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Lesson 3 April 13-19





Preparing  for Change







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So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants:  we have done that which was our duty to do.  Luke 17:10

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Sabbath Afternoon

Read for This Week’s Study: 1 Cor. 10:1-13, Gen. 2:24, 1 Cor. 13:4-8, 1 Sam. 1:27, Psalm 71, 1 Cor. 15:24-26.

Memory Text: “Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.” Psalm 85:13

Life is full of changes. Things change all the time. The only thing that does not change is the reality of change itself. Change, in fact, is a part of our very existence. Even the laws of physics seem to teach that change exists in the most basic fabric of reality. Often, changes come unexpectedly. We are going along in a routine when, suddenly, instantly, everything changes, and we are caught completely off guard.

God does not change. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrew 13:8.

On the other hand, sometimes we can see changes coming. We are given forewarning, signs, indicators that let us know things are going to be different. When this happens, it’s wise to start preparing, to whatever degree possible, for what we can see coming. Many of these changes are big: marriage, children, old age, even death.

If we are looking unto Christ, walking in the light of His love and glory, all things will work together for our good and His glory.


And yes, we do not live in isolation. Which means, then, that the changes that come to us can impact our families, and in big ways, as well. At the same time, changes in our families can also impact each family member, too.

This week, let’s look at some of the changes that sooner or later, in one way or another, most of us face and how these changes can impact family life.

The great change that God longs for is that we be transformed in character, that we become partakers of His divine nature that we might escape the corruption within and without. Then the other changes that come to us will bring honor and glory to God.


Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, April 20.
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Sunday          April 14

Unprepared

There is one thing about the Word of God: it does not gloss over the realities of human life. On the contrary, it exposes them in all their harshness and, at times, sheer pain and despair. In fact, with the exception of the first few pages of the Bible and the last few at the end, the Word of God paints a sorry picture of the human race. Paul was not exaggerating when he wrote: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23, NKJV).

This is very true of the unrepentant sinner, but not so for those who fall in love with Jesus. Our Brother Jesus Christ came to this world in our fallen flesh. He was without sin, the only Holy One. But, we may become partakers of His divine nature if we will learn of Him and then surrender our will to His. Then we may be a reflection of Christ. By beholding Him we may become like Him in moral character. So, yes humanity in and of itself is evil, but not so when fully surrendered to Christ. Let him who is holy be holy still."



 10:1   Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 
 10:2   And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 
 10:3   And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 
 10:4   And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 
 10:5   But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 
 10:6   Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 
 10:7   Neither be ye idolaters, as [were] some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 
 10:8   Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 
 10:9   Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 
 10:10   Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 
 10:11   Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 
 10:12   Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 
 10:13   There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]. 


What warnings are there, as well as what promises?

Unless we understand our continual need of Christ in order to not sin, we shall fall. But, if we will remain connected to Christ, we will not sin. We will not be tempted beyond what we can bear. It is a conditional promise. What is the condition?


In many ways, many of our actions in life are simply how we react to change. We constantly face changes; the challenge for us, as Christians, is to deal with them by faith, trusting in God and revealing that faith through obedience, regardless of temptations to do otherwise.

“The greatest want of the world is the want of men—men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall”. – Ellen G. White, Education, p. 57.


Amen! This can only  be when fully surrendered to Christ.


Those words were as true for ancient Israel as they were in Ellen G. White’s time, and as they are for us now.

What mistakes did the people in the following texts make in the face of change, and what can we learn from their mistakes?

Acts 5:1-10

Gen. 16:1, 2, 5, 6

Matt. 20:20-22

Changes come, and they often bring temptations, challenges, and even, at times, fear. Thus, how crucial it is that we have the spiritual armor on to deal with them in the right manner. Again, regardless of whether the changes are unexpected or whether they are just the typical part of life, we need to be prepared for what’s coming, both the seen and the unseen.

How do we prepare? We must feed upon Jesus daily. He does not give us grace for tomorrow, only for today. Have we spend time with Jesus today? Did we received His grace into the heart? Do we love God with the whole heart, or only part of it?
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Monday          April 15

Preparing for Marriage

One of the greatest changes a person faces is when he or she gets married.

Of course, not everyone gets married. After all, Jesus, our greatest example, never did, nor did many other Bible characters.

Nevertheless, many people do marry, and thus, the Bible is not silent about marriage, which is surely one of the greatest life changers.

The first social arrangement mentioned in the Bible is marriage. For God, marriage is so important that the same words He told Adam and Eve in Eden about marriage appear in three other places in Scripture. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24; see also Matt. 19:5, Mark 10:7, Eph. 5:31). These texts tell us that once a person gets married, the most important relationship in their lives should be between them and their spouse, even more than between them and their parents. Among the reasons marriage between a man and a woman is so important to God is that it typifies the relationship that exists between His Son, Jesus, and the church, His bride (Eph. 5:32).

