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The Desire of Ages--7--As a Child
« on: September 12, 2000, 07:43:00 PM »
As a Child


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     The childhood and youth of Jesus were spent in a little mountain village. There was no place on earth that would not have been honored by His presence. The palaces of kings would have been privileged in receiving Him as a guest. But He passed by the homes of wealth, the courts of royalty, and the renowned seats of learning, to make His home in obscure and despised Nazareth. 
     Wonderful in its significance is the brief record of His early life: "The child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him." In the sunlight of His Father's countenance, Jesus "increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." Luke 2:52. His mind was active and penetrating, with a thoughtfulness and wisdom beyond His years. Yet His character was beautiful in its symmetry. The powers of mind and body developed gradually, in keeping with the laws of childhood.
     As a child, Jesus manifested a peculiar loveliness of disposition. His willing hands were ever ready to serve others. He manifested a patience that nothing could disturb, and a truthfulness that would never sacrifice integrity. In principle firm as a rock, His life revealed the grace of unselfish courtesy. 
     With deep earnestness the mother of Jesus watched the unfolding of His powers, and beheld the impress of perfection upon His character. With delight she sought to encourage that bright, receptive mind. Through the Holy Spirit she received wisdom to co-operate with the heavenly agencies in the development of this child, who could claim only God as His Father. 
     From the earliest times the faithful in Israel had given much care to the education of the youth. The Lord had directed that even from babyhood the children should be taught of His goodness and His greatness, especially as revealed in His law, and shown in the history of Israel. Song and prayer and lessons from the Scriptures were to be adapted to the opening mind. Fathers and mothers were to instruct their children that the law of God is an expression of His character, and that as they received the principles of the law into the heart, the image of God was traced on mind and soul. Much of the teaching was oral; but the youth also learned to read the Hebrew writings; and the parchment rolls of the Old Testament Scriptures were open to their study. 
     In the days of Christ the town or city that did not provide for the religious instruction of the young was regarded as under the curse of God. Yet the teaching had become formal. Tradition had in a great degree supplanted the Scriptures. True education would lead the youth to "seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him." Acts 17:27. But the Jewish teachers gave their attention to matters of ceremony. The mind was crowded with material that was worthless to the learner, and that would not be recognized in the higher school of the courts above. The experience which is obtained through a personal acceptance of God's word had no place in the educational system. Absorbed in the round of externals, the students found no quiet hours to spend with God. They did not hear His voice speaking to the heart. In their search after knowledge, they turned away from the Source of wisdom. The great essentials of the service of God were neglected. The principles of the law were obscured. That which was regarded as superior education was the greatest hindrance to real development. Under the training of the rabbis the powers of the youth were repressed. Their minds became cramped and narrow.
     The child Jesus did not receive instruction in the synagogue schools. His mother was His first human teacher. From her lips and from the scrolls of the prophets, He learned of heavenly things. The very words which He Himself had spoken to Moses for Israel He was now taught at His mother's knee. As He advanced from childhood to youth, He did not seek the schools of the rabbis. He needed not the education to be obtained from such sources; for God was His instructor.
     The question asked during the Saviour's ministry, "How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?" does not indicate that Jesus was unable to read, but merely that He had not received a rabbinical education. John 7:15. Since He 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. From His earliest years He was possessed of one purpose; He lived to bless others. For this He found resources in nature; new ideas of ways and means flashed into His mind as He studied plant life and animal life. Continually He was seeking to draw from things seen illustrations by which to present the living oracles of God. The parables by which, during His ministry, He loved to teach His lessons of truth show how open His spirit was to the influences of nature, and how He had gathered the spiritual teaching from the surroundings of His daily life.
     Thus to Jesus the significance of the word and the works of God was unfolded, as He was trying to understand the reason of things. Heavenly beings were His attendants, and the culture of holy thoughts and communings was His. From the first dawning of intelligence He was constantly growing in spiritual grace and knowledge of truth.
     Every child may gain knowledge as Jesus did. As we try to become acquainted with our heavenly Father through His word, angels will draw near, our minds will be strengthened, our characters will be elevated and refined. We shall become more like our Saviour. And as we behold the beautiful and grand in nature, our affections go out after God. While the spirit is awed, the soul is invigorated by coming in contact with the Infinite through His works. Communion with God through prayer develops the mental and moral faculties, and the spiritual powers strengthen as we cultivate thoughts upon spiritual things. 
     The life of Jesus was a life in harmony with God. While He was a child, He thought and spoke as a child; but no trace of sin marred the image of God within Him. Yet He was not exempt from temptation. The inhabitants of Nazareth were proverbial for their wickedness. The low estimate in which they were generally held is shown by Nathanael's question, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" John 1:46. Jesus was placed where His character would be tested. It was necessary for Him to be constantly on guard in order to preserve His purity. He was subject to all the conflicts which we have to meet, that He might be an example to us in childhood, youth, and manhood. 
     Satan was unwearied in his efforts to overcome the Child of Nazareth. From His earliest years Jesus was guarded by heavenly angels, yet His life was one long struggle against the powers of darkness. That there should be upon the earth one life free from the defilement of evil was an offense and a perplexity to the prince of darkness. He left no means untried to ensnare Jesus. No child of humanity will ever be called to live a holy life amid so fierce a conflict with temptation as was our Saviour. 
     The parents of Jesus were poor, and dependent upon their daily toil. He was familiar with poverty, self-denial, and privation. This experience was a safeguard to Him. In His industrious life there were no idle moments to invite temptation. No aimless hours opened the way for corrupting associations. So far as possible, He closed the door to the tempter. Neither gain nor pleasure, applause nor censure, could induce Him to consent to a wrong act. He was wise to discern evil, and strong to resist it. 
     Christ was the only sinless one who ever dwelt on earth; yet for nearly thirty years He lived among the wicked inhabitants of Nazareth. This fact is a rebuke to those who think themselves dependent upon place, fortune, or prosperity, in order to live a blameless life. Temptation, poverty, adversity, is the very discipline needed to develop purity and firmness. 
     Jesus lived in a peasant's home, and faithfully and cheerfully acted His part in bearing the burdens of the household. He had been the Commander of heaven, and angels had delighted to fulfill His word; now He was a willing servant, a loving, obedient son. He learned a trade, and with His own hands worked in the carpenter's shop with Joseph. In the simple garb of a common laborer He walked the streets of the little town, going to and returning from His humble work. He did not employ His divine power to lessen His burdens or to lighten His toil. 
     As Jesus worked in childhood and youth, mind and body were developed. He did not use His physical powers recklessly, but in such a way as to keep them in health, that He might do the best work in every line. He was not willing to be defective, even in the handling of tools. He was perfect as a workman, as He was perfect in character. By His own example He taught that it is our duty to be industrious, that our work should be performed with exactness and thoroughness, and that such labor is honorable. The exercise that teaches the hands to be useful and trains the young to bear their share of life's burdens gives physical strength, and develops every faculty. All should find something to do that will be beneficial to themselves and helpful to others. God appointed work as a blessing, and only the diligent worker finds the true glory and joy of life. The approval of God rests with loving assurance upon children and youth who cheerfully take their part in the duties of the household, sharing the burdens of father and mother. Such children will go out from the home to be useful members of society. 
     Throughout His life on earth, Jesus was an earnest and constant worker. He expected much; therefore He attempted much. After He had entered on His ministry, He said, "I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work." John 9:4. Jesus did not shirk care and responsibility, as do many who profess to be His followers. It is because they seek to evade this discipline that so many are weak and inefficient. They may possess precious and amiable traits, but they are nerveless and almost useless when difficulties are to be met or obstacles surmounted. The positiveness and energy, the solidity and strength of character, manifested in Christ are to be developed in us, through the same discipline that He endured. And the grace that He received is for us. 
     So long as He lived among men, our Saviour shared the lot of the poor. He knew by experience their cares and hardships, and He could comfort and encourage all humble workers. Those who have a true conception of the teaching of His life will never feel that a distinction must be made between classes, that the rich are to be honored above the worthy poor. 
     Jesus carried into His labor cheerfulness and tact. It requires much patience and spirituality to bring Bible religion into the home life and into the workshop, to bear the strain of worldly business, and yet keep the eye single to the glory of God. This is where Christ was a helper. He was never so full of worldly care as to have no time or thought for heavenly things. Often He expressed the gladness of His heart by singing psalms and heavenly songs. Often the dwellers in Nazareth heard His voice raised in praise and thanksgiving to God. He held communion with heaven in song; and as His companions complained of weariness from labor, they were cheered by the sweet melody from His lips. His praise seemed to banish the evil angels, and, like incense, fill the place with fragrance. The minds of His hearers were carried away from their earthly exile, to the heavenly home.   
     Jesus was the fountain of healing mercy for the world; and through all those secluded years at Nazareth, His life flowed out in currents of sympathy and tenderness. The aged, the sorrowing, and the sin-burdened, the children at play in their innocent joy, the little creatures of the groves, the patient beasts of burden,--all were happier for His presence. He whose word of power upheld the worlds would stoop to relieve a wounded bird. There was nothing beneath His notice, nothing to which He disdained to minister. 
     Thus as He grew in wisdom and stature, Jesus increased in favor with God and man. He drew the sympathy of all hearts by showing Himself capable of sympathizing with all. The atmosphere of hope and courage that surrounded Him made Him a blessing in every home. And often in the synagogue on the Sabbath day He was called upon to read the lesson from the prophets, and the hearts of the hearers thrilled as a new light shone out from the familiar words of the sacred text.
     Yet Jesus shunned display. During all the years of His stay in Nazareth, He made no exhibition of His miraculous power. He sought no high position and assumed no titles. His quiet and simple life, and even the silence of the Scriptures concerning His early years, teach an important lesson. The more quiet and simple the life of the child,--the more free from artificial excitement, and the more in harmony with nature,--the more favorable is it to physical and mental vigor and to spiritual strength. 
     Jesus is our example. There are many who dwell with interest upon the period of His public ministry, while they pass unnoticed the teaching of His early years. But it is in His home life that He is the pattern for all children and youth. The Saviour condescended to poverty, that He might teach how closely we in a humble lot may walk with God. He lived to please, honor, and glorify His Father in the common things of life. His work began in consecrating the lowly trade of the craftsmen who toil for their daily bread. He was doing God's service just as much when laboring at the carpenter's bench as when working miracles for the multitude. And every youth who follows Christ's example of faithfulness and obedience in His lowly home may claim those words spoken of Him by the Father through the Holy Spirit, "Behold My Servant, whom I uphold; Mine Elect, in whom My soul delighteth." Isaiah 42:1. 

