“Feed the flock of God which is among you.” I Peter 5:2.
Study Help: The Adventist Home, 181–186.
“Satan is marshalling his hosts; and are we
individually prepared for the fearful conflict that is just before us? Are we
preparing our children for the great crisis? Are we preparing ourselves and our
households to understand the position of our adversaries and their modes of
warfare?” The Adventist Home, 186.
1GUARDING OUR FLOCK
God place Adam and Eve and why? Genesis 2:8, 9, 15.
After sin, what did God want Adam and Eve to do and to learn? Genesis 3:19, 23.
Note:“The home of our
first parents was to be a pattern for other homes as their children should go
forth to occupy the earth. … In the surroundings of the holy pair was a lesson
for all time—that true happiness is found, not in the indulgence of pride and
luxury, but in communion with God through His created works.” The Adventist Home, 132.
“Although the earth was blighted with the curse, nature was still to be
man’s lesson book. It could not now represent goodness only. … From nature,
which now revealed the knowledge of good and evil, man was continually to
receive warning as to the results of sin.” Education,
is the best place to raise our family and why? Isaiah 32:18.
Note: “Be not controlled by the desire for
wealth, the dictates of fashion, or the customs of society. Consider what will
tend most to simplicity, purity, health, and real worth. …
“Instead of dwelling where only the works of
men can be seen, where the sights and sounds frequently suggest thoughts of
evil, where turmoil and confusion bring weariness and disquietude, go where you
can look upon the works of God. Find rest of spirit in the beauty and quietude
and peace of nature.” The Adventist Home, 131, 132.
2BEWARE OF INFLUENCE
our home and associations, what counsel does our Lord give us? I John 2:15.
Note: “Life in the
cities is false and artificial. The intense passion for money getting, the
whirl of excitement and pleasure seeking, the thirst for display, the luxury
and extravagance—all are forces that, with the great masses of mankind, are
turning the mind from life’s true purpose. They are opening the door to a
thousand evils. Upon the youth they have almost irresistible power.” The Adventist Home, 135.
“In choosing a home, God would have us
consider, first of all, the moral and religious influences that will surround
us and our families.
“We should choose the society most favorable to our spiritual
advancement, and avail ourselves of every help within our reach; for Satan will
oppose many hindrances to make our progress toward heaven as difficult as
possible. We may be placed in trying positions, for many cannot have their
surroundings what they would; but we should not voluntarily expose ourselves to
influences that are unfavorable to the formation of Christian character.” Ibid., 131.
“The physical surroundings in the cities are often a peril to health.” Ibid., 135.
“To parents He [the Lord] sends the warning cry: Gather your children
into your own houses; gather them away from those who are disregarding the
commandments of God, who are teaching and practicing evil.” Ibid.,
b.What is a more subtle
danger that we need to guard against? II Timothy 3:5.
Note: “If we place
ourselves among associates whose influence has a tendency to make us forgetful
of the high claims the Lord has upon us, we invite temptation and become too
weak in moral power to resist it.” The Adventist Home,
“We must not center our affections on worldly relatives, who have no
desire to learn the truth. We may seek in every way, while associated with
them, to let our light shine; but our words, our deportment, our customs and
practices, should not in any sense be molded by their ideas and customs. We are
to show forth the truth in all our intercourse with them. If we cannot do this,
the less association we have with them the better it will be for our
spirituality.” Ibid., 462.
3TRAINING OUR FLOCK
vocation has God often given His people? Why? Proverbs 27:18; Ecclesiastes
Note: “God provided the
conditions most favorable for the development of character. The people who were
under His direction still pursued the plan of life that He had appointed in the
beginning. Those who departed from God built for themselves cities. … But the
men who held fast God’s principles of life dwelt among the fields and hills.
They were tillers of the soil and keepers of flocks and herds; and in this
free, independent life, with its opportunities for labor and study and
meditation, they learned of God and taught their children of His works and
ways.” The Adventist Home, 181.
b.What does God still
desire us to teach our children? Proverbs 12:11; 28:19.
