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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.
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
"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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Check Here Wednesday: Questions 11, 12; begin reading from Study Helps. n Thursday: Read from Study Helps. D Friday: Review entire lesson. Q
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
' John 17:3. . and the music of the sea. nature's ten thousand voices speak His praise.. God has revealed Himself to us in His word and in the works of creation. .—"There is a great deal of talk concerning higher education. Yet the works" of creation day.1:19. The mightiest intellects of earth cannot NOTE. pages 281. and Jesus Christ. and still there is an-inwith Adam in Eden in the cool of the .—"In the song of the bird. All the brightness and beauty that adorn the earth and light up the heavens. .9:8:19. NOTE. ever learning. Even in their blighted state. varying in gorgeous contrast or blended in harmony. Wherever we turn. . . which will give them an experimental knowledge of God's ways. 46. pages 411. .we are to ^obtain a knowledge of God. or the works of the Infinite One. The trees. but this is not all. and will impart to them the lessons that Christ gave to His disciples."— Counsels to Teachers. .that wave their green banners in the sunlight. The highest education is that which will teach our children and youth the science of Christianity. to the glad songs that make the forests vocal with melody. The everlasting hills tell us of His ppwer. and is comprehended in the words. . . speak of God. we may hear the voice of God. the wisdom. . and love. finity beyond. and many suppose that higher education consists wholly in an education in science and literature. 7." testify of Gad's power and greatness."— Patriarchs and Prophets. and will fit' the soul for that life which measures with the life of God. Men may be ever searching of the trees. NOTE. page-116. ."—Patriarchs'and Prophets. created the earth.The great work of life is character building. What message do the heavenly bodies proclaim to mankind? Ps.In earth and'sea and1 sky. . point to their Creator.great in goodness. 20. and a knowledge of God is the foundation of all true education. What does God declare should be man's greatest cause for joy and personal satisfaction? Jer. . " 151 . 4."— The Min istry of Healing. The highest education includes the knowledge of the word of God. 412. Master Artist. the power. 19: 1-3. 6. with their marvelous tint and color. A GREAT OBSERVATORY MAGNI FIES THE GLORY OF -GOD. whom Thou hast sent. mercy. For what lack of discernment did Christ reprove the "people of His day? gladness. 'That they might know The'e the only true God. pages 45. "The highest class of education is that which will give such knowledge and disci^ pline as will lead to the best development of character. ing. we still may hear His voice who-talked."— The Desire of 'Ages. Avenues Through Which Men.—"No '• finite mind can fully'comprehend the existence. Why are men without excuse if they do not know God? Rom. all things reveal the handiwork of the great John 14:8. "Nature testifies that One infinite • in power. 9:23> 24.. . page 596. . the sighcomprehend God. we behold His glory. of the paternal character of God. and the flowers in their delicate beauty. 282. Through the volume of inspiration and the book of nature. Become Acquainted With God - 5. and see evidences of His goodness^ "From the solemn roll of the deep-toned thunder and old' ocean's ceaseless roar. and filled it with life and .
—'They are they which testify of Me. 286. We may close every door to im pure imaginings and unholy thoughts by lifting the soul into the presence of God through sincere prayer. or its practices. 29:13. page 99. 8. 12. Where quotations are given from this book. and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God.NOTE. and in quietness we wait before Him. 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. 'Behold. 42: 1. "Love Unlimited/'the 1959 Book of the Year. 63:1. this is the pagination used. its customs.—and how much more is it true of the New. 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. Questions for Meditation 1.' the Redeemer. 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. we need not breathe its miasma. page 58.. 11. 145:18. What attitude or condition in man is favorable to learning of the Eternal One? Ps.T^"All-who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts. From the first record of creation—for 'with out Him was not anything made that was made'—to the closing promise. Conditions for Knowing God 9."—Steps to Christ. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart.—"All that man needs to know or can know of God has been revealed in the life and character of His Son."—Steps to Christ (19S6 and pocket eds. On what conditions will God draw near to His people? James 4:8. NOTE. of God. the pagination in the old 1908 edition is also listed."— Testi monies. the whole Bible tells of Christ. NOTE. corrupted atmos phere around us. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world. and with God. page 88. When every other voice is hushed. Where the book is listed as a study help. John 1:3. If you would become acquainted with the Saviour. "Although there may be a tainted. If I feel restless and unhappy.).' we are reading of His works and listening to His voice. John S: 39. What does God promise to those who search for Him with the whole heart? Jer. Revela tion 22:12. p. what may be lacking in my life ? 2. 8. How earnestly must we desire to become acquainted with God if -we are to know Him intimately? Ps. study the Holy Scrip tures. Yes. What is one way by which we may become acquainted with Christ? John 5:39. how successful will I be in enduring the trials that come to all Christians? NOTE . If I know God. contains "Steps to Christ" in the first half of the volume. with nature.—"Jesus said of the Old Testament Scriptures. but may live in the pure air of heaven. Him in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered.  .—Prayer is one important means by which we can draw nigh to God. 10."— The Ministry of Healing. 84:2. with paging the-same as in the 1956 edition. 46:10. vol. I come quickly. Ps.
behold. 13:14. Q Thursday: Read from Study Helps." Ps. Disciples are baptized in the name of the Trinity. 3:1-6. 57:15. the Lord Jesus. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of March 26. 22. No human mind' can comprehend God. 28:19.Lesson 2. 13. Here silence is eloquence. This nature. Man was made in God's image. Ps. This prob Much has'been revealed concerning God. 12:29. IV. review entire lesson. Physical features of God mentioned in Scripture. 139:7-10. 8. 3. 33: 27. yet His true nature is a mystery to us. D D D D Check Here Wednesday: Questions 12-14. 12. Heb. 7:9. this we are not to penetrate. Gen. 14. Revealed as fire to Moses and chil dren of Israel. He is likened to fire. Mark 12:29. The Person of God 9. 22:4. 1 Cor. Ps. •III. John 3:7. 8. 1:27.. 13:21. Isa. II. Christ is one with the Father. STUDY HELPS: "Testimonies. 11:4. 6:4. If I take the wings of the morning/'and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: Sunday: Questions Monday: Questions Tuesday: Questions General survey. 8:4-6. John 10:30. 4. 6. pp. The highest [71 Introduction . for April 11. God is on His throne in heaven. 1:12-17. But beyond niscient One is above discussion. 59:1. 11. THE LESSON intellect may tax itself until it is wearied out in conjectures regarding the nature of God.there: if I make my bed in hell. Compared to the wind. Dan. 1:1. Ps. 10. Thou art there. 1-5. 32. but the effort will be fruitless. None "The revelation of Himself that God has are to indulge in speculation regarding His given in His word is for our study. Rev. 10. God's Nature Illustrated 6. God is three Persons. Thou art. 139:7-10. He is everywhere present by His Spirit. God's Omnipresence 1. the Holy Ghost. Rev." vol. Isa. 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. even there shall Thy hand lead me. There is only one God. 2. 2. The Trinity 7.. and Thy right hand shall hold me. 3:9. D Friday: Read further from Study Helps. Matt. 34:15. Christ as seen by Daniel and John. The Om we may seek to understand. 4:2. He dwells in human hearts." on lesson texts. Rev. lem has not been given us to solve. 6:1. 10:5. Gen. 5. Deut. Paul speaks of God. Dent. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. 6-8. Isa. 26. 263-294. Ex. 9-11. 2 Cor. Gen.. n Lesson Outline Introduction I. 8.
."— Counsels on Health. 8:4-6. 1:1. . and the Holy Spirit gave Themselves to the working out of the plan of redemption. . pages 614.God. What did Jesus say of His rela tionship to His Father and the unity existing between them? John 10:30." "Let Us make man. 974. "The God head was stirred with pity for the. in character. but man was formed in the likeness of God.—"The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. 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. and these powers will co-operate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live ' the new. All three members of the Deity shared in laying the plan of salvation. 2. 5.—"The Spirit of God moved. page 422. They are one in purpose. 32.. 4:4-6). making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe on Christ as a personal Saviour."We are as ignorant of God! as Jittle children. page 429. This profession of faith has been the watchword of the Hebrew race for more than 3. The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead manifested. in the name of these three great powers—the Father. page 45.life in Christ."—Patriarchs and Prophets. and the Holy Spirit—those who receive Christ t8] NOTE/—"Man was to bear God's image. " The Person of God 3. p."—Evangelism. Deut. the Spirit of God is the Holy Spirit. 8:4-6."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commen tary. how did Jesus emphasize the trinity of the Godhead? Matt. pp.The Trinity by living faith are baptized. NOTE.—"In striking contrast to the na tions about them. : NOTE. in mind. vol. is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead. 2 IS. 209. NOTE."— The Ministry of Healing. The word 'us' requires the presence of at least two persons counseling . . the Hebrews believed in one true. 26. as little children. NOTE. . In giving the great commission. 1.—"There are three living persons of the heavenly trio.together. page 222. 2. God do the Scriptures present? 'Mark'1 12:29. What do we learn regarding the Godhead from the record of the crea tion of the world? Gen. the Son. and is invisible to mortal sight. 6:4. In< harmony with Scriptural usage.—"The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead' bodily. 6. 13:14. arid the Father. we may love and obey Him.000 years (see Mark 12:29). but not in person. 4. both in outward resemblance and in char acter. . . 28:19. It is thus that God and Christ are one. race. NOTE. The apostle Paul states the same truth as a tenet of Chris tianity (1 Cor. vol. who were polytheists. but."— The Ministry of Healing.. 1 Cor... page 615. What general pattern was used when God created man? Gen. 1."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary..' ruach. ~ Christ alone is 'the express image" of the Father." —Evangelism. Eph. the Son. 1:27. How does Paul make reference 1. 615. •Spirit. The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He as cended to heaven. What fundamental concept of to the Trinity? 2 Cor.* The plural 'Us' was regarded by the early church theologians almost unanimously as indicative of the Three Persons of the Godhead. the Third Person of the Godhead.
yet He is a per sonal Being. page 413. 10. pages 616. 11:4.. all waiting to do His will. 1:12-17. 4:2.Since man \vas made in God's "image. He has an intimate knowledge of. Said Jesus. God's Nature Illustrated 8. Ps. else He could not bear witness to our spirits and with our spirits that we are the children of God."—Education. Isa. He is described as having the attributes of the type of per sonality with which we are familiar. Rev.  NOTE. for so He has revealed Him self. he yields himself to the control of God. . Rev. God's Omnipresence 9. 6:1. Through these messengers He is in active communi cation with every part of His dominion. not in silence and solitude."— The Desire of Ages. and stripped of all self-sufficiency. Then he can receive the gift that God is waiting to bestow. The Lord can do nothing toward the recovery of man until. that He is a person. NOTE. not in a state of inac tivity. 7:9. NOTE. nothing is with held. "1 have often seen the lovely Jesus. but both our title to heaven and our fitness for it are found in the righteous ness of Christ. the Father and the Son had united in a covenant to redeem man if he should be overcome by Satan. 34:15. With whom has God promised to dwell? Isa. 10:5. 6."— The Desire of Ages. The Holy Spirit has a personality. 7.' "—Early Writings. He must also be a divine person. 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. I asked Him if His Father was a person 'and had a form like Him self. 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. 22:4. He has unrestricted access to Him in whom all fullness dwells. 11." — The Ministry of Healing. and a personal interest in. page 417. Throughout the Scriptures. Isa. 'I am in the express image of My Father's person. NOTE.—"God is a Spirit. yet by His Spirit He is everywhere present. To what familiar but powerful element does Paul liken God? Heb. What five physical aspects of God indicate that He is a person? Gen.) "The Holy Spirit is a person. Where is God's throne located? Ps. 12. for He beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. 617. From the soul that feels his need. but surrounded by ten thousand times ten thou sand and thousands of thousands of holy beings."—Evangelism. 57:15. By His Spirit He is everywhere present. "God cannot be com- . 12:29.—"The proud heart strives to earn salvation.—"The greatness of God is to us incomprehensible. Through the agency of His Spirit and His angels He ministers to the children of men. (Italics sup plied. NOTE. 'The Lord's throne is in heaven' (Psalm 11:4).—"The Bible shows us God in His high and holy place. page 300." we may understand that God is a person. else He could not search out the secrets which lie hidden in the mind of God. page 77. convinced of his own weakness. They had clasped Their hands in a solemn pledge that Christ should become the surety for the human race. Deut. page 132. 10."— The Ministry of Healing. 59: 1. Rev. . How do we know that God can be everywhere present by His Spirit? Ps. 139:7-10. 33:27. all the works of His hand.—It should be recognized that it is dangerous to try to compare the Godhead with earthly things. 3: 9. page 834.
