Sabbath Afternoon

 

Memory Text: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word.” Psalms 119:9

 

According to our memory text above the solution to overcome hereditary and cultivated sins is to take heed to the word of God. To heed is to pay attention to or take notice of. If you are driving and came to an intersection that has a stop sign and did not stop but went through at normal speed, it would be assumed that you either didn’t notice the stop sign or you weren’t paying attention. The idea behind the word heed goes deeper because it can be assumed that paying attention or taking notice will result in you doing the right thing. Another explanation for the word heed is the old way of using it, meaning to listen to and follow. Hence if a person says to you, young man you should heed these words, it is implied that these words should cause you to do something different.

 

The Bible encourages us often to go contrary to our natural bend or societal direction. Yet when we follow the instructions found in the Holy Bible we find out that heeding the word will result in us living clean lives.  

 

This week we are exploring how to live a clean righteous life.

 

 

Sunday                                                                                                                                  May 8

 

Title: Clear warnings                                                        

 

From Proverbs 22:22, 23 we read, “Rob not the poor, because he [is] poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.” This statement gives a very clear direction. Not only is this statement specific, “rob not the poor”, but it comes with a warning, that the Lord will “Spoil the soul”, that rob the poor. The beauty of this type of direction given in the Bible is that it also tells us what will be the result of oppressing the afflicted (payday loan, loan shark, taking advantage of the sick, etc.), that God will “spoil” the person that does this. Thus when we watch the lives of those who have done what the Bible tells them not to do, we find out, over time, if they really got away with robbing and oppressing the poor and afflicted. The Bible contains so many clear instructions and warning that we can investigate and see that God is not to be played with, and He will repay evil.       

 

How does the type of friendship as described below become a trap?

Proverbs 22:24, 25

 

 

 

What could be the end result of your life if you hang with certain people?

Proverbs 23:20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 

 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags. 

 

 

 

Monday                                                                                                                                May 9

 

Title: Excellent examples of what not to do                                                  

 

The story of Balaam the prophet of the Lord and others like him are excellent stories in the Bible that when taken to heart help us to cleanse our ways. Balaam was a prophet of God but because of his love of money he betrayed God, created a scheme to weaken the children of Israel, and ended up dying on the wrong side. Here in the text found in Joshua 13:22 we see his title was changed to reflect what he had used his God given powers to do, “Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.” Imagine growing up and you are not sure if it is right or wrong to be a con artist, for instance, or you may have impulses, homosexual, for example, but you are not sure where those impulses are coming from; the Bible gives us great examples from the lives of others, so we can be cleansed from all filthiness of the flesh and mind.  

 

Why do you believe that no one can serve God and mammon?

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

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How you ever noticed how so many people will do anything to live large?

 

 

Tuesday                                                                                                                                May 10

 

Title: Excellent examples of what to do

 

The Bible says, “Better [is] the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: [and] the patient in spirit [is] better than the proud in spirit.” Ecclesiastes 7:8 The story of Joseph furnishes us with an excellent example of how we can have a long life, and live a clean life. Here the Bible tells us of Joseph living by faith up until the very end of his life, “By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.” Hebrews 11:22 Most people who attain to a level of greatness often do so for a short period of time, but often end up with much scandals and failures. The life of Joseph and Daniel are examples of men whose lives were great until the end. Their stories illustrate the staying power of having our lives cleansed in our young age. Most of the struggles you will face as you get older will be things that you did not address when you were young. These weaknesses in our characters will grow and get ugly and become hard to overcome as we get old because the older we get the more settled we become into bad habits. It is best to take heed to the word today.                

 

Describe the particulars of John’s life toward the end?

Revelation 1:9, 10

 

 

How faithful was Daniel?

Daniel 6:4, 5

 

 

 

Wednesday                                                                                                                         May 11

 

Title: Seek from the experienced and wise                                        

 

One of the fastest ways to learn is to receive wisdom and life lessons from those who are older. It is not necessary for you to go through bad experiences when you can simply learn from someone who is much older. When faced with a dilemma do not be afraid to ask someone that is wise, this will save you from much suffering and pain. The Bible also gives us firsthand accounts of men who had gone through similar situations before us and have written down their experience so we can learn about their good and bad choices. Having the Bible doesn’t mean you don’t request wisdom from those around you, it simply means that you are getting as much wisdom to make wise decisions from all sources. An important consideration is that you learn lessons from those that are truly wise not from some that are just older, for this reason the Bible states “The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it be found in the way of righteousness.” Proverbs 16:31 A person that is seventy years old and living an immoral life is not a person to take advice from, the same can be said of Bible characters. You cannot follow the advice of a bad character in the Bible because it is in the Bible, their story is there so you can learn how not to live. So it is with foolish or bad people, they are just there to teach you how to fail.

 

How does the Bible instruct us to interact with older men?

Leviticus 19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I [am] the LORD.     

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday                                                                                                                              May 12

 

Title: No vain threats

 

As we live and observe life and compare it to the instructions and warnings in the Bible we quickly come to the conclusion that God’s word does not give foolish instructions or vain warnings. As we look at society it furnishes us with enough examples to prove the instructions and warnings accurate. One thing you will hear often is that the instructions in the Bible are not to be heeded because they are fables, yet we have not seen any examples of anyone who have ignored the wisdom from the Bible without suffering the same consequences the Bible warned against. We can take any hotly rejected Biblical truth like wars of conquest, homosexuality, bestiality, get rich quick schemes, farming issues, dietary laws, mixed fabric, etc. and we can easily supply evidence and examples in the life of those around us that God’s ways work, even if they might sound old, unscientific on the surface, or unreasonable. It is possible for you to be cleansed but you must heed the word of God, which simply to listen and follow.

                                               

Why is it important to live a clean life? 

Proverbs 2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

 

 

 

 

Friday                                                                                                                                        May 13

 

It is one thing to treat the Bible as a book of good moral instruction, to be heeded so far as is consistent with the spirit of the times and our position in the world; it is another thing to regard it as it really is—the Word of the living God, the Word that is our life, the Word that is to mold our actions, our words, and our thoughts. To hold God’s Word anything less than this is to reject it. { FLB 18.2}

The Word of God is a character-detector, a motive-tester. We are to read this Word with heart and mind open to receive the impressions that God will give. We must not think that the reading of the Word can accomplish that which only He whom the Word reveals, who stands behind the Word, can accomplish. Some are in danger of hastening to the conclusion that because they hold firmly to the doctrines of the truth, they are actually in possession of the blessings which these doctrines declare shall come to the receiver of truth. Many keep the truth in the outer court. Its sacred principles have not a controlling influence over the words, the thoughts, the actions. { FLB 18.3}

 

Discussion questions

Share with the class what section of this week’s study you find inspiring, challenging, and difficult to understand.

 

Prepare to discuss with the class why you believe early victories have staying power.

 

What is your understanding of the importance of learning from others’ experience?