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Lesson 5 Review: Noble Prince of Peace

Introduction

Memory Text: For unto us a Child is born, unto Us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV).

Peace is a very good condition. The world seeks this peace but despite all efforts, the peace they try to achieve only lasts for a short time. To the world, peace is an elusive dream. Only God can give Us true, and everlasting peace as we will see in this lesson.

Was there going to be deliverance for Galilee?

Yes, there would be deliverance. Isaiah 9:1 begins with nevertheless/but, to show the start of a contrast to the punishment set for Israel. This deliverance was to begin in Galilee.

Whom does God use to deliver His people?

The prophecy in Isaiah 9:6, 7 indicates that God would produce someone who will deliver His people.

How does this all play out in the new testament?

We see that Jesus was the One to deliver His people, His ministry started in Galilee just as Isaiah singled out the Galileans to be the first to receive deliverance. This Lord mixes images from one era in another and that is what goes on Here, another example is the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD and the destruction at the end of the world.

What is special about the third mention of a child recorded in Isaiah 9: 6, 7?

This child is described as wonderful (Judges 13: 18), divine, King of the dynasty of David, He is the Eternal Creator and His Kingdom is eternal.

Who do all these attributes fit?

This attribute fits no other but Jesus, the Divine Son and Creator, born to deliver Us from our sins.

Why does God punish His people in stages rather than at once?

God punished them in stages in patience, so no One perishes but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)

Why does God give us the power of free will?

It is in free will (freedom of choice) that God can know those who truly love Him because, in freedom, there are options to go against God.

What is the idea behind the shoot that comes out of the stump of Jesse?

The stump comes from a felled tree and this indicates that the Dynasty of David, son of Jesse will lose its power but there would arise a branch/shoot from the apparently doomed stump.

How does this New Ruler intend to reverse the effects of sin and apostasy?

He will think and act in harmony with the Lord, judge fairly, punish the wicked, and bring peace. He is leadership will be much greater than that of David who led the Israelites to fight the philistines, and restore peace. Jesus will restore peace to even the whole of creation itself.

Is the prophecy here by Prophet Isaiah referring to just the 1st coming, 2nd or both?

It refers to both the first and second coming because the plan of salvation and deliverance will require both comings.

Who is the only One to give Us true comfort?

Only Jesus can, only Jesus can save Us, and give Us peace. Isaiah in Isaiah 12 gives praise to God for He comforts Him and Revelation 15:2-4 talks about the restoration of peace by the King of the Saints, Jesus.

What is the significance of the idea contained in the name of Jesus?

Jesus means ‘The Lord is my Salvation’. This signifies that Jesus is not just the One to save Us He is the salvation of Himself, not only did He do miracles but He became flesh and lived among Us, not only did He bear our sins but He became sin for Us, not only did He make peace but He is our peace. He is the only One capable of delivering Us because He is salvation. IF He is lifted up, men will be drawn, He is the signal to the peoples.

In Conclusion,

This prophecy of hope prophesied by Prophet Isaiah that was coming up to Israel as a result of national apostasy finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus, whose name means The Lord is my Salvation. He is the only One who perfectly meets the conditions necessary for Man’s salvation. We only have to believe in Jesus for this salvation to work for Us, I pray that God makes Us beneficiaries of this salvation in Jesus’ name.

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Lesson 4 Review: The Hard Way

Lesson 4 Review: The Hard Way

Introduction

Memory Text: “I will wait on the LORD, who hides His face from the house of Jacob; and I will hope in Him” (Isaiah 8:17, NKJV).

God expects Us to trust Him just as the blind girl trusted her father and did as he instructed her, unfortunately, We fail to trust God sometimes and we meet the bad end that comes with distrust for God.

However, God has many ways to speak to His children and if We do not listen to God in one way, maybe we will with another.

Why is “curds and Honey” mentioned in Isaiah 7:15?

The people of Judah would be poor and would have to return to the diet of nomads and because the Assyrians will destroy their crops and fields.

When was the prophecy regarding Syria and northern Israel fulfilled?

The prophecy of the destruction of Syria and Northern Israel was fulfilled two years after Isaiah’s prophecy in 734 B.C. In 732 B.C Israel and Syria had been utterly destroyed.

What significant lesson do we learn from King Ahaz’s decision to put his confidence in the King of Assyria?