5.) "As an infinite spirit being. 941. suffering under the curse of God because of the sins of man. yet it is invisible. "The Seventh-day Ad ventist Bible Commentary. 42:5. Christ is constantly working upon the heart. page 172." pages 409-426.. The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. and that which cometh out of it. ." "I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another. for April 18.1959 God's Ceaseless Work as Creator and Sustainer MEMORY VERSE: "Thus saith God the Lord. By an agency as unseen as the wind. 29:29. which is invisible.'" Isa.FIRE REPRESENTS ONE ASPECT OF GOD'S CHARACTEE. p. 13. need we ever feel lonely ? 3. is the Spirit of God in its work upon the human heart. page 614. 8. To what force in nature did Jesus liken the workings of the Holy Spirit. rustling the leaves and flowers. These are mere earthly things. pared with the things His hands have made."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed.). He that giveth breath unto the people upon it. it creates a new being in the image of God."—Evangelism. 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. Questions for Meditation 1. Am I a true worshiper? (John 4:23. That regenerating power."— The Desire of Ages."— The Seventhday Adventist Bible Commentary. With how much knowledge concern ing God's nature should we be content? (Deut. Through what experiences was this aspect of God's nature revealed to Moses and to the children of Israel? Ex. He that created the heavens.22. 3:1-6. God is not subject to the same limitations as finite material beings. Lesson Help in "Review and Her ald" of April 2.) 2. STUDY HELPS: "The Ministry of Healing. and spirit to them that walk therein. 14. Since God is everywhere present. and is in visible to mortal sight. and no man knows whence it comes or whither it goes. So with the work of the Holy Spirit upon the heart. neither My praise to graven images. He that spread forth the earth. page 57.  ." on lesson texts. yet the effects of which are plainly seen and felt. 8. 13:21. and stretched them out. vol. 24. begets a new life in the soul. which no human eye can see. the Third Person of the Godhead? John 3:7. "The wind-is heard among the branches of the trees. Lesson 3.. It can no more be explained than can the movements of the wind. NOTE.—"Like the wind. The Father cannot be described by the things of earth. What spiritual benefits are missed by those who think of God merely as a force instead of a person ? 4.
9. Ex. NOTE. "Thousands become infidels because their finite minds cannot comprehend the mys teries of God. 15. Job 33:4. Christ. God as the Creator 1. Rom. 20:11. Acts 10:1-6. but also as the Being who is continually engaged in up holding His creation. Rev. was one with the eternal Father. 28. Job 38:25-28. and of the mystery of His agencies. 11. II. The same was in the beginning with God. 1 Chron. 1:13. God supplies every need. III. how do we know that the entire God head took part in the work of crea tion? Ex. but that He has a personal interest in that which He has made. 11:3. Col. God satisfied the needs of the Ethi opian. The Holy Spirit aids in spiritual ministry to man. 8:32. 5. 1 Cor. He fed Elijah miraculously.—one in nature. 40:18. in char acter. 1:13. He supplied Israel's spiritual needs in the wilderness.9. One who commands and executes all things. 4:11. IS. 147:7. John 1:1-3. 1 Kings 17:8. Ps. review entire lesson.DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: General survey. Aside from the Genesis record. Creation distinguishes the true God from the false. 'In the beginning was the Word. 7. therefore they reject the evi dences of such power. The entire Godhead shared in crea tion. 4. 10:3. Matt. John 16:12-14. 20:11. Phil. We must understand that He has not left the earth to run itself. 10. D Monday: Questions 4-7. He will give all needed blessings to us. The only key to the mysteries that surround us is to acknowledge in them all the presence and power of God. in purpose. 9. Heb.—a co-worker who could appreciate His purposes. The method of creation. 2. God as Provider of Temporal Neces sities 4. 8. 4:19. the Only Begotten of God. 25. He waters the earth. 2.14-16. 26. Men need to recognize God as the Creator of the universe. God as the Creator 6. and the Word was God. 25. He had an associate. 6: 25-34. page 606. Job 33:4.—"The Sovereign of the universe was not alone in His work of berjeficence. 16. 1:2. 12. 13. 9-20. 16. Amos 5:7. They cannot explain the won derful exhibition of divine power in His providences. 1 Peter 5:7. Ps. 3. and could share His joy in giving happiness to created beings. Q Friday: Read further from Study Helps. Isa."— The Desire of Ages. D Check Here Wednesday: Questions 11-13. and the Word was with God.—the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purEll ] . 1:2. D Tuesday: Questions 8-10. THE LESSON Introduction It is important that we recognize God not only as the One who made us. Acts 17: 24. [D Lesson Outline Introduction I. the Word. They need a broader view of His character. God cares for us. D Sunday: Questions 1-3. He cares for mankind. Heb. D Thursday: Read from Study Helps.' John 1:1. Acts 8:26-35. Heb. 33:6. God as Provider of Spiritual Neces sities 1. John 1: 1-3. 16:26. 8. 8. 28. God uses men to supply spiritual needs of others. attributing them to natural agencies which they can compre hend still less. Col.
in the Bible. page 9. all speak to us of the Creator's love.' Psalm 33:9. every nerve and muscle in the living organism. This divine Agent has ever been present to assist in the work of creation and re demption. The beating heart. as intelligent. 0 Lord. . His claim to reverence and worship. 2. pages 414. Think of their marvelous adapta tion to the needs and happiness. 4.8. What evidence do we have in nature of God's care for the earth? Job 38:25-28. They go forth singing to God as Provider of Temporal their labor. pages 436. that the pulse beats and breath follows breath. NOTE."—Patriarchs and Prophets. whether of the earth. which.—"Our Father in heaven is the source of life. . 209."—The Seventh-day .—"The great Provider for man and beast opens His hand and supplies all His creatures. 147:7. 9. page 34. "The Spirit of God has the role of the divine Agent of God in all creative acts. It is God who supplies the daily needs of all His creatures. once set in motion. Heb."— The Ministry oj Healing. God was not indebted to pre-existing matter. 25.' Psalm 96:5. 26. is presented. . What did the apostle Paul de spiritual worshipers.—"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. to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things. 6:25-34. of more value than the clare about our dependence upon God birds of the air? Will not the Author of bur  . The Father wrought by His Son in the creation of all heavenly beings. . What distinguishes the true God from all other gods? 1 Chron. con tinues its work.. . came into existence by the breath of His mouth. How did God create the uni verse? Ps. The sun shine and the rain. NOTE."—The Ministry of Healing. The heavens and all the host of them. 28. is kept in order and activity by the power of an everpresent God. What lesson should man learn from the way God provides for the vegetable and animal creation? Matt. He does not drop the food into their bills. 3.—"It is not as the result of a mechanism. and it stood fast. All things. and of joy.. vol. for temporal needs and even for life itself? Acts 17:24.' Revelation 4:11. 4: 11. They must gather the grains He has scattered for them."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed.poses of God. of nature. the earth and all things therein.).Adventist Bible Commentary. 8. 5. 415. there is cited the evidence of His creative power. 16:26. NOTE. 437. 'All the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. the throbbing pulse. Amos 5: 7. page 417. 25. They must feed their young. The birds of the air are not be neath His notice. . of the church." And 'are ye not much better than they?' Are not you."— The Great Controversy. above the gods of the heathen. In God we live and move and have our being. but of all living creatures. '-. And wherever. of wisdom.—"In the creation of the earth. He commanded.. . Isa. the hills and seas and plains. 40:18. 6. stood up before the Lord Jehovah at His voice and were created for His own purpose. Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature. and it was. 'He spake.. material or spiritual. of the new life. NOTE. or of the new man. . not only of man. Compare Rev. p. NOTE. And the holy beings who worship God in heaven state. that gladden and re fresh the earth. 1. for 'your heavenly Father feedNecessities eth them. Ps. They must prepare the material for their little nests. 11:3. 33:6. as the reason why their homage is due to Him: 'Thou art worthy. but He makes provision for their needs.
' Phil. they talk about Christ and about the Holy Spirit. How completely will God satisfy our physical and spiritual needs? Phil. And He is not in Himself such as to leave the demands of the soul unsatisfied. and He is ready to supply every soul accord ing to the capacity to receive. with its capacity for knowing and for loving. Through the Spirit God works in His people 'to will and to do of His good pleasure. of supply to need. . provide for our necessities if we but trust in Him?" Steps to Christ. page 133. [13 ] . The Spirit is to use us. 9. In what way did God answer the Ethiopian's desire for light? Acts 8:26-35.who in the material world provided that every desire implanted should be met.Why can we safely trust God for every temporal and spiritual need? 1 Peter 5:7. They do'not surrender the soul to be guided and controlled by the divine agencies. We can not use the Holy Spirit. 20."— Testimonies. GOD SUPPLIES OUR NEEDS. 8. . the Preserver of our life. The Holy Spirit is to ani mate and pervade the whole church. it is given on conditions. God will provide for His people through miraculous means. NOTE.—"It was the Maker of all things who ordained the wonderful adaptation of means to end. 8:32. 7."— Education.—"Christ has promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to His church. NOTE. 9-20.14-16. NOTE. 2:13. in what unusual way did the Lord provide for Elijah? 1 Kings 17: 8. 10. 9. During a period of drought in Israel. There are many who believe and profess to claim the Lord's promise. 28. 9. p. Rom. page 672. It was He who created the human soul. what did God provide for the children of Israel in the wilderness? 1 Cor. page 123. What is the Holy Spirit's part in providing us with spiritual suste nance? John 16:12-14. brings all other blessings in its train. and the promise belongs to us as much as to the first disciples. Through what means did God work to satisfy Cornelius's desire for truth? Acts 10:1-6. 4:19. yet receive no benefit. In addition to supplying their physical necessities. Jt was He 13. through which the heavenly life is to flow to others. puri fying and cementing hearts. being. BY NATURAL MEANS OR BY MIRACLES.—When the situation demands it and when His wisdom determines it best. This promised blessing. God as Provider of Spiritual Necessities 11."— The De sire of Ages. 12. 4. 10:3.—"We are to be consecrated chan nels. claimed by faith. NOTE. . vol. the One who formed us in His own divine image. But like every other promise. It is given accord ing to the riches of the grace of Christ.
103:8. 11. 1959 God's Perfect Character MEMORY VERSE: "And the Lord passed by before him. God has given us the tools to work with and He expects us to provide for ourselves without His help. His love is everlasting. keeping mercy for thousands. Mercy and forgiveness of God. 49:15. John 3:16. c. Mal. 2. STUDY HELPS: "Steps to Christ. He is plenteous in mercy. His mercy endures forever. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of April 9.). 55:7. 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." on lesson texts. What does worry indicate about our knowledge of God? Which is most nearly correct? a. III. 13. Ps. Ps. His nature is unchanging. 7. Rom. Heb. 34:6. The Lord." pages 9-15 (1956 and pocket eds. 86:5. 16. 4. 7.  12. and that will by no means clear the guilty. Jer. 1 Chron. D Thursday: Read further from Study Helps. 5. James 1:17. Ps. merciful and gracious. 9. and abundant in good ness and truth. 138:8. His love is greater than human love. Christ's second coming delayed be cause He' is long-suffering. God's Mercy and Forgiveness 10. The Lord God. 16:34.). and when we do He will see that we do not lack. 20:6. Inspires confidence in Him. Check Here D D D Q Wednesday: Questions 12. Demonstrated in Christ. 5:8. 31:3. and proclaimed. 39. 16. Nothing can separate us from His love. His mercy revealed through forgive ness. 1 John 4:8. Monday: Questions 5-8. for April 25. Tuesday: Questions 9-11. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. Lesson 4. God expects us to do all we can to feed our physical and spiritual na tures. 25. God Is Love 8. forgiving iniquity and trans gression and sin. Man's part in obtaining mercy. 19. Isa. II.Questions for Meditation 1. 2 Peter 3:9." Ex. 15. 13:8. . Ex. 13. b. His nature is love. Isa. IV. Micah 7:18. D Check Here Lesson Outline Introduction I. 8:38. read from Study Helps. 4:16. Ex. 86:15. 3:6. pages 9-18 (1908 ed. Rom. 7: 24. long-suffering. 34:6. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: Survey entire lesson. 3. God will make provision for all our needs without any effort on our part. D Friday: Review entire lesson. 103:17. Sunday: Questions 1-4. The long-Suffering of God 1. God's Unchcmgeableness 6.
drawing the wanderer to his Father's heart of love. pen cannot portray it. "The character of God. .. and every longing awakened in the soul to return to God is but the tender pleading of His Spirit. in the endeavor to comprehend the love and compassion of the heavenly Father."—Funda mentals of Christian Education."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed. 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. you may search the Scriptures diligently in order to understand it."— Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed. In what way has God demon strated His love for us? John 3:16. His love manifested in giving His Son to die for the world. the death of Calvary. deeper than human love can possibly be. 31:3.  . but He pro vided the propitiation because He loves us. It is im measurable. the Father's heart is yearning over him. are but as a tiny rill to the boundless ocean when compared with the infinite. It ever has been.—"Nothing less than the infinite sacrifice made by Christ in behalf of fallen man could express the Father's love to lost humanity. .).—" 'God is love. p. page 49. 16." "But this great sacrifice was not made in order to create in the Father's heart a love for man.What quality of God's love should give us great courage? Jer. 39. and yet there is an infinity beyond. NOTE. entreating. of the love of God in giving His Son to die for the world. NOTE. 16. woo ing. the depth and the height. 5:8. . 8:38. You may meditate upon it every day of your life. With what supreme characteris tic is God identified? 1 John 4:8. His law. By what illustration does God help us to understand His love for mankind? Isa. and the beauty of holiness. .—"All the paternal love which has come down from generation to generation through the channel of human hearts. 5."— Testimonies. The history of the great conflict between good and evil. NOTE.). NOTE. you may summon every power and capability that God has given you. The Father loves us. and bring man into close com munion with the Infinite One. Christ was the medium through which He could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world."—Steps to Christ. 'God was in Christ. vol. but the love of God is larger. page 142.' 2 Corinthians 5: 19.—"While the sinner is yet far from the Father's house.. broader. wasting his substance in a strange country.' His nature. it ever will be. You may study that love for ages. are exalted themes for contemplation. 49:15. In the agony of Gethsemane. no! .THE LESSON The character of God is one of the themes that we as Christians are urged to study.—"Parents love their children. all the springs of tenderness which have opened in the souls of men. yet you can never fully comprehend the length and the breadth. God suffered with His Son. No. is love. . reconciling the world unto Himself." —Patriarchs and Prophets. 2. 13.. from the time it first began in heaven to the final overthrow of rebellion and the total eradication of sin. not to make Him willing to save. pages 14. God Is Love 1. These will strengthen the intellect. 5. page 33. exhaustless love of God. Every manifestation of creative power is an expression of infinite love. not be cause of the great propitiation. 740.. 3. Introduction 4. NOTE. Tongue cannot utter it. Eternity itself can never fully reveal it. Rom. the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption. page 54.
