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2015 – Qt 4

This Week’s Lesson – 12/19/15 – 12/25/15

This week’s Lesson – Lessons from Jeremiah

“ ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth’ ” (Jer. 23:5, NKJV).

“Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear. . . . There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest.” 1

“Despondency may shake the most heroic faith and weaken the most steadfast will. But God understands, and He still pities and loves. He reads the motives and the purposes of the heart. To wait patiently, to trust when everything looks dark, is the lesson that the leaders in God’s work need to learn.” 2

1. White, Steps to Christ, p. 100.
2. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 174.

This Week’s Lesson – 12/12/15 – 12/18/15

This week’s Lesson – Back to Egypt

“ ‘May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us’ ” (Jer. 42:5, NIV).

“Had this counsel been heeded through the centuries that followed, how different would have been Israel’s history! Only as a reverence for God’s Holy Word was cherished in the hearts of the people, could they hope to fulfill the divine purpose. It was regard for the law of God that gave Israel strength during the reign of David and the earlier years of Solomon’s rule; it was through faith in the living word that reformation was wrought in the days of Elijah and of Josiah. And it was to these same Scriptures of truth, Israel’s richest heritage, that Jeremiah appealed in his efforts toward reform. Wherever he ministered he met the people with the earnest plea, ‘Hear ye the words of this covenant,’ words which would bring them a full understanding of God’s purpose to extend to all nations a knowledge of saving truth. Jeremiah 11:2.”
“Amid the ruin wrought, Jeremiah could still declare, ‘It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed;’ and his constant prayer was, ‘Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.’ Lamentations 3:22, 40.”
1. Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, pp. 465, 466.
2. Ibid., p. 461.

This Week’s Lesson – 12/05/15 – 12/11/15

This week’s Lesson – The Covenant

“ ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah’ ” (Jer. 31:31, NIV).

“The [Israelites] did not realize the sinfulness of their own hearts, and that without Christ it was impossible for them to keep God’s law; and they readily entered into covenant with God. Feeling that they were able to establish their own righteousness, they declared, ‘ All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.’

“The terms of the ‘old covenant’ were, Obey and live: ‘If a man do, he shall even live in them’ (Ezekiel 20:11; Leviticus 18:5); but ‘cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them.’ Deuteronomy 27:26. The ‘new covenant’ was established upon ‘better promises’—the promise of forgiveness of sins and of the grace of God to renew the heart and bring it into harmony with the principles of God’s law. ‘This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts. . . . I will forgive their iniquity, and will remember their sin no more.’ Jeremiah 31:33, 34.
“The same law that was engraved upon the tables of stone is written by the Holy Spirit upon the tables of the heart. Instead of going about to establish our own righteousness we accept the righteousness of Christ. His blood atones for our sins. His obedience is accepted for us. Then the heart renewed by the Holy Spirit will bring forth the ‘fruits of the Spirit.’ Through the grace of Christ we shall live in obedience to the law of God written upon our hearts.” 1
“What you need to understand is the true force of the will. . . . Everything depends on the right action of the will. . . . You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. . . . Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.”2

1. Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 371, 372; italics in the original.
2. White, Steps to Christ, p. 47; italics in the original.

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”

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