“It is better to take confidence in the Lord than to put confidence in princes”, Psalm 118:9. King Ahaz’s enemies were completely wiped out but a greater enemy was to come, and soon his friend became his foe. Our trust should only be on God and not on Man.

To who did the names of Isaiah’s son refer to?

The meaning of Isaiah’s son’s names referred to Judah and Northern Israel.

What hope and why was there still hope for them?

The hope for them was that a remnant would return and the reason for the reason is as a result of God’s promise to be with them all the way (Immanuel).

What is the idea of fearing God?

True fear of God as holy means that you recognize Him as the ultimate power in the universe. The fear that comes with that recognition overcomes every other fear.

How should our fear for God be like, knowing that love has no fear?

Our fear for God should be as a friend with awesome power with whom you share mutual power. This kind of fear is not a fear of hurt but of respect for the power of the person and keep to the boundaries.

What does the message in Isaiah have to do with King Ahaz?

Isaiah’s description of despair resulting from reliance on spirits other than the Lord fits Ahaz well because He relied on the pagan. In verse 21 Isaiah talks about the people getting enraged and cursing their King. The lesson points out that when King Ahaz died He was exempted from being buried in the tomb where he past kings of Israel were buried as they had lost respect for Him and His leadership.

In Conclusion,

The only safe way is to trust God, He is the only One who can truly guide, protect, and provide for those who let Him. There is only gloom for those who turn to other powers aside God. I pray this lesson teaches Us more to put our trust only on God in Jesus’ name.

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Lesson 3 Review: When Your World Is Falling Apart

Lesson 3 When Your World Is Falling Apart

Introduction

Memory Text: “ ‘ “ ‘If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established’ “ ‘ “ (Isaiah 7:9, NKJV).

Circumstances may cause Us to misunderstand situations, who is and is not at fault. Just like Waddlesworth did not know who the enemy was, King Ahaz did not as well. Not knowing who the enemy is, can lead Us to take the wrong actions.

What terrifying Crisis did King Ahaz face early in his reign?

The Kingdoms of Northern Israel and Syria ganged up to make war with Judah, under the Kingship of Ahaz. They needed to take over their resources and manpower of the small nation, Judah.

What did Ahaz decide to do to resolve this crisis?

Ahaz tried to create a relationship with Tiglath-pileser, King of Assyria, the enemy of his enemies. By so doing, He could have the Assyrians support and defend them.

Was this the right thing for King Ahaz to do?

The answer is no. Rather than King Ahaz to consult God as the only Friend who could rescue Him and His country, He decided to make friends with Tiglath-pileser III.

Why did the Lord tell Isaiah to take his son, Shear-jashub with Him to meet Ahaz?

Shear-jashub means ‘A Remnant Shall Return’. Isaiah would have to introduce his son and by mentioning his name, the message of God will be passed to King Ahaz. A remnant shall return, this means if He does not turn away from his sins he will go into captivity and a remnant from captivity shall return.

What did King Ahaz have to do to address the situation?

He only had to trust in God, He needed to believe in order to be established for the powers that looked huge and fiery were only like two smoldering stumps of firebrands.

Why did King Ahaz respond the way He did to God’s appeal to put Him to test?

Ahaz wanted to be pious and respectful and would not want to put God to test as did the Israelites some years before. The only difference here is that God wanted Ahaz to put Him to test.

What did King Ahaz’s response imply?

King Ahaz’s refusal to put God to the test implied that God was not His God.

Who is the woman, and who is her child?

Though this was a sign that was meant to inspire King Ahaz’s faith, based on the old testament we cannot justify the fulfillment of his sign. Rather we can say it served as a forerunner of Christ for only Jesus was born of a young virgin unmarried woman and His name was Immanuel.

What does it mean for God to be with Us?

Immanuel means ‘God is with Us’ and so no matter what we may be facing, He is always with Us as He had promised. This could be the sign God tried to show to King Ahaz that He would be there to protect them despite His disbelief. He was with Daniel in the lion’s den, He was with Stephen when He got stoned, He was with Jacob while He wrestled overnight, and He is with Us to the end.

In Conclusion,

We should never forget God’s promise to always be with Us despite the situation. We should not lean on the arm of flesh as King Ahaz did. Trust in the Lord and know that When Your World Is Falling Apart, He is always with us and ready to Save if only we trust Him. I pray for God to grant us the grace to acknowledge that He is always with Us and trust Him to deliver Us from all of our troubles in Jesus’ name.

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Pentecost 2023 Theme Song: Will there be any stars in my crown?

