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THE BLESSING OF DAILY STUDY
"He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God. Every seed brings forth fruit after its kind.... Receive into the soul by faith the incorruptible seed of the word, and it will bring forth a character and a life after the similitude of the character and the life of God."— Christ's Object Lessons, page 38. "Appreciation of the Bible grows with its study."—Ibid., p. 132. "God will make the most precious revelations to His hungering, thirsting people. They will find that Christ is a personal Saviour. As they feed upon His word, they find that it is spirit and life. The word destroys the natural, earthly nature, and imparts a new life in Christ Jesus."— The Desire of Ages, page 391.

"The neglect of the word means starvation to the soul."— Counsels on Sabbath School Wor\, page 44.

My Daily Lesson Study Pledge
As one who greatly desires to improve his knowledge of the Scriptures, I pledge myself to the careful and prayerful study of some portion of my Sabbath school lesson each day of the week.

Name _________________._.._____________

LESSON TITLES FOR THE QUARTER
1. God's Satisfying Friendship 2. God's Transcendent and Mysterious Nature 3. God's Ceaseless Work as Creator and Sustainer 4. God's Perfect Character 5. God's Perfect Character—Continued 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. n. 12. 13. God's Unsearchable Wisdom God's Universal Government God's Immutable Law God's Sacred Name God's Omnipotence God's Consuming Glory God's Holy Word God's Wonderful Fatherhood

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Sabbath School Lesson Quarterly
OUR WONDERFUL GOD

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

"A knowledge of God is the foundation of all true education and of all true service. It is the only real safeguard against temptation. It is this alone that can make us like God in character. "This is the knowledge needed by all who are working for the uplifting of their fellow men. Transformation of character, purity of life, efficiency in service, adherence to correct principles, all depend upon a right knowledge of God. This knowledge is the essential preparation both for this life and for the life to come."— The Ministry of Healing, page 409. (Italics supplied.) While a knowledge of God has always been needed by followers of truth, it is of special importance to members of the remnant church, for they must meet the final

issues connected with loyalty to God and His law. "Those who endeavor to obey all the commandments of God will be opposed and derided. They can stand only in God. In order to endure the trial before them, they 'must understand the will of God as revealed in His word; they can honor Him only as they have a right conception of His charac­ ter, government, and purposes, and act in accordance with them."— The Great Con­ troversy, page 593. (Italics supplied.) The Sabbath school lessons this quarter are designed to help every member understand more perfectly the great God whom we serve. This knowledge, if reverently received, will do much toward enabling each Christian to remain steadfast to the end.

Lesson 1, for April 4, 1959

God's Satisfying Friendship
MEMORY VERSE: "Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee." Job 22:21. STUDY HELPS: "Prophets and Kings," pages 311-321; "The Ministry of Healing," pages 451-457; "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary," on lesson texts; Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of March 19. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: General survey. Sunday: Questions 1-4. Monday: Questions 5-7. Tuesday: Questions 8-10.
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Lesson Outline Introduction
I. Importance of Knowing God

1. Necessary for eternal life. John 17:3. 2. The source of all spiritual blessings. 2 Peter 1:2,3. 3. Is true wisdom. Prov. 9:10. 4. Is greatest cause for satisfaction. Jer. 9:23,24.
II. Avenues Through Which Men Become Acquainted With God

6. The heavenly bodies declare Him. Ps. 19:1-3. 7. The Father revealed through Christ. John 14:8, 9; 8:19. 8. Christ revealed in Scriptures. John 5:39. III. Conditions for Knowing God 9. Be still. Ps. 46:10. 10. Earnest desire. Ps. 42:1; 63:1; 84:2. 11. Praying, having forsaken sin. James 4:8; Ps. 145:18. 12. Search with whole heart. Jer. 29:13.

5. God revealed through visible things. Rom. 1:19,20.

THE LESSON Introduction God created man in His own image, with the capabilities necessary to develop a character like His. He also placed within man a desire to know God and have fellowship with Him. Without God, man is restless, often seeking to satisfy his vague, littleunderstood craving for God's friendship by reaching out for worldly pleasures or by seeking the companionship of those who mind earthly things. Throughout the Bible God extends an invitation to man to become acquainted with Him. A partial knowledge of Him can be obtained in several ways, such as through the Inspired Word, through Christ, through nature, and through personal experience. Through these avenues of revelation we may learn to love God and develop a satisfying friendship with Him. Beyond what has been • revealed, however, we have been warned not to speculate. Importance of Knowing God soul in the image of God. It will impart to the whole being a spiritual power that is divine."— The Ministry of Healing, page 425.

2. How many spiritual blessings are available through a knowledge of God? Name two. 2 Peter 1:2, 3.
NOTE.—"Having received the faith of the gospel, the next work of the believer is to add to his character virtue, and thus cleanse the heart and prepare the mind for the reception of the knowledge of God. This knowledge is the foundation of all true education and of all true service. It is the only real'safeguard against temptation; and it is this alone that can make one like God in character. Through the knowledge of God and of His Son Jesus Christ, are given to the believer 'all things that pertain unto life and godliness.' No good gift is withheld from him who sincerely desires to obtain the righteousness of God."— The Acts of the Apostles, pages 530, 531. -u-'

1. What priceless gift will come to all who truly know God? John 17:3.

3. What does Solomon say ,is the source of true wisdom and understanding? 'Prov. 9:10.
NOTE.—" The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge oj the Holy is understanding.' Proverbs 9:10.

NOTE.—"The knowledge of God as revealed in Christ is the knowledge that all who are saved must have. It is the knowledge that works transformation of character. This knowledge, received, will re-create the
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we are to ^obtain a knowledge of God.. Through the volume of inspiration and the book of nature. and still there is an-inwith Adam in Eden in the cool of the . . . whom Thou hast sent. Why are men without excuse if they do not know God? Rom. Avenues Through Which Men. "The highest class of education is that which will give such knowledge and disci^ pline as will lead to the best development of character. The trees. 6. 7.9:8:19."—Patriarchs'and Prophets. . 20. we still may hear His voice who-talked. 'That they might know The'e the only true God. Wherever we turn. 282. ever learning. . the wisdom. and will fit' the soul for that life which measures with the life of God. . The highest education includes the knowledge of the word of God."— Counsels to Teachers. . page-116. and see evidences of His goodness^ "From the solemn roll of the deep-toned thunder and old' ocean's ceaseless roar." testify of Gad's power and greatness.The great work of life is character building. What does God declare should be man's greatest cause for joy and personal satisfaction? Jer. .—"In the song of the bird. and the music of the sea. The mightiest intellects of earth cannot NOTE. speak of God. point to their Creator. NOTE. Become Acquainted With God - 5. "Nature testifies that One infinite • in power. pages 411. page 596. to the glad songs that make the forests vocal with melody. but this is not all. of the paternal character of God. and is comprehended in the words. and the flowers in their delicate beauty.that wave their green banners in the sunlight. the power. ing. . pages 281. Even in their blighted state. . varying in gorgeous contrast or blended in harmony. with their marvelous tint and color. NOTE. created the earth."— Patriarchs and Prophets. and love."— The Desire of 'Ages. Men may be ever searching of the trees. 412. . 46. Master Artist. 4.1:19. and a knowledge of God is the foundation of all true education. . .' John 17:3. and filled it with life and . we may hear the voice of God.great in goodness.. A GREAT OBSERVATORY MAGNI­ FIES THE GLORY OF -GOD. finity beyond. For what lack of discernment did Christ reprove the "people of His day? gladness.—"No '• finite mind can fully'comprehend the existence. we behold His glory. . The everlasting hills tell us of His ppwer. and Jesus Christ. all things reveal the handiwork of the great John 14:8.—"There is a great deal of talk concerning higher education. and many suppose that higher education consists wholly in an education in science and literature. . and will impart to them the lessons that Christ gave to His disciples. pages 45. which will give them an experimental knowledge of God's ways. . or the works of the Infinite One. 9:23> 24. God has revealed Himself to us in His word and in the works of creation. What message do the heavenly bodies proclaim to mankind? Ps. Yet the works" of creation day. The highest education is that which will teach our children and youth the science of Christianity. All the brightness and beauty that adorn the earth and light up the heavens. 19: 1-3.In earth and'sea and1 sky. " 151 . mercy. the sighcomprehend God. nature's ten thousand voices speak His praise."— The Min­ istry of Healing.

Yes.—"All that man needs to know or can know of God has been revealed in the life and character of His Son. page 58.—and how much more is it true of the New. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world. 286.' we are reading of His works and listening to His voice. 84:2. with paging the-same as in the 1956 edition. with nature. 8."—Steps to Christ. What is one way by which we may become acquainted with Christ? John 5:39. and with God.' the Redeemer. 63:1."— Testi­ monies. Where the book is listed as a study help. we need not breathe its miasma. If I know God. Is it possible to develop a satisfying friendship with God without spending some time each day in contemplating His good­ ness and studying His word? 3. I come quickly. this is the pagination used. 46:10. and in quietness we wait before Him.—Prayer is one important means by which we can draw nigh to God. [6] . study the Holy Scrip­ tures."—Steps to Christ (19S6 and pocket eds.T^"All-who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts. 29:13. On what conditions will God draw near to His people? James 4:8. 'Behold."— The Ministry of Healing. 145:18. the pagination in the old 1908 edition is also listed. John S: 39. We may close every door to im­ pure imaginings and unholy thoughts by lifting the soul into the presence of God through sincere prayer. page 99. Revela­ tion 22:12. p. the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice PLEASE NOTE: The pagination of the 1956 edition of "Steps to Christ" is the same as the pocket edition. 10.—"Jesus said of the Old Testament Scriptures. How earnestly must we desire to become acquainted with God if -we are to know Him intimately? Ps. "Love Unlimited/'the 1959 Book of the Year. If you would become acquainted with the Saviour.NOTE. but may live in the pure air of heaven. If I feel restless and unhappy. Him in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered. John 1:3. vol. contains "Steps to Christ" in the first half of the volume. Where quotations are given from this book. 8. Those whose hearts are open to receive the support and bless­ ing of God will walk in a holier atmosphere than that of earth and will have constant communion with heaven. and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God. corrupted atmos­ phere around us. or its practices. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. Ps. 12. What does God promise to those who search for Him with the whole heart? Jer. its customs. of God. "Although there may be a tainted. Conditions for Knowing God 9. What attitude or condition in man is favorable to learning of the Eternal One? Ps. When every other voice is hushed. From the first record of creation—for 'with­ out Him was not anything made that was made'—to the closing promise. page 88. 42: 1.). NOTE. 11. Questions for Meditation 1. what may be lacking in my life ? 2. the whole Bible tells of Christ. NOTE. how successful will I be in enduring the trials that come to all Christians? NOTE ..—'They are they which testify of Me.

D Friday: Read further from Study Helps. the Holy Ghost. 26. 7:9. 139:7-10. If I take the wings of the morning/'and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea. 1:27. Disciples are baptized in the name of the Trinity. John 10:30. The highest [71 Introduction . God's Omnipresence 1. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of March 26. and Thy right hand shall hold me." Ps. 8. 13:21. •III. IV. 8. 263-294. 139:7-10. 4:2. Paul speaks of God. Gen. 11:4. Thou art there. None "The revelation of Himself that God has are to indulge in speculation regarding His given in His word is for our study. Compared to the wind. even there shall Thy hand lead me. II. STUDY HELPS: "Testimonies. Matt. yet His true nature is a mystery to us. Rev. 33: 27.. Ps. God's Nature Illustrated 6. Mark 12:29. 1 Cor. 59:1. Here silence is eloquence. 22:4. n Lesson Outline Introduction I. review entire lesson. 22. 4. Heb. 11. 13:14. 34:15. Thou art. 10:5. Ps. 2.there: if I make my bed in hell. Ps. 57:15. 10. 12. this we are not to penetrate. Dent. Isa. Christ is one with the Father. Isa. D D D D Check Here Wednesday: Questions 12-14.Lesson 2. 6-8. for April 11. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. behold. 12:29.. Christ as seen by Daniel and John. Deut. Rev. This nature. but the effort will be fruitless. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: Sunday: Questions Monday: Questions Tuesday: Questions General survey. 1959 God's Transcendent and Mysterious Nature MEMORY VERSE: "Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven. But beyond niscient One is above discussion. 8:4-6. 1:1. 1-5. 28:19. Gen. 14. He is likened to fire. 13. 2. Man was made in God's image. 6:4. 1:12-17. No human mind' can comprehend God. 2 Cor. Gen. 3:1-6. THE LESSON intellect may tax itself until it is wearied out in conjectures regarding the nature of God. Rev. 5. 8. There is only one God. 9-11. John 3:7. Physical features of God mentioned in Scripture. He dwells in human hearts. He is everywhere present by His Spirit. 3.. This prob­ Much has'been revealed concerning God. The Person of God 9." on lesson texts. The Trinity 7. lem has not been given us to solve. pp. The Om­ we may seek to understand." vol. 32. Isa. Q Thursday: Read from Study Helps. Revealed as fire to Moses and chil­ dren of Israel. the Lord Jesus. 6:1. 6. God is on His throne in heaven. 3:9. 10. God is three Persons. Dan. Ex.

making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe on Christ as a personal Saviour. They are one in purpose. .—"The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead' bodily. vol.. This profession of faith has been the watchword of the Hebrew race for more than 3. 8:4-6. God do the Scriptures present? 'Mark'1 12:29. is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead. who were polytheists. as little children."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. 1. In< harmony with Scriptural usage. arid the Father.000 years (see Mark 12:29). but. The apostle Paul states the same truth as a tenet of Chris­ tianity (1 Cor.—"The Spirit of God moved. 1:27. 13:14.—"The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. the Son.—"In striking contrast to the na­ tions about them. the Son. •Spirit.' ruach. Deut. How does Paul make reference 1. . "The God­ head was stirred with pity for the.God. the Spirit of God is the Holy Spirit. but not in person."We are as ignorant of God! as Jittle children. vol.life in Christ. What general pattern was used when God created man? Gen. NOTE.. What do we learn regarding the Godhead from the record of the crea­ tion of the world? Gen. page 222. the Hebrews believed in one true. pp. 6. What fundamental concept of to the Trinity? 2 Cor. in character.. " The Person of God 3. and is invisible to mortal sight."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commen­ tary. 4. 974. NOTE."— Counsels on Health."—Patriarchs and Prophets. The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He as­ cended to heaven. 209. we may love and obey Him. 4:4-6). . . 1 Cor." —Evangelism. 615. but man was formed in the likeness of God. 26. both in outward resemblance and in char­ acter. 32. Eph. page 615. .The Trinity by living faith are baptized.. : NOTE. 2. 6:4. 8:4-6. the Third Person of the Godhead. The state­ ments that man was to be made in 'Our' image and was made in 'God's' image leads to the conclusion that those counseling must both be Persons of the same Godhead. 1:1."—Evangelism. NOTE. 5. In giving the great commission. 2.. The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead manifested. in the name of these three great powers—the Father. pages 614. NOTE. page 429.together. in mind. 28:19. race." "Let Us make man. What did Jesus say of His rela­ tionship to His Father and the unity existing between them? John 10:30. and the Holy Spirit gave Themselves to the working out of the plan of redemption.* The plural 'Us' was regarded by the early church theologians almost unanimously as indicative of the Three Persons of the Godhead. All three members of the Deity shared in laying the plan of salvation. page 422. how did Jesus emphasize the trinity of the Godhead? Matt.—"There are three living persons of the heavenly trio. and the Holy Spirit—those who receive Christ t8] NOTE/—"Man was to bear God's image. ~ Christ alone is 'the express image" of the Father. page 45. 1. ."— The Ministry of Healing. and these powers will co-operate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live ' the new. It is thus that God and Christ are one. 2 IS. ."— The Ministry of Healing. The word 'us' requires the presence of at least two persons counseling . p.