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Re: The Desire of Ages--7--As a Child
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2000, 08:27:00 AM »
(1) Even in His very early life, Jesus exhibited a number of God's character traits:
- mind was active and penetrating
- thoughtfulness and wisdom beyond His years
- peculiar loveliness of disposition
- willing hands ready to serve
- patience that nothing could disturb
- truthfulness that would never sacrifice integrity
- firm as a rock in principle
- unselfish courtesy

(2) Speaking of the education of the time: "They did not hear His voice speaking to the heart. In their search after knowledge, they turned away from the Source of wisdom."

I find it continually fascinating that everything we need is in God. Wisdom, peace, love, happiness, contentment, joy, patience, understanding, etc. The list could go on and on. He freely gives us so many things when we seek Him. But so often, we go in search of one of these things on our own, and not only do we fail to find it, but we also turn away from God, who would freely give it only if we would come and ask for it! It seems so ironic to me that we can find all of life's desires in one place, but apart from that one place, we can find none of them.

(3) "The very words which He Himself had spoken to Moses for Israel, He was now taught at His mother's knee."

What a concept. I wonder if Jesus ever had deja vu. Sitting there, reading or listening to stories from the Old Testament, I wonder if anything rang a bell and somewhere in His head, He thought, "Haven't I been there, done that?"

(4) "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."

How fascinating to imagine the Great Creator studying His own designs in apparent ignorance. We have no idea when He first began to realize who He really was. How marvelous it must have been to look in wonder at creation when He was a little boy, only to discover later on that He was the one who had made it all!

(5) He studied nature and read the Scriptures. There is something to be said about this point. Because even though He was God Himself, yet in His humanity, He came to a knowledge and understanding of God in the very same way that we do! God was not uploading information into His head automatically - Jesus was searching out the Father, and we can be blessed and understand Him just like Jesus did. (Well, maybe not to the complete depth that Jesus did, because He was still God and we'll never be God!)

(6) "As we try to become acquainted with our Heavenly Father through His word, angels will draw near, our minds will be strengthened, our characters will be elevated and refined. We shall become more like our Savior."

Even though I think I've now come across this point several times, it's interesting once again to note that if we really want to be changed and become more like God, we do it through becoming acquainted with Him. We don't do it through trying to "be good." We seek God and then God does the work in our lives.

(7) "Jesus lived in a peasant's home, and faithfully and cheerfully acted His part in bearing the burdens of the household."

