When indulging their appetite for wine and while under its exciting stimulus, their reason was clouded, and they could not discern the difference between the sacred and the common. Contrary to God’s express direction, they [Nadab and Abihu] dishonored Him by offering common instead of sacred fire. God visited them with His wrath; fire went forth from His presence and destroyed them. — Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, p. 295.
Let the children and youth learn from the Bible how God has honored the work of the everyday toiler. . . . Let them read . . . of the wise woman described in the Proverbs, who — Ellen G. White, Education, p. 217.
seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands; who
giveth meat to her household, and their task to her maidens; who
planteth a vineyard,
and strengtheneth her arms; who
stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, . . . reacheth forth her hands to the needy; who
looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:13, Prov. 31:15, Prov. 31:16, Prov. 31:17, Prov. 31:20, Prov. 31:27.
- Why is total abstinence from alcohol the only right option? After all, what possible good can arise from any kind of alcohol consumption? On the other hand, think about all the damage that it often causes.
- Dwell more on the idea that although we have a lot more knowledge, we don’t necessarily have more wisdom. In what ways can knowledge without wisdom be even more dangerous than a lack of knowledge without wisdom? What are some recent examples we can see of just how damaging knowledge without wisdom can be?
- Review the characteristics of the
virtuous woman.How can the principles behind what is revealed in this specific situation be applied to believers, whatever their gender, marital status, or age?
- The book of Proverbs is filled with practical wisdom. This should tell us that our religion, even with all its lofty theology and spiritual dimensions, has a very practical side to it, as well. How can we make sure that we don’t neglect the practical aspects of faith as we seek to fulfill His theological and spiritual dimensions?