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THE LAW OF GOD

Lesson Title Page

1 The Law of God .................. 5


2 The Law of God Through the Ages 8
3 The Law Distinguishes Two
Tendencies ...................... 11
4 The First Commandment .......... 14
5 The Second Commandment ........ 17
6 The Third Commandment .......... 20
7 The Fourth Commandment ......... 23
8 The Fifth Commandment .......... 27
9 The Sixth Commandment .......... 30
10 The Seventh Commandment ........ 33
11 The Eighth Commandment ......... 36
12 The Ninth Commandment .......... 40
13 The Tenth Commandment ......... 44

The Sabbath School Lesson Quarterly, The Law of God, for April-June 1989, is pub-
lished by the Seventh Day Adventist Refonn Movement General Conference, Sabbath
School Department. It is printed and distributed by Reformation Herald Publishing
Association, P. O. Box 7240, Roanoke, Virginia 24019-0240, U.S.A.
PRINTED IN U.S.A.

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FOREWORD
In an age when the spirit of rebellion is in the air, when the old established
customs are being questioned and often rejected, there is an urgent need for
established guidelines. Revolt against the establishment originated in heav-
en, and now is openly manifest on every hand.
Unfortunately, with many the least suggestion of restrictions of any kind
or regulations only meet opposition and a desire to find a way to evade or
disregard such requirements. It seems to be the natural response of humani-
ty. However, the results testify for themselves. Law and order has become a
political necessity if society is to survive and be safe. The law of the jungle is
already prevailing in parts of our big cities. Personal safety is in hazard con-
tinually. Rebellions, revolts, military coups, wars and aggressions cannot be
stopped. Human beings, precious souls for whom Christ died, are being
treated as entirely expendable, cold statistics to be duly reported by the
media. Even the highest places reveal evidences of moral corruption. Credi-
bility has ceased to be an absolute and is only relative. Truth is almost a
stranger.
What has led to this state of affairs? We directly accuse all who down-
grade the law of God-those who say it is done away either openly or in their
hearts. God has given His law to be a fence of protection for His people.
True, the two great principles make the way narrow and straight. The first
four commandments, if observed, keep man out of trouble with his God and
Creator; the second table of six, keep man from getting into trouble with his
fellow man. Only within the law of liberty is the man truly free. Without, he
can only be the slave of sin, under the law, and will ultimately be subject to
his inevitable penalty of death-the eternal, second death.
How man should love the law of God, that spiritual law that is holy, just
and good and is given of God to convert carnal sinners to become spiritual,
holy, just and good men, the sons of God! How can this be? Christ came to
pay the penalty for our transgressions when under the law and bring us back
into the new covenant. His promise is not to do away with the law, because
this is impossible. Calvary is an eternal witness that it could not be changed,
even for the Son of God. His promise is to put that law into our hearts and
minds to guide us. Then we will desire to obey, we will want to do all that is
right, and more, we will be happy to see how the law is magnified to apply to
every detail of our conduct.
It is the desire and prayer of the publishers that every student of these
lessons will love the law and daily pray that the Holy Spirit will put it into his
heart and mind. Thus the righteousness of Christ will become our righteous-
ness, our right doing (by His grace), as His mind is in us leading us to will
and to do His good pleasure. The law is what Jesus uses to sanctify us truly.

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Lesson 1 Sabbath, April 1, 1989

THE LAW OF GOD

"The laws of God have their foundation in the most immutable rectitude,
and are so framed that they will promote the happiness of those who keep
them."-Sons and Daughters of God, p. 267.

KEY TEXT: "For ever, 0 Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." Psalm 119:89.

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AUTHORSHIP March 26

1. What evidence can be cited concerning the origin of the law of God? James
4:12; Romans 2:18.

"The law of God is as sacred as God Himself. It is a revelation of His will, a


transcript of His character, the expression of divine love and wisdom." -Patriarchs and
Prophets, p. 52.