Imagine the angels looking on. Here is their Commander in Chief, not only a little human boy now, but also living in the midst of poverty and cheerfully obeying the commands of others!! Where are Satan's charges now that God is self-serving and lives only unto Himself? Where is the charge that God desires only the glory of Himself? Jesus is living in squalor, in total dependence, being obedient to someone He created. What is happening here?! Just what, exactly, is God up to now?

(8) "He learned a trade, and with His own hands worked in the carpenter's shop with Joseph."

We don't usually think very much about Jesus' occupation before He became "God With Us" (although He was always "God With Us"), but first of all, the fact that Jesus was a carpenter rules out these wimpy pictures of skinny Jesus. He probably looked more like a weight trainer - bulging biceps and the like. Imagine what strength He had - not only divine strength - but human strength as well! I think He must have looked very different than how we picture Him.

And how appropriate that He should be a carpenter! For God is always in the business of taking something ugly and useless like a big slab of wood, working with it, and leaving it different, more useful, and more beautiful than when He found it. And blessings to those who received His handiwork - I bet the furniture God makes isn't the kind you have to take in for repairs for a long, long time! No broken chair legs or splintered wood here! God is a true craftsman, whether He's dealing in wood or people.

(9) "He expected much; therefore He attempted much."

It was interesting to see a tiny bit of myself in this statement!

(10) "He held communion with heaven in song; and as His companions complained of weariness from labor, they were cheered by the sweet melody from His lips...The atmosphere of hope and courage that surrounded Him made Him a blessing in every home."

It is so exciting to think that as we are made over in God's image, we will become just like this! Because I want to be just like this! In the office, I would like to be the one who has a positive attitude, not the one who's complaining all the time. And I would like that atmosphere of hope and courage to surround me so that I might be uplifting to others, not drag them down. Can you imagine just being in the presence of someone who radiated light and hope and encouragement? That really must be a blessing!

(11) "He was doing God's service just as much when laboring at the carpenter's bench as when working miracles for the multitude."

Proof that we don't have to be doing great and mighty things to be working for God; we only have to be where He has called us to be at that time. Even the Son of God, mighty as He was, great as He was, and as important as His mission was, spent many more years at a carpenter's bench because He understood that God has a time for everything. And He knew that being in God's service meant just that - serving wherever God has a need.


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Re: The Desire of Ages--7--As a Child
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2000, 10:00:00 AM »
Richard, Kellee, I again would like to share a couple of my favorite passages from this beautiful book. I do not feel I can add much as commentary to the clarity and beauty of the words, except to share particular verses that speak to my heart.
I have found comfort and hope in this little sentence over the years.

"In the sunlight of His Father's countenance, Jesus, "Increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." LK 2.52  

And I have found much in this chapter that has served as quidance with my own children.

"In His industrious life there were no idle moments to invite temptation. No aimless hours opened the way for corrupting associations."

"His quiet and simple life, and even the silence of the Scriptures concerning His early years, teach an important lesson. The more quiet and simple the life of the child,-
the more free from artificial excitement, and the more in hrmony with nature,-the more favorable is it to physical and mental vigor and to spiritual strength."

I feel like these words are of special importance today.

And this passage, is incredably beautiful to me. I pray that our walk might leave the same impression. This verse has has special significance in my life,  

"The aged, the sorrowing, and the sin-burdened, the children at play in their innocent joy, the little creatures of the grove, the patient beasts of burden,- all were happier for His presence. He whose word of power uphelds worlds would stoop to relieve a wounded bird. There was nothing beneath His notice, nothing to which He disdained to minister."

Richard this truly is one of the most beautiful and spiritual books ever written, and I am so blessed that we are studying it in this manner. Chapter by chapter.

Tami


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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2000, 10:15:00 AM »
Another!
"As we try to become acqainted with our heavenly Father through His word, angels will draw near,(Yes!) our minds will be strengthened, our characters will be elevated and refined.(Yes!) We shall become more like our Saviour.(Yes!)

And as we behold the beautiful and grand in nature, our affections go out after God.
While the spirit is awed, the soul is invigorated by coming in contact with the Infinate through His works." (Amen!)

Each word a treasure.
Tami


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Re: The Desire of Ages--7--As a Child
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The following posts were made in 2007-2008


Richard Myers

Re: Re: Desire of Ages! chapter 7
on: August 20, 2007, 08:37:00 AM

 The childhood and youth of Jesus were spent in a little mountain village. There was no place on earth that would not have been honored by His presence. The palaces of kings would have been privileged in receiving Him as a guest. But He passed by the homes of wealth, the courts of royalty, and the renowned seats of learning, to make His home in obscure and despised Nazareth.  {DA 68.1} 
    Wonderful in its significance is the brief record of His early life: "The child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him." In the sunlight of His Father's countenance, Jesus "increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." Luke 2:52. His mind was active and penetrating, with a thoughtfulness and wisdom beyond His years. Yet His character was beautiful in its symmetry. The powers of mind and body developed gradually, in keeping with the laws of childhood. 



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Reply #1 on: August 21, 2007, 09:41:00 AM

If there is any example of what parents should do and follow to raise their children can be learned from reading of Joseph and Mary with Jesus. There were so many places in that day God could have planted Jesus to live, but He did it in such a way to protect both the parents and Jesus while He grew.

Sometimes parents do not have a choice in that goal, but they can make the home as near to heaven as can be done even in the cities. Not the ideal, but it can be done. It all depends in when the walk with God that they create a place of holiness and faith within the walls so that the children have a haven in which to live in and come into when they are out in the world.

I see this with my friends Heidi and Darrell. They live out in the middle of nowhere and the world they have given their children is so pleasant and peaceful.

I see this with my Pastor and his family. They are nearer to the world of our town, but have given in their home a place for God to dwell and the children are blessed by that haven.

Even someday in a lonely prison cell we can make for ourselves a haven with God that no man can touch or take away from us. Where God plants us we will be safe in Him.

All we have to do is reach up to Him and He will bring the whole host of heaven to be with us no matter where we are.   

 

Richard Myers

Reply #2 on: August 22, 2007, 02:15:00 PM

    quote:Originally posted by Liane H:

    Sometimes parents do not have a choice in that goal, but they can make the home as near to heaven as can be done even in the cities.

This is true, but in most cases, parents have sacrificed their children as did the mother of Lot's children. We have been given a message to call all out of the cities. If mothers and fathers desired to leave the cities, God would open a way for most.


Liane H

Reply #3 on: August 22, 2007, 02:56:00 PM


Well for example Pastor's must go where the church and God calls them to go. It would be nice if the church would let the pastor's with little ones to stay out of the cities, but it may not always be so.

"Whenever possible, it is the duty of parents to make homes in the country for their children."  {AH 141.1}

The first words is clear "whenever possible."

