“Marvelous Are Thy
“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.” Job 38:4.
STUDY HELP: Job chapters 38–41.
“God’s handiwork in
nature is not God Himself in nature. The things of nature are an expression of
God’s character and power; but we are not to regard nature as God. The artistic
skill of human beings produces very beautiful workmanship, things that delight
the eye, and these things reveal to us something of the thought of the
designer; but the thing made is not the maker. It is not the work, but the
workman, that is counted worthy of honor. So while nature is an expression of
God’s thought, it is not nature, but the God of
nature, that is to be exalted.” Ministry of Healing, 413.
“Ask Now the
Beasts, and They Shall Teach Thee”
1. What can we learn from studying the
animals, birds and fish?
NOTE: “Since He
[Jesus] gained knowledge as we may do, His intimate acquaintance with the
Scriptures shows how diligently His early years were given to the study of
God’s word. And spread out before Him was the great library of God’s created
works. He who had made all things studied the lessons which His own hand had
written in earth and sea and sky. Apart from the unholy ways of the world, He
gathered stores of scientific knowledge from nature. He studied the life of
plants and animals, and the life of man.” Desire of Ages, 70.
2. What valuable practical lessons can be
learned from God’s creatures? Proverbs 6:6–8; 30:24–28.
NOTE: “We are not
merely to tell the child about these creatures of God. The animals themselves
are to be his teachers. The ants teach lessons of patient industry, of
perseverance in surmounting obstacles, of providence for the future. And the
birds are teachers of the sweet lesson of trust. Our heavenly Father provides
for them; but they must gather the food, they must build their nests and rear
their young. Every moment they are exposed to enemies that seek to destroy
them. Yet how cheerily they go about their work! how
full of joy are their little songs!” Education, 117, 118.
“When I Laid the
Foundations of the Earth”
3. How did God describe the design that went
into the creation of the earth? Job 38:4–6.
NOTE: “In the
beginning, God was revealed in all the works of creation. It was Christ that
spread the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth. It was His hand that
hung the worlds in space, and fashioned the flowers of the field. ‘His strength
setteth fast the mountains.’ ‘The sea is His, and He
made it.’ Psalms 65:6; 95:5. It was He that filled the earth with beauty, and
the air with song. And upon all things in earth, and air, and sky, He wrote the
message of the Father’s love. Now sin has marred God’s perfect work, yet that
handwriting remains. Even now all created things declare the glory of His
excellence. There is nothing, save the selfish heart of man, that lives unto itself. No bird that cleaves the air, no animal that moves
upon the ground, but ministers to some other life. There is no leaf of the
forest, or lowly blade of grass, but has its ministry. Every tree and shrub and
leaf pours forth that element of life without which neither man nor animal
could live; and man and animal, in turn, minister to the life of tree and shrub
and leaf. The flowers breathe fragrance and unfold their beauty in blessing to
the world. The sun sheds its light to gladden a thousand worlds. The ocean,
itself the source of all our springs and fountains, receives the streams from
every land, but takes to give. The mists ascending from its bosom fall in
showers to water the earth, that it may bring forth and bud.” Desire of Ages, 20.
4. What response did the psalmist make to the
wisdom of the Lord in creation? Psalm 136:1–9.
NOTE: “After God had
made the world in six days, He rested and sanctified and blessed the day upon
which He rested from all His work which He had created and made. He set apart
that special day for man to rest from his labor, that, as he should look upon
the earth beneath and the heavens above, he might reflect that God made all
these in six days and rested upon the seventh; and that, as he should behold
the tangible proofs of God’s infinite wisdom, his heart might be filled with
love and reverence for his Maker.” Testimonies, vol. 2, 582.
“What is Man that
Thou Art Mindful of Him?”
5. When David considered the splendor of the
heavens, the work of the Creator, how did he think of mankind in comparison?
Psalm 8:3, 4.
pointed to the birds flying in the heavens, to the flowers of the field, and
bade His hearers consider these objects of God’s creation. ‘Are not ye of much
more value than they?’ He said. Matthew 6:26, R.V. The measure of divine
attention bestowed on any object is proportionate to its rank in the scale of
being. The little brown sparrow is watched over by Providence. The flowers of the field, the grass
that carpets the earth, share the notice and care of our heavenly Father. The
great Master Artist has taken thought for the lilies, making them so beautiful
that they outshine the glory of Solomon. How much more does He
care for man, who is the image and glory of God. He longs to see His children
reveal a character after His similitude. As the sunbeam imparts to the flowers
their varied and delicate tints, so does God impart to the soul the beauty of
His own character.” Desire
of Ages, 313.
6. How important are the nations of earth in
comparison with God? Isaiah 40:15–17, 22, 23.