Through the agency of His Spirit and His angels He ministers to the children of men. 11:4. (Italics sup­ plied. I asked Him if His Father was a person 'and had a form like Him­ self. . 10:5. NOTE. Where is God's throne located? Ps. Rev. The following interesting description of a scene in heaven indicates the very real per­ sonality of both the Father and the Son: "Before the foundations of the earth were laid. NOTE. Then he can receive the gift that God is waiting to bestow. for He beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. "1 have often seen the lovely Jesus. pages 616. Rev. 12. but both our title to heaven and our fitness for it are found in the righteous­ ness of Christ. 1:12-17. for so He has revealed Him­ self. all waiting to do His will. God's Nature Illustrated 8. all the works of His hand. "God cannot be com- . Through these messengers He is in active communi­ cation with every part of His dominion. 6:1. 34:15. that He is a person. From the soul that feels his need. Throughout the Scriptures. 12:29. and stripped of all self-sufficiency. What five physical aspects of God indicate that He is a person? Gen. 6. convinced of his own weakness. How do we know that God can be everywhere present by His Spirit? Ps. Isa. 10.—"The Bible shows us God in His high and holy place. page 417. 7. The Holy Spirit has a personality. 22:4. NOTE.' "—Early Writings. 139:7-10. 3: 9. 7:9. nothing is with­ held. To what familiar but powerful element does Paul liken God? Heb. He is described as having the attributes of the type of per­ sonality with which we are familiar. he yields himself to the control of God. The Lord can do nothing toward the recovery of man until. page 834.—"God is a Spirit." we may understand that God is a person. not in a state of inac­ tivity.."— The Desire of Ages. NOTE. else He could not search out the secrets which lie hidden in the mind of God."—Evangelism. 'I am in the express image of My Father's person. yet by His Spirit He is everywhere present. Ps."— The Ministry of Healing. page 413. By His Spirit He is everywhere present. 617. God's Omnipresence 9. page 77. 'The Lord's throne is in heaven' (Psalm 11:4). . yet He is a per­ sonal Being. Rev. but surrounded by ten thousand times ten thou­ sand and thousands of thousands of holy beings. the Father and the Son had united in a covenant to redeem man if he should be overcome by Satan. 4:2. [9] NOTE. 10. Said Jesus. not in silence and solitude.—It should be recognized that it is dangerous to try to compare the Godhead with earthly things. With whom has God promised to dwell? Isa. Isa.—"The greatness of God is to us incomprehensible. page 300. How does the description of "the Ancient of Days" given by the prophet Daniel compare with that of Christ given by the apostle John in Revela­ tion? Dan. 59: 1. 11. else He could not bear witness to our spirits and with our spirits that we are the children of God. Deut. They had clasped Their hands in a solemn pledge that Christ should become the surety for the human race."— The Desire of Ages."—Education. and a personal interest in.—"The proud heart strives to earn salvation. page 132. He has unrestricted access to Him in whom all fullness dwells." — The Ministry of Healing. He must also be a divine person. He has an intimate knowledge of. 33:27.Since man \vas made in God's "image.) "The Holy Spirit is a person. 57:15.

It can no more be explained than can the movements of the wind. The Father cannot be described by the things of earth. 941. is the Spirit of God in its work upon the human heart. He that spread forth the earth.. So with the work of the Holy Spirit upon the heart. 13:21." "I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another. NOTE. page 614. Lesson 3.—"Like the wind. 8. need we ever feel lonely ? 3. the Third Person of the Godhead? John 3:7." pages 409-426. yet the effects of which are plainly seen and felt. page 57.). He that giveth breath unto the people upon it. begets a new life in the soul. vol. which no human eye can see. By an agency as unseen as the wind. Lesson Help in "Review and Her­ ald" of April 2. yet it is invisible. Questions for Meditation 1. neither My praise to graven images. 29:29. 24."— The Seventhday Adventist Bible Commentary.FIRE REPRESENTS ONE ASPECT OF GOD'S CHARACTEE.22. To what force in nature did Jesus liken the workings of the Holy Spirit. which is invisible. . page 172. pared with the things His hands have made. Since God is everywhere present. and consequently is not so much concerned with visible places and forms of worship as He is with the spirit in which men worship Him. 5.'" Isa. These are mere earthly things.) 2." on lesson texts.1959 God's Ceaseless Work as Creator and Sustainer MEMORY VERSE: "Thus saith God the Lord. "The Seventh-day Ad­ ventist Bible Commentary. "The wind-is heard among the branches of the trees. 3:1-6. rustling the leaves and flowers. for April 18. and no man knows whence it comes or whither it goes. 8. Through what experiences was this aspect of God's nature revealed to Moses and to the children of Israel? Ex. 14. and spirit to them that walk therein. and is in­ visible to mortal sight. and stretched them out. STUDY HELPS: "The Ministry of Healing. That regenerating power. Am I a true worshiper? (John 4:23. 42:5."—Evangelism. With how much knowledge concern­ ing God's nature should we be content? (Deut. 13."— The Desire of Ages. God is not subject to the same limitations as finite material beings. [10] . suffering under the curse of God because of the sins of man. it creates a new being in the image of God. The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed.) "As an infinite spirit being. Christ is constantly working upon the heart.. p. What spiritual benefits are missed by those who think of God merely as a force instead of a person ? 4. He that created the heavens. and that which cometh out of it.

the Word. The Holy Spirit aids in spiritual ministry to man. Rev. D Sunday: Questions 1-3. 40:18. D Thursday: Read from Study Helps. Acts 8:26-35. 11:3. He waters the earth. Rom. 28. 13. NOTE.—"The Sovereign of the universe was not alone in His work of berjeficence. and the Word was God. 16. in purpose. John 1:1-3. Heb. 8. how do we know that the entire God­ head took part in the work of crea­ tion? Ex. Ex. Col. 26. Matt. III. 15. He will give all needed blessings to us. Ps. 3. the Only Begotten of God. He supplied Israel's spiritual needs in the wilderness. 8. THE LESSON Introduction It is important that we recognize God not only as the One who made us. and of the mystery of His agencies. They cannot explain the won­ derful exhibition of divine power in His providences. God satisfied the needs of the Ethi­ opian. but that He has a personal interest in that which He has made. attributing them to natural agencies which they can compre­ hend still less.' John 1:1. 7. Q Friday: Read further from Study Helps. 4:19. [D Lesson Outline Introduction I.9. 10:3. Job 38:25-28. The same was in the beginning with God. God uses men to supply spiritual needs of others. 16. Aside from the Genesis record. Creation distinguishes the true God from the false. Col. 20:11. 6: 25-34. 147:7. One who commands and executes all things. Ps. Acts 10:1-6.—one in nature. 1:2. 8:32. 1 Cor. II. 20:11. 12. The entire Godhead shared in crea­ tion. and the Word was with God. 1:13. review entire lesson. 8. Isa. God supplies every need."— The Desire of Ages. John 16:12-14. D Tuesday: Questions 8-10.14-16. IS. The method of creation. Men need to recognize God as the Creator of the universe. 16:26. They need a broader view of His character. He had an associate. 11.DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: General survey. Job 33:4. "Thousands become infidels because their finite minds cannot comprehend the mys­ teries of God. 9-20. God as Provider of Temporal Neces­ sities 4. 25. 25. D Monday: Questions 4-7. Job 33:4. God cares for us. Heb. He fed Elijah miraculously. 1 Peter 5:7. 4. page 606. God as Provider of Spiritual Neces­ sities 1.—the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purEll ] . Amos 5:7. 2. but also as the Being who is continually engaged in up­ holding His creation. was one with the eternal Father. D Check Here Wednesday: Questions 11-13. 9. 4:11. 9. 1 Chron. God as the Creator 1. 1 Kings 17:8.—a co-worker who could appreciate His purposes. therefore they reject the evi­ dences of such power. 10. He cares for mankind. Acts 17: 24. 28. Phil. John 1: 1-3. Heb. 1:13. and could share His joy in giving happiness to created beings. 5. The only key to the mysteries that surround us is to acknowledge in them all the presence and power of God. 33:6. in char­ acter. 2. Christ. We must understand that He has not left the earth to run itself. 1:2. 'In the beginning was the Word. God as the Creator 6.

—"Our Father in heaven is the source of life. . of the church. came into existence by the breath of His mouth. Think of their marvelous adapta­ tion to the needs and happiness. 6:25-34. pages 436. but He makes provision for their needs.Adventist Bible Commentary. is kept in order and activity by the power of an everpresent God.' Psalm 33:9. the hills and seas and plains. NOTE. . 3. . all speak to us of the Creator's love. 25." And 'are ye not much better than they?' Are not you. They go forth singing to God as Provider of Temporal their labor. The heavens and all the host of them. that gladden and re­ fresh the earth. 4: 11. page 417.—"It is not as the result of a mechanism. to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things. page 34. above the gods of the heathen. 147:7.' Revelation 4:11. once set in motion.8. His claim to reverence and worship. Heb. God was not indebted to pre-existing matter. "The Spirit of God has the role of the divine Agent of God in all creative acts.. whether of the earth. 5. that the pulse beats and breath follows breath. What evidence do we have in nature of God's care for the earth? Job 38:25-28. 2. '-. . He commanded.—"The great Provider for man and beast opens His hand and supplies all His creatures. 11:3. How did God create the uni­ verse? Ps. In God we live and move and have our being."— The Great Controversy. 25. the throbbing pulse. 437."—The Ministry of Healing. and it was. What did the apostle Paul de­ spiritual worshipers. . pages 414. What lesson should man learn from the way God provides for the vegetable and animal creation? Matt. page 9. Isa. They must feed their young. Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature.' Psalm 96:5. as the reason why their homage is due to Him: 'Thou art worthy. stood up before the Lord Jehovah at His voice and were created for His own purpose.—"The duty to worship God is based upon the fact that He is the Creator and that to Him all other beings owe their existence. and it stood fast. He does not drop the food into their bills. 16:26. And the holy beings who worship God in heaven state. NOTE. What distinguishes the true God from all other gods? 1 Chron. 28. of more value than the clare about our dependence upon God birds of the air? Will not the Author of bur [12] .—"In the creation of the earth."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed. The Father wrought by His Son in the creation of all heavenly beings. This divine Agent has ever been present to assist in the work of creation and re­ demption. which."— The Ministry oj Healing. The sun­ shine and the rain. 0 Lord. 8. 4. con­ tinues its work. 33:6. 40:18. in the Bible.). 6. It is God who supplies the daily needs of all His creatures. 26. 1. . 209. but of all living creatures. The beating heart..poses of God. not only of man. for 'your heavenly Father feedNecessities eth them. NOTE."—The Seventh-day . 415. for temporal needs and even for life itself? Acts 17:24. Ps.. Compare Rev. 'All the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. of the new life. NOTE. as intelligent. and of joy. NOTE. of wisdom. Amos 5: 7. is presented. the earth and all things therein. They must prepare the material for their little nests. The birds of the air are not be­ neath His notice. every nerve and muscle in the living organism. 'He spake. All things. They must gather the grains He has scattered for them. there is cited the evidence of His creative power. 9. of nature. And wherever. p.. . . material or spiritual."—Patriarchs and Prophets. vol. or of the new man.

7. brings all other blessings in its train. Jt was He 13. 9. BY NATURAL MEANS OR BY MIRACLES. in what unusual way did the Lord provide for Elijah? 1 Kings 17: 8. 28."— The De­ sire of Ages. of supply to need. NOTE. This promised blessing. Through what means did God work to satisfy Cornelius's desire for truth? Acts 10:1-6. being. p. The Spirit is to use us. 2:13. 10. The Holy Spirit is to ani­ mate and pervade the whole church.14-16. the One who formed us in His own divine image. God as Provider of Spiritual Necessities 11. NOTE. through which the heavenly life is to flow to others. 9. . 12. . page 123. vol. Rom. yet receive no benefit. . It is given accord­ ing to the riches of the grace of Christ. It was He who created the human soul. and the promise belongs to us as much as to the first disciples. 10:3. During a period of drought in Israel. They do'not surrender the soul to be guided and controlled by the divine agencies. 4:19. In addition to supplying their physical necessities. [13 ] . God will provide for His people through miraculous means. Through the Spirit God works in His people 'to will and to do of His good pleasure.—When the situation demands it and when His wisdom determines it best."— Education. what did God provide for the children of Israel in the wilderness? 1 Cor. 20.Why can we safely trust God for every temporal and spiritual need? 1 Peter 5:7. the Preserver of our life. provide for our necessities if we but trust in Him?" Steps to Christ. claimed by faith. they talk about Christ and about the Holy Spirit.who in the material world provided that every desire implanted should be met. 8:32. NOTE. NOTE. 9. with its capacity for knowing and for loving."— Testimonies. page 133. In what way did God answer the Ethiopian's desire for light? Acts 8:26-35. 8. it is given on conditions. and He is ready to supply every soul accord­ ing to the capacity to receive. What is the Holy Spirit's part in providing us with spiritual suste­ nance? John 16:12-14.—"It was the Maker of all things who ordained the wonderful adaptation of means to end. But like every other promise. GOD SUPPLIES OUR NEEDS. We can­ not use the Holy Spirit. page 672. How completely will God satisfy our physical and spiritual needs? Phil. puri­ fying and cementing hearts. And He is not in Himself such as to leave the demands of the soul unsatisfied.' Phil. 4. There are many who believe and profess to claim the Lord's promise. 9-20.—"We are to be consecrated chan­ nels.—"Christ has promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to His church.

