Term 1 – Week 12
Big Idea – The Lord promises to restore his people back to himself and bring them back to the land through the resurrection from the dead
- To know the Lord’s promise of restoration is for the sake of His own Holy name.
- To understand that restoration comes through resurrection. The Lord will breathe life into dead bones.
- To appreciate the promise of resurrection finds it fulfilment in the Lord Jesus
- Belief (Head / Heart) – The Lord has spoken; Trust that will God keep his promise to save and to judge. We are guaranteed our own bodily resurrection from the dead when we put our trust in Jesus.
- Behaviour (Hands) – Keep following Jesus, it’s worth it! For we have the hope of restoration in Him
Ezekiel 36:24-26a, 28 (NIVUK)
‘“For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you….. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.”’
Song(s) – Valley of Dry Bones & Dead Bones Walking
The following two songs from Ben Pakula’s album (see below) help teach this lesson.
Song(s) – Ben Pakula’s ‘Masterplan’ Album
This term we’re looking at the storyline of the kings of Israel and Judah, from the end of Solomon’s reign to the destruction and exile of both kingdoms.
Throughout the history of Israel and Judah, God continually raised up prophets to speak on His behalf and warn the people to repent and turn away from their idolatry back to worshipping the one true God. But despite these warnings, God’s people refused to listen and turn away from their sin & rebellion and therefore were punished accordingly.
By the time we get to the end of 2 Kings, it feels like a history without hope. The monarchy has failed, the people of God are punished because of their continual sin and rebellion, there is no promise of a return to the land and nor is there a promise of a restoration of the Davidic dynasty.
But God is a God who keeps his promise to both save and to judge, so there is reason to hope! God will remember his promise to David in 2 Samuel 7. He promised a forever King from the line of David who would rule over a forever kingdom, and the prophets spoke of restoration after judgment.
Ben Pakula’s album ‘Masterplan’ is a biblical-theology concept album. It’s a musical presentation of the whole story of the Bible, focusing on the centrality of Jesus. (Warning: Rock Music ahead!)
Tracks 11-16 cover this part of the Bible. You can find the album online – follow the links below.
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