In constructing a house, one needs to stop and consider the cost (Luke 14:28-30); how much more so when establishing a home? A house is built with brick and mortar, wood and iron, wires and glass. But a home is built with things that are not necessarily material.

What are some crucial traits that are important for all aspects of life but are especially important for those preparing for marriage? 1 Cor. 13:4-8; Gal. 5:22, 23.

Preparation for marriage must begin with us personally and individually. At the same time, we need to look carefully at our future spouse to see if he/she would be a good complement for us. Is he/she a hard worker? (Prov. 24:30-34). Does he/she have a bad temper? (Prov. 22:24). Do we share common beliefs? (2 Cor. 6:14, 15). How do my family and friends feel about my future spouse? (Prov. 1:14). Am I relying on faith or on feelings alone? (Prov. 3:5, 6). The answers to these questions can mean a future of happiness or a lifetime of sorrow.

Think about some good marriages. What principles do you find there that could be applied to other kinds of interpersonal relationships, as well?

Marriage is not like other relationships, other than with God. The married become one flesh. David was mistaken about his love for Johnathan. His wife was supposed to be one flesh with him. He had some difficulties with his wives. If a man and woman love Jesus supremely, then they will have Christ at the center of their marriage. A three fold cord is not easily broken. There are a lot of principles, but without Christ at the center, there can be no unselfish relationship.

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Tuesday         April 16

Preparing for Parenting


Few things can change our lives more than the birth of a child. Nothing in the family can or will ever be the same again.

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them” (Ps. 127:4, 5, NKJV). At the same time, children do not arrive with an owner’s manual that tells their parents all they need to do to care for them and how to troubleshoot any problems that may arise. Even experienced parents are sometimes stumped by the actions, words, or attitudes of their children. As important as it is to prepare for marriage, it is also important that those who hope to become parents be prepared for that awesome responsibility.

However unique the following stories about births were, what principles can those preparing to be parents take away from these accounts? 1 Sam. 1:27; Judg.13:7; Luke 1:6, 13-17, 39-45, 46-55, 76-79.

What an awesome responsibility and opportunity these parents had. Three would be the parents of prophets and leaders in Israel, one of their children would be the forerunner of the promised Messiah, and one of the children would be the Christ.

Yet, even if our children are not destined to be biblical prophets, parents should still be preparing for this radical change in their lives.

“Even before the birth of the child, the preparation should begin that will enable it to fight successfully the battle against evil.

“If before the birth of her child she is selfindulgent, if she is selfish, impatient, and exacting, these traits will be reflected in the disposition of the child. Thus many children have received as a birthright almost unconquerable tendencies to evil”. – Ellen G. White, The Adventist Home, p. 256.


And these tendencies would make marriage very difficult. And, rearing children much more difficult. What is the lesson we ought to learn?

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Whether it is children under our care or if we have responsibilities toward other people, what are things we can do to discharge those responsibilities in the godliest manner possible?

Our responsibilities to our children differ from those we have toward others. We are responsible for bringing our children into the world. We need to pay attention to the light given regarding rearing children. It begins with our experience with Jesus. We need to reflect Christ to our children. If we do not, then what do we expect will happen to our children? Think about it. God can change us. It would be very good if that change took place before we bring children into the world.

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Wednesday         April 17

Preparing for Old Age

“The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Ps. 90:10, NKJV). These words from Moses remind us of the inexorable march of time. As the years come and go, we begin to see and feel changes in our bodies. Our hair turns gray or falls out, we begin to slow down, and aches and pains become our daily companions. If we are married and with children, our children might bear their own children, and we could then enjoy our grandchildren. The previous seasons of life have helped us get ready for the last one.

Read Psalm 71. What does this psalm teach us about not just preparing for old age, but about life in general?

Psalm 71 is the psalm of an older person who experiences the challenges that come with life, but who is happy because all along he or she have put their trust in God. The best way to grow old is to put our trust in Him while still young. In general terms, the author of this psalm shares three important lessons he learned as he moved toward this season of his life.

    Develop a deep, personal knowledge of God. From his youth (Ps. 71:17), God was his strong refuge (Ps. 71:1, 7) and his Savior (Ps. 71:2). God is a rock and fortress (Ps. 71:3), his hope and confidence (Ps. 71:5). He speaks of God’s mighty deeds (Ps. 71:16, 17), and His strength and power (Ps. 71:18), and all the great things He has done (Ps. 71:19). Ultimately he shouts, “O God, who is like You?” (Ps. 71:19, NKJV). Those daily conversations with God, as we study His Word and as we pause to reflect on all He does for us, will deepen our experience with Him.
    Develop good habits. Good nutrition, exercise, water, sunshine, rest, et cetera will help us enjoy life longer and better. Take special note as to how the psalmist refers to the habits of trust (Ps. 71:3), praise (Ps. 71:6), and hope (Ps. 71:14).
    Develop a passion for God’s mission. The person in this psalm was not looking forward to being idle in his old age. Even in his retirement he wanted to continue praising God (Ps. 71:8 ) and telling others about Him (Ps. 71:15-18).