Demonstrated in Christ. Monday: Questions 5-8. D Thursday: Read further from Study Helps. Tuesday: Questions 9-11. 55:7. 103:8. 16. 11. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of April 9. and when we do He will see that we do not lack. The long-Suffering of God 1. 86:15. 25. 138:8. His nature is love. God will make provision for all our needs without any effort on our part.). 49:15. 4:16. 5. . His mercy endures forever. 8:38. pages 9-18 (1908 ed. He is plenteous in mercy. 15." on lesson texts. 1959 God's Perfect Character MEMORY VERSE: "And the Lord passed by before him. read from Study Helps. III. His nature is unchanging." Ex. forgiving iniquity and trans­ gression and sin. Rom. 34:6. 13. for April 25. What does worry indicate about our knowledge of God? Which is most nearly correct? a. God expects us to do all we can to feed our physical and spiritual na­ tures. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. Ps. 16:34. merciful and gracious. 19. 2 Peter 3:9. Lesson 4. STUDY HELPS: "Steps to Christ. The Lord. keeping mercy for thousands. 1 Chron. God Is Love 8. Mercy and forgiveness of God.Questions for Meditation 1. Man's part in obtaining mercy. [14] 12. God's Unchcmgeableness 6. D Check Here Lesson Outline Introduction I. 7. His mercy revealed through forgive­ ness. Mal. and proclaimed. What difference does it make in our life when we think of God as One who is continually engaged in supplying the needs of His creatures rather than as an absentee landlord? 2. Jer. John 3:16. The Lord God. IV. Micah 7:18. 3. 13:8. 31:3. 2. 7. Ps. 7: 24. His love is greater than human love. God has given us the tools to work with and He expects us to provide for ourselves without His help. II. His love is everlasting. 1 John 4:8. 34:6. Ex. 20:6. Sunday: Questions 1-4. c. Heb. and that will by no means clear the guilty. Ex. 3:6. 39. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: Survey entire lesson. 16. Check Here D D D Q Wednesday: Questions 12. Isa. and abundant in good­ ness and truth. Isa. 4. Rom.). Inspires confidence in Him. D Friday: Review entire lesson." pages 9-15 (1956 and pocket eds. 9. James 1:17. God's Mercy and Forgiveness 10. 13. Nothing can separate us from His love. 5:8. 103:17. b. long-suffering. Ps. Christ's second coming delayed be­ cause He' is long-suffering. 86:5.

The Father loves us. You may meditate upon it every day of your life. 13. With what supreme characteris­ tic is God identified? 1 John 4:8. It is im­ measurable. deeper than human love can possibly be. but the love of God is larger.—"Parents love their children. the Father's heart is yearning over him. you may summon every power and capability that God has given you. page 54. 16. page 49.. vol.' 2 Corinthians 5: 19. page 142.. and yet there is an infinity beyond. the death of Calvary. are but as a tiny rill to the boundless ocean when compared with the infinite. yet you can never fully comprehend the length and the breadth. By what illustration does God help us to understand His love for mankind? Isa. in the endeavor to comprehend the love and compassion of the heavenly Father. NOTE. are exalted themes for contemplation. NOTE. is also a demonstration of God's unchanging love. How did Paul describe the su­ premacy of God's love as manifested through Christ? Rom. Every manifestation of creative power is an expression of infinite love. 2. woo­ ing.). .—"Nothing less than the infinite sacrifice made by Christ in behalf of fallen man could express the Father's love to lost humanity. 5. pages 14. . 49:15. His law. 5:8. In what way has God demon­ strated His love for us? John 3:16. of the love of God in giving His Son to die for the world." —Patriarchs and Prophets. Introduction 4.—" 'God is love. not be­ cause of the great propitiation. you may search the Scriptures diligently in order to understand it. It ever has been. . pen cannot portray it. No. the depth and the height. and every longing awakened in the soul to return to God is but the tender pleading of His Spirit."— Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed. it ever will be. the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption.—"While the sinner is yet far from the Father's house. broader. NOTE."— Testimonies. NOTE.What quality of God's love should give us great courage? Jer. not to make Him willing to save. page 33. and the beauty of holiness. The history of the great conflict between good and evil. 740.THE LESSON The character of God is one of the themes that we as Christians are urged to study. is love. from the time it first began in heaven to the final overthrow of rebellion and the total eradication of sin."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed.. all the springs of tenderness which have opened in the souls of men. exhaustless love of God. but He pro­ vided the propitiation because He loves us. Christ was the medium through which He could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world. no! . entreating. 16. 31:3. His love manifested in giving His Son to die for the world." "But this great sacrifice was not made in order to create in the Father's heart a love for man. NOTE. drawing the wanderer to his Father's heart of love. God suffered with His Son. reconciling the world unto Himself. Eternity itself can never fully reveal it."—Steps to Christ.—"All the paternal love which has come down from generation to generation through the channel of human hearts. p. "The character of God. 3. 'God was in Christ. 5. 8:38. . Rom. wasting his substance in a strange country.."—Funda­ mentals of Christian Education. 39. You may study that love for ages. God Is Love 1. Tongue cannot utter it.' His nature. [15] . . and bring man into close com­ munion with the Infinite One.). In the agony of Gethsemane. These will strengthen the intellect.

What is one way in which God's mercy is revealed toward us? Micah 7:18. Throughout the period of probation­ ets and Kings. page 276. every encourage­ ment offered. we marvel. In what wonderful characteristic is God said to be "plenteous"? Ps. His Spirit is entreating men to accept the gift of life. and can be perfectly obeyed. but there is a point beyond which divine patience is exhausted. tie] . ary time. "God allows men a period ."—Steps to Christ.—"The God whom we serve is long. helpless and hopeless. 7. In Christ every provision has been made. 20:6."—Proph­ 3:22.. The exceeding sinfulness of sin can be estimated only in the light of the cross. NOTE. A MOTHER MAY TORGET HER CHILD. and he shall make peace with Me. GOD DOES NOT FORGET OS." "The end of God's NOTE. 86:15. 55:7. But He will certainly arise to punish the wicked. 9. Ps. in His great love and mercy. obedience.God's Mercy and Forgiveness 6. ."— The Desire of Ages. but that sin could be forgiven.of probation. 11. pages 325. page 31. 86:5. fearing to seek for pardon. "Through Jesus. is approaching rapidly.' Lam. 'His compassions fail not.—"Let none deceive themselves with the thought that God.. and the judgments of God are sure to follow. The Omnipo­ tent One has been exerting a restraining The Long-Suffering of God power over His own attributes. 27:5. 16:34.forbearance with those who persist in dis­ suffering..' Isa. On what condition will God show mercy toward sinners and for­ give their transgressions? Ex. 764.19. Christ proved that God's justice did not destroy His mercy. But God invites. God's mercy was mani­ fested to men.—so great that when we con­ sider the continuous insult to His holy commandments. It is Satan's special device to lead man into sin. forgiveness? Ex."—Prophets and Kings. 'Let him take hold of My strength. but mercy does not set aside justice. 138:8. Ps. 103:8. 34:6. Of what duration is God's mercy? 1 Chron. Isa. What trait of God's character is who so boldly defy the just claims of the closely associated with His mercy and Decalogue. 103:17. In what way is God's long-suf­ fering related to the delay in Christ's second coming? 2 Peter 3:9.. that he may make peace with Me. 10. pages 762. and then leave him there. NOTE. "By His life and His death..326. 8." "The rejecters of His mercy reap that which they have sown.—"The forbearance of God has been very great. and that the law is righteous. 15. will yet save even the rejecters of His grace.

25. 5. just and true are Thy ways. NOTE. 3:6. He has pledged Himself to give heed to our cry when we come to Him confessing our unworthiness and sin. D [17] . Why can we be confident that the Father is still a God of love— merciful and ready to forgive? Mal. And now. 737-746." vol. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of April 16. The honor of His throne is staked for the fulfillment of His word to us. 1959 God's Perfect Character—Continued MEAAORY VERSE: "And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God.' Jeremiah 14:21. pp. Q Thursday: Read from Study Helps. vol. Check Here D a a Check Here Wednesday: Questions 11-13. Sunday: Questions 1-4. How does the unchangeable nature of God serve as an anchor to our spiritual hope? Heb. that in Him is no variableness. His death on the cross of Calvary. and glorify Thy name? for Thou only art holy. not as a mere petitioner does the Cap­ tain of our salvation intercede for us. His obedi­ ence. saying. 7:24. Great and marvelous are Thy works. for May 2. Monday: Questions 5-7. these ascend to God as a sweet savor." on lesson texts. Questions for Meditation 1. LessonS." pages 69-71. 23. do not disgrace the throne of Thy glory: remember. break not Thy covenant with us. His offering is complete. 8. and pardon covers all transgression.—"The rainbow about the throne is an assurance that God is true. Thou King of saints. and as our Intercessor He executes His self-appointed work. yet He Himself has put into our lips that most wonderful of pleas: 'Do not abhor us. Lord God Almighty. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. and thanksgiving of His people. What assurance does the knowledge of God's unchangeableness give me in this world of change and transition? 13. Who shall not fear Thee. We have sinned against Him and are undeserving of His favor. neither shadow of turn­ ing. "Testimonies. O Lord. STUDY HELPS: "Early Writings. D Friday: Review entire lesson. 13:8. Perfumed with the fragrance of His right­ eousness. for Thy name's sake. Christ interceded for the lost race. Why is God's mercy of infinite im­ portance to us? 3. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbcrth afternoon: General survey. p. but as a Conqueror claiming His victory. Tuesday: Questions 8-10."— Testimonies. hold­ ing before God the censer containing His own spotless merits and the prayers."— Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed.God's Unchangeableness 12." Rev. 4:16. and the song of the Lamb. James 1:17. 15:3.4.). Why is it wrong for me as a Christian to be unkind and selfish? What command­ ment am I breaking when I thus misrepre­ sent God's character ? 2.page 156. NOTE. con­ fessions.—"By His spotless life. The offering is wholly acceptable.

2. 13. To what feature of God's charac­ ter did David call attention as a reason why men should worship Him? Ps. page 51. 1 Cor. NOTE. Faithfulness to be seen in His fol­ lowers. Rev. Heb. Isaiah humbled by vision of God. 9. page 307. they would not tolerate it. and resting in His love. 32:4. How sharp the con­ trast between the matchless perfection of his Creator. 8. the greater will be their admiration of His character. As Jesus opens before them the riches of redemption and the amazing achievements in the great controversy with Satan. 4. [18] . sin is the opposite of holi­ ness. and ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of voices unite to swell the mighty chorus of praise. Lev. What standard has God set for us to reach? Lev. 9. it is doing the will of our heavenly Father. will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God and of Christ. Ezek. 1 Thess. and happi­ ness increase. he was overwhelmed with a sense of the purity and holiness of God. If men could see how hateful sin is. 7. reverence. III. Angels sing of God's holiness. Deut. it is walking by faith and not by sight. 99:5. nor educate themselves in it. it is living by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. 4:8. Rev. would reform in life and character. Acts 3:14. II.Lesson Outline Introduction I. it is trusting God in trial. NOTE. Abraham's confidence in God's jus­ tice. 4:2. God's faithfulness builds confidence in His word. God deals impartially with men.—"Holiness is not rapture: it is an entire surrender of the will to God. 10. 9. God's ways compared with man's. 18:29. Heb. 1 Peter 1:17. 2 Chron. 18:25. Isa. 19:2. 3."— The Great Controversy. THE LESSON Introduction No amount of study of the character of God can ever exhaust the subject. Ps. 2:10."— Testi­ monies to Ministers. 3. and with more rapturous joy they sweep the harps of gold. sin crucified the Son of God. God Is Faithful 5. God's holiness should inspire wor­ ship. Moses sings of God's justice. Rev. and the sinful course of those who. The redeemed acknowledge God's justice. so will love.—"As Isaiah beheld this revelation of the glory and majesty of his Lord. 11. page 678.—"Holiness is the foundation of God's throne. He will faithfully save all who come to Him. Gen. God Is Holy 1. 99:5. Deut. in darkness as well as in the light.14. Man urged to emulate God's char­ acter. When Isaiah was given a vision of the holiness of God. 14. what effect did it have on him? What was done to his sins? Isa. 12:10. 2. "The years of eternity. 15:3. the hearts of the ransomed thrill with more fervent devotion. it is relying on God with unquestioning confi­ dence. 7:9. had long been numbered among the chosen people of Israel and Judah!"—Prophets and Kings. 19:2. first part. As knowledge is pro­ gressive. They NOTE. as they roll. 10:23. God Is Holy 1. 6:1-7. 12:10. 6:1-7. 19:7. The more men learn of God. 1 Cor. 1:9. page 145. Christ declared to be the Just One."— The Acts of the Apostles. 5:24. with himself. Heb. 12. 15:4. God Is Just 6.

Their iniquity was 'not yet full' (ch. there is. 4:8. When God revealed to Abraham His plan to destroy Sodom. 'Holy. Lord God Almighty. not to God's grace and pardon. 8. The working out of Satan's rule in contrast with the government of God has been presented to the whole universe. both loyal and rebellious. what will they say concerning God's dealings with mankind? Rev. 6. 7. . NOTE. and His goodness stand fully vin­ dicated. exclaiming. Abraham gives evidence that he knew the One before whom he stood to be the Supreme Being. have been laid open to the view of all created intelligences. He followed the same principle.' Revelation 4:8. The angels bow before Him in ado­ ration.—"In all the dealings of God with His people. Study the character of God. . . page 469. 1. with one accord declare: 'Just and true are Thy ways. It is seen that all His dealings in the great controversy have been conducted with respect to the eternal good of His people and the good of all the worlds that He has created. This principle had been demonstrated by God in His extension of probation for the Amorites another 400 years. the fruits of setting aside the divine statutes. NOTE. p. holy. When the redeemed sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. 32:4. Satan's own works have condemned him. . With all the facts of the great controversy in view. 15:4. vol. .' "—The Great Con­ troversy. first part."— The Seventhday Adventist Bible Commentary.4."— Counsels to Teachers. The crown­ ing glory of Christ's attributes is His holiness. By beholding Christ. Now he appealed. God's wisdom. 18:25. the most striking evidence of His strict and impartial justice. 671. What is the theme of the anthem of praise offered by heavenly beings? Rev. . And yet what swift and severe retribution was visited upon them for their transgressions!"—Patriarchs and Prophets. NOTE. of what was the patriarch convinced concern­ ing God's justice? Gen. Addressing Him thus. NOTE. How does God compare His ways with those of men? Ezek. the whole universe. The results of re­ bellion. He is de­ clared to be glorious in His holiness. 330. by seeking Him in faith and prayer. God had bestowed great blessings upon Israel.—"Every question of truth and error in the long-standing controversy has now been made plain. [19] . When God con­ sented to spare Sodom if only ten righteous men could be found within its gates. mingled with His love and mercy. 18:29.—"Cleanse yourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. pages 670. 15:16). but to His absolute judicial equity.—"God alone is the Judge of all men. In what words did Moses pro­ claim the justice of God? Deut. His justice. God Is Just 5. page 402. you may become like Him. holy. 15:3. This is exemplified in the history of the Hebrew people. Thou King of saints.