But He will certainly arise to punish the wicked. 764. 10. NOTE.' Lam."—Proph 3:22."— The Desire of Ages. 'Let him take hold of My strength. page 276. Ps. pages 325. It is Satan's special device to lead man into sin.of probation. 7."—Steps to Christ." "The end of God's NOTE. "By His life and His death. pages 762. In Christ every provision has been made. and that the law is righteous. Throughout the period of probation ets and Kings. we marvel.forbearance with those who persist in dis suffering. NOTE.—"The God whom we serve is long. His Spirit is entreating men to accept the gift of life. page 31. 20:6. On what condition will God show mercy toward sinners and for give their transgressions? Ex. but that sin could be forgiven.—so great that when we con sider the continuous insult to His holy commandments.—"Let none deceive themselves with the thought that God. and can be perfectly obeyed. 27:5. Ps. The exceeding sinfulness of sin can be estimated only in the light of the cross." "The rejecters of His mercy reap that which they have sown. and the judgments of God are sure to follow. will yet save even the rejecters of His grace. ary time.—"The forbearance of God has been very great. 'His compassions fail not. but there is a point beyond which divine patience is exhausted. obedience. forgiveness? Ex. fearing to seek for pardon. The Omnipo tent One has been exerting a restraining The Long-Suffering of God power over His own attributes. 15.. In what way is God's long-suf fering related to the delay in Christ's second coming? 2 Peter 3:9. In what wonderful characteristic is God said to be "plenteous"? Ps. God's mercy was mani fested to men. and he shall make peace with Me. that he may make peace with Me. helpless and hopeless. and then leave him there. Christ proved that God's justice did not destroy His mercy. 138:8.. 86:5. . every encourage ment offered. 103:17. Of what duration is God's mercy? 1 Chron.19.God's Mercy and Forgiveness 6. tie] .326. A MOTHER MAY TORGET HER CHILD. is approaching rapidly. What is one way in which God's mercy is revealed toward us? Micah 7:18. 86:15. Isa. 9. 103:8."—Prophets and Kings. 16:34.. 11. What trait of God's character is who so boldly defy the just claims of the closely associated with His mercy and Decalogue.. 55:7. 8. GOD DOES NOT FORGET OS. but mercy does not set aside justice. in His great love and mercy. "Through Jesus. "God allows men a period . But God invites. 34:6.' Isa..
for May 2. 1959 God's Perfect Character—Continued MEAAORY VERSE: "And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God.—"The rainbow about the throne is an assurance that God is true. pp. STUDY HELPS: "Early Writings. that in Him is no variableness.' Jeremiah 14:21. We have sinned against Him and are undeserving of His favor. Lord God Almighty. 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. and glorify Thy name? for Thou only art holy. not as a mere petitioner does the Cap tain of our salvation intercede for us.4. and thanksgiving of His people. Thou King of saints.). Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of April 16. vol. 13:8. 8. Check Here D a a Check Here Wednesday: Questions 11-13. just and true are Thy ways. hold ing before God the censer containing His own spotless merits and the prayers.—"By His spotless life. Who shall not fear Thee. break not Thy covenant with us. yet He Himself has put into our lips that most wonderful of pleas: 'Do not abhor us. "Testimonies. Why is God's mercy of infinite im portance to us? 3. His offering is complete. NOTE."— Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed. 23." pages 69-71. Monday: Questions 5-7. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. 15:3.God's Unchangeableness 12." vol. 3:6. Perfumed with the fragrance of His right eousness. and as our Intercessor He executes His self-appointed work. saying. How does the unchangeable nature of God serve as an anchor to our spiritual hope? Heb. LessonS. Tuesday: Questions 8-10. His obedi ence. for Thy name's sake. 5. p. James 1:17. And now. The honor of His throne is staked for the fulfillment of His word to us. Questions for Meditation 1. do not disgrace the throne of Thy glory: remember. and pardon covers all transgression. He has pledged Himself to give heed to our cry when we come to Him confessing our unworthiness and sin. D Friday: Review entire lesson. Sunday: Questions 1-4. Christ interceded for the lost race. 737-746. 7:24. but as a Conqueror claiming His victory. Great and marvelous are Thy works. neither shadow of turn ing. con fessions. What assurance does the knowledge of God's unchangeableness give me in this world of change and transition? 13. NOTE."— Testimonies. The offering is wholly acceptable. O Lord." Rev. 25. Q Thursday: Read from Study Helps." on lesson texts. His death on the cross of Calvary. Why can we be confident that the Father is still a God of love— merciful and ready to forgive? Mal. these ascend to God as a sweet savor. D  . and the song of the Lamb. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbcrth afternoon: General survey. 4:16.
14. so will love. had long been numbered among the chosen people of Israel and Judah!"—Prophets and Kings. 12:10. 10:23. III. Heb. 1 Peter 1:17. and with more rapturous joy they sweep the harps of gold."— The Acts of the Apostles. God deals impartially with men. Rev. first part. 4:2. it is trusting God in trial. and the sinful course of those who. and resting in His love. Ps. 1:9. Deut. 15:3. in darkness as well as in the light. page 678. 12. As knowledge is pro gressive. He will faithfully save all who come to Him. The more men learn of God. and ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of voices unite to swell the mighty chorus of praise. God Is Holy 1. God Is Holy 1. Acts 3:14. Christ declared to be the Just One. 9. Deut. it is walking by faith and not by sight. Ezek. will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God and of Christ.—"Holiness is not rapture: it is an entire surrender of the will to God."— The Great Controversy. 99:5. 2 Chron. 13. Isaiah humbled by vision of God. it is relying on God with unquestioning confi dence. What standard has God set for us to reach? Lev. Heb. 3. "The years of eternity. The redeemed acknowledge God's justice. Abraham's confidence in God's jus tice. the hearts of the ransomed thrill with more fervent devotion. Moses sings of God's justice. God's holiness should inspire wor ship. To what feature of God's charac ter did David call attention as a reason why men should worship Him? Ps. Lev. 9. 32:4. God Is Faithful 5. 7:9. sin crucified the Son of God. God Is Just 6. How sharp the con trast between the matchless perfection of his Creator. 7. the greater will be their admiration of His character. Rev. 4. 19:7. with himself. Faithfulness to be seen in His fol lowers. THE LESSON Introduction No amount of study of the character of God can ever exhaust the subject.—"Holiness is the foundation of God's throne. page 307. 19:2. Gen. Man urged to emulate God's char acter. sin is the opposite of holi ness."— Testi monies to Ministers. 3. 4:8. II.  . it is living by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. 1 Cor. 1 Cor. If men could see how hateful sin is. 6:1-7.—"As Isaiah beheld this revelation of the glory and majesty of his Lord. 11. 8. 1 Thess. page 51. reverence. Isa. 99:5.Lesson Outline Introduction I. 6:1-7. would reform in life and character. As Jesus opens before them the riches of redemption and the amazing achievements in the great controversy with Satan. God's ways compared with man's. Rev. NOTE. page 145. NOTE. 12:10. When Isaiah was given a vision of the holiness of God. they would not tolerate it. 9. Angels sing of God's holiness. what effect did it have on him? What was done to his sins? Isa. and happi ness increase. Heb. They NOTE. he was overwhelmed with a sense of the purity and holiness of God. 18:29. 10. 2. God's faithfulness builds confidence in His word. 2:10. 2. 18:25. 15:4. nor educate themselves in it. as they roll. 19:2. 14. it is doing the will of our heavenly Father. 5:24.
. How does God compare His ways with those of men? Ezek. The results of re bellion.' "—The Great Con troversy. exclaiming. 4:8.—"In all the dealings of God with His people. God Is Just 5. His justice. of what was the patriarch convinced concern ing God's justice? Gen. He followed the same principle. God had bestowed great blessings upon Israel. Satan's own works have condemned him. Lord God Almighty. 32:4. What is the theme of the anthem of praise offered by heavenly beings? Rev. In what words did Moses pro claim the justice of God? Deut. Their iniquity was 'not yet full' (ch."— The Seventhday Adventist Bible Commentary. and His goodness stand fully vin dicated. you may become like Him.4. pages 670. page 469. NOTE. When God con sented to spare Sodom if only ten righteous men could be found within its gates. the whole universe. When the redeemed sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. With all the facts of the great controversy in view. page 402.—"Cleanse yourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. holy. have been laid open to the view of all created intelligences. Abraham gives evidence that he knew the One before whom he stood to be the Supreme Being.—"Every question of truth and error in the long-standing controversy has now been made plain. By beholding Christ. This is exemplified in the history of the Hebrew people. The working out of Satan's rule in contrast with the government of God has been presented to the whole universe. NOTE. with one accord declare: 'Just and true are Thy ways. both loyal and rebellious. God's wisdom. This principle had been demonstrated by God in His extension of probation for the Amorites another 400 years. 18:25. 18:29. p. The angels bow before Him in ado ration. the most striking evidence of His strict and impartial justice. not to God's grace and pardon. 15:4. . 1. Study the character of God. Thou King of saints.  . there is.' Revelation 4:8. first part. . . 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. but to His absolute judicial equity. what will they say concerning God's dealings with mankind? Rev. mingled with His love and mercy.—"God alone is the Judge of all men. . by seeking Him in faith and prayer."— Counsels to Teachers. NOTE. Now he appealed. Addressing Him thus. 15:16). The crown ing glory of Christ's attributes is His holiness. When God revealed to Abraham His plan to destroy Sodom. 'Holy. 8. 15:3. holy. 671. NOTE. 7. vol. the fruits of setting aside the divine statutes. And yet what swift and severe retribution was visited upon them for their transgressions!"—Patriarchs and Prophets. 6. 330. He is de clared to be glorious in His holiness. .
It is not the great results we attain. they become discouraged and turn back into the world. will at last be numbered among the overcomers. 1:9. 2:10. pages 369. NOTE. Box 66. Christ came to demolish every wall of partition. 1 Peter 1:17. end. Nebraska. True or false? The rich and the poor will be treated alike by God in the judgment. He prizes goodness and faithfulness more than the greatness of the work accomplished. 10:23. 3. Rev. In what way is faithfulness important in the following relations? a."—Prophets and Kings. Those who recognize the faithfulness of God. that weigh with God. but because of the fidelity in even a few things. persevering effort. All men are of one family by creation.—"No distinction on account of nationality. He is the Maker of all mankind.9. and all are one through redemption. but the motives from which we act." 13.' The ear nest toil. great will be the reward of the faithful servant when the Master shall say: 'Give an account of thy stewardship. 370. 7:9. will "endure unto the Sabbath school lessons in Braille are supplied free to the blind upon request. It lifts out of Satan's influence those who have been deluded by his deceptions. NOTE. b. 10. NOTE. My agreements with others. guests. what other divine trait of character was mani fested in the life of Christ? Acts 3:14. or caste. Lincoln 6.—There are many who accept God's offer to become citizens in His kingdom. will be rewarded abun dantly. How is the impartiality and fair ness of God manifested? 2 Chron. Questions for Meditation 1. If I truly know Christ. the unselfish work. why will I not claim to be perfect and holy ? 2. My marriage. 4:2. that every soul may have free access to God. the patient. Jesus will say: Henceforth I call you not servants. the throne encircled by the rainbow of promise. [ 20] . His love is so broad. God Is Faithful 11. What trait of God's character enables us to depend on the promises contained in His word? Deut. The approval of the Master is not given be cause of the greatness of the work per formed. vol. This can be the ex perience of all who truly believe that "faith ful is He that calleth you. 2. that it penetrates everywhere. so full. If these trusts are faithfully kept. so deep. Besides holiness. and places them within reach of the throne of God. because many things have been gained. 5:24. My religious life. Heb. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek. 12.—"The present is a season of solemn privilege and sacred trust to the servants of God. race. who also will do it. 511."— Testimonies. however. Looking at their own weakness. Address: The Christian Record Benevolent Association." Some will give up the struggle to perfect the type of character necessary. 510. Why is God's faithfulness im portant to those who have accepted the gospel invitation? 1 Cor. to throw open every compartment of the temple courts. 1 Thess. but friends. bond nor free. Not all. 19: 7.What is expected in the lives of Christ's followers? To what ex tent? 1 Cor. however. is recognized by God. pp. and who put their dependence in His mighty power. c.
