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The Finger of God

Finger of God

INTRODUCTION
The finger of God has been used both literarily and figuratively in the Bible. It brings about supernatural happenings beyond human comprehension. We need to understand what the Finger of God represents and how it works for us as individuals in our relationships with God.

OPENING PRAYER
Father, prove to the whole world that I am yours.

MEMORY VERSE: "Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said." -- Exodus 8:19

BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 8:16-19

Exodus:8.16
So the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Stretch out your rod, and strike the dust of the land, so that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.' "
Exodus:8.17
And they did so. For Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and struck the dust of the earth, and it became lice on man and beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
Exodus:8.18
Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast.
Exodus:8.19
Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This [is] the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the LORD had said.

TEXT REVIEW: EXODUS 8:16-19
"DO NOT PROVOKE GOD"

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in mercy. Psalms 103:8. But whenever a man provokes Him to anger, no gods or power or magic can deliver such a man. In today's Bible passage, Pharaoh and his government provoked God and the entire land bore the consequence. The following truth emerged in the incidence:

i. God can stretch out his finger through the hand of his anointed one(s). Exodus 8:16.

ii. God's finger of anger can bring calamity upon man, animals and the entire land. Exodus 8:17.

iii. God's finger of anger cannot be replicated by any act of magic or enchantment. Exodus 8:18 or curbed by them.

iv. Whenever God's finger of anger is on display, all other powers and authorities (Pharaoh and magicians) will know that it is God in action. Exodus 8:19.

LESSON OUTLINES
1. The finger of God described
2. Its mercy and judgement

THE FINGER OF GOD DESCRIBED

i. Finger of God means the expression of God's creative power and authority over his creation. Psalm 8:2-3.

ii. The finger of God was demonstrated in the writing of the Ten Commandments on the stones. Exodus 31:18.

iii. The finger of God was also demonstrated in writing the judgement of King Belshazzar on the wall for desecrating the vessels of God's house. Dan. 5:1-5, 25-28.

iv. God pointed His finger in Egypt to prove His supremacy to Pharaoh and his magicians whose hearts were hardened.
God's finger released lice upon the land and the magicians could not bring forth such wonders with their magic. Exodus 8:17-19.

v. God's finger can be expressed positively or negatively. It all depends on man's disposition to God. Those who do good will enjoy positive expression while the wicked will enjoy negative expression. Romans 9:15-18.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1
What can people do to experience the negative finger of God?

ITS MERCY AND JUDGEMENT

i. God's finger of mercy was seen in the lives of Joseph, prodigal son, the adulterous woman, etc. Gen. 39:21-23; Luke 15:18-20; John 8:2-11.

ii. God's finger of judgement was seen at the red sea, Sodom and Gomorrah, King Herod, Ananias and Sapphira. Gen. 19:24-25; Acts 12:22-23; 5:3-5, 9-10.

iii. God's finger of judgement and mercy can be expressed on an individual together. For instance, He removed Nebuchadnezzar and later restored him. Dan. 4:30-36. He cursed Cain to be a fugitive and vagabond and later set a mark on him not to be killed by anybody. Gen. 4:9-15

iv. The sinners who fail to repent will experience the negative finger of God for judgement. Ezekiel 33:13; 18:1-13.

v. The sinners who repent will experience the positive finger of God for mercy. Ezekiel 33:11; Isaiah 55:7.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2
What can a person do to attract the merciful finger of God?

SUMMARY
Your disposition to God will determine the kind of finger of God that would be pointed at you.

SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.  

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.

3. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.

4. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.

5. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I'll be in Sunday School.

6. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

CONCLUSION
Having understood what the finger of God is, you need to decide whether to enjoy its mercy or face its judgement.

CLOSING PRAYER
Father, help me to keep your word always to experience the merciful finger of God.

ASSIGNMENT
Mention five (5) things each which a person can do to experience the merciful or judgemental fingers of God. 1 Mark each

REFERENCES
RCCG Sunday School Teacher's Manual Lesson Forty

THE GOD'S MASTER PIECE


Sunday school 2

LESSON INTRODUCTION : God's original intention at creation was to make man a showpiece from ordinary dust (Gen. 1:26-27). However, man fell short of God's expectation (Rom. 3:23). The mercy of God still prevails despite the cracks in our log of wood to make us fit into His showcase. Today, we shall examine some of God's showpieces that got cracked and how the cracks were mended to make them masterpieces. God can do the same for you.

OPENING PRAYER: Father, mold me to suit your purpose.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Jeremiah 18:1-10  1. 1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2. Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
3. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
4. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
5. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
6. O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
7. At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8. If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
9. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10. If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

MEMORY VERSE: "Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations."Isaiah 60:15

TEXT REVIEW : 1SAMUEL 16:11-13 - "FROM LOG OF WOOD TO MASTERPIECE"
The parable of the porter's house passes some moral lessons for us to learn.
i. The porter can fashion clay to what suit his purpose. Jer. 18:3.
ii. It is not uncommon to see the clay marred. Jer. 18:4.
iii. It is not also uncommon to see the porter remoulding the marred clay. Jer. 18:4.
iv. God said, "If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them".Jer. 18:8.
v. God said, "If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good". Jer. 18:10‭-‬11.
vi. To be mended therefore consists in the clay turning to the porter and be ready to be good clay. Jer. 18:11.