What trait of God's character enables us to depend on the promises contained in His word? Deut. 1 Thess. This can be the ex­ perience of all who truly believe that "faith­ ful is He that calleth you. pp. 3. NOTE. [ 20] . 19: 7."—Prophets and Kings. Nebraska. Box 66. the unselfish work. however. Address: The Christian Record Benevolent Association. Lincoln 6. How is the impartiality and fair­ ness of God manifested? 2 Chron." Some will give up the struggle to perfect the type of character necessary. to throw open every compartment of the temple courts.—"No distinction on account of nationality. If I truly know Christ. My religious life. and places them within reach of the throne of God. Questions for Meditation 1. will at last be numbered among the overcomers. c. Those who recognize the faithfulness of God. who also will do it. My agreements with others. 1:9. All men are of one family by creation. 10:23. vol.—There are many who accept God's offer to become citizens in His kingdom. Rev. His love is so broad. It is not the great results we attain. great will be the reward of the faithful servant when the Master shall say: 'Give an account of thy stewardship. 2:10. Why is God's faithfulness im­ portant to those who have accepted the gospel invitation? 1 Cor. 2. Jesus will say: Henceforth I call you not servants. In what way is faithfulness important in the following relations? a. and who put their dependence in His mighty power. 7:9. because many things have been gained. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek. He is the Maker of all mankind. pages 369. If these trusts are faithfully kept. so full.—"The present is a season of solemn privilege and sacred trust to the servants of God. Not all. guests. 5:24. NOTE. that weigh with God. NOTE. My marriage. It lifts out of Satan's influence those who have been deluded by his deceptions." 13. Heb. will "endure unto the Sabbath school lessons in Braille are supplied free to the blind upon request. end. 12. will be rewarded abun­ dantly. is recognized by God. He prizes goodness and faithfulness more than the greatness of the work accomplished. 510. and all are one through redemption. that every soul may have free access to God. race. God Is Faithful 11. The approval of the Master is not given be­ cause of the greatness of the work per­ formed.9."— Testimonies.' The ear­ nest toil. True or false? The rich and the poor will be treated alike by God in the judgment. they become discouraged and turn back into the world. the patient. 4:2. Christ came to demolish every wall of partition. 370. b. 1 Peter 1:17. but because of the fidelity in even a few things. why will I not claim to be perfect and holy ? 2.What is expected in the lives of Christ's followers? To what ex­ tent? 1 Cor. however. persevering effort. that it penetrates everywhere. Besides holiness. what other divine trait of character was mani­ fested in the life of Christ? Acts 3:14. so deep. 511. 10. Looking at their own weakness. or caste. but the motives from which we act. the throne encircled by the rainbow of promise. bond nor free. but friends.

Man is moving from there must be a God. 6:26. 4-6. 551-558. He gives guidance to the animal creation. and the true God. Matt. Ps. God's thoughts infinitely higher. 8. 444-453. He will impart wisdom to us. "Fundamentals of Christian Education. God Knows All Things 9. He sees the future. who is the source of all one discovery to another in such fields as wisdom and knowledge. III. 2. 14-16.Lesson 6. IV. 9. 42:8. He knows the secrets of the atmos­ phere." on lesson texts. He will direct our lives. The secrets ture that the Bible presents concerning the of the atom have been unlocked. review entire lesson. Check Here D Q G Lesson Outline Introduction I. 40:28. 1959 God's Unsearchable Wisdom MEMORY VERSE: "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard. Isa. Check Here Q Q Q D Wednesday: Questions 10-13. 3: 5. Heb. fainteth not. 40:28. 4:13. 139: 1-6. 3. 10. for May 9. He knows the needs of all His creatures. archae­ tellectual might is infinite. the de­ vout man bows in awe. Dan. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: Sunday: Questions Monday: Questions Tuesday: Questions General survey. He knows all about our needs. the Lord." pages 491-502. 1 Chron. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. Paul's response to God's wisdom. God's Wisdom Available 4. 10. 44:21. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of April 23. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. 6.6. 8:28. 13. Isa. 11:33. 12. Matt. chemistry. II. a God whose in­ medicine. and electronics. Job 37:14-24. mathematics. Rom. Ps. 2:47. Ps. 28:9. 55:8. that the everlast­ ing God. [21] Introduction . Before this inscrutable mani­ end of invention and research is not yet in festation of knowledge and wisdom. Man cannot search out God's wis­ dom. THE LESSON This provides strong evidence to the de­ vout person that there is a Master Intelli­ The frontiers of knowledge are continually gence back of the universe. sight. 5. He knows every secret. Isa. It indicates that being pressed back. James 1:5. the Creator of the ends of the earth. He supplies the needs of all His creatures. He knows the personal life of each individual. God's Wisdom Compared With Man's 7.9. STUDY HELPS: "Prophets and Kings." pages 181-185. 11. This is the pic­ ology." Isa. God's Knowledge of His Creatures 1. Ps. 147:5. Prov. Job 39:26-29. astronomy. neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding. 7-9. Rom. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. 104:21-28. 46: 9. 10:29-31. 1-3.

and whatever they do. or the works of the Infinite One. How much does God know about each person and his activities? 1 Chron. page 109. 46:9. What is man unable to search out? Ps. and still there is an infinity beyond. Then "let us trust Him."— Patriarchs and Prophets. 6. Human laws. ever learning. though sometimes severe. page 66. . they are in the presence of God. Let us thank God that it is not so. and yet never exhaust the treasures of His wisdom. ever learning. 11:33. He is infinitely wise and just and good. and His power. God would no longer be supreme. but to every deed there is an unseen wit­ ness."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed. God Knows All Things 4.). What does God say of His thoughts as compared with man's? Isa.' Colossians 2:3. what canst thou do? deeper than hell." — Counsels to Teachers. NOTE. Men living in this little atom of a world are finite.God's Wisdom Compared With Man's 1. As Paul contemplated God's dealings with men. What is one of the evidences of God's wisdom? Isa. Worry is blind and cannot discern the future. God is infinite. there would be for them no further discovery of truth.—Only God is able to see the future. No part of our conduct escapes observation. "If men could see for a moment beyond [22] . 42:8. 14-16. God has unnumbered worlds that are obedient to His laws and are conducted with reference to His glory. having reached the limit of knowledge and attainment. in Him are 'all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The very motives of his heart are 3. But Jesus sees the end from the beginning. . The deepest midnight is no cover for the guilty one. then. every mouth would be stopped in its boasting. NOTE. would cease to advance. 139:1-6. the wisdom. . p. 44:21. the power. no growth in knowledge.—"If it were possible for created beings to attain to a full understanding of God and His works. Let the young ever remember that wherever they are. there is still an infinity beyond what they can apprehend. When men have gone as far in scientific research as their limited powers will permit. 5.—"God is the source of all wisdom. What is said concerning God's knowledge of secrets? Ps.' Job 11:7-9. NOTE. 298. Dan. 55:8. 28:9. what exclamation did he make concerning God's wis­ dom? Rom.) the range of finite vision. 10. are often trans­ gressed without detection.9. 2:27. and man. (Italics supplied. if they could catch a glimpse of the Eternal. 40:28. no further development of mind or heart. and in every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Says the sacred writer: 'Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Al­ mighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven. and broader than the sea. 2. He may think himself alone. what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth. 7. We cannot hide our ways from the Most High. His goodness. we would fear to sin.—"No finite mind can fully compre­ hend the existence. having reached this point. page 116.—"If we were to cherish an habitual impression that God sees and hears all that we do and say. and hence with impunity. 9. and that we must meet it all. But not so with the law of God. The mightiest intellects of earth cannot comprehend God. NOTE. Isa. What will take place during the coming years is as well known to Him as the hap­ penings of yesterday."— Testi­ monies. 147:5. And to all eternity men may be ever search­ ing. 28. NOTE. Ps. Men may be ever searching. vol. and keeps a faithful record of our words and actions.

—"The strength of those who love and serve God will be renewed day by day. [23] . God's Wisdom Available 7. 104:21-28."—Patriarchs and Prophets. 3:5. pages 217. . and their children shall be left to suffer. and they are in constant anx­ iety lest poverty shall come upon them. Every phase of nature is fully understood by God. page 242. NOTE. When we need wisdom. 10:29-31. With what phenomena of nature is God familiar? Job 37:14-24. On •what condition has God promised to direct our lives? Prov. 12. instead of leading them to seek help from God. . including the laws that govern nature. 294. What is one way in which the wisdom of God is manifested by the creatures of His hand? Job 39:26-29. many examples are given of God's wisdom as re­ vealed in nature. 8. God's Knowledge of His Creatures 13. or magnifying the difficulties that really exist. every thought. so that their eyes are blinded to the many blessings which demand their gratitude. Every act. He will more than fulfill the highest ex­ pectations of those who put their trust in Him. NOTE. 218. God is able and willing to bestow upon His servants all the strength they need and to give them the wisdom that their varied necessities demand. open to divine inspection. 10. GOD KNOWS THE SECRETS OF HIS UNIVERSE. Matt. NOTE. . For anyone to rely on his own understand- 9. separate them from Him. pages 293. of which those relating to the hawk and the eagle are typical. 4:13. 6.—"Entire trust in God is the only logical position for Christians to take. all heaven is interested in our welfare. NOTE. Some are always anticipating evil. and the attention of heaven were centered upon him."—Patriarchs and Prophets. for it is by His wisdom that He has created all things. 6:26. every word. Why should we trust God to care for us? Matt.11. chapters 37 to 39. that in carrying out His purposes they may not err. Rom. and fore­ sees and prepares against all the troubles that come upon man as sudden emergencies.—In Job. 8: 28."— The Acts of the Apostles. is as distinctly marked as though there were only one person in the whole world. The understanding of the Infinite is placed at their service.—"Though their present needs are supplied. What does God provide for His creatures? Ps. "Do we well to be thus unbelieving ? Why should we be ungrateful and distrustful? Jesus is our friend. many are unwilling to trust God for the future. the only source of strength. to what source are we invited to go? James 1:5. How complete is God's knowl­ edge of the universe? Heb. because they awaken unrest and repining. The obstacles they encounter. God has all knowledge and all power.

Why is God's leading so much more remarkable in some lives than in others? Lesson 7. is the greatness. Check Here D D D D Check Here Wednesday: Questions 12-14. Questions for Meditation 1." 1 Chron. Rev. O Lord. The Kingdom of God . "Prophets and Kings. 34. Deut. II."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. Worship due Him as King. 15:18. 102:19. pp. It is also folly to alternate between trust in self and trust in God. 18:10. 6. Ex." pages 514-521. 10. Intelligence is needed to determine from the word of God and from God's guiding providences what is the divine will. Ps. n Lesson Outline Introduction I. and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. Matt. 97:2.ing under such circumstances is foolish in­ deed.' The Hebrew emphasizes that God Himself will make straight and plain the path of His servant. did He create man? 2. 1 Kings 8:30. "To place little confidence in one's own understanding does not mean that a man must lay aside intelligence and give up the power of choice. 9. Thine is the kingdom. vol. and Thou art exalted as head above all. 4. Heb. [24] . It embraces the entire universe. Since God could see the future and knew that man would sin. Ps. margin. O Lord. Acts 17:24." on lesson texts. 47:2. 749-754. God Is a King 1. Eccl. 7. 16:9. 8. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: General survey. 3. 57:15. 5:2. Ps. why. A will strengthened and cleansed by God is needed if one is to follow a true course through to the end. 1959 God's Universal Government MEMORY VERSE: "Thine. What viewpoint must one maintain if education and a continual search for knowl­ edge are to be a blessing instead of a curse ? 3. 11: 19. STUDY HELPS: "Patriarchs and Prophets. 1 Kings 8:27. 10:16. 2. "Testimonies. do you think. Ps. The work of angels in God's govern­ ment. for May 16. D Friday: Read further from Study Helps. 103:19. 5. 5. Ps. Tuesday: Questions 9-11. Q Thursday: Read from Study Helps. Ps. His kingdom is founded on right­ eousness and judgment. God also dwells with men. 956. 11:4. 1:8. 955. Or. He will reign forever. 10:14. 139:7. He dwells in heaven. 123:1. when His servant acknowledges Him in every phase of life's many activities." pages 33-43. 3. Earthly temples cannot contain God. pp. "He shall direct." vol. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. and the victory. His throne located in the heavenly temple. and the power. 29:11. and the glory. Isa. Sunday: Questions 1-4. Monday: Questions 5-8. 'it is He who will direct. review entire lesson. 29: 2. Ps. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of April 30. 2 Chron.

and behold my lovely Jesus.one another.—"Although God dwells not in temples made with hands. I long to be there. their coming together will be of no avail.—"Heaven is a good place. Matt. 11:19. 5:2." Through this experience He would demon­ strate "that with the existence of God's government is bound up the well-being of all the creatures He has made. Why should earth's inhabitants give glory to God? Ps. As the scene rises before me. 12:13. Luci­ fer endeavored to wrest from God control of the government of the universe. yet He honors with His presence the assemblies of His people. where else does He abide? Isa. Oh. Unless they worship Him in spirit and truth and in the beauty of holiness.III. .4:17. 13:1-4. 4. 34. He will meet with them by His Spirit."—Prophets and Kings. I lay down the pen. Allegiance due to both divine and earthly governments. Rev. 2. The Scriptures make this very plain. 15:18. God Is a King 1. 47:2."—Early Writings. God might have destroyed him at once. 66:7. 'Oh. but He did not because He desired to "show what must be the fruit of setting aside the divine authority. page 50. I am lost in amazement. Before the foundation of the world. what love! what wondrous love!' The most exalted language fails to describe the glory of heaven or the match­ less depths of a Saviour's love. 11. He is also the great King of the universe. 102:19. NOTE. to acknowledge their sins. 17:14. and exclaim.). THE LESSON Introduction The infinite God is King of kings and Lord of lords. God's government is supreme. What term do Bible writers use to describe the place where God dwells? 1 Kings 8:30. 14. 6:15. He must have a kingdom. 12. Men receive authority from God. Ps. [25] . 3. Ps. Carried away with the surpassing splendor and excellent glory. who gave His life for me. 10:16. Dan. Although God dwells in heaven. page 39. Rev. What do Solomon and Paul say concerning the ability of temples to contain God? 1 Kings 8:27. 1 Tim. Where in heaven is God's throne located ? Ps. page 43. How long will God reign as King? Ex. 57:15. for language to express the glory of the bright world to come! I thirst for the living streams that make glad the city of our God. 289. He has promised that when they come together to seek Him.—"God is our Father. But those who assemble to worship Him should put away every evil thing.. He failed in this attempt."— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed."—Ibid. 5. NOTE. 29:2. and to pray for. 22:21. Acts 17: 24. 6. God rules by His own power. 11:4. Rom. and be changed into His glorious image. page 107. Eccl. p. 13. But if He is a king. 123:1. NOTE. "Language is altogether too feeble to at­ tempt a description of heaven. Earthly Governments Under God's Control 10."—Patriarchs and Prophets. who loves and cares for us as His children. 10. He must also have a government and laws by which He rules His subjects. Ps. He ordains earthly governments.