The Pentecost 2023 is an initiative set out by the Eastern Nigerian Union Conference (ENUC) for winning souls for Christ. The year 2023 will mark 100 years since the Seventh Day Adventist’s faith came into the eastern region of Nigeria and so our aim is to win at least 12 souls from 2020 to 2023, a soul per quarter. The slogans are: Winning stars for my crown, and mission possible.

The theme song for Pentecost 2023 is titled, ‘Will there be any stars in my crown?’.

The lyrics for the theme song is as follows:

I am thinking today of that beautiful land

I shall reach when the sun goeth down

When through wonderful grace by my Saviour I stand

Will there be any stars in my crown.

Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown

When at evening the sun goeth down

When I wake with the blest in those mansions of rest

Will there be any stars in my crown.

— Instrumental —

In the strength of the Lord let me labor and pray

Let me watch as a winner of souls

That bright stars may be mine in the glorious day

When his praise like the sea billow rolls.

Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown

When at evening the sun goeth down

When I wake with the blest in those mansions of rest

Will there be any stars in my crown.

— Mandolin Instrumental —

Oh, what joy it will be when his face I behold

Living gems at his feet to lay down

It would sweeten my bliss in the city of gold

Should there be any stars in my crown.

— Banjo Instrumental —

Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown

When at evening the sun goeth down

When I wake with the blest in those mansions of rest

Will there be any stars in my crown.

 

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Lesson 2 Review: Crisis of Leadership

Introduction

Memory Text: In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on the throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple (Isaiah 6:1, NKJV).

The Sabbath afternoon lesson points out that good leadership is based on the confidence of the people in the leaders. Although, over the years, people see hunger as a result of bad leadership, when a leader can no longer be trusted, providing food or having weapons will not work at all.

 Why did Isaiah see the vision of the divine King just the same year King Uzziah died?

Uzziah was the only King, known to Isaiah as at his time, and what He knew from Him were pride and pomposity, and so Uzziah’s death erased the influence He had created towards his people and Isaiah too. As He died, He saw a new King, an everlasting One, who taught Him rightly and unlike Uzziah, He submitted to be purged of his sins.

Why would God make an appearance to King Isaiah in such a setting as He did?

God made the appearance to Isaiah to show that He is God and He is holy and His people who want to worship Him must worship Him in holiness and purity just as the angels do. It was a demand for His people to turn from their evil ways. It was also to help comfort Isaiah amidst the crisis they were facing, it was for encouragement and to make Him stay faithful.

Why did the Seraph have to use burning coal to touch Isaiah’s lips?

There is no explicit as to why, but we may say probably Isaiah gave the wrong speeches. And so by purifying his lips, his whole self was purified cause His lips represent the person.

Can God’s sanctuary serve as a place of encouragement?

We can say yes because Isaiah’s ministry had already begun when He recalled the encounter He had some time back. Isaiah was in crisis and He used this encounter to encourage Himself. John also in Revelation 5 when He was in bondage, Jesus was already in heaven but He gave Him a vision as the lamb that takes away the sins of the world, although this had happened before, it was only repeated to encourage John and his readers.

Why did God give such a strange message through the Prophet Isaiah to His people?

God’s message to His people was an appeal for them to repent, His love toward His people is unchanging, only that the people compromise and harden their hearts. So because of this, He sent the message (Isaiah 6:9,10) to them to help them see how hardened they are. The people also have a choice to make, to either harden their hearts or heed the word of the Lord. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened but He had the freedom to choose whether to harden his heart or soften it as we can see in Exodus 8:15, 32.

In Conclusion,

The people of Israel were rebellious and even those who were true to God were often discouraged by the rebellion of the others. Isaiah’s ministry seemed hopeless because the people were stubborn. The vision Isaiah had was all He needed to stay faithful in such an iniquitous society. I pray that God strengthens us and encourages Us just when we need it so we do not lose our faith in God in Jesus’ name.

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Blessings for the New Year, 2021

The past 2020 was a year full of pandemics of all sort. I live in Nigeria, and Nigeria as a country not only experienced the covid-19 lockdown but also the nationwide protest that shook Nigeria, which later got hijacked by hoodlums, other cases arose, such as rise in products, etc.

But amidst all these, we came to the end of 2020, to God be the glory.

Here are some blessings compiled for you, have faith and see it work for you in 2021.