At the same time she also says:

"So long as God gives me power to speak to our people, I shall continue to call upon parents to leave the cities and get homes in the country, where they can cultivate the soil and learn from the book of nature the lessons of purity                                                                             and simplicity. The things of nature are the Lord's silent ministers, given to us to teach us spiritual truths. They speak to us of the love of God and declare the wisdom of the great Master Artist."  {AH 146.3}

She spoke often as she was able to encourage them to move to the country.

Here is a statement that I think few have seen or read before. It is interesting that those of us that are in the country make it possible for others to leave the cities:

"Believers who are now living in the cities will have to move to the country, that they may save their children from ruin. Attention must be given to the establishment of industries in which these families can find employment. Those who have charge of the school-work at---and---should see what can be done by these institutions to establish such industries, so that our people desiring to leave the cities, can obtain modest homes without a large outlay of means, and can also find employment. In both ---- and ---- there are favorable and encouraging features for the development of this plan. Study what these features are.  {CL 19.4}

I have yet to see this taking place by my own church or by others. Has anyone else seen such efforts made?

More and more, as time advances, our people will have to leave the cities. For years we have been instructed that our brethren and sisters, and especially families with children, should plan to leave                                                                                                                                                                                                     the cities as the way opens before them to do so. Many will have to labor earnestly to help open the way. But until it is possible for them to leave, so long as they remain, they should be most active in doing missionary work, however limited their sphere of influence may be.-- Review and Herald, Sept. 27, 1906. {CL 24.4}

The question is how close are we to needing to move to the country? Are the times so near that we should do and help as many as we can to leave the cities?

As my life was down in Los Angeles there was no way I could have left the city. I dreamed about leaving the city, but in my heart I never believed it would be possible. I was blessed by God in His own time and way to make that possible.

I had to suffer much before it was possible, even was given the option at my employment that I had to choose between my job and my faith and though I new in my head that they could not because of state laws, but in my heart the fear was real when they told me I had to make that choice.

One step led to another, though difficult as they were and a way was made for me to leave and now God has made an even better way for me to be even further out in the country than I am now.

Neither experience was easy, but happened despite all that took place. God does take care of us when we let Him do so.

This is the first step for some:

"As God's commandment-keeping people, we must leave the cities. As did Enoch, we must work in the cities but not dwell in them."-- Evangelism, pp. 78, 79. (1899)  {CL 30.4}

I saw this by a pastor of mine that moved his family many miles out in the country, commuted to work in the church in the city each day. That was 25 years ago, how much more should it be done today. 


Richard Myers

Reply #4 on: August 22, 2007, 04:46:00 PM

Yes, it is not Biblical to live in the city because one is working in the city, even as a pastor. And, for some pastors, they even ought not be working in the city.

But, the important thing is to be truly converted, then God can work in ways that He would not otherwise work. And, then His children will understand and want the blessings God has promised.


Richard Myers

Reply #5 on: September 12, 2007, 09:57:00 AM


The child Jesus did not receive instruction in the synagogue schools. His mother was His first human teacher. From her lips and from the scrolls of the prophets, He learned of heavenly things. The very words which He Himself had spoken to Moses for Israel He was now taught at His mother's knee. As He advanced from childhood to youth, He did not seek the schools of the rabbis. He needed not the education to be obtained from such sources; for God was His instructor. 

    The question asked during the Saviour's ministry, "How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?" does not indicate that Jesus was unable to read, but merely that He had not received a rabbinical education. John 7:15. Since He 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. From His earliest years He was possessed of one purpose; He lived to bless others. For this He found resources in nature; new ideas of ways and means flashed into His mind as He studied plant life and animal life. Continually He was seeking to draw from things seen illustrations by which to present the living oracles of God. The parables by which, during His ministry, He loved to teach His lessons of truth show how open His spirit was to the influences of nature, and how He had gathered the spiritual teaching from the surroundings of His daily life.

That parents would learn from this example and pattern their lives in such a manner.


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Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007, 04:43:00 PM

Thus to Jesus the significance of the word and the works of God was unfolded, as He was trying to understand the reason of things. Heavenly beings were His attendants, and the culture of holy thoughts and communings was His. From the first dawning of intelligence He was constantly growing in spiritual grace and knowledge of truth. 
   
Every child may gain knowledge as Jesus did. As we try to become acquainted with our heavenly Father through His word, angels will draw near, our minds will be strengthened, our characters will be elevated and refined. We shall become more like our Saviour. And as we behold the beautiful and grand in nature, our affections go out after God. While the spirit is awed, the soul is invigorated by coming in contact with the Infinite through His works. Communion with God through                                                                          prayer develops the mental and moral faculties, and the spiritual powers strengthen as we cultivate thoughts upon spiritual things. 
   
The life of Jesus was a life in harmony with God. While He was a child, He thought and spoke as a child; but no trace of sin marred the image of God within Him. Yet He was not exempt from temptation. The inhabitants of Nazareth were proverbial for their wickedness. The low estimate in which they were generally held is shown by Nathanael's question, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" John 1:46. Jesus was placed where His character would be tested. It was necessary for Him to be constantly on guard in order to preserve His purity. He was subject to all the conflicts which we have to meet, that He might be an example to us in childhood, youth, and manhood. 
   
Satan was unwearied in his efforts to overcome the Child of Nazareth. From His earliest years Jesus was guarded by heavenly angels, yet His life was one long struggle against the powers of darkness. That there should be upon the earth one life free from the defilement of evil was an offense and a perplexity to the prince of darkness. He left no means untried to ensnare Jesus. No child of humanity will ever be called to live a holy life amid so fierce a conflict with temptation as was our Saviour.  71



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Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007, 04:52:00 PM


No child of humanity will ever be called to live a holy life amid so fierce a conflict with temptation as was our Saviour.

Jesus, as God incarnate, continued to battle against Satan - it is quoted here as "fierce." Imagine, a little child, with the thoughts of a child, ever learning, standing firm against Satan.

Young, tender, guarded by angels - He was able to stand. Beautiful thoughts to contemplate. Mixed in with the movements of the Spirit, along with the presence of holy angels, was a mother and an earthly father to contstantly guide this holy Child.


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Amen!  Holy parents!  Such a blessing!! Especially the mother, whose responsibility was mainly the rearing of the child Jesus. Sad, to contemplate the role of many mothers today who do not see their most important role as mother. Imagine if Mary had not seen this as her most important job! There was one time when she took her eyes off of her Son. It took her three days to find Him again.



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Heaven knew the importance of chosing His earthly parents. Oh, to have that dedication in raising our young.