Heb. 66:7. Rather. all waiting to do His will. NOTE. our Saviour unites His interests with those of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam. Over how much territory does God rule? Deut."— The Desire of Ages. 16:9.NOTE. NOTE."—Patri­ archs and Prophets. above. By what power does God rule? Ps. 10:14. UNIVERSAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM 8. to be determined by his power. and from heaven to earth. But in the word of God the curtain is drawn aside. 9. From whom do earthly rulers receive their kingdoms? Dan 4:17. to a great. NOTE. Through the agency of His Spirit and His angels He ministers to the children of men. It is evident that the government of God includes the entire universe. it exalts Him. appear as dependent on the will and prowess of man. 11. In what way does God keep in constant communication with all parts of His kingdom? 2 Chron.—"God's government included not only the inhabitants of heaven. 97:2. margin. and through all the play and counterplay of human in­ terests and power and passions. The shaping of events seems. The miracles of Christ for the afflicted and suffering were wrought by the power of God through the ministration of the angels.—"He ruleth by His power for­ ever!" Only God is responsible to Himself alone. but of all the worlds that He had created." — The Ministry of Healing. page 143. Ps. And it is through Christ. Ps. NOTE:—"In the annals of human history the growth of nations. page 417. degree. In taking upon Himself humanity. for it shows Him to be omni­ present by His Spirit. The Kingdom of God 7. "The angels of God are ever passing from earth to heaven. and of God with men. 139:7. page 41. not in silence and solitude. And thus Christ is the medium of communication of men with God. Earthly Governments Under God's Controj 10. and we behold. ambition. but surrounded by ten thousand times ten thou­ sand and thousands of thousands of holy beings. On what principles has God founded His government? Ps. Through these messengers He is in active communi­ cation with every part of His dominion. while through His divinity He grasps the throne of God. Matt. the rise and fall of empires. 1:8. By His Spirit He is everywhere present. by the ministration of His heavenly messengers. God continues to rule the vast universe from His throne in heaven while at the same time through His Spirit He dwells with the humble believer. not in a state of in­ activity. 18:10. or caprice. behind. the agencies [26] . No other god can do this. 103:19.—"The Bible shows us God in His high and holy place.—This text does not in any sense minimize the greatness of God by stating that He is able to dwell in human hearts that are surrendered to His will. that every blessing comes from God to us.

" on lesson texts. 5. 12:13. good.. As the great controversy draws to a close. 45-52 (1943 ed. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. and for sin. just. 12. 111:7. But he fails to recognize that God still controls this earth." —Education. Ps. 19:7. Based on love. STUDY HELPS: "Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing" 1956 ed. 14. pages 73-83). with no one to resist his authority. Eternal.14. If we were always sharply conscious of the fact that angels are taking to heaven a record of our lives. Matt. "Patriarchs and Prophets. 17:14. "The Great Controversy. overcoming Satan and his hosts." Rom. Questions for Meditation 1." pages 363-373. 7:12. God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. 4. 5:17. Why are we counseled to submit ourselves to earthly governments? Rom.of the all-merciful One. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of May 7. for May 23. silently. in that it was weak through the flesh. 8:3. Holy. When there is a conflict between the government of God and my civil govern­ ment. Immutable. page 173. who walk not after the flesh. Monday: Questions 5-7. . and fights for them. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. 8. Sunday: Questions 1-4. what principle should guide me in my allegiance? 3. Satan believes that he can thus be­ come the undisputed ruler of this world.. review entire lesson. 22:21. pp. In Satan's attempt to destroy God's people before Christ's return. What did Jesus say about our allegiance to divine and earthly governments? Matt.18. 6. 2. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be ful­ filled in us. 89:34. Check Here D fj] Q Q Wednesday: Questions 12-14. 22:37-40. against -whom is he actually making war? Rev. Lesson 8. 4. 13:10. and spiritual/Rom. Matt. would we live differ­ ently? 2.. 1959 God's Immutable Law MEMORY VERSE: "For what the law could not do. Nature of God's Law 1. patiently working out the counsels of His own will. pp.—In seeking to destroy God's peo­ ple. but after the Spirit. Tuesday: Questions 8-11. Ps. Requires love to God and man. Jesus is with His people. Check Here Q D D Lesson Outline Introduction I. what will determine loyalty to God's government ? 13. Ps." pages 492-504 (1950 subscrip­ tion ed. NOTE. . [27] 3. 487-498). Perfect. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: General survey. Rom. 13:1-4. God's government remains supreme.

man alone. is expected of the children of God.). page 46. 8:10. 3:20. Christ bade the lawyer. page 69. Matt. the great controversy had been upon the law of God. What characteristics does Paul ascribe to the law? Rom. 14. NOTE. The obedient will enter heaven. page 49. "The Samaritan had obeyed the dictates of a kind and loving heart. The righteous will obey it. This moral law.II. a revelation to earth of the law of heaven. 8:3. Eccl. 2:18. 19:7. but of all the opera­ tions of nature. page 52. It is a revelation of His will.' every variation from it must be evZ. Heb. 7:23. Warnings against breaking it. To serve as the standard of judg­ ment. Thus.—"Since 'the law of the Lord is perfect. even as He walked. 4. 14. 11. 7:21. 1 John 5:3."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed. God has ordained laws for the government.' Doing. Ps. 5:17-19. that His law was faulty. Satan had sought to prove that God was unjust. 8. since God is King of the universe. In the contro­ versy it was to be shown whether the divine statutes were defective and subject to change. Ps. Can be kept through Christ. Obeying it brings peace. The harmony of creation depends upon the perfect conformity of all beings. and in this had proved himself a doer of the law. James 2:12. "From the first. a transcript of His character. In attack­ ing the law. page 24. is amenable to moral law.' 1 John 2:6. Jer. He must have a law by which to rule. which cannot be disregarded. and that the good of the uni­ verse required it to be changed. Rom. 22:18. 1. what two commandments summarize the divine law? Matt. the Ten Commandments." — Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956ed. Rev. he aimed to overthrow the authority of its Author. and do thou likewise."—Patri­ archs and Prophets. 14:12. Christ told the story of the good Samaritan. animate and in­ animate. How do we know that God's law cannot be improved? Ps. Rom. It is "the foundation of His [God's] government in heaven and on earth."— The Desire of Ages. Rom. NOTE. But while everything in nature is governed by natural laws. and since He reigns over all. Matt. the expression of divine love and wisdom. "The law of God is as sacred as Himself. or perfect and immutable. To reveal His will to man. 14. 22:37-40. is the subject of our study this week. 119: 165. page 308.—"The law given upon Sinai was the enunciation of the principle of love. Man's Relation to God's Law 10. of everything. That law is spoken of in the Scriptures as the royal law. Rev. John 14:15. 'Go. THE LESSON Introduction "There can be no government without law. and not saying merely." —Patriarchs and Prophets. not only of living beings. [28] .—As a means of helping men see that law-keeping necessitates a demonstra­ tion of love. 12. to the law of the Creator. 4. Nature of God's Law 2. What attribute of God's charac­ ter forms the basis of His law? Rom. 13. 7:7. NOTE. 19. 9. 'He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk."—Patriarchs and Prophets. Purpose of God's Law 7. 3. Everything is under fixed laws. III. 40:8. page 504. To point out sin.). of all that in­ habits the earth. 13:10. According to Jesus."—The Desire of Ages. 7:12. James 2:8. 12:13.

Without the law. 89:34. 8. Rom. What relation to His law will be sustained by those who claim to love God? John 14:15. 6. What essential information does God's law impart to mankind? Ps."—The Great Controversy. They have no true conviction of sin and feel no need of repentance. . Man's Relation to God's Law 10. . 3:20.—Here He teaches. but it provides no remedy. a rebellion against the laws of His government. 18. pages 51. Its two great principles are love to God and love to man."—The Great Contro­ versy. [29] . 111:7. but that these claims should hold as long as the heavens and the earth remain. . 14.—God's will is revealed through His law. must be as enduring as its Author. "Whenever men choose their own way. 12:13. what other im­ portant purpose does the law serve? Rom. 52. NOTE. It will maintain its claims upon mankind in all ages. we re­ ject His will for us.NOTE."— The Great Controversy. they do not realize their need of the aton­ ing blood of Christ.—"The law reveals to man his sins. for this shows that there is yet communion between the soul and sin. they are placing themselves on the side of Satan. . Not seeing their lost condition as violators of God's law. is unchangeable. -When we disobey the law. NOTE. While it promises life to the obedient. NOTE.)."— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed. 40:8. It is not the greatness of the act of disobedience that constitutes sin. 9.—"The written word. 1 John 5:3- 5. . will measure the character of every man and condemn all whom this unerring test shall declare wanting.—"The law of God. . . How may we be certain that God's law will not be changed? Ps.. the enemy of God and man. page 365. and His law is love. The law of God is as immutable as His throne. By what standard will our lives be measured in the judgment? Eccl. it declares that death is the portion of the transgressor. 7:7. James 2:12. not merely what the claims of God's law had been. Matt. 2:18. and were then. pages 467. It is a revelation of the will and the character of its Author. The heart is divided in its service."—Patriarchs and Prophets. page 467. being an ex­ pression of the mind and will of God. In disregarding the will of God. . page 268. men have no just conception of the purity and holiness of God or of their own guilt and uncleanness. 468. For how long will the law en­ dure? Ps. Besides being a revelation of God's will for man. 5:17.. from its very nature. they place themselves in controversy with God. . 8.. the law of God. There is a virtual de­ nial of God. God is love. NOTE. Purpose of God's Law 7.. The gospel of Christ alone can free him from the condemnation or the defilement of sin. but the fact of variance from God's expressed will in the least particular. Such a law.

" Rev. 8:10. These solemn denun­ ciations apply to all who by their influence lead men to regard lightly the law of God.—"There are only two classes in the world today.—"Such are the warnings which God has given to guard men against chang­ ing in any manner that which He has re­ vealed or commanded." pages 303-314. Heb. Jer. His obedience is accepted for us. 7: 21. 7:23. 3:12. which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My'new name. STUDY HELPS: "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. 11. NOTE. 5:17-19. 1959 God's Sacred Name MEMORY VERSE: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God.—"The same law that was engraved upon the tables of stone. Christ gives the test by which to prove our loyalty or disloyalty. is written by the Holy Spirit upon the tables of the heart. 170173. He that hath My commandments. he it is that loveth Me..).." vol. 'keep My commandments."— The Great Controversy." —Patriarchs and Prophets. and only two classes will be recognized in the judgment—those who vio­ late God's law and those who obey it. which is New Jerusalem. . and keepeth them. we accept the righteousness of Christ. 4. Since the law is spiritual. what will it do for me if I embrace it? If I reject it? 3. are taking upon them­ selves a fearful responsibility. pp. "Patriarchs and Prophets. They should cause those to fear and tremble who flippantly declare it a matter of little consequence whether we obey God's law or not. all who would change the plain meaning of Scripture to suit their own convenience. 22:18.NOTE. Lesson Help in "Review and Hera Id" of May 14. Will the righteous be admitted to heaven as a reward for obedience. page 283. 19. Is this also true with the moral law? 2. 1. His blood atones for our sins. 14. Then the heart renewed by the Holy Spirit will bring forth 'the fruits of the Spirit. 14:12.' Through the grace of Christ we shall live in obedience to the law of God written upon our hearts. NOTE. What provision has been made to enable men to obey the moral law? Rom. [30] . page 372. and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God. 119:165. Questions for Meditation 1. for May 30. 8:3. Who will be chosen as subjects of God's eternal kingdom? Matt. We know that suffering follows the violation of natural law. Rev. What warning is issued against all who might willfully break the law and encourage others to disobey it? Man.'"—Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed. Rev.' He says. page 268. and the name of the city of My God. or will this experience be granted because through faith they have demonstrated their harmony with God's principles by obedience? Lesson 9. or for the sake of con­ forming to the world. 13. 'If ye love Me. What blessing will be given on this earth to those who obey God's law? Ps. All who exalt their own opinions above divine revelation. In­ stead of going about to establish our own righteousness. 12.

