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Lesson 3 January 8-14






The Promised Son





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Read for This Week’s Study: Isa. 2:2, 3; Heb. 1:1–4; Exod. 24:16, 17; Isa. 44:24; Heb. 1:10; Luke 1:31, 32; Heb. 1:5.

Memory Text: “But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:2, 3, NIV).

Right after Adam and Eve sinned, God promised them a “seed,” a Son who would deliver them from the enemy, recover the inheritance that had been lost, and fulfill the purpose for which they had been created (Gen. 3:15). This Son would both represent and redeem them by taking their place and, ultimately, by destroying the serpent.

“When Adam and Eve first heard the promise, they looked for its speedy fulfillment. They joyfully welcomed their first-born son, hoping that he might be the Deliverer. But the fulfillment of the promise tarried.” — Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 31.
The promise was later confirmed to Abraham. God swore to him that he would have a “seed,” a Son through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Gen. 22:16-18, Gal. 3:16). And God did the same with David. He promised David that his descendant would be installed by God as His own Son and would be established as a righteous ruler over all the kings of the earth (2 Sam. 7:12-14, Ps. 89:27-29). What neither Adam and Eve, Abraham, or David probably never imagined, however, was that their Redeemer Son would be God Himself.

When God instituted a sacred act that would reveal to sinners that His Son (divine Son) would suffer and die in their place, of course they knew it was His divine Son. When Adam slaughtered the lamb, he knew that the lamb represented His Son just as much or even more than we understand this. Did Abraham understand the ram he saw in the thicket represent God? Of course he did. Else there was no reason to sacrifice the rams or the birds or the flour. It all pointed to the divine Son of the Father.


Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, January 15.


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Sunday          January 9
In These Last Days


The first paragraph of Hebrews reveals that Paul believed he was living in “the last days.” Scripture employs two expressions about the future that have different meanings. The prophets used the expression “last days” or “latter days” to talk about the future in general (Deut. 4:30, 31; Jer. 23:20). The prophet Daniel used a second expression, “the time of the end,” to talk more specifically about the last days of earth’s history (Dan. 8:17, Dan. 12:4).

Read Numbers 24:14-19 and Isaiah 2:2, 3. What did God promise He would do for His people in the “latter days”?

Several Old Testament prophets announced that in the “latter days” God would raise up a King who would destroy the enemies of His people (Num. 24:14-19) and who would attract the nations to Israel (Isa. 2:2, 3). Paul says that these promises were fulfilled in Jesus. He defeated Satan and, through the proclamation of the Gospel, is attracting all the nations to Himself (Col. 2:15, John 12:32). In this sense, then, “the last days” have begun because Jesus has fulfilled God’s promises.

Our spiritual fathers died in faith. They saw and greeted the promises from “afar,” but did not receive them. We, on the other hand, have seen their fulfillment in Jesus.

Let’s think for a moment about God’s promises and Jesus. The Father promised that He would resurrect His children (1 Thess. 4:15, 16). The wonderful news is that He initiated the resurrection of His children with the resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:20, Matt. 27:51-53). The Father also promised a new creation (Isa. 65:17). He has begun to fulfill that promise by creating a new spiritual life in us (2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 6:15). He promised that He would establish His final kingdom (Dan. 2:44). He inaugurated that kingdom by delivering us from the power of Satan and installing Jesus as our ruler (Matt. 12:28-30, Luke 10:18-20). This is only the beginning, however. What the Father began to do in Jesus’ first coming, He will bring to completion at the second.

Look at all the promises God fulfilled in the past. How should this help us to trust Him for the promises not yet fulfilled?

What promises do you want Him to fulfill? Genesis 3:15? He did His hard part, but He cannot do our part. What is our part and then what will He do for us (Gen. 3:15)? Do you hate sin enough to keep you from sinning? It is impossible unless Jesus abides in your heart and you in Him.


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Monday          January 10
God Has Spoken to Us by His Son


Read Hebrews 1:1-4. What is the central idea of these verses?

In the original Greek, Hebrews 1:1-4 is only one sentence, and it has been argued that it is the most beautiful in all the New Testament from the point of view of its rhetorical artistry. Its main assertion is that God has spoken to us through His Son, Jesus.

For the Jews in the first century A.D., the word of God had not been heard for a long time. The last revelation to be expressed in the Written Word of God had come through the prophet Malachi and the ministries of Ezra and Nehemiah four centuries before. But now, through Jesus, God was speaking to them again.