Note: “Working the soil
is one of the best kinds of employment, calling the muscles into action and
resting the mind. Study in agricultural lines should be the A, B, and C of the
education given in our schools. This is the very first work that should be
entered upon.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 179.
“Had this course been followed, … the students would have secured an all
round education, which would have prepared them, not only for practical work in
various trades, but for a place on the Lords’ farm in the earth made new.” Ibid., 177.
of educational facilities are necessary to accomplish this type of education?
Psalm 128:3, 4; II Timothy 1:5; 3:14, 15.
Note: “In His wisdom
the Lord has decreed that the family shall be the greatest of all educational
agencies. It is in the home that the education of the child is to begin. …
“One great reason why there is so much evil in the world today is that
parents occupy their minds with other things than that which is all
important—how to adapt themselves to the work of patiently and kindly teaching
their children the way of the Lord. …
“It is in the home school that our boys and girls are to be prepared to
attend the church school.” The Adventist Home, 182,
4ATTITUDES OF THE TIMES
a.What must we
also guard against in our thinking and behavior? I Timothy 6:3–5.
Jesus warn us about, and how does this apply to today? Matthew 24:37, 38.
Note: “What of the
marriage relation today? Is it not perverted and defiled, made even as it was
in Noah’s day? Divorce after divorce is recorded in the daily papers. This is
the marriage of which Christ speaks when He says that before the flood they
were ‘marrying and giving in marriage’ [Matthew 24:38].” Manuscript Releases,
vol. 7, 56.
“As it was in the days of Noah, every kind
of evil is on the increase. Divorce and marriage is the order of the time.” Ibid., vol. 10, 261.
“Jesus came to our world to rectify mistakes and to restore the moral
image of God in man. Wrong sentiments in regard to marriage had found a place
in the minds of the teachers of Israel. They were making
of none effect the sacred institution of marriage.” The
Adventist Home, 341.
we keep in mind as we face the many varying attitudes of the times in which we
live? Matthew 7:13–21; II Corinthians 11:13–15.
d.Who only will be found
entering the gates of heaven? Revelation 14:12.
Note: “By beholding we
become changed. By the indulgence of impure thoughts man can so educate his
mind that sin which he once loathed will become pleasant to him.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 459.
“Those who would not fall a prey to Satan’s devices must guard well the
avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading, seeing, or hearing that which
will suggest impure thoughts. … ‘Girding up the loins of your mind,’ says the
apostle Peter, ‘Be sober, … not fashioning yourselves
according to your former lusts in … your ignorance: but like as He which called
you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living.’ I Peter
1:13–15, R.V.” Ibid., 460.
a.What is necessary to
gain the reward? Joshua 24:15.
b.If we follow God’s
counsels, what are the promised results? Galatians 6:9.
Note: “If parents give
their children the proper education, they themselves will be made happy by
seeing the fruit of their careful training in the Christlike
character of their children.” The Adventist Home, 533.
“With joy unutterable, parents see the crown, the robe, the harp, given
to their children. The days of hope and fear are ended. The seed sown with
tears and prayers may have seemed to be sown in vain, but their harvest is
reaped with joy at last. Their children have been redeemed. Fathers, mothers,
shall the voices of your children swell the song of gladness in that day?” Child Guidance, 569.
c.What is the
other solemn warning concerning the day of reckoning? Jeremiah
2:4, 5, 9.
Note:“ ‘Weighed in the balance, and found wanting’ [Daniel ]. To many parents the Judge will
say in that day, ‘You had My Word, plainly setting forth your duty. Why have
you not obeyed its teachings? Knew ye not that it was the voice of God? Did I
not bid you search the Scriptures, that you might not
go astray? You have not only ruined your own souls, but by your pretensions to
godliness you have misled many others. You have no part with Me. Depart;
depart.’ ” Child Guidance, 569.
PERSONAL REVIEW QUESTIONS
1What dwelling will give the best place
of safety to our flock?
what influences should you separate?
are the ABCs of God’s educational plan?
reformers, what attitudes must your influence work to correct?