2. Where is the original law kept, of which Moses received only a copy? Psalm
119:89; Hebrews 8:5; Revelation 11:19.

"The law of God in the sanctuary in heaven is the great original, of which the
precepts inscribed upon the tables of stone and recorded by Moses in the Pentateuch
were an unerring transcript."- The Great Controversy, p. 434.
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CHARACTERISTICS March 27

3. How can we prove that the law of God is a transcript of His character? Psalm
40:8; Romans 2:18.

"The law of God, being a revelation of His will, a transcript of His character,
must forever endure, 'as a faithful witness in heaven.' Not one command has been an-
nulled; not a jot or tittle has been changed."- The Great Controversy, p. 434.

4. What characteristics should the plan of salvation develop in us and how is


this done? Matthew 5:48; John 14:23; 1 John 3:24.

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FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES March 28

5. What are the two fundamental principles of the law? Matthew 22:36-39;
Luke 10:25-28.

"By precept and example, He [Jesus] taught men the way of righteousness,
representing the character of God, and giving to the world a perfect standard of moral
excellency in humanity. The two grand precepts of the law are to regulate the con-
duct of all humanity. This was the lesson that Jesus taught by both precept and exam-
ple. He said to the people, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and ... thy neighbour as thyself.' The Lord God of heaven requires of human intel-
ligences supreme love and worship."-Sons and Daughters of God, p. 137.

6. Which commandments reveal each prinCiple and what is common to both


groups? Matthew 22:40; Deuteronomy 5:6-14, 16-21.

"These two great principles embrace the first four commandments, showing the
duty of man to God, and the last six, showing the duty of man to his fellowman. The
principles were more explicitly stated to man after the fall, and worded to meet the
case of fallen intelligences. This was necessary in consequence of the minds of men
being blinded by transgression."- The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G. White Comments1, vol. 1,
p.1104.

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FUNCTIONS March 29

7. What is sin and what alone can reveal it? 1 John 3:4; Romans 3:20; James
1:22-25.

"Without the law, men have no just conception of the purity and holiness of God
or of their own guilt and uncleanness. They have no true conviction of sin and feel no
need of repentance."- The Great Controversy, p. 468.
"In order to gain a proper knowledge of ourselves, it is necessary to look into the
mirror, and there discovering our own defects, avail ourselves of the blood of Christ,
the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness, in which we may wash our robes of char-
acter and remove the stains of sin. But many refuse to see their errors and correct
them; they do not want a true knowledge of themselves."-Testimonies, vol. 4, pp. 58, 59.

8. To Whom does the law refer the convicted sinner for help? Romans 3:23-26.

"When the law was proclaimed from Sinai, God made known to men the holiness
of His character, that by contrast they might see the sinfulness of their own. The law
was given to convict them of sin, and reveal their need of a Saviour. It would do this
as its principles were applied to the heart by the Holy Spirit. This work it is still to do.
In the life of Christ the principles of the law are made plain; and as the Holy Spirit of
God touches the heart, as the light of Christ reveals to men their need of His cleansing
blood and His justifying righteousness, the law is still an agent in bringing us to
Christ, that we may be justified by faith."- The Desire of Ages, p. 308.

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SALVATION March 30

9. As Christ cannot help sinners by exempting them from obedience to the law,
what is He willing to do for them? Matthew 1:21; Galatians 2:20.

"The first step in reconciliation to God is the conviction of sin. 'Sin is the trans-
gression of the law.' 'By the law is the knowledge of sin.' 1 John 3:4; Romans 3:20. In
order to see his guilt, the sinner must test his character by God's great standard of
righteousness. It is a mirror which shows the perfection of a righteous character and
enables him to discern the defects in his own.
"The law reveals to man his sins, but it provides no remedy. While it promises
life to the obedient, it declares that death is the portion of the transgressor. The
gospel of Christ alone can free him from the condemnation or the defilement of sin.
He must exercise repentance toward God, whose law has been transgressed; and
faith in Christ, his atoning sacrifice. Thus he obtains 'remission of sins that are past'
and becomes a partaker of the divine nature."-The Great Controversy, pp. 467, 468.
"Then with Christ working in you, you will manifest the same spirit and do the
same good works-works of righteousness, obedience."-Steps to Christ, p. 63.
"The followers of Christ are to become like Him-by the grace of God to form
characters in harmony with the principles of His holy law."- The Great Controversy, p. 469.

