open extravagant show of love to Joseph was so much that his brothers couldn't have done anything less that hating him and not being able to speak peaceably to him.
iv.   vv. 12ff: Jacob's love for Joseph prepared ground for the brother's hatred of him that eventually almost shrouded the lofty dream of the boy in slavery.
v.   Jacob also wasn't spared from suffering the consequences. Imagine the pain of waiting for years before unexpectedly reuniting with Joseph in Egypt, whom he thought was dead (vv. 33-36; cf. 46:1ff).
vi.   Some parental attitude wrongly carried-out had endangered the lives of their children, today. Such was the life of Jacob, but for God's interventions the worst experiences would have befallen Jacob and Esau.

LESSON DERIVED

1.   It is better to learn from the mistakes of our parents as regards parenting, ao that we don't fall into the same pits they fell into.
2.  Partiality in the family has never brought any good to any family. Don't practice it. Take care of your God-given children equally.

WORK TO DO

Some children today become wayward in the society because of unwholesome affection received from their parents. What can the Church do to such people?

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SUGGESTED ANSWER TO WORK TO DO

i.    The church is a place, second to one's home where training and discipline are carried out in love with the fear of God.
ii.   This we should know that charity begins from home where everyone spends more hours per day.
iii.  The church is expected to come up positively with godly interventions at the right time before it is too late.
iv.  Parents are to be convinced about their God-given roles and carry-out such with love and firmness.
v.   Establishment of children church should be properly put in place where these children's can be taught the ways of the Lord.
vi.  In most cases, the church is to embark on welfare project to alleviate the suffering of these children.
vii. Organising seminars, symposiums, workshops where necessary, to get them better exposed to God's love, provisions and expectations.
viii. Organising prayer with, and for them.
ix.   Let the church define and demonstrate to them that they are cherished and important to God.
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