“You Don’t Love Me. You Love My Accomplishments”

Studying this week’s Sabbath School lesson, on the humility of the wise, reminded me of a conversation I had, during fellowship dinner in a church I spoke in. A mother told me she was always pushing her daughter to do her best, and win awards and honor roll certificates. She would brag about how wonderful … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Lesson From Nature

Bald Eagle in Flight

All through the Bible, imagery from nature has been used to teach spiritual truths. Here, too, using nature, the proverb teaches us lessons about humility. Read Proverbs 30:18-19. What is it saying here, too, about the limits of human understanding? Agur sees mystery in even many of the common things. It is a very fascinating … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Actions of the Arrogant

Teacher and Student With F on Test

Just as humility is positive and brings blessings, a lack of humility is dangerous and brings curses. After having encouraged the virtue of humility by showing its rewards and fruit, Proverbs 30 gives a stern warning about the dangers that come from pride. Cursing your parents (Prov. 30:11 & Prov. 30:17). Agur begins with this category, for … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Humility of the Wise (Mar 21, ’15)

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. … [Click to read more …]

12: The Humility of the Wise – Lesson Plan

Key Thought : Fellowship with the Creator and appreciation of His Divine wisdom provides instruction for success in this present life. [Lesson plan for The Humility of the Wise March 16, 2015] 1. Have a volunteer read Proverbs 30:1-3,32-33. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Neither Too Much nor Too Little

Religious Stock Image hungry grain person

Prov. 30:7–9 contains the only prayer in the book of Proverbs. It is not by chance that this request immediately follows the affirmation of God as the great Creator (Prov. 30:4) and the promise of His faithfulness (Prov. 30:5). Read Proverbs 30:7–9. Why would someone ask these things? Before we ask God for anything, it … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Who Do You Think You Are?

Man Looking Into Heart Shaped Tunnel

Read Proverbs 30:1–3, Prov. 30:32-33. Together, what are they saying? The self-negation seen in these texts is quite a break from the usual self-exaltation of kings in the ancient Near East, who often liked to boast of their wisdom, achievements, and military victories. Solomon himself is recorded as surpassing all the kings of the earth … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Humility of the Wise

Read for This Week’s Study: Proverbs 30, Luke 18:9–14, Job 38:1–40:2, 1 John 1:9, Rev. 3:14–18, Psalm 104:24. Memory Text: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3, NKJV). In the Bible, humility is considered an important virtue. The greatest of prophets, Moses, is singled out as the most humble … [Click to read more …]