God’s protection will never cease in your life, just as He led you tot the end of 2020, He will lead you through 2021, under His wings you shall abide and no matter what the year may bring on you. It is never going to get to you because God has hidden you under His wing.

He will grant you favor in all your endeavors. We deserve nothing, it is all by God’s grace that we get favored with whatever we have. Our prayer for you this month is that this favor will never cease.

Your wishes for this year will come true. Inasmuch as God has His plans for Us, He still considers our requests and grants Us the best. He always listens and your requests for 2021 will be granted.

Happy New Year all ??.

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Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide: 1st Quarter of 2021 Introduction

The 1st Quarter of 2021 theme for the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide is Isaiah Comfort My People.

The writings of Isaiah were very strong, emotive, poetic, and powerful. We will study these writings this quarter, the environment where he wrote these powerful writings, and most especially his God who called and inspired him. We acknowledge the Principal Contributor, Roy E. Gane, Editors, coordinator and Art Director, and Illustrator for bringing this lesson to Us at this time. Our special thanks go to God for inspiring them.

Here is an overview of the lessons for this quarter, click any of the lesson topics to see the review. The lessons that are yet to come do not have reviews yet rather they have a suggestion form for Users to send questions and contributions about the lesson, the reviews for the yet-to-come lessons will be available by the beginning of that lesson week.

  1. Crisis of Identity—December 26-January 1
  2. Crisis of Leadership—January 2-8
  3. When Your World Is Falling Apart—January 9-15
  4. The Hard Way—January 16-22
  5. Noble Prince of Peace—January 23-29
  6. Playing God—January 30-February 5
  7. Defeat of the Assyrians—February 6-12
  8. “Comfort My People” —February 13-19
  9. To Serve and to Save—February 20-26
  10. Doing the Unthinkable—February 27-March 5
  11. Waging Love—March 6-12
  12. Desire of Nations—March 13-19
  13. Rebirth of Planet Earth—March 20-26
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Lesson 1 Review: Crisis of Identity

Introduction

Memory Text: “ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD, ‘though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool’ “ (Isaiah 1:18, NKJV).

The children of Israel had forgotten their identity, they forgot they belonged to God, unlike a small boy who gets separated from his mother and recognizes the mother at the sight of her, the children of Israel did not recognize who God was to them.

In what way did the Israelites lose their identity?

By rebelling against God by sinning, they had lost their identity and hence forgotten who their owner was (Isaiah 1:3)

Why does the Lord reject His people’s offering to Him?

Their offerings were rejected simply because the hands that offered them were “full of blood”, that is guilty of violence and oppression to their fellow (Isaiah 1:15). These sacrifices were instituted by God (Leviticus 1-16) and were meant to be in the context of faithfulness to God and anything aside that cannot be accepted.

What were the people of God expected to do to be reconciled back to God?

They were to learn to do good, seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow (Isaiah 1:17).

What does God do to reconcile them back to Him?

He offers them forgiveness, by so doing they would see the need to purify themselves of their sins.

 Why are there only two choices (to eat or be eaten) that have to be followed without compromise?

This same format has used throughout the bible, it was similar to the scenario in Moses’ time which was about life and death (Deuteronomy 30:19,20). It is only good and bad, whatever is not good is bad and whatever is not bad is good, and God is good, so if God makes any conditional promises, they are for good, and the conditions must be adhered to, in contrast not abiding by those good conditions will incur the bad side and since it is only good and bad, there is no compromise. Also, God is one, and His character is One, He never changes or compromises, so whatever He says must be carefully followed.

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Why by His statement in Isaiah 5:4, “What more was there to do for my vineyard than I have done in it?”?

This shows that God does not just cut Us off once we go astray because He understands how deceptive sin can be, rather He does everything possible, He waits patiently for Us, He offers Us forgiveness, He gives Us chances, and still show Us His mercies and goodness.

In Conclusion,

God is ever-willing to reconcile Us back to Him. Even if we forget Him, He is always ready to forgive us and draw us back to Him. One of the ways HE does this is by pointing out our condition, remind us of the destructive consequences of our rebellion and urges us to allow Him to heal and cleanse Us. I pray that We never lose our identity for any reason, for God is always faithful to Us, and will never forget us too in Jesus’ name.

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Lesson 12 Review: Sabbath: Experiencing and Living the Character of God

Lesson 12 Sabbath: Experiencing and Living the Character of God

Introduction

Memory Text: “And He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath’” (Mark 2:27, 28).

