Wednesday: The Benefit of Wisdom
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Read Proverbs 2:1–5. What are the conditions for understanding the fear of the LORD? What choices do we have to make in this matter?

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Three times the discourse is introduced with the conjunction if, marking three stages in the progression of education. The first if introduces the passive stage of listening; that is, simply being receptive and attentive to the words of wisdom (Prov. 2:1-2). The second if introduces the active response of […]

Tuesday: The Call of Wisdom
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Read Proverbs 1:20-21. How is wisdom presented here? What is being told to us?

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While the sinners lie in wait and lurk secretly (Prov. 1:11, Prov 1:18, NKJV), wisdom calls aloud outside (Prov. 1:20, NKJV), cries out in the chief concourses (Prov. 1:21, NKJV), and speaks her words (Prov. 1:21, NKJV). Wisdom is here personified, and her offer is given to the man and the woman on the street. It is for everyone […]

Monday: True Education
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Read Proverbs 1:8–19. What two contrasting ways of education are presented in these verses? What’s the basic message here, not just for parents, but for everyone who fears the Lord?

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Education is, first of all, a family matter, and true education comes, first and foremost, from the parents. In these verses, this education is called instruction and even law. The Hebrew word for law, torah, means direction. The parents are to point their […]

Sunday: The Beginning of Wisdom
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In Proverbs 1:1–6 the title the proverbs of Solomon the son of David (Prov. 1:1) establishes a link between this proverb and 1 Kings 3:5–14. In Kings (as in the book of Proverbs), Solomon is presented as a son seeking wisdom from God. In addition to both referring to Solomon as the son of David, the two texts share significant common wording: understand, wisdom, judgment.Not only do these parallels confirm Solomon as the one behind the composition of the book, they […]

Sabbath: The Call of Wisdom
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Read for This Week’s Study: Proverbs 1–3, Gen. 1:1, Exod. 19:16, Exod. 20:20, Prov. 11:30, Prov. 13:12, Prov. 15:4.

Memory Text: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7, NKJV).

From Eden onward, the root of human tragedy lies in wrong choices. Man lost all because he chose to listen to the deceiver rather than to Him who is Truth, who alone has understanding. By the mingling of evil with […]

Introduction to Proverbs: Words of the Wise
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by Jacques Doukhan

While many books of the Bible are filled with deep spiritual and theological truths, the book of Proverbs is filled with practical and down-to-earth advice for daily living.

Brief, well-balanced, poetic, salty, and often humorous, the proverbs are universal, are easy to memorize, and make their points well, sometimes even more efficiently than do eloquent speeches and rigorous argumentation.

For instance: Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise (Prov. 6:6, NKJV). Or: It is […]

Inside Story: Under Arrest! Part 2
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Giovanni Zaldivar

At the detention center we were searched, and police took our remaining invitations. Then the police officer took our names and addresses, and the names of the schools we attended. He hinted that our arrest would be reported to our school and could our chances to attend college one day.

Meanwhile the woman returned to the church and told the members what had happened. The choir practice immediately became a prayer meeting as the believers sought God’s protection for […]

Friday: Further Study: The Everlasting Gospel
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Further Study: Read Ellen G. White, The Loud Cry, p. 198-202, in Last Day Events.

We need to come up to a higher standard, to go forward and claim our exalted privileges. We should walk humbly with God, make no proud boasts of perfection of character, but in simple faith claim every promise in the word of God; for they are for the obedient, not for the transgressors of God’s law. We are simply to believe the testimony of God, […]

Thursday: The Climax of the Gospel
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But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets (Rev. 10:7, NASB).

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Significantly, Revelation 10:7 is the only other verse in Revelation (besides Revelation 14:6) that specifically refers to preaching the gospel (the Greek word translated preached is euangelizo, to proclaim good news). These two chapters are special for Seventh-day Adventists, because […]

HopeSS: The Everlasting Gospel
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube