SUBJECT: Christian Religious Studies
TERM: 1st Term
CLASS: Primary 5
At end of this lesson, pupils should be able to:
1 explain how God delivers all those who trust in him from danger. 2 give examples to illustrate God’s deliverance. Guide to Bible passages
Genesis 22:1–19; Daniel 3:3–10; Exodus 14:10–22
BUILDING BACKGROUND/CONNECTION TO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE:
Pupils are familiar with the topic in their previous classes.
Sometimes one may run into problems such as domestic accidents. It could be a fire outbreak or a serious fall in the house. Sometimes it could be a road accident, drowning in water or some other danger. At a time like this, one should pray and trust God for his perfect deliverance. We need the help of God always.
In the Bible, there are many examples of how God delivered people from one danger or another. Examples of such people are Isaac, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The God, who delivered them at that time, is able to deliver us today. When we are faced with many dangers we should call upon him, trust him and he will surely deliver us. The story of Isaac and Abraham
After God had fulfilled his promise to Abraham, by giving him a son, God
decided to test Abraham’s love, trust and obedience. One day God told Abraham to take Isaac his only son, whom he loved so dearly, for a sacrifice.
Abraham obeyed God. He went to the land of Moriah. Isaac, Abraham’s son, had been used to following his father for such sacrifices. On their way to one of the mountains in Moriah, Isaac said to his father, ‘Behold the fire and wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?’ Abraham replied, God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.’
When Abraham and Isaac got to the mountain where the sacrifice was to be made, Abraham laid the lad on the altar, tied him with rope and brought out his knife to kill the child. Suddenly, the angel of God called
from heaven, ‘Abraham, Abraham do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him for now I know that you fear God seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me.’
Abraham looked up and saw a lamb, which replaced Isaac. Remember that Abraham had already prophesied that God would provide a lamb for himself.
Abraham laid Isaac on altar for sacrifice
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three young Hebrew boys. They were captured by the Babylonians, and they became victims of war.
Babylon was an ancient kingdom which did not worship Yahweh, the true God of the Israelites. They were idol worshippers, and did not believe in the living God. One day the king of Babylon, king Nebuchadnezzar, gave a command that at the sound of all musical instruments, all people in his empire should bow down their heads and worship the golden image of him. The three young boys were devoted Jews who believed and worshipped the
true living God. They refused to obey the king’s order. They were reported to king Nebuchadnezzar and were brought to the king. The king ordered them to bow down even in his presence. They refused, and told the king, ‘Our God that we serve would deliver us from your hands oh king. And even if God would not deliver us, we are not ready to fall down or worship your golden
image oh king.’
King Nebuchadnezzar ordered that the fire be made seven times hotter than before. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were tied and thrown into the furnace of fire. The people who threw them into the fire were burnt. Suddenly, they became four inside the furnace; they were no longer tied as before. King Nebuchadnezzar was surprised; he stood up from his royal seat
and said, ‘Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?’
The three Hebrew boys were brought out of the furnace of fire without being hurt. Nebuchadnezzar now made a proclamation (a law) that only God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego should be served; nobody should speak against their God. No other gods could deliver as the God of these three young Hebrew boys. So Nebuchadnezzar promoted them.
The Israelites were in bondage in Egypt for four hundred and thirty years. God heard their cries and he delivered them. When they left Egypt for the Promised Land, they got to the Red Sea and the Egyptians followed them.
When the Israelites saw the Egyptians following them, they were very afraid.
God told Moses to stretch out his rod over the water of the Red Sea. The Israelites walked on a dry land because the sea parted into two when Moses did as God had asked him to do. The Egyptians with their horses followed into the sea. But they perished while the Israelites were delivered.
The Israelites crossing the Red Sea
1 explain how God delivers all those who trust in him from danger. 2 give examples to illustrate God’s deliverance.
WRAP UP (CONCLUSION): Teacher goes over the topic once again for better understanding.
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