God’s revelation through Jesus, however, was superior to the revelation that God had made through the prophets because Jesus is a greater means of revelation. He is God Himself, who created the heaven and the earth and rules the universe. For Paul, the deity of Christ is never in question. It’s all but assumed.

Also, for Paul, the Old Testament was the Word of God. The same God who spoke in the past continues to speak in the present. The Old Testament communicated a true knowledge of God’s will.

However, it was possible to understand its fuller meaning only when the Son arrived on earth. In the author’s mind, the Father’s revelation in the Son provided the key to understanding the true breadth of the Old Testament, just like the picture on the box of a jigsaw puzzle provides the key to finding the correct place for every one of its pieces. Jesus brought so much of the Old Testament to light.

Meanwhile, Jesus came to be our Representative and our Savior. He would take our place in the fight and defeat the serpent. Similarly, in Hebrews, Jesus is the “pioneer” or “captain” and “forerunner” of believers (Heb. 2:10, Heb. 6:20). He fights for us and represents us. This also means that what God did for Jesus, our Representative, the Father also wants to do for us. He who exalted Jesus at His right hand also wants us to sit with Jesus on His throne (Rev. 3:21). God’s message to us in Jesus includes not only what Jesus said but also what the Father did through Him and to Him, all for our temporal and eternal benefit.

Think through what it means that Jesus — God — came to this earth. Why should this truth bring us so much hope?

How is man saved? By grace....period. But, this grace as thick around us as is the air, will not be allowed to save the great multitude of humanity. God's love for us while we were yet sinners is unmerited. This is the grace that saves. How many will seek this grace? How many get to know God enough to see this grace and be transformed by it? Many are called (all),  but few accept the call. The divine Son of God came to the dark spot in the universe to save us.

The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden “the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.” Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour’s sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man’s nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.

Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life’s peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.

The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life’s peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan’s power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. “Herein is love.” Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!  Desire of Ages; pg 49.



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Tuesday          January 11
He Is the Radiance of the Glory of God

Read Hebrews 1:2-4. What are some of the things that this passage teaches us about Jesus?

In this section, we will focus on the portion that says, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb. 1:3, ESV).

Read Exodus 24:16, 17; Psalm 4:6; Psalm 36:9; and Psalm 89:15. How do these texts help us understand what the glory of God is?

In the Old Testament, the glory of God refers to His visible presence among His people (Exod. 16:7; Exod. 24:16, 17; Lev. 9:23; Num. 14:10). This presence is often associated with light or radiance.

Scripture informs us that Jesus is the light who came to this world to reveal the glory of God (Heb. 1:3; John 1:6-9, 14-18; 2 Cor. 4:6). Think, for instance, of how Jesus appeared in the transfiguration. “And He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Matt. 17:2, NKJV).

Just as the sun cannot be perceived except by the radiance of its light, God is known through Jesus. From our perspective, the two are one. Because God’s glory is light itself, there is no difference, in actual being and character, between God and Jesus, just as there is no difference between light and its radiance.

Hebrews also says that Jesus is the “exact representation” of the Father’s substance (Heb. 1:3, NASB). The point of the metaphor is that there is a perfect correspondence in being — or essence — between the Father and the Son. Note that human beings carry God’s image but not His essence (Gen. 1:26). The Son, however, shares the same essence with the Father. No wonder that Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9, NKJV).

Why is that such great news that Jesus reveals the character and the glory of the Father to us? What does Jesus tell us about what the Father is like?

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Show us the Father? John 14:9.
We cannot see Jesus today, but we can read of Him, and we can reflect His character if He is in us. This is what it means to give glory to God.

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Wednesday          January 12
Through Whom He Made the Universe

Hebrews affirms that God created the world “through” or “by” Jesus and that Jesus sustains the world with His powerful word.

Read Isaiah 44:24, Isaiah 45:18, and Nehemiah 9:6. Because in the Old Testament the Lord affirmed that He created the world “alone” and that He is the “only God,” how can we reconcile this affirmation with the affirmations in the New Testament that God created the universe “through” Jesus (Heb. 1:2, 3)?