The parents of Jesus were poor, and dependent upon their daily toil. He was familiar with poverty, self-denial, and privation. This experience was a safeguard to Him. In His industrious life there were no idle moments to invite temptation. No aimless hours opened the way for corrupting associations. So far as possible, He closed the door to the tempter. Neither gain nor pleasure, applause nor censure, could induce Him to consent to a wrong act. He was wise to discern evil, and strong to resist it. 

Christ was the only sinless one who ever dwelt on earth; yet for nearly thirty years He lived among the wicked inhabitants of Nazareth. This fact is a rebuke to those who think themselves dependent upon place, fortune, or prosperity, in order to live a blameless life. Temptation, poverty, adversity, is the very discipline needed to develop purity and firmness. 
   
Jesus lived in a peasant's home, and faithfully and cheerfully acted His part in bearing the burdens of the household. He had been the Commander of heaven, and angels had delighted to fulfill His word; now He was a willing servant, a loving, obedient son. He learned a trade, and with His own hands worked in the carpenter's shop with Joseph. In the simple garb of a common laborer He walked the streets of the little town, going to and returning from His humble work. He did not employ His divine power to lessen His burdens or to lighten His toil.  72




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Reply #10 on: October 11, 2007, 03:25:00 AM


To choose poverty and to experience privation goes against the grain of the world's experience of gain. Yet it was this exact condition that set the very atmosphere for the God of heaven incarnate to flourish spiritually.

What are we doing to our children? to ourselves?



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Reply #11 on: October 11, 2007, 03:28:00 AM


As Jesus worked in childhood and youth, mind and body were developed. He did not use His physical powers recklessly, but in such a way as to keep them in health, that He might do the best work in every line. He was not willing to be defective, even in the handling of tools. He was perfect as a workman, as He was perfect in character. By His own example He taught that it is our duty to be industrious, that our work should be performed with exactness and thoroughness, and that such labor is honorable. The exercise that teaches the hands to be useful and trains the young to bear their share of life's burdens gives physical strength, and develops every faculty. All should find something to do that will be beneficial to themselves and helpful to others. God appointed work as a blessing, and only the diligent worker finds the true glory and joy of life. The approval of God rests with loving assurance upon children and youth who cheerfully take their part in the duties of the household, sharing the burdens of father and mother. Such children will go out from the home to be useful members of society. 72


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Throughout His life on earth, Jesus was an earnest and constant worker. He expected much; therefore He attempted much. After He had entered on His ministry, He said, "I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work." John 9:4. Jesus did not shirk care and responsibility, as do many who profess to be His followers. It is because they seek to evade this discipline that so many are weak and inefficient. They may possess precious and amiable traits, but they are nerveless and almost useless when difficulties are to be met or obstacles surmounted. The positiveness and energy, the solidity and strength of character, manifested in Christ are to be developed in us, through the same discipline that He endured. And the grace that He received is for us.

     So long as He lived among men, our Saviour shared the lot of the poor. He knew by experience their cares and hardships, and He could comfort and encourage all humble workers. Those who have a true conception of the teaching of His life will never feel that a distinction must be made between classes, that the rich are to be honored above the worthy poor.

     Jesus carried into His labor cheerfulness and tact. It requires much patience and spirituality to bring Bible religion into the home life and into the workshop, to bear the strain of worldly business, and yet keep the eye single to the glory of God. This is where Christ was a helper. He was never so full of worldly care as to have no time or thought for heavenly things. Often He expressed the gladness of His heart by singing psalms and heavenly songs. Often the dwellers in Nazareth heard His voice raised in praise and thanksgiving to God. He held communion with heaven in song; and as His companions complained of weariness from labor, they were cheered by the sweet melody from His lips. His praise seemed to banish the evil angels, and, like incense, fill the place with fragrance. The minds of His hearers were carried away from their earthly exile, to the heavenly home. 73


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Reply #13 on: January 09, 2008, 06:02:08 AM


Jesus was the fountain of healing mercy for the world; and through all those secluded years at Nazareth, His life flowed out in currents of sympathy and tenderness. The aged, the sorrowing, and the sin-burdened, the children at play in their innocent joy, the little creatures of the groves, the patient beasts of burden,--all were happier for His presence. He whose word of power upheld the worlds would stoop to relieve a wounded bird. There was nothing beneath His notice, nothing to which He disdained to minister.

     Thus as He grew in wisdom and stature, Jesus increased in favor with God and man. He drew the sympathy of all hearts by showing Himself capable of sympathizing with all. The atmosphere of hope and courage that surrounded Him made Him a blessing in every home. And often in the synagogue on the Sabbath day He was called upon to read the lesson from the prophets, and the hearts of the hearers thrilled as a new light shone out from the familiar words of the sacred text.

     Yet Jesus shunned display. During all the years of His stay in Nazareth, He made no exhibition of His miraculous power. He sought no high position and assumed no titles. His quiet and simple life, and even the silence of the Scriptures concerning His early years, teach an important lesson. The more quiet and simple the life of the child,--the more free from artificial excitement, and the more in harmony with nature,--the more favorable is it to physical and mental vigor and to spiritual strength.  74



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Reply #14 on: January 12, 2008, 05:40:53 AM

Quote from: Sybil on January 09, 2008, 06:02:08 AM

    The more quiet and simple the life of the child,--the more free from artificial excitement, and the more in harmony with nature,--the more favorable is it to physical and mental vigor and to spiritual strength[/b].  74


How different from the rearing of children today!



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Reply #15 on: January 13, 2008, 05:18:16 AM


Amen, Richard!

Jesus is our example. There are many who dwell with interest upon the period of His public ministry, while they pass unnoticed the teaching of His early years. But it is in His home life that He is the pattern for all children and youth. The Saviour condescended to poverty, that He might teach how closely we in a humble lot may walk with God. He lived to please, honor, and glorify His Father in the common things of life. His work began in consecrating the lowly trade of the craftsmen who toil for their daily bread. He was doing God's service just as much when laboring at the carpenter's bench as when working miracles for the multitude. And every youth who follows Christ's example of faithfulness and obedience in His lowly home may claim those words spoken of Him by the Father through the Holy Spirit, "Behold My Servant, whom I uphold; Mine Elect, in whom My soul delighteth." Isa. 42:1.
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Re: The Desire of Ages--7--As a Child
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2016, 07:24:06 AM »
Some may wonder why it is that we place this forum/board at the top of our list of forums.  It is because we suffer today in the same manner the church did in 1888. And, because of this we are still on this earth when we ought to have finished the work entrusted to us over a hundred years ago. The church remains in a Laodicean condition. When we place Jesus in the law, then He has His rightful place. When we have Jesus, we have life. We must understand what that means and how it is that we can have Christ. Jesus told Nicodemus he needed to be born again of the Spirit. He was in a Laodicean condition as was the nation of Israel. He also said this to Nicodemus: "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up." It would not be right to tell Nicodemus he needed to be converted and not tell him how to go about obtaining eternal life. It is by looking that we may live, just as those bitten by the fiery serpents would live if they looked upon the uplifted symbol of Christ on the cross. There was no life in the brazen serpent, but it represented the One who has life. It is by beholding Jesus that we are transformed in nature. It is an intellectual and a spiritual truth that by beholding we become changed. The mind is as plastic, it adapts itself to what it is accustomed to look upon. We too, must look and live.