fainteth not. Rom. 139: 1-6. God's Wisdom Available 4. 3: 5. Matt. review entire lesson. God's thoughts infinitely higher. 42:8. 14-16. He knows every secret. Matt. Ps. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of April 23. Prov. Isa. 444-453." pages 181-185. Isa. 1-3. 9. This is the pic ology. 3. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. 10. 40:28. Paul's response to God's wisdom." pages 491-502. The secrets ture that the Bible presents concerning the of the atom have been unlocked. 10. He knows the secrets of the atmos phere." on lesson texts. Ps. Dan. Isa. astronomy.  Introduction . He knows the needs of all His creatures. 551-558. Job 37:14-24." Isa. who is the source of all one discovery to another in such fields as wisdom and knowledge. 40:28. sight. 1959 God's Unsearchable Wisdom MEMORY VERSE: "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard. Heb. STUDY HELPS: "Prophets and Kings. 6. "Fundamentals of Christian Education. He sees the future. Man cannot search out God's wis dom. 11. 8. 1 Chron. Check Here D Q G Lesson Outline Introduction I. III. Before this inscrutable mani end of invention and research is not yet in festation of knowledge and wisdom. 44:21.6. a God whose in medicine. 2:47.9. He will impart wisdom to us. God's Wisdom Compared With Man's 7. 7-9.Lesson 6. 46: 9. 13. archae tellectual might is infinite. and electronics. He knows all about our needs. 104:21-28. for May 9. God Knows All Things 9. the Lord. He knows the personal life of each individual. He will direct our lives. 10:29-31. 12. Check Here Q Q Q D Wednesday: Questions 10-13. 8:28. 147:5. 6:26. 4:13. neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding. 11:33. and the true God. God's Knowledge of His Creatures 1. 28:9. 5. II. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: Sunday: Questions Monday: Questions Tuesday: Questions General survey. Ps. He gives guidance to the animal creation. Ps. 2. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. Man is moving from there must be a God. 55:8. the Creator of the ends of the earth. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. IV. chemistry. Rom. He supplies the needs of all His creatures. It indicates that being pressed back. Job 39:26-29. that the everlast ing God. the de vout man bows in awe. James 1:5. mathematics. 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. 4-6.
in Him are 'all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. they are in the presence of God. The very motives of his heart are 3. 2:27."— Patriarchs and Prophets. NOTE. God has unnumbered worlds that are obedient to His laws and are conducted with reference to His glory.9. p. The deepest midnight is no cover for the guilty one."— Testi monies.—"If we were to cherish an habitual impression that God sees and hears all that we do and say.—Only God is able to see the future.—"If it were possible for created beings to attain to a full understanding of God and His works. God would no longer be supreme. He may think himself alone. and that we must meet it all. no further development of mind or heart. Dan. and broader than the sea. 11:33. every mouth would be stopped in its boasting. and still there is an infinity beyond. As Paul contemplated God's dealings with men. and His power. having reached this point. God Knows All Things 4.God's Wisdom Compared With Man's 1. What is one of the evidences of God's wisdom? Isa.—"God is the source of all wisdom. and whatever they do. ever learning.' Job 11:7-9. Then "let us trust Him." — Counsels to Teachers. and hence with impunity. and in every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. God is infinite. 46:9. ever learning. no growth in knowledge. 28. there is still an infinity beyond what they can apprehend. What is said concerning God's knowledge of secrets? Ps. and man. Men living in this little atom of a world are finite. 9. 2. What does God say of His thoughts as compared with man's? Isa. 7. Human laws. would cease to advance. page 109. (Italics supplied. page 66. Let the young ever remember that wherever they are. but to every deed there is an unseen wit ness. what canst thou do? deeper than hell. 44:21. . we would fear to sin. When men have gone as far in scientific research as their limited powers will permit. then. No part of our conduct escapes observation. What is man unable to search out? Ps. 298. We cannot hide our ways from the Most High. NOTE. 139:1-6. 147:5.—"No finite mind can fully compre hend the existence. what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed. But Jesus sees the end from the beginning. But not so with the law of God. are often trans gressed without detection. vol. 14-16. Let us thank God that it is not so. though sometimes severe. Men may be ever searching. having reached the limit of knowledge and attainment. . The mightiest intellects of earth cannot comprehend God. Ps. or the works of the Infinite One. 42:8. the wisdom. 28:9. Isa. His goodness. what exclamation did he make concerning God's wis dom? Rom. 10. How much does God know about each person and his activities? 1 Chron. "If men could see for a moment beyond  . 40:28.). the power. 6. page 116. He is infinitely wise and just and good. 5. And to all eternity men may be ever search ing. . NOTE. 55:8.) the range of finite vision. 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 keeps a faithful record of our words and actions. there would be for them no further discovery of truth. if they could catch a glimpse of the Eternal. and yet never exhaust the treasures of His wisdom. NOTE. NOTE.' Colossians 2:3. Worry is blind and cannot discern the future. What will take place during the coming years is as well known to Him as the hap penings of yesterday.
Some are always anticipating evil. 218. How complete is God's knowl edge of the universe? Heb. The obstacles they encounter. Why should we trust God to care for us? Matt. is as distinctly marked as though there were only one person in the whole world. or magnifying the difficulties that really exist. and the attention of heaven were centered upon him. NOTE. 3:5. the only source of strength. 294. and fore sees and prepares against all the troubles that come upon man as sudden emergencies. Matt. On •what condition has God promised to direct our lives? Prov. that in carrying out His purposes they may not err. For anyone to rely on his own understand- 9. because they awaken unrest and repining. The understanding of the Infinite is placed at their service. With what phenomena of nature is God familiar? Job 37:14-24. to what source are we invited to go? James 1:5. Rom. many are unwilling to trust God for the future. NOTE. What is one way in which the wisdom of God is manifested by the creatures of His hand? Job 39:26-29. "Do we well to be thus unbelieving ? Why should we be ungrateful and distrustful? Jesus is our friend. all heaven is interested in our welfare. pages 217. What does God provide for His creatures? Ps. 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. 10:29-31.—"Entire trust in God is the only logical position for Christians to take.  . open to divine inspection. 6. 104:21-28. God's Knowledge of His Creatures 13."—Patriarchs and Prophets. every word. When we need wisdom. chapters 37 to 39.—"Though their present needs are supplied. for it is by His wisdom that He has created all things. every thought.11. GOD KNOWS THE SECRETS OF HIS UNIVERSE. 8. and their children shall be left to suffer.—"The strength of those who love and serve God will be renewed day by day."— The Acts of the Apostles. separate them from Him. so that their eyes are blinded to the many blessings which demand their gratitude. Every phase of nature is fully understood by God. . many examples are given of God's wisdom as re vealed in nature. including the laws that govern nature. 8: 28. He will more than fulfill the highest ex pectations of those who put their trust in Him."—Patriarchs and Prophets.—In Job. Every act. pages 293. NOTE. NOTE. of which those relating to the hawk and the eagle are typical. instead of leading them to seek help from God. 12. 4:13. God has all knowledge and all power. 10. page 242. 6:26. . . God's Wisdom Available 7. and they are in constant anx iety lest poverty shall come upon them.
review entire lesson. He will reign forever. He dwells in heaven. O Lord. and the victory. Ps. Intelligence is needed to determine from the word of God and from God's guiding providences what is the divine will. 955. Earthly temples cannot contain God." on lesson texts. 749-754. Eccl. D Friday: Read further from Study Helps. 29: 2. II. "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. "He shall direct. 1 Kings 8:30. and the power. 2. It embraces the entire universe. 7. 2 Chron. Acts 17:24. 11: 19. STUDY HELPS: "Patriarchs and Prophets. and Thou art exalted as head above all." pages 514-521. 3. n Lesson Outline Introduction I. 103:19. 10:16. Isa. 'it is He who will direct. 123:1. 16:9. 1:8. 11:4. Sunday: Questions 1-4. Heb. Check Here D D D D Check Here Wednesday: Questions 12-14. 47:2. A will strengthened and cleansed by God is needed if one is to follow a true course through to the end. Matt. 5:2. Monday: Questions 5-8.ing under such circumstances is foolish in deed. The work of angels in God's govern ment. Ex. Questions for Meditation 1. did He create man? 2. is the greatness.' The Hebrew emphasizes that God Himself will make straight and plain the path of His servant." vol. Ps. 5. Rev. 102:19. 4. 57:15. Since God could see the future and knew that man would sin. 9. "Testimonies. why. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: General survey. pp. 3. 29:11. His throne located in the heavenly temple. 956. What viewpoint must one maintain if education and a continual search for knowl edge are to be a blessing instead of a curse ? 3.  . and the glory. 5. 18:10. for May 16. do you think. "Prophets and Kings. God Is a King 1. Q Thursday: Read from Study Helps. Ps. God also dwells with men. when His servant acknowledges Him in every phase of life's many activities. It is also folly to alternate between trust in self and trust in God. Why is God's leading so much more remarkable in some lives than in others? Lesson 7. 10. 1959 God's Universal Government MEMORY VERSE: "Thine. O Lord. 8. 34. Worship due Him as King. Ps. Ps. 6. The Kingdom of God . pp. 97:2. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of April 30. 139:7. His kingdom is founded on right eousness and judgment. Tuesday: Questions 9-11. 15:18." pages 33-43. Deut. and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. Ps. vol." 1 Chron. 1 Kings 8:27. margin. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. Thine is the kingdom. 10:14. Or. Ps.
6:15. 34. NOTE. He must also have a government and laws by which He rules His subjects.—"God is our Father. who loves and cares for us as His children. Rom. page 39. 5.one another. Luci fer endeavored to wrest from God control of the government of the universe. p. "Language is altogether too feeble to at tempt a description of heaven. He failed in this attempt. Ps. 29:2. He is also the great King of the universe. 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. Matt. Although God dwells in heaven."—Early Writings. 10. Where in heaven is God's throne located ? Ps. Acts 17: 24. 289. He will meet with them by His Spirit. 11:19. NOTE. 1 Tim. 'Oh. 22:21. He must have a kingdom. I long to be there. Oh. 5:2. Eccl. page 43. page 50. 47:2.). 6. THE LESSON Introduction The infinite God is King of kings and Lord of lords. 11:4. Before the foundation of the world.  . 3. 14. 10:16." 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. Rev. Earthly Governments Under God's Control 10."—Prophets and Kings. their coming together will be of no avail. Unless they worship Him in spirit and truth and in the beauty of holiness. Ps. 123:1. God rules by His own power. 17:14. How long will God reign as King? Ex. Carried away with the surpassing splendor and excellent glory. But those who assemble to worship Him should put away every evil thing. I lay down the pen. The Scriptures make this very plain..—"Heaven is a good place.—"Although God dwells not in temples made with hands.4:17. where else does He abide? Isa. and behold my lovely Jesus. But if He is a king. What term do Bible writers use to describe the place where God dwells? 1 Kings 8:30. but He did not because He desired to "show what must be the fruit of setting aside the divine authority. 57:15. He ordains earthly governments. Ps. 2. God's government is supreme. God Is a King 1. Rev. 15:18."—Ibid. and exclaim. What do Solomon and Paul say concerning the ability of temples to contain God? 1 Kings 8:27. page 107. yet He honors with His presence the assemblies of His people. 12:13. to acknowledge their sins. 12. 11. who gave His life for me. Men receive authority from God. 4. 66:7. NOTE. He has promised that when they come together to seek Him. Dan. As the scene rises before me. 102:19. 13:1-4. and to pray for."— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed. Why should earth's inhabitants give glory to God? Ps. God might have destroyed him at once. . I am lost in amazement.III. 13. Allegiance due to both divine and earthly governments. and be changed into His glorious image. 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."—Patriarchs and Prophets.
The shaping of events seems.—"God's government included not only the inhabitants of heaven. The miracles of Christ for the afflicted and suffering were wrought by the power of God through the ministration of the angels.NOTE. The Kingdom of God 7. 139:7. And thus Christ is the medium of communication of men with God. By His Spirit He is everywhere present. to be determined by his power.—"He ruleth by His power for ever!" Only God is responsible to Himself alone. Matt. above. or caprice. for it shows Him to be omni present by His Spirit." — The Ministry of Healing. NOTE:—"In the annals of human history the growth of nations. From whom do earthly rulers receive their kingdoms? Dan 4:17. behind. NOTE. page 417. to a great. not in a state of in activity. In taking upon Himself humanity. Ps. our Saviour unites His interests with those of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam. Through these messengers He is in active communi cation with every part of His dominion."—Patri archs and Prophets. It is evident that the government of God includes the entire universe. page 41. the agencies  . UNIVERSAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM 8. while through His divinity He grasps the throne of God. "The angels of God are ever passing from earth to heaven. but surrounded by ten thousand times ten thou sand and thousands of thousands of holy beings. by the ministration of His heavenly messengers. Over how much territory does God rule? Deut. it exalts Him. 9. Rather. and we behold. Earthly Governments Under God's Controj 10. 18:10. and through all the play and counterplay of human in terests and power and passions. By what power does God rule? Ps. all waiting to do His will. NOTE. But in the word of God the curtain is drawn aside. and from heaven to earth.—"The Bible shows us God in His high and holy place. ambition. and of God with men. Heb. 11."— The Desire of Ages. 103:19. but of all the worlds that He had created. And it is through Christ. margin. NOTE. No other god can do this. degree. On what principles has God founded His government? Ps.—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. appear as dependent on the will and prowess of man. the rise and fall of empires. Ps. not in silence and solitude. In what way does God keep in constant communication with all parts of His kingdom? 2 Chron. 1:8. page 143. Through the agency of His Spirit and His angels He ministers to the children of men. that every blessing comes from God to us. 97:2. 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. 16:9. 10:14. 66:7.