The Sabbath is not just a day of rest but a means for education as well. Jodie’s decision to not attend any social events on Sabbath days made her beliefs known to those around and they became aware of the fact that the Sabbath is God’s day of rest for Jodie. Her friend Gayle was also aware of this. There are many things to learn from God’s day of rest, it is not just about rest, education is also involved.

 What was the first Sabbath about?

The first Sabbath in Eden was a day of rest for our first parents and it was an opportunity for them to learn more about their creator and the creatures.

In what ways can We make our Sabbath similar to the first Sabbath?

Yes, the first Sabbath was about getting to know God, we still do the same thing when We study God’s word in the church. By studying God’s word, we are getting to know Him more.

How can We help those who may have lost focus on what the Sabbath is about?

The Israelites had lost their perspective as children of God, and God had to reveal Himself to them through the signs and wonders He wrought in their presence. These signs and wonders helped the Israelites rediscover who God was, His Sabbaths, and statues. In our time, we can help those who may have lost focus of what the Sabbath is about when We remind them of God’s messages in the bible.

How does the Sabbath help set our priorities right?

The things we learn from the Sabbath and God’s purposes for our lives can impact our lives and set our priorities straight.

What is the balance for our Sabbath-keeping?

Our balance is deduced from the memory text in Mark 2:27, 28. The Sabbath was never meant to be a burden but a delight. If we follow the rules and regulations of the Sabbath we may lose sight of what it is all about. The key point is to reveal God’s love to us and God is not a God of suffering, the Sabbath is not a burden so We should not take it for such.

Which other opportunity does the Sabbath create for Us?

The Sabbath creates a community for Us to get to know God more, study the truth, and build or faiths and hope. The community encourages all believers of Christ to hold firm and it exposes the history and truth about the Sabbath.

In Conclusion,

The Sabbath is a seal upon God’s people. Nothing really distinguishes Us from the rest of the others as does the Sabbath. It is our duty to use every opportunity the Sabbath gives and not take it as a burden. I pray that God gives Us all it will take to do this in Jesus’ name.

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Lesson 11 Review: The Christian and Work

Introduction

Memory Text: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV).

We see that work was there from the beginning even in a world of no sin, God gave our first parent the work of taking care of the garden. After, the fall, the scope of the work changed, work is a very vital in Christian education as we will see in the review.

How was work from the beginning?

Work as God’s idea was meant to be stress-free and We did not have to work to eat

What changed all these?

Sin changed the side of work. Man after the fall has to work from his sweat, toil to put food on his table then die.

What matters most in whatever work we are doing?

What matters in whatever work we do is glorifying God with the work. We should remember that God initiated work and we should do all to the glory of His name. Our work or job should not take the place of Go in our lives, neither should we do something that will take God far away from you.

What has God promised those who work diligently?

There are promises and blessings in the bible for those who do not slack in doing things. In Deuteronomy 16:15, God has promised to bless and increase Us in the works of our hands. This simply means that for this promise to work we must work first.

What are one of the ways we use our work to glorify God?

By using the fruits of our work to bless others, we glorify God, because touching the lives of those people will create an avenue for you to preach the word to them more easily and it also further expresses God’s love to them.

What should be our attitude to work?

We should be diligent in whatever thing, we do, doing it with all our might and doing it excellently. In Exodus 25:10-30, God makes it clear that it is not just about doing work, but what matters more is how efficiently we carry them out. Moses was a tent-maker but God gave Him directions to how his tent would look like. The directions were excellent, the materials were of optimum quality and Moses was to follow exactly as God had commanded.

How do We apply spirituality in our different work fields?

In whatever we do, the fruit of the spirit as recorded in Galatians 5:22 – 25 should always play out. We should treat everyone we render service to, with all spirituality.

How should we compartmentalize all the aspects of our life to be sure we work effectively, and also serve God effectively?

Any work that compromises with the time for God should be abandoned. We have six days in a week for all work and We should not go ahead to use the seventh-day meant for God to do our pleasure/work. We should not also let work interfere with maybe our family responsibilities.

Work was not as a curse to man, it was the ground that was cursed. So whatever our hand finds to do, we have to do it with all our might, for there is a blessing attach to everything we do especially if we do It in the right way, by not making it interfere with our spiritual life, by blessing others with the blessings gotten from our work and by doing our work effectively. I pray that God grants Us the right attitude to work so We glorify His name more in Jesus’ name.