Therefore, it would be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ. This is why we have a board set aside for the Desire of Ages, and why we have placed it at the top of our list of forums. It has been 16 years since anyone has posted in this topic. Let us read together each day about the life of our Savior. By so doing we will be converted each day. It is a promise!  "But 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, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:18.

Chapter seven has important truths that are often overlooked. In As a Child, we find this at the very beginning: "'In the sunlight of His Father's countenance, Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.' Luke 2:52. His mind was active and penetrating, with a thoughtfulness and wisdom beyond His years. Yet His character was beautiful in its symmetry. The powers of mind and body developed gradually, in keeping with the laws of childhood."

Jesus was not born with omniscience, nor was He born with a character fitted for Gethsemane. The Bible says "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." Hebrews 5:8,9.

"Made perfect"? "Learned obedience"? I contend that He was always obedient and made perfect from birth. If true, then what do these two verses mean? And, what does this truth have to do with our salvation and our growth in grace?

As I was reading this morning, a new connection was made between the everlasting covenant, the gospel, and the law of God.

The three are intimately connected, but the mechanism for enshrining God in the heart was better understood as I read these words: "Fathers and mothers were to instruct their children that the law of God is an expression of His character, and that as they received the principles of the law into the heart, the image of God was traced on mind and soul."

We have been teaching on the everlasting covenant. Sadly, it is not very well understood in the church. What can we learn about it from this important sentence?
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2016, 05:58:35 AM »
"In His industrious life there were no idle moments to invite temptation." {DA 72.1} How much a blessing it is when we cheerfully do the work God has appointed us--and even in our times of rest to seek not self-indulgent rest, but unbroken communion with our Father in heaven. I am thankful for Jesus who is both my Savior and perfect example. God is faithful.
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2016, 09:52:04 AM »
Amen, Sean!  I have never thought of this in those terms. It has always appeared to me to be so very important to keep the children moving in the right direction, to keep their little hands and minds occupied with matters that will not only build strong characters, but point them to Jesus, His love, and His law.

You are so right, the same principle applies to us all. Thanks for sharing. We need to keep the mind filled with heavenly truth after it has been swept clean of selfishness. When we allow it to wander away from Jesus, we have no more protection against temptation to sin. It is only our connection with Christ that protects us from the wages of sin. "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." 1 John 5:11,12.
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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2016, 06:31:59 AM »
There are some very important truths God wants us to understand that we might be saved, transformed. Here is one of these truths.

     Every child may gain knowledge as Jesus did. As we try to become acquainted with our heavenly Father through His word, angels will draw near, our minds will be strengthened, our characters will be elevated and refined. We shall become more like our Saviour. And as we behold the beautiful and grand in nature, our affections go out after God. While the spirit is awed, the soul is invigorated by coming in contact with the Infinite through His works. Communion with God through prayer develops the mental and moral faculties, and the spiritual powers strengthen as we cultivate thoughts upon spiritual things. 

We are given a period of time to be saved, transformed in character. How does it happen, how can our minds be strengthened, our characters be elevated and refined, how can we become more like our Saviour?  In this short statement we are told that by beholding Jesus and His creation we are changed, saved. Communion with God "develops the mental and moral faculties, and the spiritual powers strengthen." What a truth! God loves us and is trying to help us understand so we can do that which will transform our character.  Have you tasted this love? Have you experienced this transformation? If not,  now we know what our part is in being saved (converted daily). God will help us do it.
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2016, 07:29:34 AM »
Amen, Richard!

This is my favorite chapter in this book--I find so much practical light on character building in Jesus' youth!

I was encouraged by this paragraph as I realize how important it is to daily learn the lessons God has for us in Scripture and in nature:

The question asked during the Saviour's ministry, "How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?" does not indicate that Jesus was unable to read, but merely that He had not received a rabbinical education. John 7:15. Since He 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. From His earliest years He was possessed of one purpose; He lived to bless others. For this He found resources in nature; new ideas of ways and means flashed into His mind as He studied plant life and animal life. Continually He was seeking to draw from things seen illustrations by which to present the living oracles of God. The parables by which, during His ministry, He loved to teach His lessons of truth show how open His spirit was to the influences of nature, and how He had gathered the spiritual teaching from the surroundings of His daily life.
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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2016, 07:37:21 AM »
"In His industrious life there were no idle moments to invite temptation." {DA 72.1} How much a blessing it is when we cheerfully do the work God has appointed us--and even in our times of rest to seek not self-indulgent rest, but unbroken communion with our Father in heaven. I am thankful for Jesus who is both my Savior and perfect example. God is faithful.

Thank you Pastor Sean. I needed to be reminded of that today.
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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2016, 05:35:03 PM »
As a Mother I have often wondered how it must have been for Mary raising a perfect child. The joy that must have reigned in her heart to watch and listen and interact with this unusual, happy, loving, obedient, and on and on, child that even as a small child thought more of others than Himself.

What an example Jesus must have been to his own parents. His perfection would stand in stark contrast to their imperfection.

Just think when this life is over we will have eternity to sit with people we have talked about and read about in the bible and listen to them relate their own stories.  But best of all we will be with Jesus. We really will need eternity to do, see and learn all the things that Jesus has in store for us.
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2016, 07:07:05 AM »
Amen, Sister Doreen. I too, look forward to spending time with all whom we have studied, those who were faithful to love and serve our Savior and heavenly Father.

As I read this morning, there were many truths that moved my heart, but today it was the truth about how we are to rear our little ones. The world is in the process of following Satan's sophistries. But, God's people have been given great light. Parents, aunts, uncles, grand-parents, teachers, and pastors ought to be encouraged to read Child Guidance, Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, and the many other Books that give counsel on rearing children. Then that knowledge is to be disseminated to families that children might be trained up in the way of the Lord. The loss of our children is not without cause.

Here is a statement that I have appreciated so very much. When parents ignore it, then the sure results will be seen.