"The Great Controversy. would we live differ ently? 2. 8. Eternal." Rom. overcoming Satan and his hosts. 4. As the great controversy draws to a close. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. Tuesday: Questions 8-11. against -whom is he actually making war? Rev. patiently working out the counsels of His own will. 4. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: General survey. with no one to resist his authority. review entire lesson. Ps. and for sin. 6. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. just. 14. what will determine loyalty to God's government ? 13. 5:17. silently. . Matt. 13:10. pp.of the all-merciful One.. 2. If we were always sharply conscious of the fact that angels are taking to heaven a record of our lives. 12:13. God's government remains supreme. 89:34. God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. 487-498).—In seeking to destroy God's peo ple. 7:12. 13:1-4. ." pages 492-504 (1950 subscrip tion ed." —Education. 1959 God's Immutable Law MEMORY VERSE: "For what the law could not do. condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be ful filled in us. NOTE. Immutable. "Patriarchs and Prophets. What did Jesus say about our allegiance to divine and earthly governments? Matt. In Satan's attempt to destroy God's people before Christ's return. Nature of God's Law 1. STUDY HELPS: "Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing" 1956 ed. Matt. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of May 7.. what principle should guide me in my allegiance? 3.." on lesson texts." pages 363-373. Check Here D fj] Q Q Wednesday: Questions 12-14. who walk not after the flesh. Requires love to God and man.14. Monday: Questions 5-7. Ps. and fights for them.18. Questions for Meditation 1. for May 23. 45-52 (1943 ed. but after the Spirit. When there is a conflict between the government of God and my civil govern ment. 19:7. pages 73-83). in that it was weak through the flesh. Jesus is with His people. Holy. 12. Lesson 8. Sunday: Questions 1-4. But he fails to recognize that God still controls this earth. 5. Ps. 111:7. Rom. 22:21. page 173. Satan believes that he can thus be come the undisputed ruler of this world. Perfect. good. and spiritual/Rom. Based on love. 22:37-40. Why are we counseled to submit ourselves to earthly governments? Rom. Check Here Q D D Lesson Outline Introduction I. 8:3.  3. 17:14. pp.
"From the first. the great controversy had been upon the law of God. 7:23. but of all the opera tions of nature. which cannot be disregarded. "The Samaritan had obeyed the dictates of a kind and loving heart. 8:3.  . John 14:15.II. to the law of the Creator. or perfect and immutable. not only of living beings. How do we know that God's law cannot be improved? Ps. The righteous will obey it. Christ told the story of the good Samaritan. Man's Relation to God's Law 10. 'Go."—The Desire of Ages. God has ordained laws for the government. 13:10. 8. 22:37-40.). and that the good of the uni verse required it to be changed. that His law was faulty. is expected of the children of God. Jer. James 2:12. 40:8. Christ bade the lawyer. NOTE.' Doing. Rom. NOTE. 119: 165. 3:20. and in this had proved himself a doer of the law. he aimed to overthrow the authority of its Author. To point out sin. 14. Rom. Thus. Ps. page 46. That law is spoken of in the Scriptures as the royal law.—As a means of helping men see that law-keeping necessitates a demonstra tion of love. a revelation to earth of the law of heaven. page 69. It is "the foundation of His [God's] government in heaven and on earth. Rev. James 2:8. Satan had sought to prove that God was unjust. page 52.' every variation from it must be evZ. "The law of God is as sacred as Himself. In attack ing the law. Rev. 8:10. 14. 3. and do thou likewise. is amenable to moral law. NOTE. 19. The obedient will enter heaven. Warnings against breaking it. But while everything in nature is governed by natural laws. 9. the Ten Commandments. What characteristics does Paul ascribe to the law? Rom.—"Since 'the law of the Lord is perfect. He must have a law by which to rule. is the subject of our study this week. Heb. of all that in habits the earth. 13. 2:18. 7:7. The harmony of creation depends upon the perfect conformity of all beings. and not saying merely."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed. Ps. Rom. Eccl. According to Jesus. It is a revelation of His will. Purpose of God's Law 7. THE LESSON Introduction "There can be no government without law."—Patriarchs and Prophets. a transcript of His character. Matt.—"The law given upon Sinai was the enunciation of the principle of love. 11. 5:17-19." — Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956ed. 4. man alone. 22:18. In the contro versy it was to be shown whether the divine statutes were defective and subject to change. Everything is under fixed laws. page 504. page 308. III. since God is King of the universe.' 1 John 2:6. Obeying it brings peace. page 49. 12:13. To reveal His will to man.). 19:7. what two commandments summarize the divine law? Matt. This moral law. To serve as the standard of judg ment. 1. 14. and since He reigns over all. Can be kept through Christ. 7:21. page 24. 14:12. Nature of God's Law 2. 4. What attribute of God's charac ter forms the basis of His law? Rom. animate and in animate. even as He walked. the expression of divine love and wisdom. Matt."— The Desire of Ages. 1 John 5:3. 12. of everything."—Patri archs and Prophets. 7:12." —Patriarchs and Prophets. 'He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk.
"Whenever men choose their own way. It will maintain its claims upon mankind in all ages.  .—"The law reveals to man his sins. for this shows that there is yet communion between the soul and sin. the enemy of God and man. 2:18. 9. NOTE."—The Great Contro versy. what other im portant purpose does the law serve? Rom. Without the law. and His law is love. James 2:12.—"The law of God.. 12:13. being an ex pression of the mind and will of God. 111:7. By what standard will our lives be measured in the judgment? Eccl. In disregarding the will of God. men have no just conception of the purity and holiness of God or of their own guilt and uncleanness. 5:17. the law of God. . . pages 51. . 8. they place themselves in controversy with God.—Here He teaches. While it promises life to the obedient. Not seeing their lost condition as violators of God's law. .. The heart is divided in its service. There is a virtual de nial of God. NOTE. God is love. . 3:20. It is not the greatness of the act of disobedience that constitutes sin. 89:34.NOTE. from its very nature. Matt. page 365. page 467. What relation to His law will be sustained by those who claim to love God? John 14:15. they do not realize their need of the aton ing blood of Christ. . What essential information does God's law impart to mankind? Ps. . . NOTE. 6. 468. 14. 1 John 5:3- 5. but that these claims should hold as long as the heavens and the earth remain. will measure the character of every man and condemn all whom this unerring test shall declare wanting. page 268.. and were then. . Such a law. NOTE. 40:8. Rom. we re ject His will for us. Besides being a revelation of God's will for man.). -When we disobey the law. For how long will the law en dure? Ps. a rebellion against the laws of His government. 18. but the fact of variance from God's expressed will in the least particular."—The Great Controversy.—God's will is revealed through His law.—"The written word. 7:7. is unchangeable. they are placing themselves on the side of Satan."— The Great Controversy. it declares that death is the portion of the transgressor."—Patriarchs and Prophets. Its two great principles are love to God and love to man. pages 467. 52. They have no true conviction of sin and feel no need of repentance. The law of God is as immutable as His throne.."— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed. 8. How may we be certain that God's law will not be changed? Ps. must be as enduring as its Author. not merely what the claims of God's law had been. but it provides no remedy. Purpose of God's Law 7. It is a revelation of the will and the character of its Author. The gospel of Christ alone can free him from the condemnation or the defilement of sin. Man's Relation to God's Law 10.
and keepeth them. 'If ye love Me. Rev."— The Great Controversy. 7: 21. and the name of the city of My God. 119:165. These solemn denun ciations apply to all who by their influence lead men to regard lightly the law of God. 'keep My commandments. What provision has been made to enable men to obey the moral law? Rom. 8:3. He that hath My commandments. Lesson Help in "Review and Hera Id" of May 14. we accept the righteousness of Christ. or for the sake of con forming to the world. 8:10.). or will this experience be granted because through faith they have demonstrated their harmony with God's principles by obedience? Lesson 9. In stead of going about to establish our own righteousness. Questions for Meditation 1." vol. NOTE. Then the heart renewed by the Holy Spirit will bring forth 'the fruits of the Spirit. which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My'new name. 12.NOTE. His obedience is accepted for us. 5:17-19. 4. Since the law is spiritual. What blessing will be given on this earth to those who obey God's law? Ps. Is this also true with the moral law? 2.. and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God. which is New Jerusalem." pages 303-314.'"—Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed." —Patriarchs and Prophets. 3:12. Who will be chosen as subjects of God's eternal kingdom? Matt. We know that suffering follows the violation of natural law. All who exalt their own opinions above divine revelation. and only two classes will be recognized in the judgment—those who vio late God's law and those who obey it. STUDY HELPS: "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. 1. 14.—"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. 19. 1959 God's Sacred Name MEMORY VERSE: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God." Rev. 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. NOTE. what will it do for me if I embrace it? If I reject it? 3. Jer. 22:18. page 372. he it is that loveth Me. pp.. is written by the Holy Spirit upon the tables of the heart. 170173. page 283.' Through the grace of Christ we shall live in obedience to the law of God written upon our hearts.—"There are only two classes in the world today. Will the righteous be admitted to heaven as a reward for obedience. page 268.' He says. Christ gives the test by which to prove our loyalty or disloyalty. 7:23. all who would change the plain meaning of Scripture to suit their own convenience. .  . His blood atones for our sins. What warning is issued against all who might willfully break the law and encourage others to disobey it? Man. 14:12. Heb. Rev. 13. are taking upon them selves a fearful responsibility. 11.—"The same law that was engraved upon the tables of stone. "Patriarchs and Prophets. for May 30.
9. "God therefore revealed to Moses. of 1885 and A. 135:13. 1 Chron. Isa. John 16:23. .V. Salvation in His name. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. self-existing One.. 57:15. Christ's name to be exalted. Why it should be praised. 14. 15:7). 34:14. Phil.—Behind the simple statement that God's name will endure forever are other profound truths. 20:7. . 5. 14. the name by which He had made Himself known to Abraham at the making of the covenant (Gen. 19:16. 2. 111:9. 13. this name is a form of the verb 'to be. 14:1. God's name is holy and reverend. Check Here Q D Q Lesson Outline Introduction I. . What characteristics does David ascribe to God's name? Ps. 6:9. 22:4. Man's Attitude Toward God's Name 7. Monday: Questions 5-8. Acts 4:12. review entire lesson. Worthy of continual praise. Rev. it was important for Moses to re veal to his people the true nature of their God. 24.. Ps. Sacred Nature and Greatness of God's Name 1. 34: 1. Jews shocked at Christ's claim. Check Here D D D D Wednesday: Questions 12-14. Warning against careless use.. II. 148:5. or rather explained to him. 3:13. 13. 3. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. vol. God's name to be hallowed. 511. THE LESSON Introduction "Since names meant so much to the Semite mind. III.. 12. Matt. of 1901 trans literate Yahweh as 'Jehovah. 2. Sunday: Questions 1-4. Tuesday: Questions 9-11. We are to pray in the name of Jesus. . 4. . 111:9. 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. Matt. who was now ready to deliver them from bondage. 99:3. Blasphemy punished by death."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. It reveals His character. His name will endure be-  . Ps. Ex. Ps.DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: General survey. 24:10-16. In Hebrew as in English. p. Its all-embracing universality precluded any comparison of the God of the Israelites to the deities of Egypt and other nations. 113:3. 11. .59. Eph. 2:9-11. 10:33. 1. For how long will God's name endure? Ps. Ex.' To the Jews this has ever been the sacred name by which the true God is distinguished from all false gods. 95: 1-6. 10. His name to be given to redeemed. Rev.. Lev. The R.' and implies that its possessor is the eternal. God's Name and Salvation 6. 1:17-23. 3:12. Ps. 28:19. Sacred Nature and Greatness of God's Name 1. Man to glorify and reverence God's name. 99:3. Ps. "From the Hebrew word translated as 'I am' comes the derived form Yahweh. John 8:58.S.V. 1:4. 8. NOTE. It will endure forever. 135:13. 16:25-29..
