Summarize the previous lesson on the Lord’s Supper.
What does ‘self-examination’ mean?
Main Text: Jeremiah 35:1-14.
Memory Verse: But they replied, ‘We do not drink wine,because our forefather Jonadab son of Recab gave us this command: “Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine”’. – Jeremiah 35:6 (NIV).
The development of human resource of a nation is very important to national development. However, for sustainable and meaningful development, the teaching and learning of technical skills must be linked to godly values. Failing this, the nation risks raising a highly skilled workforce who are indifferent to righteousness. With such tall trees with rotten roots at the helm of affairs, the nation risks setbacks of spiritual blindness, moral decay and economic hardship. In today’s study we shall see the sterling example of the Recabites who refused to compromise godly values passed on to them by their forebears.
Questions for Discussion
How did Jeremiah invite the Rechabites to drink wine? Verses 1, 2
What answer did the Rechabites give to the invitation, ‘Drink Wine’? Verse 6a
Why did the Rechabites refuse to drink the wine offered them? Verse 6b
How did the Rechabites show the value of their godly upbringing? Verse 8
In what ways should Verses 13 and 14 inspire us to support PBC to raise godly professionals?
The Rechabites traced their lineage to Jehonadab (Jer. 35:8) who had ordered them to abstain from alcohol, among other things. They upheld this command with the needed strictness such that not even Jeremiah could convince them in the name of the Lord to do otherwise. This is the sort of attitude expected of products of Christian universities. As a Christian university, the Pentecost University College (PUC) intentionally integrates the values and principles of the Kingdom of God into its academic programs. This is to shape the character of professionals it produces to transform every sphere of society with these values and principles. Raising godly professionals requires inflows of commitment, steadfastness, and adequate funding. This is why we must pray for, promote, and financially support the PBC to achieve its goal of raising godly professionals for national transformation.