Some think that Jesus was merely the instrument through whom God created. This is not possible. First, for Paul, Jesus is the Lord who created the world; He was not a helper. Hebrews 1:10 says that Jesus is the Lord who created the earth and the heavens, and Paul also applies to Him what Psalm 102:25-27 says about the Lord (Yahweh) as Creator. Second, Hebrews 2:10 says that the universe was created “by” or “through” the Father. (Exactly the same expressions that are applied to Jesus in Hebrews 1:2.) The Father created and Jesus created (Heb. 1:2, 10; Heb. 2:10). There is a perfect agreement between Father and Son in purpose and activity. This is part of the mystery of the Trinity. Jesus created and God created, but there is only One Creator, God — which implies that Jesus is God.

The Father created, Jesus created, Jesus is God, this is the mystery of the Trinity? Maybe because Trinity is not in the Bible. We find the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost is in the Bible, and godhead is in the Spirit of Prophecy. What light do we have on this subject? How far do you want to go into a mystery about our heavenly Father and His Son who is divine?  Do you trust them both? Do you love them both supremely? Do you obey them both? Do you reflect their character? Why did Jesus have to come to this dark spot as a helpless baby in fallen flesh?


Meanwhile Hebrews 4:13 shows that Jesus is also Judge. His authority to rule and judge derives from the fact that God created all things and sustains the universe (Isa. 44:24-28).

Hebrews 1:3 and Colossians 1:17 affirm that Jesus also sustains the universe. This sustaining action probably includes the idea of guidance or governance. The Greek word pheron (sustaining, carrying) is used to describe the wind driving a boat (Acts 27:15, 17) or God leading the prophets (2 Pet. 1:21). Thus, in a real sense, Jesus not only created us but sustains us, as well. Every breath, every heartbeat, every moment of our existence is found in Him, Jesus, the foundation of all created existence.

Look up Acts 17:28. What does it say to us about Jesus and His power? Then think about the implications of this same Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. What does this truth teach us about the self-denying character of our Lord?

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Thursday        January 13
Today I Have Begotten You

Hebrews 1:5 reports the following words of the Father to Jesus: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You” (NKJV). What does it mean that Jesus was “begotten,” and when did this happen? Does not this show that Jesus was somehow created by God sometime way in the past, as many believe?

Read Hebrews 1:5; 2 Samuel 7:12-14; Psalm 2:7; and Luke 1:31, 32. What promise to David did Paul in Hebrews apply to Jesus?

Jesus was begotten in the sense that He was installed, or “adopted,” by God as the promised ruler, the son of David. The concept of the divine adoption of the ruler was common in the Greco-Roman world and the east. It gave the ruler legitimacy and power over the land.

God promised to David, however, that his Son would be the true legitimate ruler of the nations. He would “adopt” David’s son as His own Son. Through this process the Davidic King would become God’s protégé and His heir. The covenant is fulfilled in Jesus as the Son of David. God would defeat His enemies and give Him the nations as His inheritance (Ps. 89:27; Ps. 2:7, 8 ).

As we can read in Romans 1:3, 4 and Acts 13:32, 33, Jesus was publicly revealed as God’s Son. Jesus’ baptism and transfiguration were moments when God identified and announced Jesus as His Son (Matt. 3:17, Matt. 17:5).

Amen!  His Son, not one who was adopted. Jesus was divine from eternity past. Don't ask how this can be, it just is. I Am said so. And, it has been confirmed. Before Abraham, was Christ, the Creator. He was not adopted. From the Book of John:


 8:57   Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 
 8:58   Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 
 8:59   Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. 

Yet, according to the New Testament, Jesus became the “Son of God with power” when He was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God. It was at that moment that God fulfilled His promise to David that his son would be adopted as God’s own Son and His throne over the nations would be established forever (2 Sam. 7:12-14).

Jesus did not become the Son of God with power when resurrected, He created the Earth before David was. He made that perfectly clear. In reply to the statement that Christ was the Son of David, Jesus said, “How then doth David in Spirit call Him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool? If David then call Him Lord, how is He his son? And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions.” Matthew 22:43-46.


Thus, Caesar (symbol of Rome) was not the legitimate “son of god,” ruler of the nations. Instead, Jesus Christ was. The “begetting” of Jesus refers to the beginning of Jesus’ rule over the nations, and not to the beginning of His existence, because Jesus had always existed. There was never a time when Jesus did not exist, because He is God.

In fact, Hebrews 7:3 says that Jesus does not have “beginning of days nor end of life” (cf. Heb. 13:8 ) because He is eternal. Thus, the idea of Jesus as God’s “only begotten son” is not dealing with the nature of Christ as deity but with His role in the plan of salvation. Through the incarnation, Christ fulfilled all the covenant promises.