14. page 106.—God does not expect that we shall repeat His name over and over like a chant. The sins of blasphemy and willful Sabbathbreaking received the same punishment. 307. In the Lord's Prayer. The angels veil their faces in His presence. The cheru bim and the bright and holy seraphim ap proach His throne with solemn reverence. 148:5. and as the result. pages 306. 3:13.—"This commandment not only prohibits false oaths and common swearing. and by the frequent and thoughtless repetition of His name. and His holy name should be uttered with reverence and solemnity. He is the same yesterday. without re gard to its awful significance. By the thoughtless mention of God in common con versation. All should meditate upon His majesty. by appeals to Him in trivial mat ters. finite. our Maker I"— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed. today."—Patriarchs and Prophets."—Patriarchs and Proph ets. . . for He Himself is unchanging. . Why should we praise God's name? Ps. Compare Ps. but it forbids us to use the name of God in a light or careless manner. 8. 24:10-16. We are never in any manner to treat lightly the titles or appellations of the Deity. 4. We can praise Him from the heart without giving audible expression to our feelings. 112. and we should come before Him with holy awe. 34:1.' Psalm 111: 9. and we can bring praise to His name by revealing His character to others. 'Holy and reverend is His name. . sinful beings. How much more should we.). NOTE.  .2 r __^«™ Do God? 150. NOTE. Isa. In ancient times. The retribution visited upon the first offender would be a warning to others. What warning concerning the careless use of God's name is contained in the third commandment of the Decalogue? Ex. And His name will not change. we dishonor Him. Ps. 6:9. 409. 3. that the heart may be impressed with a sense of His exalted char acter. 1:4. His purity and holiness. 113:3. 7. how did God show the serious nature of blasphemy? Lev. But had this man's sin been permitted to pass un punished.—"To hallow the name 'of the Lord requires that the words in which we speak of the Supreme Being be uttered with rev erence. NOTE.cause He Himself is from everlasting to everlasting. In prayer we enter the audience chamber of the Most High. being equally an expression of contempt for the authority of God. others would have been demoral ized. that God's name is to be held in reverence. and forever. 135. When is it appropriate to praise I«K«»WB»»«~=>-«-~-—-- -D* a/J. 20:7. come in a reverent manner before the Lord. . '—-- NOTE.I. many lives must eventually have been sacrificed. . 57:15. 34:14. pages 408. Man's Attitude Toward God's Name 6. What are some of the names that God uses to represent His character to mankind? Ex.—"Both love and justice require it to be shown that utterances prompted by malice against God are a great sin. how is the sacredness of God's name expressed? Matt. r~~A-> PIN ISRAEL BLASPHEMY WAS PUNISHED BV STONING.
91. they wing their tireless flight to worlds afar— worlds that thrilled with sorrow at the spectacle of human woe. Unfettered by mortality. for fearful is His name. Rev. rely upon His grace. He dwelleth in light un approachable. The words God Almighty are coupled to gether and used by some in prayer in a careless. 22:4. pages 469. p. no man can see Him and live. Phil. Father. He had announced Himself to be the self-existent One. 470. Be fore man can find a home in the church. I saw that these things will have to be understood and corrected before the church can prosper. 11. God's Name and Salvation NOTE.—"Before the universe has been clearly presented the great sacrifice made by the Father and the Son in man's behalf. Said the angel. The hour has come when Christ occupies His rightful position and is glorified above principalities and powers and every name that is named. 95:1-6. He who had been promised to Israel. In whose name is the Christian to present his petition to the Father? John 16:23." Those who realize the greatness and majesty of-God. 'Couple them not together. while we believe His promises. margin. given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence. 16:25-29." — Testi monies. 10:33. The name of God. page 122. before passing the threshold of God's spiritual kingdom.—"Silence fell upon the vast as sembly. 3: 12. 24. vol.—"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. He has made this a positive condition with which all must comply who wish to be acknowledged as under the authority of the 14. Such have no realizing sense of God or the truth. 59. NOTE. 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."—Early Writings." — The Great Controversy. he is to receive the im press of the divine name. and the Holy Spirit. page 671. and work His works. from the days of eternity. NOTE. thoughtless manner.9. And in conceivably great as was the sorrow and the shame. It is to pray in the mind and spirit of Jesus."— The De sire of Ages. Because of Christ's unselfish : part in the plan of salvation. pages 100. 13. How important is the divine name in God's plan for saving men? Acts 4:12. What wonderful promise will be fulfilled to the redeemed? Rev.' Jeremiah 23:6. or they would not speak so irreverently of the great and dreadful God.—"I saw that God's holy name should be used with reverence and awe. What was the reaction of the Jews when Christ claimed one of the titles belonging to Deity? John 8:58. 6. and rang with  . had been claimed as His own by this Gal ilean Rabbi. 'The Lord our Righteousness. 1:17-23. yet greater is the joy and the glory.). 2:9-11. What attitude should we as sume when we come into the presence of God in prayer? Why? 1 Chron. Matt. NOTE. 19:16. 101. NOTE. which is dis pleasing to Him. will take His name on their lips with holy awe.—"All the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God's re deemed. 28:19. the Son. 14:1. 'whose goings forth have been from of old.' Micah 5:2. 12. NOTE. how will His name be honored? Eph."-^Sie^ to Christ (1956 ed. Ps. who is soon to judge them in the last day. 10.—"Christ has made baptism the sign of entrance to His spiritual kingdom.
songs of gladness at the tidings of a ran somed soul. Check Here D Q O Lesson Outline Introduction I. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. "Education. By His dealings with the Hebrew children. 40:26. D D Q D Wednesday: Questions 11-14.? 3. God's Power in Dealing With Men 5. 62:11. 51:15. pages 677. 10. 1. God the source of power forever." etc. 21:1. 2:1. 7:18-23. 6:16." on lesson texts. Upon all things. 8. Dan. 25. 28. be glory and majesty. and in all are the riches of His power dis played. Eph. Power of the resurrection. God's power defeats Satan. 18:14. the Creator's name is written. Ps. all in their appointed order circling the throne of Deity. Gen. 3. Why should we not continually re peat God's name. Jer.  10. 4. Luke 9:42. Isa. Monday: Questions 4-7. Shown through the birth of Isaac. dominion and power. 11. even in prayer? 2." pages 185-190. God the Source of All Power 1. STUDY HELPS: "Testimonies. 678. Col. Job 42:2." pages 174-176: "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary." "mercy. Amen. 9. to the only wise God our Saviour. 287-290." pages 102-108. 104:14. In bringing Israel out of Egypt. 1:16. Isa. Adequate for every emergency. He upholds nature. 1:12. Sunday: Questions 1-3. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: General survey. With undimmed vision they gaze upon the glory of crea tion—suns and stars and systems. 43. Shown in judgments. Ps. 26:9. Gen. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of May 21. Nothing impossible for God. why should we guard our speech against the use of such bywords as "my goodness.2. 13." "gracious. Destroyed the antediluvians and Sodomites. review entire lesson. God's Power to Save Men 4. They share the treasures of knowledge and understanding gained through ages upon ages in contempla tion of God's handiwork. both now and ever. Ps. for June 6. 19-23. II. 19:24-26. Tuesday: Questions 8-10. 23-31. 2. from the least to the greatest. 29:11. 5:22. Rom." vol. 6:13. 2. With unutterable delight the children of earth enter into the joy and the wisdom of unfallen beings. Mark 10:27. 6:5-7. "Testimonies to Ministers. "Counsels to Teachers. 1 Chron.12. 12. Matt." "my word. Questions for Meditation 1. 1:18-20. 3:17. 1959 God's Omnipotence MEMORY VERSE: "Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling."— The Great Controversy. . and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy." Jude 24. In view of the sacredness of God's name. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. Jonah 1:17. 107:2-6. Deut4:37. pp. Gospel is power for salvation. 6. III. What is meant by having the Father's name written in our foreheads? Lesson TO.
NOTE. pages 411-416. . It is God's power continually exercised that keeps the earth in position in its rotation. but unless an infinite power is exercised day and night. by the power of God."— Patriarchs and Prophets. . 51:15. "The mighty power that works through all nature and sustains all things is not. 21:1. 1:6. but we are not to regard nature as God. 19:24-26. the sun must impart heat. "As men have beheld burning mountains pouring forth fire and flames. 6:13. The things Of nature are an expression of God's character and power. . 4. Matt. Isa. And these elements He uses for the happi ness of His creatures. Eph. THE LESSON Introduction "Nature testifies that One infinite in power . the stoutest heart has been filled with terror. 26:9... created the earth. an actuating energy. . page 109. God is a Spirit. 18:14. Who is the source of all power.—"There is life in the seed. What examples of God's power to destroy have been recorded in the Inspired Word? Gen."—Prophets and Kings. that every leaf appears. Every seed grows. 5:22. He alone can call forth.. 'The Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm. "It is by His power that vegetation is caused to flourish. overwhelming populous cities. God's Power In Dealing With Men 4. Will give victory to saints. NOTE.. Jer.' Nahum 1:3. How does nature demonstrate the continual exercise of God's power? Ps. What is the extent of God's power? Job 42:2. 3. All power behind the church." — Christ's Object Lessons (1941). 12.—The same God who created our world and maintains it. the seed will yield no returns. The hand of the Infinite One is perpetually at work guiding this planet. as some men of science represent. 2. drying up rivers. 1. yet He is a personal Be ing. and the clouds are the dust of His feet. The life which the Creator has implanted. The showers of rain 6. . 104:14. every flower blooms. and for how long will this be so? 1 Chron. Matt. and infidels and blasphemers have been constrained to acknowledge the in finite power of God. . . . often demonstrates His power through nature in order that men might think of Him. 28:18. .  . . and everywhere spreading ruin and desola tion. Phil. page 134. The everlasting hills tell us of His power. "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. Jude 24.. 3: 20. every plant develops. For what reason does God some times allow natural disasters? Isa. Ps. . Mark 10:27. page 63. 40:26. 14. God the Source of All Power must be sent to give moisture to the thirsty fields. . He rebuketh the sea. 62:11. 7:18-23." — The Ministry of Healing.13. and maketh it dry. "It is not by inherent power that year by year the earth yields its bounties and continues its march around the sun. 5. . . electricity must be conveyed to the buried seed. How did God prove to Abraham and Sarah that nothing is impossible with Him? Gen. and torrents of melted ore. . 29:11. merely an all-pervading principle. for so He has revealed Himself. 23. every fruit develops. 2. 6:5-7. there is power in the soil. and drieth up all the rivers.
set up with such pomp. 1:18-20. 12.. and Abednego. "Forgotten was the great golden image. men feared and trembled." 11. and together they walked in the midst of the fire.—"But the Lord did not forget His own. 8. NOTE. the Lord did not address Sarah directly until she had first spoken to Him. 1. Meshach. and where nature. 9. He asked Abraham whether anything could be too difficult for the Lord.. 13. enfeebled. In fact. through His dealings with men.. 25. Where human wisdom and strength fail. 4:37. Instead of speaking to Sarah.. p. As His witnesses were cast into the furnace. How fully does God's power enable us to be victorious in the Chris tian life? Eph.."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. 3:20.  . the Lord declared that He takes His stand with the oppressed. 1:16. and rebukes all earthly powers that rebel against the author ity of Heaven. God's Power to Save Men 10.. It is interesting to note that although this divine appearance was perhaps intended more for Sarah's benefit than for Abraham's. 2.. 2:1. Col.—The same great power that God has demonstrated through creation. He often permits circumstances to reach an impasse so that human impotence may stand forth in striking contrast to His omnipotence.—"The veil of anonymity was now thrown completely aside. The gospel "is the power of God unto salvation. the Saviour revealed Himself to them in person."—Proph ets and Kings> pages S08-S13. so in the closing period of earth's history the Lord will work mightily in behalf of those who stand steadfastly for the right. 107:2-6. In the presence of the living God. Compare Jonah 1:17. and through up holding the vast universe is turned toward saving men. 7. 1:12. and the speaker unmistakably identified Himself as the Lord. vol. It was primarily to correct Sarah's unbelief and to strengthen her faith that God spoke thus. 3:17. "By the deliverance of His faithful ser vants. 43. how did God demonstrate His mighty power? Deut. Jude 24.NOTE. 328. lacks ability to act. In what ways did God show the Babylonian king that His power is supreme? Dan. there God still has full sway and brings things to pass according to the counsels of His own divine will. In the experience of Israel. How adequate is God's power for every emergency? Ps. since he already knew and believed. What assurance have we of the triumph of God's power over Satan's? Luke 9:42. ATOAAIC EXPLOSIONS GIVE MAN A HINT OF GOO'S POWER. 1:6. In the presence of the Lord of heat and cold. "As in the days of Shadrach. 13. 2331. 28. 19-23. What does Paul declare the gos pel to be? Rom. . NOTE. the flames lost their power to consume. Phil. He who walked with the Hebrew worthies in the fiery furnace will be with His followers wherever they are. 10. What example of God's power shows how mightily He will work to save sinners? Eph. 6:16..