           2 LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: GOD'S SHOWPIECES
i. God, the Master Sculptor, wanted to display His showpiece at all times.
ii. God displayed Job as an outstanding showpiece before Satan. Job 1:8.
iii. God boasted of Abraham's integrity for the world to emulate. Gen. 18:9.
iv. God showcased Elijah at Mount Carmel and Baal's prophets were destroyed while the nation turned to God. 1 Kings 18:21-40.
v. God also showcased Elijah by sending chariot of fire to carry him from earth to heaven. 2 Kings 2:11-12.
vi. God showcased Paul as a chosen vessel. Acts 9:15-16.
vii. God wants to showcase you if you surrender totally to the Lord Jesus to save and sanctify you.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: In addition to the above stated names, mention people in the Bible who God was proud of and the scripture testified their good work.

LESSON OUTLINE 2:CRACKED BUT MENDABLE
i. A sculptor, who got his cracked could either workout a new carving, patch it or drop the material.
ii. God dropped Saul and Eli being cracked  materials. 1 Sam. 13:13-14;3:11-14.
iii. God dropped cracked  materials especially when the effort to mend them did not yield desired result. For instance, warning to Eli feel on his deaf ears. 1 Sam.3:18; 2:30-33.
iv. However, " log of wood" or "materials" which cracked but surrendered themselves to the master sculptor were mended until they became masterpiece.
v. Examples of cracked but mended pieces were David and Peter. 2 Sam.12:7-13; Mark 14:66-72; John 21, 15-17.
vi. You can be mended if you truly desist from backsliding, compromising and struggling with the Holy Spirit. Jer.3:14-22.
vii. You can be mended if you surrender to Him completely. Acts 5:1-9

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Mention those things that can make a"wood"(i.e human work in progress) to crack.

SUMMARY: You are not beyond repair if you surrender completely to Jesus.

CONCLUSION: God is still working on you. Allow Him.

EVALUATION: Give examples of cracked but mended persons.

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, work on me until I become a masterpiece.

ASSIGNMENT: Find out five (5) things each which Eli and Saul did which made God to drop them.

REFERENCE: RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL, TEACHER'S MANUAL, LESSON THIRTY SEVEN (37), TOPIC: GOD'S MASTER PIECE.

The Master Sculptor


LESSON INTRODUCTION: A sculptor is an artist who carves or molds figures, designs in wood, stone, clay, etc. When a sculptor want to carve something out, he looks a piece of wood and begins to see what nobody else can see in it. God is the master sculptor. In today's lesson, we shall be looking at how God can transform us from 'logs of wood' into a finished product.


MEMORY VERSE: "O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord . Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel." Jeremiah 18:6

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Samuel 16:11-13

11. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

12. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

13. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.


                OUTLINES:
1. YOU ARE A RAW MATERIAL
2. THE PROCESSING STAGES

YOU ARE THE RAW MATERIAL
God, the master sculptor looks for raw materials. He pronounces what He wants them to be. For instance in *Judges 6:11-16*, God looked at a coward, Gideon, who was actually hiding from the enemies,  and saw a mighty man of valour. God picked up David from the bush and produced a giant killer and a mighty king out of him (1 Sam. 16:11-13; 17:50-51; 2 Sam. 2:4). Moses was picked up from the backside of a desert to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt (Exodus 3:1-10). Peter was a crude fisherman but the Sculptor turned him into a fisher of men (Luke 5:1-10; Acts 2:41; 4:4). The Lord is looking at you today as a raw material with which He can produce something great in the future (Jer. 29:11). He will make up the difference between what you can see and what He can see, which to you is farfetched (Jer. 32:27; Isaiah 55:8-9).

THE PROCESSING STAGES
Several processes are engaged in converting a log of wood into a finished product. The similitude of this is what happens when God is making you what He wants you to be. Firstly, you need to fetch the wood from the bush (Exo. 3:1-2; 1 Sam. 16:11; Judges 6:11-12). This is the salvation stage. Secondly, you need to saw off the back of the wood. This was the experience of Saul of Tarsus in (Acts 9:1-8). This is the sanctification process. Thirdly, the sculptor uses hammer and chisel. This is the shaping process. This is done on you through the word of God (Jer. 23:29) to chisel out thongs like covetousness, anger, impatience, pride, etc. The fourth stage involves the use sand paper, which is to make smooth the  rough edges - sharpening process (John 15:2). Finally, is the polishing stage which is the anointing of the Holy Spirit for manifestation (2 Sam. 2:4). By then, God would have turned you from a raw material to a finished product, from being a sinner to a saint and from mere clay to a vessel unto honour.