10. What restoration takes place in the hearts of repentant sinners who receive
Christ personally? Ezekiel 36:25-27; Romans 3:31; Hebrews 10:16.

"It is the work of conversion and sanctification to reconcile men to God by bring-
ing them into accord with the principles of His law. In the beginning, man was
created in the image of God. He was in perfect harmony with the nature and the law
of God; the principles of righteousness were written upon his heart. But sin alienated
him from his Maker."-The Great Controversy, p. 467.

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REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS March 31

a. How can we show, from the Bible, that the law of ten commandments is an
expression of God's character?

b. Explain the parallel between the law of God and the mirror.

c. How can we prove that salvation goes hand in hand with obedience to the law
• of God?

d. How does the gospel bring man into harmony with the law of God?

e. What is the relationship between faith, grace and the law of God?

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Lesson 2 Sabbath, April 8, 1989

THE LAW OF GOD


THROUGH THE AGES

liThe moral law was never a type or a shadow. It existed before man's crea-
tion, and will endure as long as God's throne remains."-Selected Messages,
book 1, pp. 239, 240.

KEY TEXT: "Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he command-
ed to a thousand generations." 1 Chronicles 16:15.
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IN THE DAYS OF OUR FIRST PARENTS April 2

1. Whereby do we know that the law of God existed in Eden? Romans 5:12-14;
Hosea 6:7 (RSV).

"Adam and Eve at their creation had knowledge of the original law of God. It was
imprinted upon their hearts, and they were acquainted with the claims of law upon
them."-The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1084.

2. How do we know that the law was binding also upon Cain? Genesis 4:7;
Romans 7:8 (last part); 1 Corinthians 15:56.

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IN THE DAYS OF THE PATRIARCHS April 3 •
3. How can it be proved that the requirements of the law were known to the
antediluvian world? How does the judgment of God upon the antediluvians
give evidence of the existence of the law? 2 Peter 2:5; Genesis 6:5, 7; Romans
4: 15 (first part).

"Adam taught his descendants the law of God, and it was handed down from
father to son through successive generations. But notwithstanding the gracious provi-
sion for man's redemption, there were few who accepted it and rendered obedience.

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By transgression the world became so vile that it was necessary to cleanse it by the
Flood from its corruption. The law was preserved by Noah and his family, and Noah
taught his descendants the Ten Commandments. "-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 363.

4. Whereby can it be shown that the law existed in the days of Sodom and
Gomorrah? And also in the days of Joseph? Genesis 13:13; 18:20; 19:13;
39:9; Romans 4:15 (second part).

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BEFORE SINAI April 4

5. What evidence shows that the law of God was known to Abraham? Genesis
• 26:5. What incident shows that the law existed before the people of Israel
came to Mount Sinai? Exodus 16:28-30.

"It was a high honor to which Abraham was called, that of being the father of the
people who for centuries were the guardians and preservers of the truth of God for
the world-of that people through whom all the nations of the earth should be blessed
in the advent of the promised Messiah. But He who called the patriarch judged him
worthy. It is God that speaks. He who understands the thoughts afar off, and places
the right estimate upon men, says, 'I know him.' There would be on the part of
Abraham no betraying of the truth for selfish purposes. He would keep the law and
deal justly and righteously. And he would not only fear the Lord himself, but would
cultivate religion in his home. He would instruct his family in righteousness. The law
of God would be the rule in his household."-Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 140, 141.

6. What other incident proves beyond doubt that the law existed before Sinai?
Exodus 18:17-20.

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GIVEN BY CHRIST April 5

7. Who was the messenger (or angel) of the covenant from Whom Moses received
the Decalogue for the people? Malachi 3:1; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 10:9.

"It was Christ who, amid thunder and flame, had proclaimed the law upon Mount
Sinai."-Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 45.

