Christian Education Department Summer 2017: God’s Urgent Call Unit 2: Call of Prophets
“One size fits all” does not apply to how God calls people to serve him—or for that matter, to how people respond to his call. Both are illustrated time and again in this series on “God’s Urgent Call.”
The prophets of the Lord (whose calls are the focus of Unit 2) also demonstrate a variety of sizes when it comes to being called to convey the Word of the Lord. Moses experience at the burning bush is well-known (lesson 5). Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel each received a vision of the Lord, but each setting was unique (lessons 6, lesson 7, lesson 8).Ezekiel’s call included a command to eat “a scroll” that was written on both sides (Ezekiel 2:9-3:3). This represented how thoroughly he was to be filled with the Lord’s message so he could convey it to God’s people in exile. Amos (lesson 9) referred to his being called by the Lord (Amos 7:14, 15), but no specific details of that call are provided in Scripture. It is clear, however, from the courage and passion Amos exhibited that he was a called man indeed!
As the calls were not uniform, neither were the responses to them. Usually the called person was quite hesitant about saying yes to what God had in mind. Barak, Gideon, Moses, and Jeremiah each offered an explanation of why he could not do what God commanded. The only eager respondent was Isaiah: “Here am I, send me”. (Isaiah 6:8).
Lesson 1 Moses Exodus 3:1-12
Lesson 2 Isaiah Isaiah 6:1-8
Lesson 3 Jeremiah Jeremiah 1:4-10
Lesson 4 Ezekiel Ezekiel 3:1-11
Lesson 5 Amos Amos 7:10-17