This week’s Lesson – Conflict and Crisis: The Judges

“And Hannah prayed and said: ‘My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation’ ” (1 Sam. 2:1, NKJV).
“From the very first communication of God with them at Sinai, they had been warned against idolatry. Immediately after proclamation of the law, the message was sent them by Moses, concerning the nations of Canaan: ‘Thou shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works; but thou shall utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. And you shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee’ (Exodus 23:24, 25). The assurance was given so that so long as they remained obedient, God would subdue their enemies before them.”
–Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 543.
“Like Israel, Christians too often yield to the influence of the world and conform to its principles and customs, in order to secure the friendship of the ungodly; but in the end it will be found that these professed friends are the most dangerous of foes. The Bible plainly teaches that there can be no harmony between the people of God and the world. ‘Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.’ 1 John 3:13. Our Savior says, ‘Ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.’ John 15:18. Satan works through the ungodly, under cover of a pretended friendship, to allure God’s people into sin, that he may separate them from Him; and when their defense is removed, then he will lead his agents to turn against them and seek to accomplish their destruction.”
–Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 559.