Wayne SDA Collegiate Sabbath School Class

…continuing the conversation…


November 2015

This week’s Lesson – 11/28/15 – 12/04/15

This week’s Lesson – The Destruction of Jerusalem

“ ‘Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper’ ” (Jer. 29:7, NIV).

“God had pleaded with Judah not to provoke Him to anger, but they had harkened not. Finally sentence was pronounced against them. They were to be led away captive to Babylon. The Chaldeans were to be used as the instrument by which God would chastise His disobedient people. The sufferings of the men of Judah were to be in proportion to the light they had had and to the warnings they had despised and rejected. Long had God delayed His judgments, but now He would visit His displeasure upon them as a last effort to check them in their evil course.”

“Thus prophecies of oncoming judgment were mingled with promises of final and glorious deliverance. Those who should choose to make their peace with God and live holy lives amid the prevailing apostasy would receive strength for every trial and be enabled to witness for Him with mighty power. And in the ages to come the deliverance wrought in their behalf would exceed in fame that wrought for the children of Israel at the time of the Exodus.”

Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 425, 427.

This week’s lesson – 11/21/15 – 11/27/15

This week’s lesson – Jeremiah’s Yoke

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

“From the first, Jeremiah had followed a consistent course in counseling submission to the Babylonians. This counsel was given not only to Judah, but to many of the surrounding nations. In the earlier portion of Zedekiah’s reign, ambassadors from the rulers of Edom, Moab, Tyre, and other nations visited the king of Judah to learn whether in his judgment the time was opportune for a united revolt and whether he would join them in battling against the king of Babylon. Continue reading “This week’s lesson – 11/21/15 – 11/27/15”

This week’s lesson – 11/14/15 – 11/20/15

This week’s lesson – Josiah’s Reforms

“Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him” (2 Kings 23:25, NKJV).

As the lesson stated, the depth of corruption that had befallen Israel can be seen in the kind of reforms that Josiah had to undertake. How, though, could the nation have fallen so far? In one sense, the answer is easy: it’s because humanity has fallen so far. Just how far humanity has degraded was revealed in a famous experiment conducted at Yale University in the 1960s. Continue reading “This week’s lesson – 11/14/15 – 11/20/15”

A thought about this week’s lesson (11/7/15 – 11/13/15 – The Crisis Continues)

If you read nothing else of this week’s lesson, please read this passage: Jeremiah 10:1-15.  It is a powerful passage and it covers a lot of ground.  It warns us not to follow the world’s ways, not to be frightened by their gods.Jer10.12-13  It really is just simply asking us to remember that our God is the Creator of the universe and our protector.  It is asking us not to live in fear but to trust Him fully with every aspect of our lives. Continue reading “A thought about this week’s lesson (11/7/15 – 11/13/15 – The Crisis Continues)”

This week’s lesson – 11/7/15 – 11/13/15

This week’s lesson – The Crisis Continues

“ ‘But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord” (Jer. 9:24, NKJV).

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us (1 John 3:16). No doubt we can look around in nature, in human relationships, and in the marvels of the creation itself and get a view of God’s love, however much sin has damaged that creation as well as our ability to appreciate or even read it correctly. But at the cross, veils were torn off, and the world was given the starkest and sharpest revelation possible of that love-a love so great that it led to what Ellen G. White called the sundering of the divine powers.The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 924. Continue reading “This week’s lesson – 11/7/15 – 11/13/15”

This week’s lesson – 10/31/15 – 11/6/15

This week’s lesson – Symbolic Acts

“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” (Rom. 9:21).

The image of the potter and the clay, especially as seen in Romans 9:1-33, brings up the important question of how we seek to understand God’s actions. The fact is, of course, we often don’t. That shouldn’t be surprising, should it? Read Isaiah 55:8. As human beings, we simply are very limited in what we can know about anything, much less about all the ways of God. Continue reading “This week’s lesson – 10/31/15 – 11/6/15”

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