VERSE:“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that
formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in
vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and
there is none else.” Isaiah 45:18.
HELP: Desire of Ages, 281–289.
purpose and plan of grace existed from all eternity. Before the foundation of
the world it was according to the determinate counsel of God that man should be
created, endowed with power to do the divine will. But the defection of man,
with all its consequences, was not hidden from the Omnipotent, and yet it did
not deter Him from carrying out His eternal purpose; for the Lord would
establish His throne in righteousness. God knows the end from the beginning;
‘known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.’ Therefore
redemption was not an afterthought—a plan formulated after the fall of Adam—but
an eternal purpose to be wrought out for the blessing not only of this atom of
a world but for the good of all the worlds which God has created. The creation of the worlds, the mystery of the gospel, are for
one purpose, to make manifest to all created intelligences, through nature and
through Christ, the glories of the divine character.” Signs of the Times, April 25, 1892.
Angel in the Midst of Heaven”
What message is to be proclaimed to the entire world just before the coming of
Jesus? Revelation 14:6, 7.
“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. And wherever, in the Bible, His
claim to reverence and worship, above the gods of the heathen, is presented,
there is cited the evidence of His creative power. ‘All the gods of the nations
are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.’ Psalm 96:5. ‘To whom then will ye
liken Me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and
behold who hath created these things.’ ‘Thus saith
the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made
it: . . I am the Lord; and there is none else.’ Isaiah
40:25, 26; 45:18. Says the psalmist: ‘Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He
that hath made us, and not we ourselves.’ ‘O come, let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.’ Psalms 100:3; 95:6. And the holy
beings who worship God in heaven state, as the reason why their homage is due
to Him: ‘Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour
and power: for Thou hast created all things.’ Revelation 4:11. In Revelation
14, men are called upon to worship the Creator; and the prophecy brings to view
a class that, as the result of the threefold message, are
keeping the commandments of God. One of these commandments points directly to
God as the Creator.” Great
Controversy, 436, 437.
In what way did the Lord call upon mankind to worship “Him that made heaven and
earth”? Exodus 20:8–11.
“The Lord says, ‘If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy
pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a
delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; . . . then
shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord.’ Isaiah 58: 13, 14. To all who receive the Sabbath as a sign
of Christ’s creative and redeeming power, it will be a delight. Seeing Christ
in it, they delight themselves in Him. The Sabbath points them to the works of
creation as an evidence of His mighty power in redemption. While it calls to
mind the lost peace of Eden, it tells of peace
restored through the Saviour. And every object in
nature repeats His invitation, ‘Come unto Me, all ye
that labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you
rest.’ Matthew 11:28.” Desire
of Ages, 289.
am the Lord that doth Sanctify You”
What sign has God given of His sanctifying power in the life of the Christian?
Ezekiel 20:12; Exodus 31:13.
‘“Wherefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.’ These words are full
of instruction and comfort. Because the Sabbath was made for man, it is the Lord’s day. It belongs to Christ. For ‘all things were made
by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.’ John 1:3. Since
He made all things, He made the Sabbath. By Him it was set apart as a memorial
of the work of creation. It points to Him as both the Creator and the
Sanctifier. It declares that He who created all things
in heaven and in earth, and by whom all things hold together, is the head of
the church, and that by His power we are reconciled to God. For, speaking of Israel, He said, ‘I gave them
My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that
they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them,’—make them holy. Ezekiel
20:12. Then the Sabbath is a sign of Christ’s power to make us holy. And it is
given to all whom Christ makes holy. As a sign of His sanctifying power, the
Sabbath is given to all who through Christ become a part of the Israel of God.”
Desire of Ages,
What precious promises are offered to those who honour
God by keeping the Sabbath holy? Isaiah 58:13, 14.