8. What should we therefore call that law? 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2.
How do we know that the law was given for all times, places, and nations? 1
Chronicles 16:15; Romans 2:26, 27; 3:19.

"The law of God was not given to the Jews alone. It is of world-wide and perpetual
obligation. 'He that offendeth in one point is guilty of all.' Its ten precepts are like a
chain of ten links. If one link is broken, the chain becomes worthless. Not a single
precept can be revoked or changed to save the transgressor. While families and na-
tions exist; while property, life, and character must be guarded; while good and evil
are antagonistic, and a blessing or a curse must follow the acts of men-so long must
the divine law control us. "-The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 2, p.l014.

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CONFIRMED BY CHRIST AND THE APOSTLES April 6

9. How did Christ confirm the law and enjoin it upon His followers? Isaiah
42:21; Matthew 5:17-20; Luke 16:17.

"In His sermon on the mount, Christ defines the law, and seeks to inculcate in the
minds of His hearers the far-reaching claims of the precepts of Jehovah. His instruc-
tions came as a new revelation to the people; and the teachers of the law, the scribes
and the Pharisees, as well as the common people, were astonished at His doctrine.
The words of Christ were not new, and yet they came with the force of revelation; for
they presented the truth in its proper light, and not in the light in which the teachers
had set it before the people. He showed no regard for the traditions and command-
ments of men, but opened the eyes of their understanding to behold wondrous things
out of the law of God, which is the foundation of His throne from the beginning of the
world; and as long as the heavens and the earth remain, through the ceaseless ages of
eternity, it will be the great standard of righteousness, holy and just and good." -Fun-
damentals of Christian Education, p. 238.

10. How do Paul, James and John prohibit defying the law of God or speaking
against it? Romans 2:23; James 2:10-12; 4:11; 1 John 3:4.

"God has given His law for the regulation of the conduct of nations, of families,
and of individuals. There is not one worker of wickedness, though his act be the
lightest and the most secret, that escapes the denunciation of that law."- The SDA Bi-
ble Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1104.

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REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS April 7

a. Which commandments did our first parents transgress?

b. What evidence proves that the law was in force before it was proclaimed on
Mount Sinai?

c. What makes it evident that it was Christ who proclaimed the law?

d. How can we prove those wrong who believe they do not have to fulfill (keep
or practice) the law of God because Christ did it for them?
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e. What did the apostles teach concerning the validity of the law of God?

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Lesson 3 Sabbath, April 15, 1989

THE LAW DISTINGUISHES


TWO TENDENCIES

Consider the life and death question. "This is a two-edged sword which cuts
both ways. This life and death questions is before the whole human race."
- The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 6, p. 1112.

KEY TEXT: "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but
he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
Galatians 6:8.
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THE CARNAL TENDENCY (DEATH) April 9

1. Who is under (the condemnation of) the law and why? Who makes the law
necessary? Romans 3:19; 8:7; James 2:9; 1 Timothy 1:9.

2. How did Jesus and Paul rebuke the Jews for breaking the law? John 7:19;
Matthew 23:2, 3; Romans 2:23, 25 (d. Romans 8:7; Galatians 6:8).

"Christ Himself had given both the moral and the ceremonial law. He did not
come to destroy confidence in His own instruction. It was because of His great
reverence for the law and the prophets that He sought to break through the wall of
traditional requirements which hemmed in the Jews. While He set aside their false in-
terpretations of the law, He carefully guarded His disciples against yielding up the
vital truths committed to the Hebrews.
"The Pharisees prided themselves on their obedience to the law; yet they knew
so little of its principles through everyday practice that to them the Saviour's words
sounded like heresy. As He swept away the rubbish under which the truth had been
buried, they thought He was sweeping away the truth itself."-TheDesire ofAges, p. 307.
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THE SPIRITUAL TENDENCY (LIFE) April 10

3. What is the attitude of the spiritual man toward the law? Why are such not
under the law? Psalm 1:2; Romans 7:22; Galatians 5:18, 22, 23.

