NABTEB CRS OBJ
After the Israelites had left the land of Egypt, Pharaoh regretted his action to have allowed them to leave. He re-grouped his soldiers to pursue the Israelites. The Isrealites encamped at Pihahiroth where they were overtaken by the Egyptian soldiers who rode on horses and chariots. When the Israelites saw them, they were afraid and they cried to the Lord for their safety. They said that it would have been better for them to die in the land of Egypt than to die in the wilderness.
Moses strengthened their faith by telling them not to entertain any fear, but to stand firm, for the Lord was with them and would fight for them. ” The Egyptians you see today will not be seen again tomorrow”, Moses assured his people. He cried to the Lord and he was told to stretch his rod over the sea. The Lord blocked the view and slowed down the movement of the Egyptians by the pillar of cloud which led the Israelites behind them. Moses did as the Lord had commanded him. He stretched his rod over the sea.
A great wind drove back the waters. The people of Israel crossed the sea on dry land. The Egyptians gave the Israelites a hot chase, but the wheel of their chariots could not move. Moses immediately followed the order of God and stretched his rod over the sea and the water returned. The Egyptian soldiers, their horses and chariots, who were already in the middle of the sea were all drowned and they perished. This is how God was victorious over Pharaoh and his army.
(i) The Israelites learnt that it is good to have faith in the Lord.
(ii) They equally learnt that God is ready to protect His people in the period of need.
(iii) They also learnt that God was very loyal, faithful and kept His promises to His people.
(iv) They also learnt that God punished those who disobey Him and humbled the proud
(v) Israelites learbt that God is a miracle and wonder working God
The son of a royal official was sick with a fever. Even though the young man’s father was a very important man there was nothing that could be done to make his son well. The son was so sick he was going to die.
The father was worried about his son and he needed to find someone to help him. Maybe the teacher, Jesus, could help. People were saying that Jesus was traveling from city to city teaching people about God and performing miracles. Some said that Jesus could even make sick people well.
That is when the royal official heard that Jesus was in the city of Cana. The boy and his father lived in the city of Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee so it would take all day to walk to Cana. But this was so important that the distance did not matter to the father. He set out right away so that he could go and get Jesus. If Jesus came to his house he could make the boy well again.
So the father travelled all the way to Cana to find Jesus. He was a royal official, so he was used to giving orders and telling other people what to do. But when the royal official came to Jesus, he did not give Jesus orders. Instead, he begged Jesus to travel to Capernaum with him to heal his son.
Though Jesus could make people well, He knew the most important thing was that they listen to the words He was saying about God. “Do I have to do miracles for you to believe my words?” Jesus asked.
But all the man could think about was his son.” He asked Jesus to travel with him to Capernaum and come to his house before my son dies!”
But Jesus did not go to the man’s house. He surprised the royal official by telling him to go back home. He told him “Your son will live.” When Jesus said this the man, he believed His words.
He immediately set off for Capernaum. It was one o’clock in the afternoon when Jesus said these words. On the way back to his home, the man’s servants met him on the road. “Your son is alive,” they exclaimed, “His fever went away!” The father was so happy to hear this good news. He was marvelled and asked them a question saying, ” What time did the fever go away?”. They said, “The fever went away at one o’clock in the afternoon.” One o’clock in the afternoon was the exact time that Jesus had said the words, “Your son will live.” The royal official and everyone in his house now believed that Jesus’ words were always true.
Faith played a major role in the healing of the nobleman’s son. The nobleman had a bud of faith, for his urgent need moved him to seek Jesus. At least a glimmer of faith was necessary to believe that, if he could only convince Jesus the Healer to go to his dying child, his son would be healed.
Secondly, the nobleman did not doubt Jesus when He asked him to go that his son will live. This shows that faith is of paramount importance in receiving a miracle.
(i) It is a reminder that God has no limits. The nobleman’s son was far away, but God is not limited by human constraints and healed the boy.
(ii) It emphasizes the link between miracles and faith. The nobleman believed Jesus the first time when he spoke the word about his son being healed.
Prayer is a medium of communication between man and God. It is a ritual copied from the prayerful life of Jesus who taught his disciples how to pray. Prayer is the Christian’s weapon of defence in life.
(i) Prayer of Adoration
(ii) Prayer of Confession
(iii) Prayer of Thanksgiving
(iv) Prayer of Intercession
(PICK ANY FIVE)
(i) Lack of faith
(ii) Lack of forgiving spirit.
(iv) Lack of repentance from personal sins.
(v) Asking wrongly
(vi) Lack of humility