C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON October 7, 2018, UNIT II: MAN'S LOVE TOWARD MAN : LESSON SIX : TOPIC - LOVE ACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO MOSES.

C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON   October 7, 2018,  UNIT II: MAN'S LOVE TOWARD MAN : LESSON SIX  : TOPIC - LOVE ACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO MOSES.



C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON.
UNIT II: MAN'S LOVE TOWARD MAN.
October 7, 2018

LESSON SIX
LOVE ACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO MOSES.

PART II.
MOSES ALSO SHOWED LOVE (Exodus 32:30-35; Numbers 27:12-23)
It is a good thing to reciprocate a kind gesture. In this case, God's love for Moses was immeasurable and so his own turn to express and show love to others. The Israelites and Joshua were the beneficiaries.


A.    RISKILY INTERCEDED FOR PEOPLE (Exo. 32:30-35)
Yet now, if You will forgive their sin but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which you have written (v. 32).
i.    It had always been part of Moses to define others, even at his own expense, because of the love for his people (2:11-19).
ii.   vv. 30-31: The Israelites had become so sinful that God was going to annihilate them. As a good leader/deliverer, Mósè wouldn't want the people destroyed.
iii.  I will go up to the Lord... for your sin, is another way of saying 'I will go and intercede for you.' How do you feel, and what do you do about sinners around you, in church and the world, who are heading for the rocks (Rom. 3:23; 1Cor. 9:16,23).
iv.  v. 32: A good shepherd can't withstand the thought of his sheep perishing (cf. 1 Sam. 17:34,35), hence Moses' selfless, sacrificial plea. He was ready to die than for God to destroy them, despite that they were stiff-necked. Why? They were God's sheep. God granted the intercession of this loving leader (vv. 33-35).
v.   Love is the propeller that drove Moses who chose to suffer affliction with God's people rather than enjoy the sinful palatial delicacies of Egypt (Heb. 11:25). Are you still on the Lord's side?
vi.  Love is when you don't want the other person to fell the pain you are feeling. It was the same Israelites who annoyed him to anger that He now wished well. What a great and godly leader! Trouble will persist in the families unless we learn to forgive and forget. Stop that animosity today (2 Sam. 13:26-29).

B.    OBEDIENTLY PRAYED FOR HIS SUCCESSOR (Num. 27:12-23)

So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation (v. 22).
i.    vv.  12-14: Rebellion deprived Moses the privilege of entering the promised land (cf. Deut. 3:25,26). This was enough to cause acrimony with his would-be successor. How do you feel when you are transferred from a 'juicy' place?
ii.   vv. 15-17: Love in action! He didn't allow personal feelings to hamper his concern for the welfare of God's people and work, hence his cry for a successor to shepherd Yahweh's sheep (cf. Judg. 2:10,19). How many leaders think of what happens to their organizations after their departure?
iii.  vv. 18-20: God granted his prayer and confirmed Joshua as the successor. He commanded Moses to give his authority to Joshua while still alive. Is it not hard thing, knowing that he would not be going to the Promised Land? How do you feel when your subordinate is promoted, or is doing well?
iv.  vv. 22-23: Moses obeyed without reservation. He publicly presented, anointed, promoted and announced Joshua, despite knowing that his own time was up. What manner of love is this from a great leader to a ready successor!
v.   How do you feel about and deal with your would-be successor? If you claim to love God, then you must love His people, work and vision (1 Cor. 10:24,33).
vi.  Hope you are not just working for God? What do you do when you are transferred to another station, town, etc. against your wish? You may as well work against the God that called you by your actions. Understanding God is the key that will make you work for, and with Him without grudges. May we not fail Him again.

LESSON DERIVED

1.   No one can love God without first showing that love to sinners. We would endure some discomfort to be able to prove our sincere love.
2.   Leaders must consider less of themselves and more or the led and God's work. Love is the key.

QUESTIONS

1.   Can you remember anyone who has contributed positively to your life in any way? Pray for them. How often do you positively affect others' lives?
2.   Moses willingly prayed for his successor in spite of the fact that he wouldn't get to the promised land he laboured for. Any lesson for us today?

SUGGESTED ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

ANSWER TO QUESTION 1
i.   Think, name them and what they did.
ii.  Some dealt with you the way you didn't like only to turn out a blessing for you. Right?
iii. You can only pay them by reciprocating love to someone around you. You may never see some of them again.
iv. Recall those times you should love to people without looking back (Mt. 6:2-4).
v.  If you are getting help from people, you must also help someone today as whatever you do unto men is actually unto God (Mt. 25:35-40).

ANSWER TO QUESTION 2
i.    Moses was God's choice for the deliverance of His people from Egypt (Ex. 3:9,10).
ii.   He knew this and had done everything to actualize the dream.
iii.  Sometimes, he preferred to die than seeing God's anger on the people (Ex. 32:32).
iv.  That he would not get to the Promised Land was painful; it would be more painful for him to see the people being destroyed.
v.   What a selfless leader! In obedience to God, Moses poured himself on his successor for God's project not to hindered.
vi.  This shows that God's agenda supercedes humans' (Prov. 16:1-3). Israel was God's great agenda.
vii. Joshua also had been a good servant, tested and approved (Ex. 17:9-14; 24:12,13; 32:17).
viii.To Moses, what he did for Joshua was actually for God (Mt. 25:35ff).
ix.  Though, he didn't get to the Promised Land in Canaan, he surely will make heaven (Jud. 9).

LIFE APPLICATION

H. Jackson Brown. Jr. once said "love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own". You may not have really showed love, if you don't experience pain, either immediately or afterwards. Love is surely a sacrifice to be made; going all the way for the other person. When Jesus was facing the cruel soldiers with machetes and staves, when He had to open His eyes to see the long nails piercing His hands and the crown of thorns put upon His head, He was a Man to be pitied but rather thinking of what becomes of the world, if He dared complain. Why would someone who was dying pray for those who were afflicting and persecuting Him? Love, love that drained His own blood, is the same that sets humanity free and puts smiles on our faces, today. Does anyone's happiness matter to you? What do we mean when we tell someone "I LOVE YOU" Let's stop being hypocrites. Share in someone's pain today.

CONCLUSION

Thank God for this wonderful lesson He shared with us again. We have seen what it is to love and be loved. God's love for Moses endeared all the people to him. Hope we have also learnt not to be an ingrate. Let's start showing true true love to people around us knowing-fully-well that we do all things unto God. Remain blessed.

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READING ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE SECOND WEEK

Mon.    Oct. 1:    Hagar Loved Ishmael Passionately (Gen. 21:15-21)
Tue.     Oct. 2:   Moses Selflessly Defended Jethro's People (Exo. 2:16-19)
Wed.    Oct. 3:   Moses Was Loved Despite the Danger (Heb. 11:23)
Thur.   Oct. 4:   Moses Loved God Despite the Risk (Heb. 11:24-26)
Fri.      Oct. 5:   Moses' Love for God Feared Nothing (Heb. 11:27)
Sat.     Oct. 6:   Moses' Love for God Liberated Israel (Heb. 11:28,29)
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