“All who love God should do what they can to make the Sabbath a delight, holy
and honourable. They cannot do this by seeking their
own pleasure in sinful, forbidden amusements. Yet they can do much to exalt the
Sabbath in their families and make it the most interesting day of the week. We
should devote time to interesting our children. A change will have a happy
influence upon them. We can walk out with them in the open air; we can sit with
them in the groves and in the bright sunshine, and give their restless minds
something to feed upon by conversing with them upon the works of God, and can
inspire them with love and reverence by calling their attention to the
beautiful objects in nature. The Sabbath should be made so interesting to our
families that its weekly return will be hailed with joy. In no better way can
parents exalt and honour the Sabbath than by devising
means to impart proper instruction to their families and interesting them in
spiritual things, giving them correct views of the character of God and what He
requires of us in order to perfect Christian characters and attain to eternal
life. Parents, make the Sabbath a delight, that your
children may look forward to it and have a welcome in their hearts for it.” Testimonies,vol. 2, 584, 585.
What fundamental aspect of God’s character is revealed to us? 1 John 4:16.
‘“God is love.’ 1 John 4: 16. His nature, His law, is love. It ever has been;
it ever will be. ‘The high and lofty One that inhabiteth
eternity,’ whose ‘ways are everlasting,’ changeth
not. With Him ‘is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.’ Isaiah 57:15;
Habakkuk 3:6; James 1:17. Every manifestation of creative power is an
expression of infinite love. The sovereignty of God involves fullness of
blessing to all created beings . . . The history of the great conflict between
good and evil, from the time it first began in heaven to the final overthrow of
rebellion and the total eradication of sin, is also a demonstration of God’s
unchanging love.” Patriarchs
and Prophets, 33.
What other aspect of God is revealed in creation? 1 John 1:5.
“In the manifestation of God to His people, light had ever been a symbol of His
presence. At the creative word in the beginning, light had shone out of
darkness. Light had been enshrouded in the pillar of cloud by day and the
pillar of fire by night, leading the vast armies of Israel. Light blazed with
awful grandeur about the Lord on Mount Sinai. Light rested over the
mercy seat in the tabernacle. Light filled the temple of Solomon at its dedication.
Light shone on the hills of Bethlehem when the angels brought
the message of redemption to the watching shepherds. God is light; and in the
words, ‘I am the light of the world,’ Christ declared His oneness with God, and
His relation to the whole human family. It was He who at the beginning had
caused ‘the light to shine out of darkness.’ 2 Cor.
4:6. He is the light of sun and moon and star. He was the spiritual light that
in symbol and type and prophecy had shone upon Israel. But not to the Jewish
nation alone was the light given. As the sunbeams penetrate to the remotest
corners of the earth, so does the light of the Sun of Righteousness shine upon
every soul.” Desire of
MAKER IS THY HUSBAND”
7.What is the relationship of the Creator with
those He created? Isaiah 54:5–8.
“With untold love our God has loved us, and our love awakens toward Him as we
comprehend more of the length and depth and height and breadth of this love
that passeth knowledge. But when we turn aside to
another master, we break our vows to Him, and make void the covenant; and we
become adulterers, choosing the friendship and favor of others, and proving
untrue to Him who has died for us. We declare by this act of separation, that
we have found His service hard and his love unsatisfying; and thus we dishonor
Him, and bring His name into reproach before the world.The Lord, infinite in power and wisdom, has
declared, ‘Thy Maker is thine Husband.’ Everything
that will serve for the best good and the highest interest of the people of God
will be provided; and although the world seeks to entice them from their
allegiance, although they are brought into difficult places, and experience
affliction, they are not to seek the counsel of man, but to put their whole
trust in God, casting all their care upon Him. Christ proves the sincerity of
the faith and love of His church by trial and sorrow; and He will bring those
who are faithful out of the furnace, refined and purified.” Signs of the Times, August
What lessons can we learn about human marriage from the relationship of God
with His people? Ephesians 5:25, 27; 1 Peter 3:7.
“Affection may be as clear as crystal and beauteous in its purity, yet it may
be shallow because it has not been tested and tried. Make Christ first and last
and best in everything. Constantly behold Him, and your love for Him will daily
become deeper and stronger as it is submitted to the test of trial. And as your
love for Him increases, your love for each other will grow deeper and stronger.