Jesus shunned display. During all the years of His stay in Nazareth, He made no exhibition of His miraculous power. He sought no high position and assumed no titles. His quiet and simple life, and even the silence of the Scriptures concerning His early years, teach an important lesson. The more quiet and simple the life of the child,--the more free from artificial excitement, and the more in harmony with nature,--the more favorable is it to physical and mental vigor and to spiritual strength. 


Do we shun display? Do we find time to work in the garden each day?  Do we seek out artificial excitement, in music, computer games, movies, television, sporting events, Disneyland? When we have the counsels before us, then what excuse do we have when we do not follow them in our homes, schools, and churches."As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come." Proverbs 26:2. Let us take heed for the sake of our little ones, the church, the cities, and the world.

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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2016, 08:52:50 AM »
Amen, Richard! Child rearing is surely helped by following the perfect example we see in Jesus. Well would it be for the little children to learn to help their parents, rather than be taught that their focus is to be upon the things of the world, such as entertainment. Last night before I woke up to read this chapter I was struck by the thought as the Holy Spirit prompted my mind that we are either continually growing, having the mind developed through a union and communion with Christ that is unobstructed, or our minds are being dwarfed and enfeebled by the distractions and diversions that Satan has for our minds. This is where the battle rages--and I am encouraged that one of the most helpful agencies in preventing the heart and mind from wandering from Christ is spending this "thoughtful hour" with Jesus, and in uplifting the heart to Him in song, as did our Savior!

Jesus carried into His labor cheerfulness and tact. It requires much patience and spirituality to bring Bible religion into the home life and into the workshop, to bear the strain of worldly business, and yet keep the eye single to the glory of God. This is where Christ was a helper. He was never so full of worldly care as to have no time or thought for heavenly things. Often He expressed the gladness of His heart by singing psalms and heavenly songs. Often the dwellers in Nazareth heard His voice raised in praise and thanksgiving to God. He held communion with heaven in song; and as His companions complained of weariness from labor, they were cheered by the sweet melody from His lips. His praise seemed to banish the evil angels, and, like incense, fill the place with fragrance. The minds of His hearers were carried away from their earthly exile, to the heavenly home.   

I have already turned this paragraph into a song, and I am so encouraged to realize how Jesus gives us the desire and the power to live a new life in Him--to enjoy being in His presence!
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Re: The Desire of Ages--7--As a Child
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2016, 12:15:13 PM »
And as we behold the beautiful and grand in nature, our affections go out after God. While the spirit is awed, the soul is invigorated by coming in contact with the Infinite through His works. Communion with God through prayer develops the mental and moral faculties, and the spiritual powers strengthen as we cultivate thoughts upon spiritual thing. 

This weekend I spent a good amount of time in God's nature. Walking the woods enjoying the vivid colors that the trees put on display for us this time of year. Nature can put on a display of our Creator's love that nothing created by man can come close. No wonder Christ spent time in nature and learned there lessons for His life.

Mat 6:28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Mat 6:29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

By communion with God in nature, the mind is uplifted, and the heart finds rest.  {DA 291.1}

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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2017, 08:31:34 AM »
Amen, Jim.  The Sabbath is God's gift to us that we might know of His love and power from observing His character in creation.

This morning, I was impressed with the truth about the character of Christ. There are so many false teachings about His nature. We need to be careful we to not neglect the light we have been given, and more important, that we do not misrepresent His nature nor our own. There are important truths revealed in today's reading.

    Every child may gain knowledge as Jesus did. As we try to become acquainted with our heavenly Father through His word, angels will draw near, our minds will be strengthened, our characters will be elevated and refined. We shall become more like our Saviour. And as we behold the beautiful and grand in nature, our affections go out after God. While the spirit is awed, the soul is invigorated by coming in contact with the Infinite through His works. Communion with God through prayer develops the mental and moral faculties, and the spiritual powers strengthen as we cultivate thoughts upon spiritual thing.
     The life of Jesus was a life in harmony with God. While He was a child, He thought and spoke as a child; but no trace of sin marred the image of God within Him. Yet He was not exempt from temptation. The inhabitants of Nazareth were proverbial for their wickedness. The low estimate in which they were generally held is shown by Nathanael's question, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" John 1:46. Jesus was placed where His character would be tested. It was necessary for Him to be constantly on guard in order to preserve His purity. He was subject to all the conflicts which we have to meet, that He might be an example to us in childhood, youth, and manhood.
     Satan was unwearied in his efforts to overcome the Child of Nazareth. From His earliest years Jesus was guarded by heavenly angels, yet His life was one long struggle against the powers of darkness. That there should be upon the earth one life free from the defilement of evil was an offense and a perplexity to the prince of darkness. He left no means untried to ensnare Jesus. No child of humanity will ever be called to live a holy life amid so fierce a conflict with temptation as was our Saviour.
     The parents of Jesus were poor, and dependent upon their daily toil. He was familiar with poverty, self-denial, and privation. This experience was a safeguard to Him. In His industrious life there were no idle moments to invite temptation. No aimless hours opened the way for corrupting associations. So far as possible, He closed the door to the tempter. Neither gain nor pleasure, applause nor censure, could induce Him to consent to a wrong act. He was wise to discern evil, and strong to resist it.
     Christ was the only sinless one who ever dwelt on earth; yet for nearly thirty years He lived among the wicked inhabitants of Nazareth. This fact is a rebuke to those who think themselves dependent upon place, fortune, or prosperity, in order to live a blameless life. Temptation, poverty, adversity, is the very discipline needed to develop purity and firmness. 


What are some important truths we see in this short but important statement that will help us to not err in our understanding of both His nature and our own. Also, error is revealed that was taught in last quarter's Sabbath School lesson regarding the life of Job.
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     Satan was unwearied in his efforts to overcome the Child of Nazareth. From His earliest years Jesus was guarded by heavenly angels, yet His life was one long struggle against the powers of darkness. That there should be upon the earth one life free from the defilement of evil was an offense and a perplexity to the prince of darkness. He left no means untried to ensnare Jesus. No child of humanity will ever be called to live a holy life amid so fierce a conflict with temptation as was our Saviour.
     The parents of Jesus were poor, and dependent upon their daily toil. He was familiar with poverty, self-denial, and privation. This experience was a safeguard to Him. In His industrious life there were no idle moments to invite temptation. No aimless hours opened the way for corrupting associations. So far as possible, He closed the door to the tempter. Neither gain nor pleasure, applause nor censure, could induce Him to consent to a wrong act. He was wise to discern evil, and strong to resist it.
     Christ was the only sinless one who ever dwelt on earth; yet for nearly thirty years He lived among the wicked inhabitants of Nazareth. This fact is a rebuke to those who think themselves dependent upon place, fortune, or prosperity, in order to live a blameless life. Temptation, poverty, adversity, is the very discipline needed to develop purity and firmness.