For those who are older, what are some of the benefits of getting older? What do you know now that you didn’t when younger that you could share with those who are younger?

When we look back at history, and our lives, and the lives of our friends, the answer is always the same. We need Jesus in order to do any good thing. We need Jesus all the time, not part of the time. We are evil by nature and it is only as we  become partakers of God's divine nature that we can have love, joy, and peace that passes all understanding. As we get older we learn this is the foundation of our faith. We are evil and God is good! If we give Jesus the whole heart, then the Holy Spirit will take possession of the heart. He will bring with Him every one of the fruits of the Spirit, not one will be missing. That is the lesson all must learn. Sadly, it takes some time to come to appreciate this truth.
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Thursday          April 18

Preparing for Death

Unless we are alive at the Second Coming, one change that we can all expect is the biggest change of all: from life to death. Along with marriage and birth, what change has a greater impact on family than the death of an immediate family member?

The true conversion of  a mother or father. And then of a child.


Read 1 Corinthians 15:24-26.

 15:24   Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 
 15:25   For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 
 15:26   The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death. 


What do these verses teach us about death?

Christ has destroyed it. We may live eternally!


Many times, of course, death comes unexpectedly and tragically. How many men, women, even children, woke up one morning only, before the sunset, to close their eyes not in sleep but in death? Or woke up one morning and before the sun set had lost a family member?

Other than making sure you are connected by faith with the Lord and covered in His righteousness moment by moment (see Rom. 3:22), you can’t prepare for a death that you don’t see coming, either for yourself or your loved one.

Why not? Does not the Bible tell us that "all" things work for our good if we love Jesus supremely. Do we not want our loved ones to be safe in the grave instead of having to face the evil in this world? After all, death is just sleep, is it not? We ought to understand these things so when death comes, it is not a great evil thing to us. God never intended there should be death, but He more than makes up for it, does He not?


On the other hand, what would you do if you knew you only had a few months to live? We may not know for certain when death will overcome us, but we certainly may know when we are nearing the end of our life. Thus, how crucial it is to prepare ourselves and our family for the inevitable.

The all important question is how to do this?


Read 1 Kings 2:1-4, some of the last words David spoke to his son Solomon. What lessons can we take from this about preparing for death, both for ourselves and for family members?

At first glance, one could argue, That’s rich! David, who murdered Uriah after impregnating his wife in an adulterous affair (see 2 Samuel 11), tells his son to walk in the way of the Lord. On the other hand, it was perhaps precisely because of this sin and the horrible consequences that followed that David’s words were so powerful. He was, no doubt, in his own way trying to warn his son away from the folly that caused him so much grief. David learned, the hard way, some difficult lessons about the cost of sin, and no doubt he had hoped to spare his son some of the grief that he himself had experienced.

If we have set a bad witness before our family, can we do something to offset that? Can we remove the reproach we have brought upon God, His Word, and the church? We can to a degree. How can we?
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Friday          April 19

Further Thought: If we read through the story of ancient Israel in the wilderness, we can see a litany of mistake after mistake in the face of great changes, even despite the amazing revelation of God’s love and power. In fact, before Israel was to, finally, enter the Promised Land—and thus face another great change—Moses said the following to ancient Israel: “Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you. But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God [are] alive every one of you this day. Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do [them]; for this [is] your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation [is] a wise and understanding people. For what nation [is there so] great, who [hath] God [so] nigh unto them, as the LORD our God [is] in all [things that] we call upon him [for]? And what nation [is there so] great, that hath statutes and judgments [so] righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;” (Deut. 4:3-9, NKJV). How crucial that we not forget what the Lord has done for us. And what better way not to forget than to teach it to others and to those who come after us. Notice, too, how central the family was in all this, in that they were to teach these things to their children. And the sin at Peor was something that could be only destructive to family life. “The crime that brought the judgments of God upon Israel was that of licentiousness. The forwardness of women to entrap souls did not end at Baal-peor”. – Ellen G. White, The Adventist Home, p. 326.

Discussion Questions:

    In class, talk about some of the preparations you made in facing any of the big stages in life, marriage, parenting, old age, or anything else. How did the changes impact your family? What have you learned that could help others facing the same stages?

The answer is always the same. We need Jesus in order to do any good thing. We need to be fully surrendered to Chrst in all we do in life. Otherwise, we create problems for ourselves and for others.


    Think about David’s words to Solomon, again in the context of his sin with Bathsheba, a calamity that cast a shadow over the rest of David’s reign and greatly impacted his family for the worse. In what ways, amid it all, do we see the reality of God’s grace at work?

God is always calling to us that we might turn from self and sin to Him who loves us and gave Himself for us. Did He not suffer and die for us while we were yet sinners? Then, He is our Friend indeed. God's grace surrounds us as thick as the air we breathe. But, we need to see it, and we need to allow it into the heart that we might be converted daily. This is our only hope of happiness in this world and life in the next.

Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.