CONCLUSION : Today, stop struggling with your maker, rather, yield yourself as that log of wood in the hands of the sculptor.

QUESTIONS:
1. Give three examples of "raw materials" in the Bible.

2. Outline the stages involved in transforming a "raw material" to a "finished product".

*For Further Reading*: John 15:1-2; Philippians 1:6; Matthew 5:5; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 43:19; Luke 13:8.

ASSIGNMENT : Find out five (5) requirements to be a vessel of honour.

REFERENCE : RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT'S MANUAL 2018/2019

RCCG Sunday School Hymn


1. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Thy friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.

3. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.

4. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.

5. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I'll be in Sunday School.

6. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

BEWARE OF MODERN DAY IDOLATRY

OPENING PRAYER:
Father, please save my home and church from all forms of modern day idolatry.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 20:3-5
3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

MEMORY VERSE:
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”. Matthew 22:37

LESSON INTRODUCTION:
An idol is anything that replaces the one true God in our lives. It can be anything that appeals to our own heart more than God does, and anything that takes significant amount of our time leaving us with little or no time to spend with Him. While the scriptures condemn idolatry in strong terms (Jer. 25:6: Exodus 20:5), many Christians engage in idol worshipping today without knowing it.

TEXT REVIEW : EXODUS 20:3-5 - "WARNING"
I. The Mosaic law refers to as "Torah" in Hebrews which means "teaching" is divided into three (3), namely:
i. The moral law dealing with God's standard for Holy living. Exodus 20:1-17.
ii. The civil law dealing with Israel's legal and social life. Exodus 21:1-23.
iii. The ceremonial law dealing with ceremonies of worship/sacrifices. Exodus 24:12-31.
II. God forbids idol worshipping outrightly with the following instructions:
i. Thou shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3.
ii. Thou shall not make no graven image of any likeness be it in heaven, earth or underneath the earth. Exodus 20:4.
iii. Thou shall not bow to them. Exodus 20:5a.
iv. Thou shall not serve them. Exodus 20:5b.
III. God gave reasons for these directives to show how serious they are:
i. He is the Lord thy God (Sufficient to be followed and worshipped). Exodus 20:1.
ii. He is the deliverer from bondages of Egypt (and any forms of bondages or captivities). Exodus 20:1b.
iii. He is a jealous God and would punish perpetrators who violate the commandment to the third and fourth generations. Exodus 20:5b.
iv. He is a merciful God and would show mercy to those who keep the commandments and love him. Exodus 20:6.

LESSON OUTLINE 1: FORMS OF MODERN DAY IDOLATRY
i. Modern day idolatry is all pursuit and craving of man to leave the God out of their equation or lives. Isaiah 42:8.
ii. It is the act of portraying and painting God in unbiblical precepts to suit personal values and ideologies. 2 Tim. 4:3.
iii. Self worship expressed through aggressive pursuit and realization of goals and dreams without God.
iv. Materialism i.e. excessive regards for worldly possession. 1 Cor. 7:31; Col. 3:5.
v. Pride and ego i.e. forms of obsession with careers, business or job in order to raise social status. Eccl. 2:21-23; Prov. 8:13.
vi. Idolizing fellow humans i.e. referencing renowned individuals like musicians, actors, footballers, ministers of God, politicians, spouse, etc.
vii. Naturalism and the power of sciences i.e. illusion that man is the lord of his world due to scientific and technological breakthroughs. 2 Peter 3:10-13.
viii. Self indulgence i.e. this is expressed through alcohol, drugs, devotion to television programmes, social media, etc.
ix. Clubbing/partying, pornography, gambling and so on. 1 Cor. 10:31.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Differentiate between traditional or conventional idol worshipping and modern day idol worshipping.

LESSON OUTLINE 2 : CONSEQUENCES OF MODERN DAY IDOLATRY
i. Divine curse on the perpetrators. Daniel 4:30-33.
ii. It leads the perpetrators away from the law and teachings of the Lord. 2 Tim. 4:3-4; 3:1-4.
iii. Those who are involved lose their zeal for things of God. 2 Tim. 4:10.
iv. It has grievous consequences of eternal separation from God. 1 Sam. 2:29-36.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2 : Identify other consequences of getting involved in the modern day idolatry.

SUMMARY: Flee modern day idolatry.

CONCLUSION:
The worship of 'self', is the basis of all modern day idolatry. God warns against it (Exodus 20:30). It is a lifelong battle in Christian life that must be resisted. Eph. 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:3.

EVALUATION:
Identify forms and consequences of getting involved in modern day idolatry.

CLOSING PRAYER:
Father, liberate your Children from all forms of modern day idolatry.
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.

3. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.

4. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.

5. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I'll be in Sunday School.

6. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

ASSIGNMENT:
Mention ten (10) things which have gradually taken the position of God in some peoples' lives and their consequences (either physical or spiritual).

REFERENCE: RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOLTEACHER'S MANUAL FOR 2018/2019