"All"?  The "everlasting covenant" and the "new covenant" promise to change our hearts, to cleanse them from all sin, to empower us to keep His law.  Has He written His law on your heart? Maybe so, but I pray that many more will be converted so that He will write His law on their hearts also. He has fulfilled His part, but it remains to be seen who will fulfill their part in making full surrenders of their hearts so that He can transform sinners into saints.
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Friday         January 14

Further Thought: The coming of Jesus to this earth as the Son of God fulfilled several functions at the same time. In the first place, as the Divine Son of God, Jesus came to reveal the Father to us. Through His actions and words, Jesus showed us what the Father really is like and why we could trust and obey Him.

Jesus also came as the promised Son of David, Abraham, and Adam, through whom God had promised He would defeat the enemy and rule the world. Thus, Jesus came to take the place of Adam at the head of humanity and fulfill the original purpose God had for them (Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 8:3-8). Jesus came to be the righteous ruler God always wanted this world to have.

“The word that was spoken to Jesus at the Jordan, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,’ embraces humanity. God spoke to Jesus as our representative. With all our sins and weaknesses, we are not cast aside as worthless. ‘He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.’ Ephesians 1:6. The glory that rested upon Christ is a pledge of the love of God for us. … The light which fell from the open portals upon the head of our Saviour will fall upon us as we pray for help to resist temptation. The voice which spoke to Jesus says to every believing soul, This is My beloved child, in whom I am well pleased” — Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 113.

Amen! Is it possible to not sin? Why can we get help to resist temptation to sin?  Before the foundation of the Earth was laid, the Father and Jesus agreed that Jesus would pay the price for our sins if Adam sinned. Did they have to do this when Adam sinned? Of course not. God can change His mind. He was repented of having made man and killed every living thing on the Earth except what was in the ark. It was not easy for our heavenly Father to allow Jesus, at the risk of losing Him, come to this dark spot in the universe a helpless baby in our flesh. But, the promise in that agreement was better revealed in verse 13 of the first chapter of Genesis. "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel. Thus Jesus did suffer for our sins, and man has the opportunity, a second chance to be changed and hate sin. Unless we surrender all to Jesus, we will remain separated from God and at enmity with Him. If we love Him with the whole heart, then we will receive the promise of being separated from Satan and will have hated to him and sin.


Discussion Questions:


    We have learned that a better understanding of Jesus’ words and actions helps us understand God, the Father, better. In what practical ways should a better understanding of Jesus enrich your relationship with God, the Father?

The more we know of God, the more we will love Him. Thus, we can be tested at a higher level.

    We learned that the way God spoke to and treated Jesus is the way He wants to speak to and treat us. What should that tell us about how we should treat others?

We are to treat others as we would want them to treat us. The question is how can we be converted daily so we will love others as God loves us?


    Dwell on the importance of the eternal deity of Christ. What is lost if we believe that Jesus were somehow, in some way, a created being, like us, but who went to the cross? Contrast that thought with the reality that Christ was eternal God, and He Himself went to the cross. What is the big difference between the two ideas?


 In class, talk about giving glory to God. Read Revelation 14:7.

   Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 


That is a great subject worthy of discussion. The lesson ought to have explained what it means to give glory to God so that the church would understand the power of God to transform sinners into saints (those who keep His law and love Him supremely).   

 To give glory to God is to reveal His character in our own, and thus make Him known. And in whatever way we make known the Father or the Son, we glorify God. Signs of the Times October 17, 1892, par. 3


Therefor, we need a little more to discuss in our Sabbath School classes this Sabbath. Here is something to share with your class that they may better understand not only what it means, but how to obtain the power to be able to give glory to God.

We are never to rest in a satisfied condition, and cease to make advancement, saying, “I am saved.” When this idea is entertained, the motives for watchfulness, for prayer, for earnest endeavor to press onward to higher attainments, cease to exist. No sanctified tongue will be found uttering these words till Christ shall come, and we enter in through the gates into the city of God. Then, with the utmost propriety, we may give glory to God and to the Lamb for eternal deliverance. As long as man is full of weakness,—for of himself he cannot save his soul,—he should never dare to say, “I am saved.” It is not he that putteth on the armor that can boast of the victory; for he has the battle to fight and the victory to win. It is he that endureth unto the end that shall be saved. The Lord says, “If any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” If we do not go forward from victory to victory, the soul will draw back to perdition. We should raise no human standard whereby to measure character. We have seen enough of what men call perfection here below. God’s holy law is the only thing by which we can determine whether we are keeping his way or not. If we are disobedient, our characters are out of harmony with God’s moral rule of government, and it is stating a falsehood to say, “I am saved.” No one is saved who is a transgressor of the law of God, which is the foundation of his government in heaven and in earth.  Review and Herald June 17, 1890.