8.' and implies that its possessor is the eternal. 28:19. In Hebrew as in English. The R. Its all-embracing universality precluded any comparison of the God of the Israelites to the deities of Egypt and other nations. 1:17-23. God's name to be hallowed. III. 16:25-29. it was important for Moses to re­ veal to his people the true nature of their God. Man's Attitude Toward God's Name 7. 14:1. Acts 4:12. p. 1:4. . Lev. God's Name and Salvation 6. Jews shocked at Christ's claim. 99:3. His name will endure be- [31] . the name by which He had made Himself known to Abraham at the making of the covenant (Gen. Ex.V. 135:13. 10:33. 20:7. 111:9. 4. Phil.' To the Jews this has ever been the sacred name by which the true God is distinguished from all false gods. 14. Matt. 3. II. Man to glorify and reverence God's name. John 16:23. 6:9. For how long will God's name endure? Ps. Ps. Eph. Blasphemy punished by death.—Behind the simple statement that God's name will endure forever are other profound truths. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. We are to pray in the name of Jesus.V. Check Here Q D Q Lesson Outline Introduction I. or rather explained to him. Matt. 9.DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: General survey. His name to be given to redeemed. 24.59. Sacred Nature and Greatness of God's Name 1. Ps. vol. 10.. It was designed to provide Moses and his people with strong consolation in their affliction and powerful support for their confidence in the realization of His purpose to deliver them. Christ's name to be exalted. Ps.. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. Worthy of continual praise.S. 15:7). "From the Hebrew word translated as 'I am' comes the derived form Yahweh. 3:12. this name is a form of the verb 'to be. Ex. 511. Sacred Nature and Greatness of God's Name 1. Warning against careless use. "God therefore revealed to Moses. 19:16. Ps. It will endure forever. What characteristics does David ascribe to God's name? Ps. 111:9."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. Isa. . 24:10-16. 13. 95: 1-6. 3:13. 5. 12. 135:13. Salvation in His name. God's name is holy and reverend. . 2. of 1885 and A. Sunday: Questions 1-4. 2:9-11. 148:5. 22:4. Tuesday: Questions 9-11.. 14. self-existing One.. Check Here D D D D Wednesday: Questions 12-14. NOTE. 1 Chron. It reveals His character. Rev. 99:3. 13. who was now ready to deliver them from bondage. 11. Why it should be praised. Monday: Questions 5-8. 1. of 1901 trans­ literate Yahweh as 'Jehovah. . 34:14. . 113:3. Rev. 57:15. review entire lesson.. 34: 1.. THE LESSON Introduction "Since names meant so much to the Semite mind. 2. John 8:58. Ps. .

57:15. sinful beings. 409. In the Lord's Prayer. others would have been demoral­ ized. finite. . 112. and by the frequent and thoughtless repetition of His name. Ps. 135. but it forbids us to use the name of God in a light or careless manner. by appeals to Him in trivial mat­ ters. By the thoughtless mention of God in common con­ versation. and His holy name should be uttered with reverence and solemnity. He is the same yesterday. pages 408."—Patriarchs and Prophets. 8.cause He Himself is from everlasting to everlasting. and we should come before Him with holy awe. 24:10-16.' Psalm 111: 9. [32] . But had this man's sin been permitted to pass un­ punished. we dishonor Him. for He Himself is unchanging. and as the result. being equally an expression of contempt for the authority of God. Isa. without re­ gard to its awful significance. What warning concerning the careless use of God's name is contained in the third commandment of the Decalogue? Ex. We are never in any manner to treat lightly the titles or appellations of the Deity. 113:3. 34:14. Compare Ps. that the heart may be impressed with a sense of His exalted char­ acter.—"To hallow the name 'of the Lord requires that the words in which we speak of the Supreme Being be uttered with rev­ erence. The angels veil their faces in His presence.I."—Patriarchs and Proph­ ets. Man's Attitude Toward God's Name 6. How much more should we.—"Both love and justice require it to be shown that utterances prompted by malice against God are a great sin. many lives must eventually have been sacrificed. 7. NOTE. 20:7. and forever. NOTE. . His purity and holiness. The sins of blasphemy and willful Sabbathbreaking received the same punishment. . 148:5. 14. our Maker I"— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed. how is the sacredness of God's name expressed? Matt. come in a reverent manner before the Lord.—God does not expect that we shall repeat His name over and over like a chant. In ancient times. how did God show the serious nature of blasphemy? Lev. The cheru­ bim and the bright and holy seraphim ap­ proach His throne with solemn reverence. 6:9. 3:13. pages 306. 3. r~~A-> PIN ISRAEL BLASPHEMY WAS PUNISHED BV STONING. .). . and we can bring praise to His name by revealing His character to others. Why should we praise God's name? Ps. NOTE. We can praise Him from the heart without giving audible expression to our feelings. And His name will not change. In prayer we enter the audience chamber of the Most High. 'Holy and reverend is His name. page 106. 307. When is it appropriate to praise I«K«»WB»»«~=>-«-~-—-- -D* a/J. All should meditate upon His majesty. '—-- NOTE. today.2 r __^«™ Do God? 150.—"This commandment not only prohibits false oaths and common swearing. 1:4. . 34:1. What are some of the names that God uses to represent His character to mankind? Ex. that God's name is to be held in reverence. 4. The retribution visited upon the first offender would be a warning to others.

"—Early Writings. 13. 95:1-6. What wonderful promise will be fulfilled to the redeemed? Rev. 16:25-29."-^Sie^ to Christ (1956 ed. for fearful is His name. Such have no realizing sense of God or the truth. The hour has come when Christ occupies His rightful position and is glorified above principalities and powers and every name that is named. which is dis­ pleasing to Him. who is soon to judge them in the last day. had been claimed as His own by this Gal­ ilean Rabbi. He who had been promised to Israel. from the days of eternity." — Testi­ monies. 24. In whose name is the Christian to present his petition to the Father? John 16:23. Phil. NOTE. 28:19. page 671. 'whose goings forth have been from of old. no man can see Him and live."— The De­ sire of Ages. and rang with [33] . 12. 19:16. It was for the joy that was set before Him—that He might bring many sons unto glory—that He endured the cross and despised the shame. It is to pray in the mind and spirit of Jesus. before passing the threshold of God's spiritual kingdom. yet greater is the joy and the glory. p. And in­ conceivably great as was the sorrow and the shame. vol. NOTE. Ps. Be­ fore man can find a home in the church.). Because of Christ's unselfish : part in the plan of salvation. 'The Lord our Righteousness. he is to receive the im­ press of the divine name. 3: 12. rely upon His grace. The words God Almighty are coupled to­ gether and used by some in prayer in a careless." — The Great Controversy. 10:33. Rev. 14:1.—"Before the universe has been clearly presented the great sacrifice made by the Father and the Son in man's behalf.' Micah 5:2. and the Holy Spirit. He had announced Himself to be the self-existent One. 'Couple them not together. pages 100. and work His works. NOTE. What was the reaction of the Jews when Christ claimed one of the titles belonging to Deity? John 8:58. 91. 6. NOTE. 2:9-11. He has made this a positive condition with which all must comply who wish to be acknowledged as under the authority of the 14.9. or they would not speak so irreverently of the great and dreadful God. margin. He dwelleth in light un­ approachable. while we believe His promises. thoughtless manner. pages 469. Unfettered by mortality. 10. the Son. 101. 1:17-23. will take His name on their lips with holy awe. how will His name be honored? Eph.—"I saw that God's holy name should be used with reverence and awe. page 122.' Jeremiah 23:6. 11. 22:4. they wing their tireless flight to worlds afar— worlds that thrilled with sorrow at the spectacle of human woe. Matt. NOTE. What attitude should we as­ sume when we come into the presence of God in prayer? Why? 1 Chron. The name of God. 59.—"Silence fell upon the vast as­ sembly.—"To pray in the name of Jesus is something more than a mere mention of that name at the beginning and the ending of a prayer. given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence. Father. I saw that these things will have to be understood and corrected before the church can prosper. 470." Those who realize the greatness and majesty of-God. How important is the divine name in God's plan for saving men? Acts 4:12. God's Name and Salvation NOTE.—"Christ has made baptism the sign of entrance to His spiritual kingdom. Said the angel.—"All the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God's re­ deemed.

Destroyed the antediluvians and Sodomites. [34] 10." etc. Tuesday: Questions 8-10. "Testimonies to Ministers. 9. be glory and majesty. 25. 10. why should we guard our speech against the use of such bywords as "my goodness. Deut4:37. 2:1. God's Power to Save Men 4. Sunday: Questions 1-3. 107:2-6. Rom. God's Power in Dealing With Men 5. 28. Matt. Check Here D Q O Lesson Outline Introduction I. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. from the least to the greatest. God the source of power forever. for June 6." "my word. both now and ever. 7:18-23. 2. 3. In view of the sacredness of God's name. 23-31. STUDY HELPS: "Testimonies. 13. Col. 1. to the only wise God our Saviour. 26:9. Eph. pp. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: General survey. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. He upholds nature. 21:1. God's power defeats Satan." on lesson texts. all in their appointed order circling the throne of Deity.2.12. They share the treasures of knowledge and understanding gained through ages upon ages in contempla­ tion of God's handiwork. "Counsels to Teachers. Ps. 1:18-20. and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. Mark 10:27. Jer. Gen. pages 677.? 3. Monday: Questions 4-7. Amen." pages 102-108. 11. Upon all things. review entire lesson.songs of gladness at the tidings of a ran­ somed soul. 19-23. Dan. 1:12. 4. Luke 9:42. 62:11. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of May 21. dominion and power. Shown through the birth of Isaac. 1:16. III. Isa. In bringing Israel out of Egypt. 5:22. 1959 God's Omnipotence MEMORY VERSE: "Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling. What is meant by having the Father's name written in our foreheads? Lesson TO. Power of the resurrection. Gospel is power for salvation. D D Q D Wednesday: Questions 11-14." vol. Ps." pages 174-176: "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. 19:24-26. Nothing impossible for God. Questions for Meditation 1. Ps. and in all are the riches of His power dis­ played. 1 Chron. 6:13. II." "mercy. Adequate for every emergency. 18:14. 29:11. Why should we not continually re­ peat God's name. Job 42:2. the Creator's name is written. 6:16. even in prayer? 2. With unutterable delight the children of earth enter into the joy and the wisdom of unfallen beings. 40:26. 678. Jonah 1:17. 104:14. 51:15. 2."— The Great Controversy. 6:5-7. Shown in judgments. ." "gracious. 6." pages 185-190. 3:17." Jude 24. God the Source of All Power 1. 287-290. 12. 43. 8. By His dealings with the Hebrew children. With undimmed vision they gaze upon the glory of crea­ tion—suns and stars and systems. Isa. "Education. Gen.

21:1. The everlasting hills tell us of His power. The life which the Creator has implanted. page 109. Mark 10:27. .—The same God who created our world and maintains it. "It is by the mighty power of the Infinite One that the elements of nature in earth and sea and sky are kept within bounds. the sun must impart heat. Matt. but unless an infinite power is exercised day and night. 51:15. pages 411-416. and for how long will this be so? 1 Chron. 6:13.. electricity must be conveyed to the buried seed. The showers of rain 6. How did God prove to Abraham and Sarah that nothing is impossible with Him? Gen. 29:11. Will give victory to saints. . "The mighty power that works through all nature and sustains all things is not. He alone can call forth. . Jude 24."— Patriarchs and Prophets. God the Source of All Power must be sent to give moisture to the thirsty fields. . and everywhere spreading ruin and desola­ tion. 5:22.' Nahum 1:3. He rebuketh the sea. The hand of the Infinite One is perpetually at work guiding this planet. 14. God's Power In Dealing With Men 4. drying up rivers. What examples of God's power to destroy have been recorded in the Inspired Word? Gen.13. Who is the source of all power. 18:14. every fruit develops. [35] ."—Prophets and Kings. . 6:5-7. and drieth up all the rivers. For what reason does God some­ times allow natural disasters? Isa. an actuating energy.. by the power of God. the stoutest heart has been filled with terror. Eph. 3: 20. and maketh it dry. 5. . but we are not to regard nature as God. as some men of science represent. 3.. NOTE. that every leaf appears. 2. Phil. 28:18. 4." — Christ's Object Lessons (1941). 12. created the earth. "It is by His power that vegetation is caused to flourish. and torrents of melted ore. 104:14. . . . Isa. 1:6.. 'The Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm. "As men have beheld burning mountains pouring forth fire and flames. Ps. All power behind the church. and infidels and blasphemers have been constrained to acknowledge the in­ finite power of God. 23. . Every seed grows. yet He is a personal Be­ ing. every flower blooms. overwhelming populous cities. THE LESSON Introduction "Nature testifies that One infinite in power . 7:18-23." — The Ministry of Healing. 62:11. . And these elements He uses for the happi­ ness of His creatures. . the seed will yield no returns. . page 63. and the clouds are the dust of His feet. Jer. 40:26.—"There is life in the seed. merely an all-pervading principle. How does nature demonstrate the continual exercise of God's power? Ps. . 2. often demonstrates His power through nature in order that men might think of Him. there is power in the soil. 26:9. God is a Spirit. 19:24-26. "It is not by inherent power that year by year the earth yields its bounties and continues its march around the sun. page 134. 1. Matt. every plant develops. . NOTE.. It is God's power continually exercised that keeps the earth in position in its rotation. for so He has revealed Himself. What is the extent of God's power? Job 42:2. The things Of nature are an expression of God's character and power.

2331.. The gospel "is the power of God unto salvation. Jude 24.. since he already knew and believed. how did God demonstrate His mighty power? Deut. and Abednego." 11. 328. the Saviour revealed Himself to them in person. NOTE. 1:6. God's Power to Save Men 10. In the experience of Israel. 28.—"But the Lord did not forget His own. vol.—"The veil of anonymity was now thrown completely aside. Col. and the speaker unmistakably identified Himself as the Lord. What does Paul declare the gos­ pel to be? Rom. 107:2-6.. through His dealings with men. 13. 2. 8. and through up­ holding the vast universe is turned toward saving men. men feared and trembled. and rebukes all earthly powers that rebel against the author­ ity of Heaven. lacks ability to act."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. enfeebled. What assurance have we of the triumph of God's power over Satan's? Luke 9:42. 3:20.. and together they walked in the midst of the fire. "As in the days of Shadrach. In fact. "Forgotten was the great golden image. Compare Jonah 1:17. 13. ATOAAIC EXPLOSIONS GIVE MAN A HINT OF GOO'S POWER. [36] . Where human wisdom and strength fail. How adequate is God's power for every emergency? Ps.. In the presence of the Lord of heat and cold. 6:16. the flames lost their power to consume. 7."—Proph­ ets and Kings> pages S08-S13.. He often permits circumstances to reach an impasse so that human impotence may stand forth in striking contrast to His omnipotence. 4:37. so in the closing period of earth's history the Lord will work mightily in behalf of those who stand steadfastly for the right. Instead of speaking to Sarah. and where nature. p. 12. "By the deliverance of His faithful ser­ vants.NOTE. 10. the Lord declared that He takes His stand with the oppressed. 2:1. 3:17. 1:18-20. Phil. He who walked with the Hebrew worthies in the fiery furnace will be with His followers wherever they are. Meshach. NOTE. 1. As His witnesses were cast into the furnace. the Lord did not address Sarah directly until she had first spoken to Him. In the presence of the living God. 25. set up with such pomp. 1:12. It was primarily to correct Sarah's unbelief and to strengthen her faith that God spoke thus. 1:16. 19-23. How fully does God's power enable us to be victorious in the Chris­ tian life? Eph.. 9. It is interesting to note that although this divine appearance was perhaps intended more for Sarah's benefit than for Abraham's. . He asked Abraham whether anything could be too difficult for the Lord.—The same great power that God has demonstrated through creation. there God still has full sway and brings things to pass according to the counsels of His own divine will. What example of God's power shows how mightily He will work to save sinners? Eph. In what ways did God show the Babylonian king that His power is supreme? Dan. 43..