"The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. God's Glory Revealed to Men 4. He was now the risen Saviour. 28:18. Nature bears witness to His glory.'"—The Desire of Ages. 17. He had raised the dead to life. He is the King of glory. His words carried the minds of His hearers above earthly and temporal things to the heavenly and eternal. O ye gates. 627-643). 19:1-3.. Monday: Questions 4-7. True or false? Vegetation could grow without the exercise of divine power. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts. Now He declared that 'all power' was given to Him. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. 2. When we fail to obtain the victory over some besetting sin. .14. Check Here D D n Lesson Outline Introduction I. Ex. or His power to de stroy ? 3. for June 13. . 24:9. but His words. Which is more impressive to you— God's power to heal. II. "The Great Controversy. 1. Clothed with bound less authority. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Sabbath afternoon: General survey. 2. 3:2-6. 42:8. Ex.12. thrilled them with peculiar power. 19:16-18. power to quell all apposition. power over the elements of nature. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of May 28. Sunday: Questions 1-3. Questions for Meditation 1. 10. what is the real reason for failure? Lesson 11. STUDY HELPS: "Testimonies. NOTE. They were lifted to the highest conception of His dignity and glory. 8. How much of God's power and authority is promised to the church for its task of world evangelism? Matt. and teach all nations. He gave His commission to the disciples: 'Go ye therefore.—"He came and spoke to them say ing. Check Here n D D O Wednesday: Questions 11-13. pp. Friday: Read further from Study Helps. Ps. fall ing from lips that had been closed in death. 1959 God's Consuming Glory MEMORY VERSE: "Lift up your heads. Moses and the burning bush." on lesson texts. He had walked upon the white-crested bil lows. pp." vol. even lift them up. 6:3. Isa.' The disciples had worshiped Him before He spoke. 255-262.  . 5: 13. 'All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. God alone deserving of glory. He had stilled the angry waters. ye everlasting doors. Nature and Extent of God's Glory 3. 24:16. 5. review entire lesson. Many of them had seen Him exercise His power in healing the sick and controlling satanic agencies. page 819. Tuesday: Questions 8-10. Rev. Isa. and the King of glory shall come in. God's glory on Mount Sinai. They believed that He possessed power to set up His kingdom at Jerusalem. The redeemed give God glory for ever." pages 640-652 (1950 subscription ed.." Ps.
page 251. This glory is the outshining of His character. NOTE. Heb. 9. 24:7-10. it is impossible for any other being to share it. In what words will every crea ture in the universe finally ascribe praise to God for His glory? Rev. Ex. Too great for priests to endure."—Patri archs and Prophets. power. 2:10.—Because God's glory is inseparably connected with His character. NOTE. I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired His lovely person. hears a uni undisturbed by one Great Controversy. for a cloud of glorious light covered Him."—  . This description is designed to picture the great glory that attends His person. 24:27. 42:8. NOTE. and His Coming 10. 5:13. Christ the King of glory. God's Glory Revealed to Men 4. "The place where Moses stood was holy. p. 40:34. 15:8. and trunk. Of her own experience in vision. skill. benevolence—the things that constitute God's glory. Righteous will rejoice to see.35. 1 Kings 8:10. Ex. Ex. 12:29.—"Moses saw a bush in flames. yet seeming not to be consumed. Isa. Matt. 3. 4:24. not because it was an old sanctuary or sacred spot previously unknown as such to him. 7:1-3. page 54. 2 Chron.—"Glory. The Scriptures declare that "our God is a consuming fire. 7. Ellen G. Of what does all nature bear wit ness? Ps. 33:18-20. 6:1-4. He alone is the supreme manifestation of truth. 675. 19:1-3. How great is our God! Let mortal man bow low before Him in humility and awe. 3. How much greater is that revelation when the heavens are scrutinized through modern high-powered telescopes. looking state. and His works. 12. 50:3. A glimpse at the open sky with the naked eye is sufficient to impress upon the beholder a sense of the glory of God. 13."— The page 545."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. Isa. He said He had. and "the truth and the glory of God are inseparable. The Glory of Christ. Revelation. 3:2-6. Lev. Deut. 'If you should once behold the glory of His person. all burning. NOTE.'"—Early Writ ings. and on it sat the Father and the Son. 1:7-9. Effect on Moses. 11.6. Ps. 2." Heb. Isa. 12. 6:3. 8. Nature and Extent of God's Glory 1. 16:2. Ps. vol. I asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. How was God's glory revealed to Moses while he was tending his flocks? What was his reaction? Ex. 3. Wisdom. but I could not behold it. 11. foliage. White has written: "I saw a throne. The visions of Isaiah and John. page 597. branches. Luke 9:26. Glory to destroy wicked. in the forward to the eternal versal anthem of praise note of discord. Combined glory at Christ's coming. THE LESSON Introduction None can fully appreciate the greatness of God unless they understand something of His glory. Rev. 2 Thess. 1:2. God's glory in the sanctuary. as some commentators have thought. Isa. The Father's person I could not behold. His power. Who alone is worthy to receive glory? Isa. but because of the presence of God." — The Great Controversy. III. 25:9. for said He. 34:29-35. you would cease to exist.—"John. 5:14.
8. that were the earthly symbols of God's dwelling place. What conditions sometimes made it impossible for Moses and the priests to enter the tabernacle? Ex.. the high priest with trembling en tered God's presence. 35. p. 24:16. how great will be the glory that at tends Him? Ps. pp. one apartment was sacred to His presence. Luke 9:26. what effect did it have on both the mountain and the people? Ex. 'I exceedingly fear and quake. vol. 24:7-10. . and fell upon their faces before the Lord. and His Coming 10. "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. page 304. 11. Matt. On the -one day of the year appointed for ministry in the most holy place. and the glory of the gospel revealed through Christ. 9. 3. Even Moses exclaimed. How does Christ's glory com pare with the Father's? By what title was He addressed as He ascended to heaven? Heb.'"—Patriarchs and Prophets. . the more fully shall we be conformed to the divine image.—"In the sanctuary and the temple. 5. and as it were the body of heaven in His clearness. . 50:3. The Glory of Christ. while clouds of in cense veiled the glory from his sight."—Patriarchs and Prophets.The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commen tary.—"From the thick darkness flashed vivid lightnings. and the clearer our knowledge of His requirements. 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. 40:34. So terrible were the tokens of Jehovah's presence that the hosts of Israel shook with fear. 7:1-3. hence it was only natural for Moses to hide his face. It was the heavenly light streaming from Calvary. 16:2. ."— Testimonies. 1 Kings 8:10. vol. "The glory of the holy God no sinful man can bear. When Isaiah and John beheld in vision the glory of God in the heav enly sanctuary. Ps. " 'And they saw the God of Israel. 17. 19:16-18. 15:8. 8. It testifies that the closer our communion with God.  . what did they say con cerning its effects on the building? Isa. 24:27. and the more readily do we become partakers of the divine nature. . For above the mercy seat and the bowed. that shed such a radiance upon the face of Moses. 6. while peals of thunder echoed and re-echoed among the surround ing heights. NOTE. 1.—"By this brightness. . but they saw the glory of His presence. How great was God's glory in the most holy place of the earthly sanctu ary? Lev."— Ibid. worshiping angels dwelt the glory of the Holiest. The veil inwrought with cherubim at its entrance was not to be lifted by any hand save one. 11. When Christ returns to earth. Rev."—Ibid. 28S. page 330. exalted character of His law. 284. and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone. glory upon which no man might look and live. . When God manifested His glory on Mount Sinai. no less than the glory of the law of God.. 6:1-4. p. 510. 2 Chron. 312.' They did not behold the Deity. NOTE. 34:29-35. 5:14. 7. God designed to impress upon Israel the sacred. To lift that veil and intrude unbidden into the sacred mystery of the most holy place was death. NOTE.. 1:2.
"— Christ's Object Les sons (1941 ed. For all flesh is as grass. Now they rejoice in the undimmed rays of the brightness and glory of the King in His majesty. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. and of the holy angels. No wonder the same verse says that He shall "sit upon the throne of His glory" ! NOTE. NOTE.—God's glory is a terror to evil doers. "To His faithful followers Christ has been a daily companion and familiar friend.).—At Christ's resurrection a single angel appeared. What effect do you think it would have on our countenance if we should spend more time with God than we do? 3. page 287).They would welcome destruction. In them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ has been re flected. 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. 1:7-9. ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS CAN STAND CHRIST'S SLOKY. so the glory of God destroys the wicked without harming God's faithful followers. Yet this was sufficient to cause a great earthquake and make the usually brave Roman guards become "as dead men. 25:9. 1959 God's Holy Word MEMORY VERSE: "Being born again." Matt. NOTE. page 421. Which brings greater awe to you— the thought of the dazzling brilliance of God's person or the glory of His character? 2. which liveth and abideth forever. for June 20. and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. Upon them the glory of the Lord has risen.  . The grass withereth. 28:2-4. Questions for Meditation 1. but of incorruptible. page 18. 2:10. that they might be hidden from the face of Him who died to redeem them. but not to the righteous. As you think of all the glory that will attend the coming of Christ.)." Matthew 25:31 says that all the holy angels will come with Him. Think of the dazzling glory that will characterize Christ's second advent "when He shall come in His own glory. The glory of God would be to them a consuming fire. by the word of God. and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord eridureth for ever. Why will the glory which at tends Christ's return not strike fear to the hearts of the righteous? Isa. not of corruptible seed. are you fear ful or do you rejoice? Why? Lesson 12.—"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. and in His Father's. 12." 1 Peter 1:23-25. in constant communion with God. 13. 2 Thess. They have lived in close contact."—Steps to Christ (1956 ed. What effect will the glory of Chri st's coming have upon the wicked ? Isa.
" pages 315-320. 14. 9. they were to live 'by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. with what awe would we open God's word."— Testimonies. God's word will endure forever. II. 1 Peter 2:2. Like their Master. 5. Living nineteen centuries later. 393. 1 Peter 1:25.19."— The Desire 0} Ages. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of June 4. 107: 20. New birth by the word. 22:18. But we should remember that "the Bible is God's voice speaking to us. If we realized this. the Word. 33:6. Jer. 1:1-3. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: Sunday: Questions Monday: Questions Tuesday: Questions General survey. The Power of God's Spoken Word 1. How did God create the worlds? Ps. 148:5. just as surely as though we could hear it with our ears. the Scrip tures. 33:6.Q Friday: Redd further from Study Helps. . 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. Ps. it describes the written word. 119:9. Universe maintained by the word. • 12. The Power of God's Spoken Word 1. D Check Here Wednesday: Questions 11-13. God's word like fire and hammer. "The Saviour desired to fix the faith of His followers on the word. Spiritual growth through the word. When His visible presence should be withdrawn. 11. Eph. ' ' D 8-10. John 15:3. Eternal and Unchanging Nature of God's Word . 5:25-27. 1 Peter 1:23. Ps. 124-134. Eph. 8:8. went. Holy Spirit accompanies the word. 10. "The Desire of Ages. Healing through the word. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. III.9.. Abiding in Christ through the word. Ps. the word must be their source of power. 7. THE LESSON Introduction The term "word of God" is threefold in meaning: It indicates God's spoken word. 9.STUDY HELPS: "Christ's Object Lessons. review entire lesson.. Rev. Sin in the life conquered through the word. Warning to those who would at tempt to change the word. 4:4. 2." on lesson texts. D Thursday: Read from Study Helps. The worlds created by the word. Spiritual Blessings Through the Written Word ' 7. . 6:17. John 6:63. 1:1-3. 13.' John 3:3. Eternal life through the word. and it refers to the Son of God. 11.' Matt. Wherever Jesus. D 5-7. 6. Matt.  . the peo ple were blessed. Heb. 2 Peter 3:5-7. Mark 13:31. both in heaven before the incarnation and after His birth as the Son of man. 8. vol. page 390. 148:5. See John 1: 1-3. • 2. 3. 5:24. p. 23:29. By what-power are the worlds held in their orbits? Heb. 4.Q Lesson Outline Introduction I. D 1-4. Judgments on wicked by the word." pages 103-114. John 15:4. James 1:18. we perhaps sometimes feel that the disciples and others had spiritual opportun ities that are not now available to us. 6.
Through what illustrations does God indicate the power that His word possesses? Jer." — The Ministry of Healing.  . The word describes the blessed man as one meditating day and night upon the truths of God's word..—"All who study the word are rep resented as eating the word. 1 Peter 1:23."— Counsels on Sabbath School Work."—Education. he shall know of the . NOTE.' Hebrews 11: 3. page 122. and it stood fast. Eph. . Through what means was the earth destroyed by the Flood.V.126.teaching. Following the new birth. 'He spake. God was not indebted to pre-existing matter. Every command is a promise. pages 414. 23:29. .. How important is the new birth. the earth and all things there in. NOTE. John 15:3. and practiced. 119:9. What science can ex plain the mystery of life ? " 'Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. Study the word. as He had spoken to all the prophets and teachers of the Old Testament. R. . and re-creates the soul in the image of God. Spiritual Blessings Through the Written Word 8. Matt. but if we desire to know and to do His will.NOTE. and what future event is to take place by. every man may be delivered from the snares of error and the control.' John 8:32. 7:17. to keep the soul in health. The neg lect of the word means starvation to the soul. what must take place in the life of a be liever? What is the agent for growth? 1 Peter 2:2. What effect -will . and practice the word. His promises are ours: 'Ye shall know the truth.God's word have on sin in the life? Ps. feeding on Christ. 5. so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. What examples are given of the healing power of God's word? Ps. 8:8. and it was. it begets life.' 'If any man willeth to do His will. He commanded. NOTE..—the power of the word.—"The work of creation cannot be explained by science. accepted by the will. This word imparts power. James 1:18. He spoke the word of God. 6.—"It was by His word that Jesus healed disease and cast out demons. and the people bore witness that His word was with power.the earth."— The Ministry of Healing."— The Desire of Ages. Through faith in these promises. "In the creation of . The whole Bible is a manifestation of Christ. . and through what agency does God accomplish this work? John 3:3. 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.. The heavens and all the host of them. came into existence by the breath of His mouth. so the word of God must be daily studied—eaten. page.that called the worlds into existence is in the word of God.of sin. 44.' Psalm 33:9. ma terial or spiritual. and digested. it brings with it the life of the Infinite One. and the truth i shall make you free. 415. 3. The relation of the word to the believer is a vital matter.—"The creative energy. 5:25-27. All things. pages 43.. We all are to feast upon the word of God. 11. page 258.. received into the soul. 4. the same power? 2 Peter 3:5-7. God does not control our minds without our consent. It trans forms the nature. 7. for it is your life. stood up before the Lord Jehovah at His voice and were created for His own purpose. 107:20.—"The means by which we can overcome the wicked one is that by which Christ overcame. Even as the bodily necessities must be supplied daily. NOTE. This sustains the nourish ment. by His word He stilled the sea and raised the dead.
