Lesson for September 24, 2016.

A CHOSEN SEED

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60.

Memory Verse: Isaiah 60:21.

  1. What promise was made to the seed of Abraham, and why? Genesis 22:17; 26:5.
  2. How far was the blessing of Abraham to reach? Were others also to be blessed through his seed? Genesis 12:2,3; 22:18; 26:4.
  3. Was Israel always faithful to the trust given them? Jeremiah 2:21,22; Leviticus 26:33; Nehemiah 13:17,18; Ezekiel 6:8; 22:4,14,15.

NOTE:There is a simple lesson here, needful for all of us to learn, concerning the time of Israel’s dispersal. As Andrew Dugger (our beloved father and Elder) would say, “The Jews are a living witness of God’s wrath on the children of disobedience.” Please see Romans 11:21.

  1. In touching God’s love, mercy and restoration power, what does the Word of God further tell us about the Abrahamic family? Isaiah 61:3,4; 49:12-16; 48:9-12; Jeremiah 31:7-12;  31:35-37; Ezekiel 36:8-11.
  2. Did God still have a purpose in preserving the seed of Israel? Isaiah 2:2;  49:6-11; 59:19-21; 60:1-3; 62:1-7; Micah 4:1,2; Luke 1:31-33.
  3. How are the Gentiles to be blessed through this chosen family? Acts 3:22-25; Ephesians 2:12-14; Galatians 3:29; John 4:22; 18:37; Matthew 2:2; Luke 2:14; Isaiah 9:6,7; Revelation 5:9,10.

NOTE: More prophetic promises (only a few among many) foretelling a better time for Israel, are found in Zechariah 8:1-8; Ezekiel 36:25. Heaven decreed that Jerusalem would again be favored. We are first hand witnesses of this reality. Many more ancient prophecies are in fulfillment today. God is still leading Israel and every promise will be completed. He is working out His purpose through Israel.

  1. What is a most sure and outstanding sign of our Saviour’s imminent return that is mentioned throughout the Bible and also found in the beautiful 102nd Psalm? Verse 16.
  2. What very special condition is prophesied for His people just prior to His second coming? Isaiah 52:8.

NOTE: The authenticity of God’s Word and even the very existence of God is vindicated through Israel. It is as in the very beginning when His Word was heard and with His Word beautiful things were created – even so, He has spoken concerning Israel today. Through the past and in this present time and all the way through the future His Word will continue to unfold – true to every precept. In these momentous and difficult times, we receive comfort because we know that His Word is true and that He is in control.

  1. In the future, when the nations come against Jerusalem, who will be dwelling in the Promised Land? Will it be the literal seed of Israel, or Gentiles? Ezekiel 38:16.

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