‘We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are
changed into the same image from glory to glory.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18. You now
have duties to perform that before your marriage you did not have. ‘Put on therefore, . . . kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness,
long-suffering.’ ‘Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.’” Testimonies,vol. 7, 46.
Is the Ground for Thy Sake"
What work was originally given to mankind? Genesis 2:15. (See verses 5, 6, 8,
“God prepared for Adam and Eve a beautiful garden. He provided for them
everything that their wants required. He planted for them fruit-bearing trees
of every variety. With a liberal hand He surrounded them with His bounties. The
trees for usefulness and beauty, and the lovely flowers which sprang up
spontaneously and flourished in rich profusion around them, were to know
nothing of decay. Adam and Eve were rich indeed. They possessed Eden. Adam was lord in his
beautiful domain. None can question the fact that he was rich. But God knew
that Adam could not be happy unless he had employment. Therefore He gave him
something to do; he was to dress the garden.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 153.
What is in our world today that God did not create? Genesis 3:17, 18.
“Christ never planted the seeds of death in the system. Satan planted these
seeds when he tempted Adam to eat of the tree of knowledge which meant
disobedience to God. Not one noxious plant was placed in the Lord’s great
garden, but after Adam and Eve sinned, poisonous herbs sprang up. In the
parable of the sower the question was asked the
master, ‘Didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it
tares?’ The master answered, ‘An enemy hath done this’ (Matt. , 28). All tares are
sown by the evil one. Every noxious herb is of his sowing, and by his ingenious
methods of amalgamation he has corrupted the earth with tares.” Selected Messages, Book
When will this curse be removed? Revelation 22:3.
“The meek ‘shall inherit the earth.’ It was through the desire for
self-exaltation that sin entered into the world, and our first parents lost the
dominion over this fair earth, their kingdom. It is through self-abnegation
that Christ redeems what was lost. And He says we are to overcome as He did.
Revelation 3:21. Through humility and self-surrender we may become heirs with
Him when ‘the meek shall inherit the earth.’ Psalm 37:11. The earth promised to
the meek will not be like this, darkened with the shadow of death and the
curse. ‘We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth,
wherein dwelleth righteousness.’ ‘There shall be no
more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb
shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him.’ 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation
22:3. There is no disappointment, no sorrow, no sin, no one who shall say, I am
sick; there are no burial trains, no mourning, no death, no partings, no broken
hearts; but Jesus is there, peace is there. There ‘they shall not hunger nor thirst;
neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for He that hath mercy on them shall
lead them, even by the springs of water shall He guide them.’ Isaiah 49:10.” Thoughts from the Mount of
ANY MAN SPOIL YOU”
What warning are we given of a departure from the simplicity of Bible doctrine?
2 Timothy 4:3, 4.
“The warnings of the word of God regarding the perils surrounding the Christian
church belong to us today. As in the days of the apostles
men tried by tradition and philosophy to destroy faith in the Scriptures, so
today, by the pleasing sentiments of higher criticism, evolution, spiritualism,
theosophy, and pantheism, the enemy of righteousness is seeking to lead souls
into forbidden paths. To many the Bible is as a lamp without oil, because they
have turned their minds into channels of speculative belief that bring
misunderstanding and confusion. The work of higher criticism, in dissecting,
conjecturing, reconstructing, is destroying faith in the Bible as a divine
revelation. It is robbing God’s word of power to control, uplift, and inspire
human lives.” Acts of
the Apostles, 474.
What will happen to those who are deceived by human theories and deceptions?
NOTE: “The follower of Christ
will meet with the ‘enticing words’ against which the apostle warned the
Colossian believers. He will meet with spiritualistic interpretations of the
Scriptures, but he is not to accept them. His voice is to be heard in clear
affirmation of the eternal truths of the Scriptures. Keeping his eyes fixed on
Christ, he is to move steadily forward in the path marked out, discarding all
ideas that are not in harmony with His teaching. The truth of God is to be the
subject for his contemplation and meditation. He is to regard the Bible as the
voice of God speaking directly to him. Thus he will find the wisdom which is
divine.” Acts of the