Sabbath school lesson 7, through a glass, darkly

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Sabbath school lesson 7, through a glass, darkly

  1. 1. Lesson 7 for February 16, 2013
  2. 2. “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12)The psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows Hishandiwork” (Psalm 19:1). We can find proof of the existence of a Creator in us and in thenature around us; a Creator who perfectly designed this world.Nevertheless, when we seeing the predators, the natural disasters that kill thousands in asecond, etc… many people doubt whether that Creator exists or is a kind Creator.The truth is that we can only see the reality “darkly”. If we want to fully understand therelationship between God and His creation and how nature reveals Him, we must firstunderstand some concepts. 1. God’s sovereignty. 2. The threefold curse of Earth. 3. Satan’s work. 4. The limitations of human wisdom. 5. The limitations of the general revelation in contrast to the special one.
  3. 3. “The earth is the Lord’s, andall its fullness, the world andthose who dwell therein. ForHe has founded it upon theseas, and established it uponthe waters” (Psalm 24:1-2) The Bible states that God created everything we know. So God is owner and sovereign of everything. Satan claims that he is the owner of this world, but God still is the absolute sovereign. Nevertheless, He loves us and decided to pay a ransom for us. He then became our sovereign in two ways, as Creator and as Redeemer. “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine”
  4. 4. FIRST CURSE, THORNS AND THISTLES • “Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.”” (Genesis 3:17-18) SECOND CURSE, THE EARTH LOST ITS STRENGTH • “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth” (Genesis 4:11-12) THIRD CURSE, THE FLOOD • “And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done”” (Genesis 8:21)“When the faithful dead shall be resurrected, and the king of glory shall open before them the gates ofthe city of God, and the nations who have kept the truth enter in, what beauty and glory will meet theastonished sight of those who have seen no greater beauties in the earth than that which they beheld indecaying nature after the threefold curse was upon the earth” (E.G.W., Spiritual Gifts, vol.3, p.88)
  5. 5. “Then I heard a loud voice saying inheaven, “Now salvation, andstrength, and the kingdom of ourGod, and the power of His Christ havecome, for the accuser of ourbrethren, who accused them before ourGod day and night, has been cast down.And they overcame him by the blood ofthe Lamb and by the word of theirtestimony, and they did not love theirlives to the death. Therefore rejoice, Oheavens, and you who dwell in them! Woeto the inhabitants of the earth and thesea! For the devil has come down toyou, having great wrath, because heknows that he has a short time.”” (Revelation12:10-12)
  6. 6. “Satan, with all his masterly power, has interposed himself between man andthe law of God, that through falsehood and sophistry he may inspire men withthe same rebellion against God and his law as actuates himself. Those whom hecan not deceive, he hates. He misinterprets their words and actions, and causesthe world to persecute and destroy, in order that earth may hold no soul who isnot in league with the prince of this world and the ruler of its darkness.History testifies to the factthat no man can serve Godwithout coming in conflictwith the united forces of evil.The conflict between thebeliever and his foes may bepainful and protracted, andat times the soulmay, through manifoldtemptations, yield to thepower of the evil one; butGod will not give his servantup to be the prey of thedestroyer as long as he criesunto him” E.G.W. (The Signs of the Times, November 14, 1895)
  7. 7. “The wise men are ashamed, they As humans, we have gained anare dismayed and taken. incredible amount of knowledge andBehold, they have rejected the information, especially in the last twoword of the Lord; so what wisdom hundred years. Knowledge anddo they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9) information, however, are not necessarily the same thing as wisdom. We have also gained a much greater understanding of the natural world than our forefathers ever had. A greater understanding, however, isn’t the sameWe may only understand the thing as wisdom either.world around us when we see it “For the Lord gives wisdom; from Hisfrom the divine perspective. mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path. When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul” (Proverbs 2:6-10)
  8. 8. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2)For the believer, the Creation surely speaks of God’s care. Nevertheless, although thetestimony of Creation is strong, its revelation is incomplete because of the result of sin andthe curse after the fall.That’s the reason why God uses a special revelation through prophets, dreams and visionsin addition to that general revelation. He specially revealed Himself through JesusChrist, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9)
  9. 9. “Creation speaks to us of the skill and power of God. In Hisgoodness God has placed on the earth beautiful flowers andtrees, wonderfully adapted to the countries and the climate inwhich they grow. And, though sin has marred the form andbeauty of the things of nature, though on them there may beseen traces of the work of the prince of the power of the air, yetthey still speak of God, and still reveal some of the beauty ofEden.In the heavens above, in the earth, in the broad waters of theocean, we see the handiwork of God. All creation testifies of Hispower, His wisdom, His love. Yet not from the stars, or theocean, or the cataract can we learn of the personality of God.This Christ came to reveal…Christ came to reveal to a fallen race the loveof God. He, the Light of the world, veiled thedazzling splendor of the brightness of Hisdivinity, and came to live on this earth as aman among men, that they might, withoutbeing consumed, become acquainted with theirCreator. No man has seen God at anytime, except as He is revealed through Christ” E.G.W. (The upward look, November 16)

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