How is giving glory to God part of present truth and the three angels’ messages?

We just quoted it from the three angels' message. And, if we do not give glory to God, then it is very bad to be telling others to do so and to ask them to leave their churches, and to tell them about the mark of the beast. Why? Because we must be in a converted state (read the gospel message) and if we are not, again, we cannot give to others what we do not have. We rather being reproach upon the message, upon God and His Word, and His church.
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2022, 11:28:38 AM »
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     This can be a sore spot for Adventists as previously many Adventists used to teach that Jesus was, literally, created by the Father at some point in the far past. While that teaching was corrected when Ellen White wrote in Desire of Ages that, "In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived" {Desire of Ages, page 530.3} we are no closer to the truth with what is being pronounced in this lesson than they were before she stated that in the Desire of Ages.
     I would say the problem appears to be the thought that being “begotten” means that Jesus was “created”, this does not have to be the case though the word “begotten” generally means to beget life in a sexual way it does not apply to Jesus' incarnation either. The Bible does consistently use the terms that the man “begets”, and the woman “bares” through pregnancy. The term "beget" then does mean to provide a beginning of life to another in that context.
     But, the question should just be, when did the Father have to give, or transfer, life to Jesus? Remembering that anything that takes place in time (past, present, or future) is, in the mind of God a reality that defies time. Christ was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world even though He was not slain until 4,000 years into Earth’s history.
   The lesson identifies the verse but misses the context. Let us look at Acts chapter 13:
Acts 13:26-33 KJV:
(26)  Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
(27)  For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
(28)  And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
(29)  And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
(30)  But God raised him from the dead:
(31)  And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
(32)  And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
(33)  God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

     I quoted the whole context although only the last verse is necessary. Luke is very clear in that when God the Father resurrected Jesus, He “begot” Him (as it is written in the second Psalm). That is, He gave Him back His life.
     The ideal that the Father "adopted" Jesus is just ridiculous.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2022, 06:11:52 AM »
Hi Bill thanks for joining the discussion. Very nice to see someone upholding the truth. The word “begotten” does not mean created as you mentioned.  The reading in Acts 13 makes if very clear that the prophecy in Psalms 2 is referring to Christ’s resurrection. The word “begotten” is translated “bring forth” as in Job 39:2, Psalms 7:14, and Proverbs 27:1. So Christ was brought forth from the dead raised to be reunited with the Father.   
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Sabbath Afternoon – The Promised Son

When I read Hebrews, I try to keep in mind that Paul under the inspiration of God is teaching truths to encourage, warn and inspire the Hebrews to help them in their journey in living wholly for God. To keep the faith and be lights in the world.

At the same time every word spoken has import for each of us for the same reason. We need to be encouraged, warned and inspired just as those saints in Paul’s day.

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” Hebrews 2:1, 2

Last week I asked the class to define the word “mediator?” By bringing together our resources we came up with some good answers. Then I asked the class why we needed a mediator in a spiritual sense?

Some years back I was able to attend a class which taught us how to teach the Sabbath school lesson. I will never forget what the leader of the class said. “Ask a question and then let them sweat.” Most teachers get nervous because of the silence and then quickly answer their own questions. When a question is asked in class, I try to remember this is a new thought to the students so they need time to process it and it never hurts to let them sweat. It is good to get our minds working on the deep things of God. We live in a baby bird society and allow others to stuff us with their food so we don’t have to think for ourselves. Jesus said search the scriptures this takes time and effort but it is very rewarding.

Why do you need a mediator? What is Christ doing for you personally as your high priest? Take some time and write down your answers.  

The some of the focus of Paul’s letter to the Hebrews has to do with Christ being our high priest. He was constantly uplifting Christ as our mediator addressing the topic approaching it from different perspectives. This week the focus is on Christ as our high priest as being equal with God which will be expanded on in the lesson.