This is the same vital union that is represented by eating His flesh and drinking His blood. In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power. White.ANO ETERNAL LIFE COME THROUGH THE WORD Of GOO. and forever. HEALINS.reception of the word. What relation does the word of God bear to the Holy Spirit? Eph.: page 677. As the blood is formed in the body by the food eaten."— Testimonies to Ministers. How long will God's word en dure? Mark 13:31. is declared to be the reception of Christ Himself. today." Matt. NOTE. The words of Christ are spirit and life. Re ceiving them. . The Lord has said that His word is to be studied and obeyed. page 520.—"The word of God is the seed. I hot escape the• seven last plagues?"'  . why will."'— The'.the mouth of God. in order to allow . so Christ is formed within by the eating of the word of God. He who feeds upon that word has Christ formed within. 5:24."—rEllen G. . NOTE. Since the Holy Spirit is received through the word. 81. Nov. 1 Peter 1:25. Eternal and Unchanging Nature of God's Word 12. page 38. 1897. NEW BIRTH."— Christ's Object Lessons. 19. As the word of God is received into the soul.my sins.. NOTE. "CREATION. 9. 11. What effect may our words have on the health and well-being of others? 2. the hope of glory. '. What close relationship did Christ say He and His followers should bear one to another? How is this to be accomplished? John 15:4.. the very life of God.for . the bread fr6m heaven. What supreme gift conies through the words of Christ? John 6:63. You live 'by every word that proceedeth out of. When I misinterpret the plain mean ing of: Scripture."— The Desire of Ages. Review and Herald.—"It is through the word that Christ abides in His followers.NOTE. 22:18. 7. you receive the life of the Vine. by which the command may be ful filled and the promise realized.the Apostles. So there is life in God's word.. pages 80.Acts 'oj Questions for Meditation 1. it is to be brought into the practical life. 6:17. In it the life of the plant is enfolded.What warning is given to those who attempt to alter God's word in any way? Rev.. What is the best way of making sure that the latter rain does not pass us by ? 3. "The . which is His flesh and blood.—"±he word of God—the truthis the'channel th'rough which the Lord mani fests "His Spirit "and power'. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God. that word is as inflexible as the character of God—the same yester day. we partake of the flesh and blood of the Son of God.—"That word which reveals the guilt of sin has a power upon the human heart to make man right and keep him so. it is ap parent that the latter rain will fall on those who are being faithful in studying the Bible. 23. 13. 10. 4:4. Every seed has in itself a germinating prin ciple.
God's Relation to Man III. 14." on lesson texts. 154-156). 198-211. 1 Cor. 8:32. 58:11. (1943 ed. Matt. 4:6. 7. 9:6. •Ps. 295-297. like our Father. 10:29-31. 84:11. This makes Christians sons and daughters of God." pages 151-154. 3. . 15. "The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. Friday: Read further from Study Helps.lesson 13. 25: 34.. 3:6. He remembereth that we are dust. 139:3. 43:2. We are taught to call God "Father. God and the Redeemed • 13. It is inspiring to learn of His power. Eph. 9. Title of spiritual Father reserved for God and Christ. Lesson Help in "Review and Herald" of June 11. The Father's Watchcare Over His Children 1. 2. 5. Matt. 6:8. Prov. He will direct us if we are willing. pp. Ps. i. 55:7. Hdsea 14:4. 12. 5:48. 22:4. 12:6-11. "The Ministry of Healing. John 17:23. pp. 6:9. He knows every . 4: 13. THE LESSON Introduction No study of God would be complete with out gaining an understanding of Him in the role of Father. "Christ's Ob'ject Lessons. He provides for us. We are to be perfect. He freely forgives those who repent." pages 470472. For He knoweth our frame. 2. DAILY STUDY ASSIGNMENT AND RECORD Check Here Sabbath afternoon: General survey. 6. for June 27. Sunday: Questions 1-3. 34:10. 11. God cares for us. 6. 7:11. 8.detail of our lives. He will help us conquer temptation. He disciplines those whom He loves. Monday: Questions 4-7. so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. 1959 God's Wonderful Fatherhood MEMORY VERSE: "Like as a father pitieth his children. it is uplifting to study His character.. "Education. 14." Matt. II. 10. Rev. Equal to His love for Christ. review entire lesson. Matt. 10:13. Matt. Rewards in the kingdom.' STUDY HELPS: "Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing" 1956 ed. 6:8. 3:19." Ps. He shares our difficulties. Ps. Rev. 1 Peter 5:7. Ps. 2:7. . Matt. 1 Cor. but no picture of God carries with it quite the emotional ap peal and encouragement that does His  . Check Here Q Q Q Lesson Outline Introduction I. 68:5. 13. 2 Peter 2:9. Rom. Isa. Thursday: Read from Study Helps. 3:21. D D fj D Wednesday: Questions 12-15. Tuesday: Questions 8-11. Heb. 23:9.48:14. 25-30." pages 139-149. 8:5. 1 John 3:1. 1 Peter 4:12. Matt. Heb. IV. Redeemed to see the Father's face.Isa. 49:15. Luke 15: 20-24. Rev. 103-106. it is challenging to discover how infinite is His wisdom. The Father's Love for Man 4. 103:13. Isa. .
6:9. The Father's Love for Man 4. deeper. 23:9. That we might not /think it presumption to call Him by this name."— The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. Spoken when asking His favor or blessing. and He alone has the right to rule over them.." what relationship do we sustain to Him? 1 John 3:1..—"Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it manifest. 5. He has repeated it again and again. He invites us to'trust in Him with a trust deeper and stronger than that of a child in his earthly father. Why are we asked to reserve the title of Father. 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. God's Relation to Man 1. How'great is God's love for man kind? John 17:23.6. * *" I 'NOTE. NOTE. and hope. to God and Christ alone? Isa. 9:6. 142.Matt. the world still is in great need of understanding God as Father. OUR ELDER BROTHER MAKES US • ACCEPTABLE TO THE FATHER. and by virtue of this act He has power and authority over everything on the -earth. it is as music in His ears. Christians should know that there is only one 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.to all who have wandered away from the Father's house."— Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed.-6. 1 Cor. Nothing less than the infinite sacrifice made by Christ in behalf of fallen man could express the Father's love to. as Deity. but the love of Go'd is larger. It is immeasurable." — Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed. By what affectionate title did Jesus teach His followers to address God? Matt. and a pledge of His re gard and relationship to us."^Steps' to Christ (1956 • ed. 3. sons and daughters of' the heavenly King. page 14. Parents love their children. As in past ages.—"In order to strengthen our con fidence in God. i ' . How different his conception of him U5] .' . 4:6. NOTE. 2. Christ teaches us to address Him by a new name. Luke 15:20-24.). page 192. ( He desire's us to become familiar with the appellation. com fort in the hour of sorrow. He gives us the privilege of calling the in finite God our Father. Eph. He has redeemed us out of the careless world and has chosen us to become members of the royal family.).2."— Testimonies to Ministers. NOTE. One God created all things. is a sign of our love and trust toward Him. than human love can pos sibly be. "Christ's most favorite theme was the paternal character and abundant love of God. page 142. Hosea 14:4.—"In his restless youth the prodi gal looked upon his father as stern and severe. This name. pages 141. 8:5. pp. 720. 721.—"Whatever the heathen might do or think. vol.—"God regards us as His children.Fatherhood. 55:7. broader. This concept will bring peace to the heart. NOTE. spoken to Him and of Him.lost humanity.). a name entwined with the dearest associations of the human heart. -.
rightly directed. regards the treatment that is given to father."— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed. 58:11. 6:8. 8. 48:14.).how! So those who are deceived by Satan look upon God as hard and exacting. How may we be certain that our Father will supply all our 'physical and spiritual necessities? Ps. He does not appear as a tyrannical. you acknowledge yourselves His children. makes it your privilege to approach Him by the name of Father. but as a father longing to embrace his repenting son. What standard of character is presented for God's children to reach? Matt. Matt. God dwells in every abode. What part is the Father willing to play in the life plans of His chil dren? Ps. God and the Redeemed. 49:15. relentless being. NOTE. 12. might be used in the advancement of His work. NOTE. He cares for our necessities. to be guided by His wisdom and to be obedient in all things. He hears every1 word that is spoken. 5:48. The Father's Watchcare Over His Children 7.—"But if you call God your Father. 9. 12:6-11. 3:19. 10:13. 43:2. But he whose eyes have been opened by the love of Christ will behold God as full of compassion. said Jesus. Why should the true Christian not lose heart even in the midst of discouraging situations? Ps. . sister. 34:10. 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. Rom. ' 10. His law they regard as a re striction upon men's happiness.—"Trials and obstacles are the Lord's chosen methods of discipline and His appointed conditions of success. Rev. 8:32. page 105. How many of the details of our lives are known to our heavenly Father? Ps. 13. page 204. mother. Heb. NOTE. listens to every prayer that is offered. 7:11. 10:29-31. He who reads the hearts of men knows their characters better than they themselves know them. 3:6. friend."— Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing (1956 ed. He gives them opportunity to correct these de fects and to fit themselves for His service. 1 Peter 5:7. a burden some yoke from which they are glad to es cape. 6:8. 68:5. 25-30. Often He permits the fires of affliction to assail them that they may be purified. • s  . He sees that some have powers and susceptibilities which. You will accept His plan for your life.). 84:11. page 10S. . .—"The infinite God."— Christ's Object Lessons (1941 ed."— The Ministry of Healing. Why may we with confidence cast our care upon God? Matt. 1 Peter 4: 12. knowing that His love is changeless.). Prov. Matt. 2 Peter 2:9. 11. 4:13. page 471. as unwilling to receive the sinner so long as there is a legal excuse for not helping him. What evidence of the Father's Jove do His earthly children sometimes misunderstand? What is God's pur'pose in this discipline? Heb. What provision has God made to help His children meet temptation successfully? 1 Cor.. 139:3. and neigh bor. 13. 6. Isa. They regard Him as watching to denounce and condemn. and His love and mercy and grace are continually flowing to satisfy our need. . tastes the sorrows and disappointments of every soul.
Matt. Rom.—"To those who receive Him He gives power to become the sons of God. 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.' Revelation 22: 4 .  . Ques. Matt. 13. page 421. 8:35-39. will at last 'see His face. John 10:29. to dwell with Him throughout eternity. If God is truly my Father. Ques. John 4:23. John 4:8-10. John 14:6-9. If (' during this life they are loyal to God. that at last God may receive them as His. 3. 16. 1:12-14. 4:6. . 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. 13.ZI. 8:32. do I feel that God still loves me ? Am I tempted to feel resentful? NOTE. 95-3-i7-7.I. 10. 9. Ques. The texts to be studied are : Ques.And what is the happiness of heaven but to see God? What greater joy could come . When I pass through the discipline of trial. 18:4. than to look upon the face of God and know Him as Father ? "— The Ministry of Healing. The subject of the quarter's lessons is "Great Themes of the New Testament. Ques. Ques.14. John 1:12. 4:16. Ques. where most of the stories recorded in the Bible took • place. 12. What exalted privilege will bring supreme joy to the redeemed? 5 Rev. Ques."6:9. The other project this quarter is the strengthening of our medical and welfare work in the Republic of Sudan in Central Africa. Matt. 2. or will they be repelled ? 2. Do I? 3. 5:14. 22:4. I John 3:1. 1. I should possess His wonderful traits of character." The Memory Verse is 1 John 3 : 1 . Ques. Will my children be attracted to their heavenly Father as a result of knowing me.ev. Questions for Meditation 1. n. Heb. 12:5-12. Ques. Col. 8:14. Rom. 4. 5:5. L. Ques. 10:29-31. Heb. 2 Cor." The title of the first lesson is "The Eternal Fatherhood of God. they THIRTEENTH SABBATH OFFERING June 27. and His name shall be in their foreheads. 5. Gal. 11. Ques. Ques. 6.D. 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. What wonderful invitation will Christ extend to the redeemed? What privileges will be granted them? Matt. 11:27. Rom. 15. 2. 8. V91 ^. 1959 This quarter the overflow of the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering goes to the Middle East Division. l?<vtr «. Rom.
000.000 26 7 .000 SS Mt NILE IRAN MISSION 36.154 252 UNIONS .000 19.600.V* \AUUAN'' -"""--» MIDDLE EAST DIVISION CH MEM EAST MEDITERRANEAN 782 236 ' 1. POPULATION UMittta CHURCHES 17 1.
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