What are some important truths we see in this short but important statement that will help us to not err in our understanding of both His nature and our own. Also, error is revealed that was taught in last quarter's Sabbath School lesson regarding the life of Job.

I have bolded the statements (from what I quoted you quoted in Desire of Ages) that help to answer your questions, Richard. I am thankful to look at this clearly as we see this revealed to us. Jesus was the only sinless one--which helps us understand that all of us, apart from Christ, are sinners. His was the one life on earth free from the defilement of evil. He did not consent to sin even by a thought; he was not selfish, as we are when we come into this world. We need a Savior. Jesus IS OUR SAVIOR!!! Our part is to learn of Him, behold His loveliness, and let that transform us so we can overcome every sin and defect through the power of the divine nature keeping our fallen nature under, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Himself endured trial and deprivation as part of the needed experience to develop perfection of character (which He had when He entered the world, but such perfection had to continue and mature more fully). We clearly see this truth in Hebrews 5:

8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.


Job endured trial and suffering for him to get to the point of character described in Job 1:1 as "perfect." It is false to think that this happened without trials, which are God's workmen to refine our characters.

I just love this chapter, and I appreciate how the loveliness of Jesus shines through so lucidly:

The child Jesus did not receive instruction in the synagogue schools. His mother was His first human teacher. From her lips and from the scrolls of the prophets, He learned of heavenly things. The very words which He Himself had spoken to Moses for Israel He was now taught at His mother's knee. As He advanced from childhood to youth, He did not seek the schools of the rabbis. He needed not the education to be obtained from such sources; for God was His instructor. {DA 70.1}

If we desire a character like Christ's, we would do well to seek the true sources of education--the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, and to follow the example of Christ in being faithful in whatever work God gives us to do. I love how Jesus learned the words He Himself spoke at His mother's knee. Praise God for godly mothers who train their children the words of truth! We see the importance of home influences in Christ's life, and also the need to come to the experience of receiving instruction from God directly (from inspired sources, nature, and the work of the Holy Spirit), uncontaminated with the chaff of man's traditions. Let us behold Jesus and experience His cleansing grace from sin to empower us to live a new life abiding in Him!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2017, 03:43:57 AM »
I love this revelation of Jesus in this chapter. This is my favorite chapter in the book--because it shows the foundation of His character and gives us encouragement as to how we can walk with Jesus when we accept His grace to change our hearts! May we extend His healing love to others today!

  Jesus was the fountain of healing mercy for the world; and through all those secluded years at Nazareth, His life flowed out in currents of sympathy and tenderness. The aged, the sorrowing, and the sin-burdened, the children at play in their innocent joy, the little creatures of the groves, the patient beasts of burden,--all were happier for His presence. He whose word of power upheld the worlds would stoop to relieve a wounded bird. There was nothing beneath His notice, nothing to which He disdained to minister. 

Jesus revealed the Father's glory in selfless ministry! What a beautiful revelation of what it means to be like God--and we are invited through a faith-surrender to Him to become partakers of the divine nature! What a joy! What a privilege! When we have Him in the heart and mind, all the fruits of the Spirit will flow out in healing streams of blessing to others--not one will be missing!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2017, 04:45:37 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean. What a God we serve! 

This is indeed an interesting and instructive chapter. Imagine growing up in Nazareth! But, what we read this morning says that it was a blessing to Jesus. Why? Because the circumstances in His life were of such a nature that they helped to produce such strong moral character. Jesus was not born with the character that led Him to suffer and die for you and me. It was a character that was developed through great trial. This is a lesson we ought to have learned. We too, have need to develop such a Christian character.

     With deep earnestness the mother of Jesus watched the unfolding of His powers, and beheld the impress of perfection upon His character. With delight she sought to encourage that bright, receptive mind. Through the Holy Spirit she received wisdom to co-operate with the heavenly agencies in the development of this child, who could claim only God as His Father. 


Such a character as He developed cannot be attained without the aid of God. But, neither can it be obtained without strong effort on our part. And a mother has so much responsibility in how the child grows. The mother of Jesus did not send him to church school.

     The child Jesus did not receive instruction in the synagogue schools. His mother was His first human teacher. From her lips and from the scrolls of the prophets, He learned of heavenly things. The very words which He Himself had spoken to Moses for Israel He was now taught at His mother's knee. As He advanced from childhood to youth, He did not seek the schools of the rabbis. He needed not the education to be obtained from such sources; for God was His instructor.


There was great harm done to children when attending the church schools in that day, and so it is today in many of our schools.

     The experience which is obtained through a personal acceptance of God's word had no place in the educational system. Absorbed in the round of externals, the students found no quiet hours to spend with God. They did not hear His voice speaking to the heart. In their search after knowledge, they turned away from the Source of wisdom. The great essentials of the service of God were neglected. The principles of the law were obscured. That which was regarded as superior education was the greatest hindrance to real development. Under the training of the rabbis the powers of the youth were repressed. Their minds became cramped and narrow.


While Jesus was God in the flesh, He grew and developed as each child must do. It is a mystery how this could be, but it is the truth. How can we grow in our character if we are surrounded by unfavorable circumstances?

     Christ was the only sinless one who ever dwelt on earth; yet for nearly thirty years He lived among the wicked inhabitants of Nazareth. This fact is a rebuke to those who think themselves dependent upon place, fortune, or prosperity, in order to live a blameless life. Temptation, poverty, adversity, is the very discipline needed to develop purity and firmness. 


While we are to protect our children from such an environment as Nazareth, we are to understand the principles put forth in regard to the opportunity we each have to develop purity and strength of character through the grace of God.....no matter what circumstances surround us. God has promised if we will allow Him to live in the heart, "all" things will work for our good.
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« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2017, 09:48:36 PM »
There is important truth for parents in this chapter. In a day where television, movies, and Disneyland are set before the eyes and ears of even babies, there is much harm being done. Yet, God has given instruction as to what is best for their development.

   Yet Jesus shunned display. During all the years of His stay in Nazareth, He made no exhibition of His miraculous power. He sought no high position and assumed no titles. His quiet and simple life, and even the silence of the Scriptures concerning His early years, teach an important lesson. The more quiet and simple the life of the child,--the more free from artificial excitement, and the more in harmony with nature,--the more favorable is it to physical and mental vigor and to spiritual strength. 


Notice what this quiet life will do for a child. Is the benefit physical, mental, or spiritual? It is all three. What a blessing we can give our children!
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.