Jesus looked upon the distressed and heart burdened, those whose hopes were blighted, and who with earthly joys were seeking to quiet the longing of the soul, and He invited all to find rest in Him.  {DA 328.3}

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Sunday – In These Last Days

Paul starts his letter to the Hebrews with “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” Hebrews 1:1, 2

Paul uses term “In these last days” in reference to the Christ coming and speaking to them in person. Many had waited for years for the long looked for Messiah and now this event has unfolded before them. While most did not understand the mission of Christ the prophecies were fulfilled concerning his first coming. Paul saw this as being one step closer to the end. When we read Daniel chapter two, we see that we are living in the time of the ten toes and the next event is the second coming of Christ. We are living in the last days even more so as we see other prophecies unfold. There are only a few more prophecies to be fulfilled and Christ will come.

There is a story told of a little girl who is in a dark room late at night and she is busily sewing away with her needle darting in and out and she says “I must be very industrious, for this is the only candle I have and it is almost gone.”
 
We have been graciously granted a probationary time in which every minute counts for good or for woe. As we see the hate in the hearts of men today and the unrest around the world, we can be assured the candle is burned down to its socket. We should live each day as if it were our last day.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2.For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3.Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” 2 Timothy 3:1-4

If you want to do study type in “anger around the world” on your search engine on the internet and you will find that anger has escalated greatly over the last couple of years. The world is trying to figure out why but the word of God confirms the reason. One of the eight laws of health is “trust in divine power” people need an anchor in the time of storm. There is a storm coming for which most are not prepared. But let us offer hope to those who are fearful point them to the Rock of Ages so they can find rest. 

Christ says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus looked upon the distressed and heart burdened, those whose hopes were blighted, and who with earthly joys were seeking to quiet the longing of the soul, and He invited all to find rest in Him.  {DA 328.3}

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Monday – God Has Spoken to Us by His Son

Hebrews 1:1-4

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” Hebrews 1:1, 2
 
When the text speaks of God it is in reference to Christ as he was the mediator from the very beginning it was His voice Adam and Eve heard calling for them in the garden. It was Christ who spoke to the patriarchs and prophets of old. Then Christ the creator God came to this world in our humanity and personally spoke to man. Christ not only spoke the words of life but lived them.

How precious it is to have the words spoken to us from the Son of God. The patriarchs and prophets would have loved to have heard or read the words spoken directly by Christ.

Christ’s method of teaching was very different from those of His time. The chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to go listen to Christ and when they came back with their report. “The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.” John 6:46 In this same chapter Jesus said “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63

It was said of Jesus. “For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Matthew 7:29 Christ’s teachings lifted the hearts of the people to those things that are eternal he uplifted before them that which satisfies the soul.

Christ God with us was speaking to the people with all the authority of heaven and the chief rulers and leaders rejected Him. Today many a bible goes unread while the cares of this life absorb our time it seems that modern media is the idol of choice for today.
 
During this time when Christ spoke to the people, they were getting mostly the boring dry teachings of men with no life-giving power. They were so bound down with man made rules and regulations so that religion was nothing more than slavery. They were in spiritual Egypt under the taskmasters being the religious leaders.  “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” Matthew 4:16

What a blessing for each of us today as we have the light of Christs Words. We hold in our hands the Words of life. Paul is reminding the saints that the Son was appointed the leader of heaven the one who speaks things into existence came and spoke to fallen man.
 
Let us be like John and Andrew and say "Rabbi, . . . where dwellest thou?" In a brief interview by the wayside, they could not receive that for which they longed. They desired to be alone with Jesus, to sit at His feet, and hear His words. "He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day." Lift Him Up p. 168

Jesus looked upon the distressed and heart burdened, those whose hopes were blighted, and who with earthly joys were seeking to quiet the longing of the soul, and He invited all to find rest in Him.  {DA 328.3}

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Tuesday – He Is the Radiance of the Glory of God

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Hebrews 1:3, 4

Paul was deeply in love with Christ he speaks of Him as the one who loves us as the one who is powerful. He says “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39

The apostle now uplifts Christ as “being the brightness of his glory” a beam of light shining in a grand display the character of God to the world. The American Standards translation says “the effulgence of his glory” The Modern Kings James Version “the shining splendor of His glory.”

It is difficult to find words to express the beauty of Him who came to reflect the light of heaven to fallen man.
 
In Exodus 33:18 Moses said to the LORD  “I beseech thee, shew me thy glory?” The LORD grants his request but says ye shall not see my face and live. He puts Moses in a cleft of the rock and puts his hand out to shield him from the fullness of His glory.