NOTE: “‘What is
man,’ the psalmist inquires, ‘that Thou art mindful of him? and
the son of man, that Thou visitest him?’ ‘Behold, the
nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the
balance; behold, He taketh up the isles as a very
little thing.’ Thus, Isaiah declares, God regards the inhabitants of this
world, not excepting those who stand at the head of the nobility of the earth,
those who have acquired the greatest learning, those to whose lot has fallen
great riches and much honor. Notwithstanding the insignificance of this world
in comparison with the whole universe, Christ volunteered to take upon Himself
the nature of humanity, and to bear on His divine soul the sins of mankind, in
order that He might redeem the fallen race and enable them to gain life
eternal. Laying aside His kingly crown and royal robe, He left His high command
in the heavenly courts, clothed His divinity with humanity, and entered the
world as a helpless babe. For our sakes He became poor, that through His
poverty we might be made rich.” Signs of
the Times, January 14, 1903.
7. How did David describe his wonder at the
complexity of the human body? Psalm 139:14–16.
NOTE: “We are God’s
workmanship, and His word declares that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully
made.’ He has prepared this living habitation for the mind; it is ‘curiously
wrought,’ a temple which the Lord Himself has fitted up for the indwelling of
His Holy Spirit. The mind controls the whole man. All our actions, good or bad,
have their source in the mind. It is the mind that worships God, and allies us
to heavenly beings. Yet many spend all their lives without becoming intelligent
in regard to the casket that contains this treasure. All the physical organs
are the servants of the mind, and the nerves are the messengers that transmit
its orders to every part of the body, guiding the motions of the living
machinery. Exercise is an important aid to physical development. It quickens
the circulation of the blood, and gives tone to the system. If the muscles are
allowed to remain unused, it will soon be apparent that the blood does not
sufficiently nourish them. Instead of increasing in size and strength, they
will lose their firmness and elasticity, and become soft and weak. Inactivity
is not the law the Lord has established in the human body. The harmonious action
of all the parts, brain, bone, and muscle, is necessary to the full and healthful
development of the entire human organism.” Special Testimonies on Education, 33.
8. How is the principle behind man’s creation
expressed? Genesis 1:26.
NOTE: “The true
object of education is to restore the image of God in the soul. The first and
most precious knowledge is the knowledge of Christ; and wise parents will keep
this fact ever before the minds of their children. Should a limb be broken or
fractured, parents will try every means that love or wisdom can suggest to
restore the affected member to comeliness and soundness. This is right; it is
their duty. But the Lord requires that still greater tact, patience, and
persevering effort be employed to remedy blemishes of the soul. That father is
unworthy of the name who is not to his children a Christian teacher, ruler, and
friend, binding them to his heart by the strong ties of sanctified love, a love
which has its foundation in duty faithfully
vol. 5, 322.
“The Stork in the
9. How does God contrast the behavior of God’s
creatures with the behavior of His people? Isaiah 1:3; Jeremiah 8:7.
wonderful truths fell from the lips of Christ when He called His disciples to
consider the fowls of the air and the flowers of the field, which obey the
orders of God’s will. These come to us as lessons of
admonition and reproof, for our ingratitude and lack of faith. Gifted with
higher, nobler powers than the lower orders of creation, man has nevertheless
chosen to disobey his Creator.” Special Testimonies Series B,
No. 7, 10.
10. What lessons of simple trust can be learned
from the things of creation? Matthew 6:25–34.
NOTE: “Can you not
trust in your heavenly Father? Can you not rest upon His gracious promise?
‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you.’ Precious promise! Can we not rely upon it? Can
we not have implicit trust, knowing that He is faithful who hath promised? I
entreat you to let your trembling faith again grasp the promises of God. Bear
your whole weight upon them with unwavering faith; for they will not, they
cannot, fail.” Testimonies,
vol. 2, 496.
“His Ways Past
11. How did Paul express the impossibility of
fathoming the wisdom of God? Romans 11:33.
NOTE: “We can never
by searching find out God. He does not lay open His plans to prying,
inquisitive minds. We must not attempt to lift with presumptuous hand the
curtain behind which He veils His majesty. The apostle exclaims: ‘How
unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!’ It is a proof
of His mercy that there is the hiding of His power, that He is enshrouded in
the awful clouds of mystery and obscurity; for to lift the curtain that
conceals the divine presence is death. No mortal mind can penetrate the secrecy
in which the Mighty One dwells and works. We can comprehend no more of His
dealings with us and the motives that actuate Him than He sees fit to reveal.
He orders everything in righteousness, and we are not to be dissatisfied and
distrustful, but to bow in reverent submission. He will reveal to us as much of
His purposes as it is for our good to know; and beyond that we must trust the
hand that is omnipotent, the heart that is full of love.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 301.
12. How did David express his thoughts about the
ways of God? Psalm 36:5–9.
NOTE: “Men had
received their talents from God, and every gem of thought by which they had
been esteemed worthy of the attention of scholars and thinkers, belongs not to
them, but to the God of all wisdom, whom they did not acknowledge. Through
tradition, through false education, these men are exalted as the world’s
educators; but in going to them students are in danger of accepting the vile
with the precious; for superstition, specious reasoning, and error are mingled
with portions of true philosophy and instruction. This mingling makes a potion
that is poisonous to the soul, destructive of faith in the God of all truth.
Those who have a thirst for knowledge need not go to these polluted fountains;
for they are invited to come to the fountain of life and drink freely. Through
searching the word of God, they may find the hidden treasure of truth that has
long been buried beneath the rubbish of error, human tradition, and opinions of