Read the following comments and discuss how they help us to understand better Habakkuk’s messages.
“There is an answer to Habakkuk’s question. It is an answer, not in terms of thought, but in terms of events. God’s answer will happen, but it cannot be spelled out in words. The answer will surely come; ‘if it seem[s] slow, wait for it.’ True, the interim is hard to bear; the righteous one is horrified by what he sees. To this the great answer [...]
“And the years of eternity, as they roll, will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God and of Christ. 06As knowledge is progressive, so will love, reverence, and happiness increase. The more men learn of God, the greater will be their admiration of His character. As Jesus opens before them the riches of redemption and the amazing achievements in the great controversy with Satan, the hearts of the ransomed thrill with more fervent devotion, and with more rapturous [...]
My niece Hannah and I, a few years after this story took place.
Several years ago I was flying from Fort Worth Texas to go home to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a short flight and I was on a commuter plane. Upon landing, instead of pulling up to the terminal like the big jets, we were let out on the tarmac. I went up the stairs into the terminal and saw my family staring out the [...]
“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13 NIV
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[Thought questions for Creation, Again March 27, 2013]
1. Creation continues forever. Have you ever longed for the new heaven and earth that Peter talks about in 2 Peter 3? How can God, mighty Creator though He is, keep on creating forever? Won’t He eventually reach the point where there [...]
“Before the entrance of sin, Adam enjoyed open communion with his Maker.”-Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 7.
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After the Fall, however, that close relationship was radically altered in many ways.
Read Genesis 3:24, Exodus 33:20, and Deuteronomy 5:24-26. What did sin do to the close relationship that existed between humanity and God?
Sin had broken the relationship between God and humanity. God sent the couple away from His presence for their own protection. Humans could no longer see God’s face [...]
In the world that we know, predation is a common way of life among the animals.
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The term “food chain” is a familiar reminder of the importance of predation in our ecology, and we have difficulty imagining a world without it. But in the beginning, all land creatures ate green plants (Gen. 1:30). No animals fed on other animals. Genesis 1:30 does not mention the food of the sea creatures, but the same principles would likely apply, so that [...]
Key Thought : The new heaven and new earth are the culmination of a grand, redemptive process launched in Eden.
[Lesson plan for Creation, Again March 25,2013]
1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 21:1-5.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How will the new heaven and earth differ from the first heaven and earth? What things does God need to change?
C. Personal Application: What joys do you especially look forward [...]
Compare Genesis 1:28 with John 12:31.
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What was the status of Adam and Eve in the newly created world? Who seized power and became the ruler of this world?
Adam was given the responsibility to be ruler of the world. When he sinned, Adam’s dominion was compromised. Satan now exercised his power in the creation, causing the corruption and violence that we see everywhere.
After the Cross, however, Jesus won back the earth from Satan’s dominion (see Matt. 28:18, Rev. 12:10, John 12:31). And even [...]
Read Genesis 2:7 and Genesis 3:19. From what was Adam made, and what was the result of his sin?
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God created Adam from the dust, and he became a living being. As long as he maintained his relationship with God, his life would continue. When Adam sinned, he became separated from the Source of life. As a result, he died and returned to dust.
Read Isaiah 26:19 and Daniel 12:2. What will happen to those who sleep in the dust?
The promise of [...]
One thing that science and the Bible do have in common is the belief that this earth, as we know it now, is not going to last forever.
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For science (at least some versions of it), the same cold and mindless forces of chance that brought the earth and life on it into existence are the same cold and mindless forces of chance that are going to, eventually, destroy it. The Bible, too, teaches that [...]