“5.And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:5-7

Are you standing there with Moses and can you see the power of God the blinding radiance and his beautiful character? The LORD came to this world the express image of Jehovah.
 
“The glory of the attributes of God is expressed in His character. Every page of the Holy Scriptures shines with His light. The righteousness of Christ, as a pure, white pearl, has no defect, no stain. No work of man can improve the great and precious gift of God. It is without a flaw. In Christ are "hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:3. He is "made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." 1 Corinthians 1:30. All that can satisfy the needs and longings of the human soul, for this world and for the world to come, is found in Christ. Our Redeemer is the pearl so precious that in comparison all things else may be accounted loss.”

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” 2 Peter 1:19

The lesson says “Hebrews also says that Jesus is the “exact representation” of the Father’s substance (Heb. 1:3, NASB). The point of the metaphor is that there is a perfect correspondence in being—or essence—between the Father and the Son.”
 
Jesus was an exact copy of the Father as He boldly taught “I and my Father are one.” John 10:30 Take some time to study this scripture what does this oneness involve?

Those who are born into the divine family are to give glory to God. The last message given to this world will be through those who are deeply in love with God.  “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

 
Jesus looked upon the distressed and heart burdened, those whose hopes were blighted, and who with earthly joys were seeking to quiet the longing of the soul, and He invited all to find rest in Him.  {DA 328.3}

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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 3--1st Quarter 2022--The Promised Son
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Response to Thursday:

       Luke is very clear in that when God the Father resurrected Jesus, He “begot” Him (as it is written in the second Psalm). That is, He gave Him back His life.

Brother Bill, so good to see you!! Are you still in Brazil?  Guess what the US allows to be placed on farmland?

Getting back to the lesson, I have been in the mountains with no internet, so I am only speaking to your post. As I recall God called Jesus to come forth, but was it not in His own power that Jesus came from the grave. Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." John 2:19. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." John 10:17,18.

This is a question that has been raised in my mind in the past. What are your thoughts?

Again, so very good to see your name again. It has been quite a long time. Much has changed. Not sure if I am going to be able to leave my home tomorrow!  :( But, not fear, God is in absolute control.
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Thursday – Today I Have Begotten You

“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?” Hebrews 1:5

This text is from Psalms 2:7  “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Which “day” is being spoken of in Psalms? The Arians have used this text to prove that Christ was created in some distant past. When someone takes one scripture out of context and then puts their own definition on it then any teaching can be taught which is contrary to holy writ.

David under inspiration is following a line of thought stating “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” Psalms 2:1-3 

At what time in history did the rulers and kings rise up against the anointed one or Christ?

This scripture was fulfilled and mentioned in the book of Acts. “Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,” Acts 4:25-27

Psalms 2 is focusing on how Christ was treated by those he came to save. The prophecy in Psalms shared this heart breaking event. “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” Psalms 2:3 They wanted to live for themselves without being under the control of the Spirit of God. Did not the rulers cry out “We have no king but Caesar.” John 19:15 Did they not trade Barabbas a robber in exchange for the King of heaven.   

The prophecy in Psalms has to do with the rejection of Christ then it quickly turns to his resurrection and reinstatement as the King of Kings. “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” Psalms 2:6, 7 See (Acts 13:33, 34)

The same voice that is saying “Thou art my Son” is now saying “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.” Psalms 2:8-10
Paul even mentions this in the first chapter of Hebrews “But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?” Hebrews 1:13

All judgment was given to Christ “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:9-12
 
The progression is the same as Psalms chapter 2. They put Christ to death then He rose again and Christ is the rightful judge and everyone will give an account of how they used their probationary time here on earth.

This involves every living person on earth not just those of old who rejected Christ. Those who receive light and refuse to walk in it are breaking all ties with heaven. Cherished sins will break the bands and will cut the cords with heaven. That still small voice of right can be pushed out of the heart never to be heard again. God is not willing that any should perish but a constant refusal of God’s love is a choice the sinner makes. God seeks to save to soften our hard hearts but many will say “We have no king but Caesar.” Our Barabbas could be anything that is more important to us than Christ.
 

Jesus looked upon the distressed and heart burdened, those whose hopes were blighted, and who with earthly joys were seeking to quiet the longing of the soul, and He invited all to find rest in Him.  {DA 328.3}