12. They believed that He possessed power to set up His kingdom at Jerusalem. or His power to de­ stroy ? 3. 5: 13. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: General survey. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary.—"He came and spoke to them say­ ing. "The Great Controversy. They were lifted to the highest conception of His dignity and glory. Check Here D D n Lesson Outline Introduction I. 17. 24:16. 2. He had walked upon the white-crested bil­ lows.14. what is the real reason for failure? Lesson 11. Moses and the burning bush." vol. His words carried the minds of His hearers above earthly and temporal things to the heavenly and eternal. ye everlasting doors.. 28:18. Many of them had seen Him exercise His power in healing the sick and controlling satanic agencies. 10. 19:1-3. NOTE. God's Glory Revealed to Men 4. power over the elements of nature. pp. 42:8. 1959 God's Consuming Glory MEMORY VERSE: "Lift up your heads.' The disciples had worshiped Him before He spoke. review entire lesson. He had stilled the angry waters. 3:2-6. He is the King of glory. When we fail to obtain the victory over some besetting sin. How much of God's power and authority is promised to the church for its task of world evangelism? Matt. Ex. for June 13. Monday: Questions 4-7. The redeemed give God glory for­ ever. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of May 28. page 819. Which is more impressive to you— God's power to heal. He was now the risen Saviour. Clothed with bound­ less authority. Tuesday: Questions 8-10. 19:16-18. . God alone deserving of glory. O ye gates. thrilled them with peculiar power. 1. pp. Nature and Extent of God's Glory 3. 5. 'All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." pages 640-652 (1950 subscription ed. God's glory on Mount Sinai. and teach all nations. Questions for Meditation 1. and the King of glory shall come in. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. even lift them up. II." on lesson texts. He had raised the dead to life. Ps. Check Here n D D O Wednesday: Questions 11-13.. 6:3. . power to quell all apposition. Nature bears witness to His glory. Now He declared that 'all power' was given to Him. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. True or false? Vegetation could grow without the exercise of divine power. He gave His commission to the disciples: 'Go ye therefore. Rev. but His words. 24:9.'"—The Desire of Ages. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts. Isa. fall­ ing from lips that had been closed in death. 255-262. 2. Sunday: Questions 1-3. Ex. 8. STUDY HELPS: "Testimonies. 627-643)." Ps. Isa. [37] .

Glory to destroy wicked. Isa. Ps. 6:3. Of her own experience in vision.35. it is impossible for any other being to share it. power. Ex. 5:14. 8. 16:2. looking state. branches. NOTE. 3. but because of the presence of God. Heb. 40:34. NOTE. 3. page 597. vol. 'If you should once behold the glory of His person. and His Coming 10. as some commentators have thought. Revelation. A glimpse at the open sky with the naked eye is sufficient to impress upon the beholder a sense of the glory of God. 24:27. 7. 1:2. 1:7-9. for said He. In what words will every crea­ ture in the universe finally ascribe praise to God for His glory? Rev. His power. Isa. Righteous will rejoice to see."—Patri­ archs and Prophets. Effect on Moses. and trunk. The visions of Isaiah and John. 675. Deut. Who alone is worthy to receive glory? Isa. 2. 33:18-20. all burning. 3. foliage. in the forward to the eternal versal anthem of praise note of discord. 5:13. p. Lev. 12. you would cease to exist. 12:29. Wisdom. The Scriptures declare that "our God is a consuming fire. 2:10. Luke 9:26. page 54. Ellen G. Isa. Matt." — The Great Controversy. The Father's person I could not behold.'"—Early Writ­ ings. He said He had. 1 Kings 8:10. I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired His lovely person."— The page 545. 34:29-35. III. 11. not because it was an old sanctuary or sacred spot previously unknown as such to him. page 251. I asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. NOTE. and on it sat the Father and the Son. and His works. Ps. White has written: "I saw a throne. 3:2-6. 12. skill. 13. THE LESSON Introduction None can fully appreciate the greatness of God unless they understand something of His glory. 19:1-3. 24:7-10. benevolence—the things that constitute God's glory. but I could not behold it. 15:8. God's Glory Revealed to Men 4. 6:1-4. Isa. and "the truth and the glory of God are inseparable. NOTE. 50:3. This glory is the outshining of His character.—"Moses saw a bush in flames. hears a uni­ undisturbed by one Great Controversy.—"John. 2 Thess.6. yet seeming not to be consumed. Christ the King of glory. How was God's glory revealed to Moses while he was tending his flocks? What was his reaction? Ex. This description is designed to picture the great glory that attends His person. Too great for priests to endure. Ex. for a cloud of glorious light covered Him." Heb. 4:24. 25:9. 11.—Because God's glory is inseparably connected with His character. 42:8. Rev. "The place where Moses stood was holy. He alone is the supreme manifestation of truth. Nature and Extent of God's Glory 1. God's glory in the sanctuary. How great is our God! Let mortal man bow low before Him in humility and awe. The Glory of Christ."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. 9."— [38] . Of what does all nature bear wit­ ness? Ps. Ex.—"Glory. Combined glory at Christ's coming. 7:1-3. 2 Chron. How much greater is that revelation when the heavens are scrutinized through modern high-powered telescopes.

NOTE. Ps. 34:29-35. God designed to impress upon Israel the sacred. When Isaiah and John beheld in vision the glory of God in the heav­ enly sanctuary. Rev. p. vol."—Ibid. but they saw the glory of His presence. that were the earthly symbols of God's dwelling place..—"From the thick darkness flashed vivid lightnings. how great will be the glory that at­ tends Him? Ps. . It was the heavenly light streaming from Calvary. page 304. The Glory of Christ. How does Christ's glory com­ pare with the Father's? By what title was He addressed as He ascended to heaven? Heb. exalted character of His law. 1 Kings 8:10. On the -one day of the year appointed for ministry in the most holy place. Even Moses exclaimed. For above the mercy seat and the bowed. 6:1-4. NOTE. Luke 9:26. and His Coming 10. 5. 50:3."—Patriarchs and Prophets. When Christ returns to earth. the more fully shall we be conformed to the divine image. 1.The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commen­ tary. 24:16. . that shed such a radiance upon the face of Moses. and the more readily do we become partakers of the divine nature.—"By this brightness. vol.. hence it was only natural for Moses to hide his face.'"—Patriarchs and Prophets."— Testimonies. 3. while peals of thunder echoed and re-echoed among the surround­ ing heights. no less than the glory of the law of God. what did they say con­ cerning its effects on the building? Isa. When God manifested His glory on Mount Sinai. 5:14. p. while clouds of in­ cense veiled the glory from his sight. To lift that veil and intrude unbidden into the sacred mystery of the most holy place was death. 24:7-10. 17. and fell upon their faces before the Lord. and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone. "The glory reflected in the countenance of Moses illustrates the blessings to be re­ ceived by God's commandment-keeping peo­ ple through the mediation of Christ. What conditions sometimes made it impossible for Moses and the priests to enter the tabernacle? Ex. 35. 7. and as it were the body of heaven in His clearness. . 510. [39] . and the glory of the gospel revealed through Christ.. 6. . 9. 284. 16:2. 19:16-18. worshiping angels dwelt the glory of the Holiest. Matt. How great was God's glory in the most holy place of the earthly sanctu­ ary? Lev. 8. 24:27. one apartment was sacred to His presence. page 330. It testifies that the closer our communion with God. 312. . 11. 1:2.—"In the sanctuary and the temple. glory upon which no man might look and live. The veil inwrought with cherubim at its entrance was not to be lifted by any hand save one.' They did not behold the Deity. 40:34. pp. and the clearer our knowledge of His requirements. So terrible were the tokens of Jehovah's presence that the hosts of Israel shook with fear. 7:1-3. 15:8. the high priest with trembling en­ tered God's presence. 'I exceedingly fear and quake. " 'And they saw the God of Israel. NOTE. . what effect did it have on both the mountain and the people? Ex. What was the effect on Moses of spending forty days with God in the mount? What did he do so that the people could look upon him without fear? Ex. ."— Ibid. "The glory of the holy God no sinful man can bear. 11. 8. 2 Chron. 28S.

No wonder the same verse says that He shall "sit upon the throne of His glory" ! NOTE. ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS CAN STAND CHRIST'S SLOKY. page 421. As you think of all the glory that will attend the coming of Christ."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed. for June 20. which liveth and abideth forever. and of the holy angels.). The glory of God would be to them a consuming fire. NOTE. are you fear­ ful or do you rejoice? Why? Lesson 12. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord eridureth for­ ever. NOTE. and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. Think of the dazzling glory that will characterize Christ's second advent "when He shall come in His own glory. 25:9.They would welcome destruction. that they might be hidden from the face of Him who died to redeem them. In them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ has been re­ flected. 2:10. What effect do you think it would have on our countenance if we should spend more time with God than we do? 3. 1:7-9." 1 Peter 1:23-25. and in His Father's. For all flesh is as grass. Questions for Meditation 1. "To His faithful followers Christ has been a daily companion and familiar friend. Yet this was sufficient to cause a great earthquake and make the usually brave Roman guards become "as dead men. 1959 God's Holy Word MEMORY VERSE: "Being born again." Matthew 25:31 says that all the holy angels will come with Him. but not to the righteous. but of incorruptible. Like the pillar of cloud anciently that thwarted Pharoah's plans to destroy Israel but flooded the Israelites' "entire encampment with the radiance of day" (Patriarchs and Prophets. so the glory of God destroys the wicked without harming God's faithful followers."— Christ's Object Les­ sons (1941 ed. Which brings greater awe to you— the thought of the dazzling brilliance of God's person or the glory of His character? 2.—At Christ's resurrection a single angel appeared. 2 Thess. The grass withereth.—"It is no arbitrary decree on the part of God that excludes the wicked from heaven: they are shut out by their own unfitness for its companionship. not of corruptible seed. They have lived in close contact.—God's glory is a terror to evil­ doers. page 18. in constant communion with God.)." Matt. Upon them the glory of the Lord has risen. 12. Now they rejoice in the undimmed rays of the brightness and glory of the King in His majesty. Why will the glory which at­ tends Christ's return not strike fear to the hearts of the righteous? Isa. What effect will the glory of Chri st's coming have upon the wicked ? Isa. page 287). [40] . by the word of God. 13. 28:2-4.

the word must be their source of power. Matt. 6. 8:8. Living nineteen centuries later. God's word will endure forever. Eph. "The Desire of Ages. D 5-7. "The Saviour desired to fix the faith of His followers on the word. 5:25-27. 1:1-3. and with what earnest­ ness would we search its precepts! The reading and contemplation of the Scriptures would be regarded as an audience with the Infinite One. . The Power of God's Spoken Word 1. 10. 119:9. Eph. just as surely as though we could hear it with our ears. When His visible presence should be withdrawn. God's word like fire and hammer. we perhaps sometimes feel that the disciples and others had spiritual opportun­ ities that are not now available to us. they were to live 'by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Ps.19. Ps. 6:17. 9. both in heaven before the incarnation and after His birth as the Son of man.. Eternal and Unchanging Nature of God's Word . it describes the written word. Abiding in Christ through the word. Eternal life through the word. 23:29. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of June 4. 148:5.STUDY HELPS: "Christ's Object Lessons. 5. and it refers to the Son of God. Like their Master. p. Heb. 1 Peter 1:25.9. 393. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: Sunday: Questions Monday: Questions Tuesday: Questions General survey. James 1:18. D Check Here Wednesday: Questions 11-13. But we should remember that "the Bible is God's voice speaking to us. 14. 4:4. the Scrip­ tures. [41] . John 15:3. Warning to those who would at­ tempt to change the word. Mark 13:31. 3. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. See John 1: 1-3. 124-134. Spiritual growth through the word. 1 Peter 1:23. • 2. .Q Friday: Redd further from Study Helps. Judgments on wicked by the word. D Thursday: Read from Study Helps. 13. II. How did God create the worlds? Ps. If we realized this. John 6:63." pages 103-114. 4." on lesson texts.' Matt. The Power of God's Spoken Word 1. Holy Spirit accompanies the word. Jer. John 15:4."— The Desire 0} Ages. 11. • 12. ' ' D 8-10." pages 315-320. review entire lesson. Healing through the word. vol. New birth by the word. By what-power are the worlds held in their orbits? Heb. the Word. THE LESSON Introduction The term "word of God" is threefold in meaning: It indicates God's spoken word. the peo­ ple were blessed. Sin in the life conquered through the word. Universe maintained by the word. 7.' John 3:3. 148:5. 22:18. 1:1-3. D 1-4. The worlds created by the word. 107: 20."— Testimonies. Rev. 9. 33:6. Wherever Jesus.. 6. Ps. 33:6. 2 Peter 3:5-7. 8. Spiritual Blessings Through the Written Word ' 7. 11. 2. went. page 390. 1 Peter 2:2. 5:24. with what awe would we open God's word. III.Q Lesson Outline Introduction I.

accepted by the will. 7:17.that called the worlds into existence is in the word of God. 8:8. what must take place in the life of a be­ liever? What is the agent for growth? 1 Peter 2:2. NOTE. it brings with it the life of the Infinite One. Study the word. 11.—"The work of creation cannot be explained by science. and the truth i shall make you free. 5:25-27. so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. "In the creation of . but if we desire to know and to do His will. and what future event is to take place by."—Education. .the earth. [42] . He commanded.126. R. 415. as He had spoken to all the prophets and teachers of the Old Testament. God was not indebted to pre-existing matter. 6. pages 414. so the word of God must be daily studied—eaten. What science can ex­ plain the mystery of life ? " 'Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.. 3. ma­ terial or spiritual. Appropriating the word to our Spiritual necessities is the eating of the leaves of the tree of life that are for the healing of the nations. Eph. He spoke the word of God. every man may be delivered from the snares of error and the control. 'He spake.God's word have on sin in the life? Ps..teaching. Spiritual Blessings Through the Written Word 8. and it stood fast. and it was. by His word He stilled the sea and raised the dead.V."— Counsels on Sabbath School Work.' Psalm 33:9. Through faith in these promises. Through what means was the earth destroyed by the Flood. The heavens and all the host of them. it begets life. and practiced. Every command is a promise. How important is the new birth. All things. The whole Bible is a manifestation of Christ. he shall know of the . for it is your life. and digested.—the power of the word. to keep the soul in health. John 15:3. and practice the word. and the people bore witness that His word was with power. came into existence by the breath of His mouth.' Hebrews 11: 3. stood up before the Lord Jehovah at His voice and were created for His own purpose. His promises are ours: 'Ye shall know the truth. NOTE. 23:29.' John 8:32.of sin. . .—"It was by His word that Jesus healed disease and cast out demons. The relation of the word to the believer is a vital matter."— The Ministry of Healing.NOTE.—"All who study the word are rep­ resented as eating the word. The neg­ lect of the word means starvation to the soul. James 1:18. This sustains the nourish­ ment. It trans­ forms the nature. This word imparts power. page 122. . What examples are given of the healing power of God's word? Ps.' 'If any man willeth to do His will. NOTE."— The Desire of Ages. Even as the bodily necessities must be supplied daily. page 258. 7. Matt.. the same power? 2 Peter 3:5-7. received into the soul. and re-creates the soul in the image of God." — The Ministry of Healing. Following the new birth. Through what illustrations does God indicate the power that His word possesses? Jer. 1 Peter 1:23. NOTE.—"The creative energy. 5. page. 4. feeding on Christ. 44.. We all are to feast upon the word of God. the earth and all things there­ in.—"The means by which we can overcome the wicked one is that by which Christ overcame.. pages 43. 107:20. and through what agency does God accomplish this work? John 3:3.. The word describes the blessed man as one meditating day and night upon the truths of God's word. 119:9. God does not control our minds without our consent. What effect -will .

