RCCG Sunday School Teacher's Manual 28 January 2018 Lesson 22 - Envy And Jealousy
TOPIC: ENVY AND JEALOUSY [SUNDAY, 28TH JANUARY 2018]
Father, do not let me be pitied this year. Deliver me from envious fellows.
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 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?
MEMORY VERSE: "And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh" - Genesis 37:19
BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 37:3-4, 9-11
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
Envy comes from the Latin word: "in video" meaning to see against or look with ill mind. Jealousy involves suspicious fear or apprehension. While envy denotes a longing to possess something awarded to or achieved by another (Genesis 26:14; 30:1), jealousy denotes a feeling or resentment that another has gained something one may desire (1Samuel 18:6-9).
Envy and jealousy are works of the flesh. They are traits of the Christian's former ways of life which need to be completely dealt with (Titus 3:3).
TEXT REVIEW: GENESIS 37:3-4; 9-11
A lot of parents are the source of troubles and travails of their children. The father or the mother or both could show special love for one child, thereby preferring him or her to, other. Gen. 37:3a. Example of this dangerous scenario was seen in the special love of Isaac for Esau because Esau provided a particular food for him the- Gen 25:27. Rebecca on the other hand, demonstrated special love for Jacob by clothing him with the clothing of elder brother make him look like Esau. Gen 27:15. When Esau plotted to kill Jacob for stealing his blessing, it was Rebecca that hatched the plot also. Gen. 27:42. In today's story, Jacob transferred love to his first child of Rachael for whom she served 14 years to marry and who had to wait for some years before she could conceive... Gen 30:1-2. Therefore, when God gave Rachael conception- Gen. 30:23-24, Jacob loved him more than other brethren and made for him a coat of many colours. This action, among others, gave birth to envy. (Gen37:3-4). The punishment for his special love for one child above other child led him to sorrowful days not far from his action. The coat of many colours was soaked in blood, Gen. 37:31, and Jacob spent many days in sorrow and mourning. Gen. 37:33-35. The moral lesson from this story is not to create war in our families by inactions or in actions before our death.
1. Evil effects of envy and jealousy
2. How to overcome envy and jealousy
EVIL EFFECTS OF ENVY AND JEALOUSY
i. Teacher should ask students to mention their experience with envy and jealousy and the consequences.
ii. Teacher should explain the consequences or effects of envy and jealousy as follows:
a. Envy or jealousy can deny one from inheriting the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).
b. It could lead to anger, self-destruction or divine wrath (Genesis 27:41; Proverbs 27:4; Numbers 12:5-10).
c. It could create an avenue of separation from God (1Samuel 18:7-10).
d. It could also bring about personal harm or weaken one's physical, spiritual and emotional well-being (Job 5:2; Proverbs 14:30).
e. It manifests the deceitfulness of sin and human immorality apart from the intervention of God's redeeming grace (Romans 1:28-32).
f. It could tear believers apart (Genesis 13:7-8; 1Corinthians 3:3-5).
g. It can degenerate to gang up against others (Daniel 6:3-4).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1:
Class should identify the sources of envy in our modern society.
HOW TO OVERCOME ENVY AND JEALOUSY
1. Teacher should find out from students who have overcome jealousy and envy how they were able to overcome the spirit.
2. Teacher should thereafter explain the points below as ways to overcome envy and jealousy.
i. Be content with what you have (Proverbs 15:16; 1Timothy 6:6).
ii. Deal with the thought of envy or jealousy and do not allow it have foothold in your mind (Romans 12:2; 1Samuel 18:8).
iii. Let the faithful avoid the company of the ungodly people (Psalm 1:1; 2Corinthians 6:14-16).
iv. Allow the power of the Holy Spirit to subdue all forms of carnality by walking in the Spirit (1Corinthians 3:3; Galatians 5:16; 1Peter 2:1).
v. Make the word of God your guide and the grace of God your support (Psalm 119:11, 105; Colossians 3:16).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2:
Class should identify factors that can keep friendship going on smoothly.
No more envy and jealousy in our Sunday school classes and parishes.
Patiently waiting for your turn can help erode the root of envy and jealousy.
Father, deliver me from the spirit of envy and jealousy. Give me grace to love and be patient instead.
Mention 5 causes of quarreling, envy and jealousy, bitterness and killing in our society.