RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 29TH MARCH 2020
TOPIC: CHILD ADOPTION
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 friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and 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 be 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 he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father or mother, and the maid was Fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.” — Esther 2:7
BIBLE PASSAGE: EXODUS 2:1-10
And a man of the house of Levi went and took [as wife] a daughter of Levi.
So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he [was] a beautiful [child,] she hid him three months.
But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid [it] in the reeds by the river’s bank.
And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.
Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it.
And when she had opened [it,] she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?”
And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give [you] your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.
And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.”
Child adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another person’s child. It is also the act of leaving one’s natural family and entering into the privileges and responsibilities of another family. Adoption process usually goes through the law court, in order to be made legal. Moreover, as in all parent/child relationships, it is a relationship of promise and an acceptance of an unconditional gift. God Cares for orphan, the poor, the abandoned, the abused and the displaced people (through war, natural disaster, etc.)-James 1:27. Hence, the need for child adoption.
1. BIBLICAL INSTANCES OF CHILD ADOPTION
2. REASONS FOR CHILD ADOPTION AND ITS BENEFITS
BIBLICAL INSTANCES OF CHILD ADOPTION
Obviously, child adoption is a biblical concept and there are quite a number of such instances documented in the scripture.
1).Pharaoh’s daughter adopted Moses (Exodus 2:5-10). Moses, eventually, grew to be an important leader, a prophet and a faithful savant of God (Exodus 3:9-10; 7:1, 6).
2) .Mordecai adopted Esther (Esther 2:5-7) Esther later became a queen and influenced the deliverance of the Jewish people from their captors (Esther 7:6-10; 8:11).
3). Eli took custody of Samuel whom the mother had pledged to God and raised him (1Samuel 1:24-28). Samuel became a great prophet and kingmaker in Israel (1Samuel 16:11-13).
4). Abraham raised Eliezer; the child born of a servant became Abraham’s most trusted steward (Genesis 15:1-3).
REASONS FOR CHILD ADOPTION AND ITS BENEFITS
Child adoption should not be seen as an option only meant for couples coping with infertility or a means of solving an immediate problem. Rather, it is a privilege to raise a child for God in the family/home (1King 11:20, Ex. 2:10) in order to receive proper training and discipline (Proverb 22:6; Acts 7:20-22). Child adoption is for some, a calling to multiply their impact as parent by expanding their family with children who are not biologically their own. It helps a child fulfil his purpose for living (Jer. 29:11; Esth. 2:17-20). It can also be an opportunity for waiting couples to have their own children.
Those who adopt and take good care of children will definitely enjoy divine blessings. (Matthew 10:42, Matthew 18:5). Hence,full status and benefits of a biological child should be conferred on an adopted child. This is symbolic of how we also became adopted children of God and joint – heirs with Christ (Romans. 8:17). Those who are not willing and prepared to treat adopted children like their biological ones should not venture into child adoption (Proverbs 21:13).
As God adopts those who receive Christ as Savior into His spiritual family, so should we all, prayerfully, consider adopting children into our own physical families.
1. What are the reasons for child adoption?
2. Is child adoption the will of God?