5:24."— Testimonies to Ministers. 10. by which the command may be ful­ filled and the promise realized. Since the Holy Spirit is received through the word. the very life of God. 1 Peter 1:25. 13. What supreme gift conies through the words of Christ? John 6:63. What relation does the word of God bear to the Holy Spirit? Eph. What effect may our words have on the health and well-being of others? 2.What warning is given to those who attempt to alter God's word in any way? Rev.reception of the word." Matt. Nov. the bread fr6m heaven. I hot escape the• seven last plagues?"' [43] . in order to allow ."—rEllen G. Re­ ceiving them."— The Desire of Ages. Every seed has in itself a germinating prin­ ciple. 19.the Apostles. "The . '. In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power. This is the same vital union that is represented by eating His flesh and drinking His blood. 22:18. "CREATION.—"That word which reveals the guilt of sin has a power upon the human heart to make man right and keep him so. 11. 81. it is to be brought into the practical life. So there is life in God's word. and forever. The Lord has said that His word is to be studied and obeyed.. the hope of glory. is declared to be the reception of Christ Himself. so Christ is formed within by the eating of the word of God. you receive the life of the Vine. Review and Herald. .—"±he word of God—the truthis the'channel th'rough which the Lord mani­ fests "His Spirit "and power'. . How long will God's word en­ dure? Mark 13:31.for . 4:4. pages 80.: page 677."'— The'. What is the best way of making sure that the latter rain does not pass us by ? 3. page 38. NEW BIRTH. As the blood is formed in the body by the food eaten. we partake of the flesh and blood of the Son of God. Eternal and Unchanging Nature of God's Word 12. HEALINS.—"It is through the word that Christ abides in His followers. What close relationship did Christ say He and His followers should bear one to another? How is this to be accomplished? John 15:4."— Christ's Object Lessons. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God. He who feeds upon that word has Christ formed within. 1897. why will. In it the life of the plant is enfolded. The words of Christ are spirit and life. NOTE.the mouth of God.—"The word of God is the seed. NOTE. 23..NOTE.my sins. 7. As the word of God is received into the soul.ANO ETERNAL LIFE COME THROUGH THE WORD Of GOO. 9. White. that word is as inflexible as the character of God—the same yester­ day. 6:17. page 520. it is ap­ parent that the latter rain will fall on those who are being faithful in studying the Bible. You live 'by every word that proceedeth out of. When I misinterpret the plain mean­ ing of: Scripture. today... which is His flesh and blood. NOTE.Acts 'oj Questions for Meditation 1.

1 Peter 5:7. Equal to His love for Christ. We are taught to call God "Father. 2:7." pages 139-149. God cares for us. so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. John 17:23. 10. Tuesday: Questions 8-11. Title of spiritual Father reserved for God and Christ. . God's Relation to Man III." Matt. Rev." pages 470472. The Father's Watchcare Over His Children 1. i. Rom. but no picture of God carries with it quite the emotional ap­ peal and encouragement that does His [44] . Matt. •Ps." pages 151-154. Monday: Questions 4-7. He will help us conquer temptation. 5:48. 6:9. IV. 2. pp.lesson 13. 2. Rev. Ps. He freely forgives those who repent. 8. 6:8. 5. 3:21. it is uplifting to study His character. The Father's Love for Man 4. Matt. (1943 ed. 295-297. Isa. For He knoweth our frame. 1959 God's Wonderful Fatherhood MEMORY VERSE: "Like as a father pitieth his children. 84:11. 2 Peter 2:9. 6. Ps. 34:10. Matt.' STUDY HELPS: "Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing" 1956 ed. He will direct us if we are willing. 3:6. D D fj D Wednesday: Questions 12-15. "The Ministry of Healing. 139:3. 9:6. 10:13.detail of our lives. 1 Peter 4:12. 3:19. 14. 12. 6:8. 14. 103:13. 6. 1 John 3:1. He provides for us. 3. II. God and the Redeemed • 13. 9. 13. 10:29-31. 22:4. 49:15. 8:32. Heb. 1 Cor. Rev. Matt." on lesson texts. "Christ's Ob'ject Lessons. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. Matt. 68:5. . It is inspiring to learn of His power. 55:7. 1 Cor. Sunday: Questions 1-3. We are to be perfect. Matt. He knows every . Rewards in the kingdom. 25-30. 8:5. 15. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. He shares our difficulties. Hdsea 14:4. Check Here Q Q Q Lesson Outline Introduction I. 7:11. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of June 11. 25: 34. review entire lesson. it is challenging to discover how infinite is His wisdom. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary.. This makes Christians sons and daughters of God.Isa. 103-106. for June 27.. 198-211. Luke 15: 20-24. Isa. 4:6. Ps. He remembereth that we are dust. Redeemed to see the Father's face. 7. 12:6-11. Eph. pp." Ps. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: General survey. 4: 13. 43:2. . "Education. 58:11.48:14. He disciplines those whom He loves. 11. 154-156). THE LESSON Introduction No study of God would be complete with­ out gaining an understanding of Him in the role of Father. Prov. 23:9. Heb. like our Father.

"— Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed.Matt. ( He desire's us to become familiar with the appellation. 142. com­ fort in the hour of sorrow. broader. How different his conception of him U5] . He has redeemed us out of the careless world and has chosen us to become members of the royal family. but the love of Go'd is larger. One God created all things.—"Whatever the heathen might do or think. That we might not /think it presumption to call Him by this name.-6. Parents love their children. page 192."— Testimonies to Ministers. He has repeated it again and again. sons and daughters of' the heavenly King. spoken to Him and of Him. By what affectionate title did Jesus teach His followers to address God? Matt. Hosea 14:4. 3. * *" I 'NOTE.."^Steps' to Christ (1956 • ed. pages 141. God's Relation to Man 1. This name. and a pledge of His re­ gard and relationship to us. 2. 55:7. it is as music in His ears. pp.6.—"Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it manifest. NOTE. Eph. Because of this. Since God is pur "Father.What attitude will the Father take toward His children who forsake their evil ways and desire to return home? Isa. and He alone has the right to rule over them. Why are we asked to reserve the title of Father. is a sign of our love and trust toward Him. Spoken when asking His favor or blessing. He invites us to'trust in Him with a trust deeper and stronger than that of a child in his earthly father. a name entwined with the dearest associations of the human heart."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary.—"In his restless youth the prodi­ gal looked upon his father as stern and severe. He gives us the privilege of calling the in­ finite God our Father. vol. page 142. page 14. "Christ's most favorite theme was the paternal character and abundant love of God.). Christians should know that there is only one God.—"In order to strengthen our con­ fidence in God. There is not one God who rules over a portion of the human fam­ ily and others who govern other sections of the world's population. The Father's Love for Man 4.. and by virtue of this act He has power and authority over everything on the -earth. 5.lost humanity. How'great is God's love for man­ kind? John 17:23. as Deity.). deeper. Christ teaches us to address Him by a new name. 4:6. 1 Cor. This concept will bring peace to the heart. 6:9. As in past ages. 8:5. i ' . the world still is in great need of understanding God as Father. 23:9. OUR ELDER BROTHER MAKES US • ACCEPTABLE TO THE FATHER. and hope.). 9:6. than human love can pos­ sibly be.—"God regards us as His children. NOTE.' ." — Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed. to God and Christ alone? Isa. NOTE. 720." what relationship do we sustain to Him? 1 John 3:1.to all who have wandered away from the Father's house. 721. NOTE. Nothing less than the infinite sacrifice made by Christ in behalf of fallen man could express the Father's love to. It is immeasurable. Luke 15:20-24. -.2.Fatherhood.

). as unwilling to receive the sinner so long as there is a legal excuse for not helping him. Often He permits the fires of affliction to assail them that they may be purified. 25-30. He sees that some have powers and susceptibilities which. Isa. 68:5. 13. He gives them opportunity to correct these de­ fects and to fit themselves for His service. Rev. 34:10. 8. 12. 12:6-11. In His providence He brings these persons into different positions and varied circumstances that they" may discover in their character the defects which have been concealed from their own knowledge. 3:19. . page 10S. 9. NOTE. tastes the sorrows and disappointments of every soul. NOTE. 4:13. Why should the true Christian not lose heart even in the midst of discouraging situations? Ps. He who reads the hearts of men knows their characters better than they themselves know them. friend."— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed. to be guided by His wisdom and to be obedient in all things. 1 Peter 5:7. and neigh­ bor. page 105. He cares for our necessities. 6:8. knowing that His love is changeless. 1 Peter 4: 12. Heb. He hears every1 word that is spoken. 84:11. His law they regard as a re­ striction upon men's happiness. . You will accept His plan for your life. They regard Him as watching to denounce and condemn. might be used in the advancement of His work. What evidence of the Father's Jove do His earthly children sometimes misunderstand? What is God's pur'pose in this discipline? Heb. 11."— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed. What provision has God made to help His children meet temptation successfully? 1 Cor.how! So those who are deceived by Satan look upon God as hard and exacting. 6:8. ' 10. a burden­ some yoke from which they are glad to es­ cape. 2 Peter 2:9. How may we be certain that our Father will supply all our 'physical and spiritual necessities? Ps.). page 471.—"But if you call God your Father. relentless being. 48:14. 43:2. 7:11. 49:15. 8:32..—"The infinite God. regards the treatment that is given to father. What part is the Father willing to play in the life plans of His chil­ dren? Ps. Matt. Matt. He does not appear as a tyrannical. Prov. and His love and mercy and grace are continually flowing to satisfy our need."— Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed. How many of the details of our lives are known to our heavenly Father? Ps. • s [46] . mother. God dwells in every abode. 139:3. Rom. 3:6. 5:48. you acknowledge yourselves His children. 13. But he whose eyes have been opened by the love of Christ will behold God as full of compassion. 6. The Father's Watchcare Over His Children 7. God and the Redeemed. listens to every prayer that is offered. What standard of character is presented for God's children to reach? Matt. but as a father longing to embrace his repenting son. sister. 10:29-31. rightly directed.—"Trials and obstacles are the Lord's chosen methods of discipline and His appointed conditions of success. page 204. NOTE. Why may we with confidence cast our care upon God? Matt."— The Ministry of Healing. 58:11. 10:13.). makes it your privilege to approach Him by the name of Father. . said Jesus. .

that at last God may receive them as His. Rom. 6. Col. 11:27." The Memory Verse is 1 John 3 : 1 . to dwell with Him throughout eternity.I. John 4:8-10. 8. they THIRTEENTH SABBATH OFFERING June 27. Ques. and His name shall be in their foreheads. [47] . 5. 2 Cor."6:9. Ques. What exalted privilege will bring supreme joy to the redeemed? 5 Rev. 15. Ques. 16. 10. Ques. 13. John 10:29. 8:32. Ques.' Revelation 22: 4 . Heb. Rom. 9. Ques. Matt. Again we are privileged to help train workers for this needy field by helping to provide funds to build a central training school for Iraq. L. John 1:12. 8:14. 1959 This quarter the overflow of the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering goes to the Middle East Division. Matt. Ques.And what is the happiness of heaven but to see God? What greater joy could come . . I John 3:1. Ques.D. When I pass through the discipline of trial. 2. 95-3-i7-7. The texts to be studied are : Ques. l?<vtr «. page 421. 18:4. 3. 5:14. 4. 4:16. John 14:6-9. If God is truly my Father.—"To those who receive Him He gives power to become the sons of God. John 4:23. n. Ques. Rom. Heb. V91 ^. Matt. 10:29-31.ZI. 2. Questions for Meditation 1." The title of the first lesson is "The Eternal Fatherhood of God. 1. Ques. 11. I should possess His wonderful traits of character. If (' during this life they are loyal to God. will at last 'see His face. do I feel that God still loves me ? Am I tempted to feel resentful? NOTE. Will my children be attracted to their heavenly Father as a result of knowing me. 22:4. The fields to benefit from the overflow for the next four quarters are: Third quarter—Far Eastern Division Fourth quarter—Southern Asia Division First quarter. 7. 1960—Northern European Division Second quarter—Southern European Division LESSONS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1959 Sabbath school members who have failed to receive a senior Lesson Quarterly for the third quarter of 1959 will be helped by the following outline in studying the first lesson. 8:35-39.ev. 12.14. 5:5. 13. Ques. 12:5-12. than to look upon the face of God and know Him as Father ? "— The Ministry of Healing. Ques. The subject of the quarter's lessons is "Great Themes of the New Testament. Do I? 3. 4:6. Gal. What wonderful invitation will Christ extend to the redeemed? What privileges will be granted them? Matt. The other project this quarter is the strengthening of our medical and welfare work in the Republic of Sudan in Central Africa. where most of the stories recorded in the Bible took • place. 1:12-14. Rom. or will they be repelled ? 2.

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