"If our hearts are renewed in the likeness of God, if the divine love is implanted in
the soul, will not the law of God be carried out in the life? When the principle of love is

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implanted in the heart, when man is renewed after the image of Him that created him,
the new-covenant promise is fulfilled, 'I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their
minds will I write them.' Hebrews 10:16. And if the law is written in the heart, will it
not shape the life?"-Steps to Christ, p. 60.

4. How did Jesus and Paul emphasize the need of keeping the law? What will
happen to those who have been warned but do not stop breaking the law?
Matthew 19:17-19; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Hebrews 10:26.

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BREACH MADE IN THE LAW April 11
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5. What power has been opposed to the truth of God? 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4;
Daniel 8:12.

6. What did this power attempt to do with the law of God? What false doctrine
is responsible for much of the misery in the world? Daniel 7:25.

"The papacy has attempted to change the law of God. The second command-
ment, forbidding image worship, has been dropped from the law, and the fourth com-
mandment has been so changed as to authorize the observance of the first instead of
the seventh day as the Sabbath." - The Great Controversy, p. 446.
"Already the doctrine that men are released from obedience to God's requirements
has weakened the force of moral obligation and opened the floodgates of iniquity upon
the world. Lawlessness, dissipation, and corruption are sweeping in upon us like an
overwhelming tide."-Ibid., p. 585.

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RESTORATION (REPAIRING THE BREACH) April 12

7. What was predicted in the Old Testament with reference to the law of God?
Isaiah 58:12-14; 8:14,16,20; Malachi 4:4,5.

8. How is this prediction repeated in the New Testament? Matthew 17: 11; Acts
3:21; Revelation 11:19; 15:5.

"The ark in the tabernacle on earth contained the two tables of stone, upon which
were inscribed the precepts of the law of God. The ark was merely a receptacle for
the tables of the law, and the presence of these divine precepts gave to it its value and
sacredness. When the temple of God was opened in heaven, the ark of His testament
was seen. Within the holy of holies, in the sanctuary in heaven, the divine law is
sacredly enshrined-the law that was spoken by God Himself amid the thunders of
Sinai and written with His own finger on the tables of stone.
"The law of God in the sanctuary in heaven is the great original, of which the
precepts inscribed upon the tables of stone and recorded by Moses in the Pentateuch
were an unerring transcript. Those who arrived at an understanding of this important
point were thus led to see the sacred, unchanging character of the divine law."-The
Great Controversy, pp. 433, 434.

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THE REMNANT PEOPLE OF GOD April 13

9. How may those be described who do this work of restoration by the threefold
message of Revelation 14? What is the real test of discipleship today? Revela-
tion 14:12.

"However weak and compassed with infirmity the people of God may be, those
who turn from disloyalty to God in this wicked and perverse generation, and come
back to their allegiance, standing to vindicate the holy law of God, making up the
breach made by the man of sin under the direction of Satan, will be accounted the
children of God, and through the righteousness of Christ will stand perfect before
God."- Testimonies to Ministers, p. 41.

10. What will they have to suffer as the result of doing this work? Revelation
12:17.

"The warfare against God's law, which was begun in heaven, will be continued
until the end of time. Every man will be tested. Obedience or disobedience is the ques-
tion to be decided by the whole world. All will be called to choose between the law of
God and the laws of men. Here the dividing line will be drawn. There will be but two
classes. Every character will be fully developed; and all will show whether they have
chosen the side of loyalty or that of rebellion."- The Desire of Ages, p. 763.

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REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS April 14

a. How can we prove that those who do not submit to the law of God are
enemies of God?

b. According to Paul, how do professed believers dishonor God?

c. Why does the Bible say that the Antichrist would only "think to change" the
law of God (Daniel 7:25)?

d. In what sense was the most holy place in heaven opened, in 1844, before
those who understood the truth about the sanctuary and the law of God?

e. What great test will divide mankind into two classes of people in these last
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Lesson 4 Sabbath, April 22, 1989

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

"God classes as idolaters those who trust in their own wisdom, their own
devising, depending for success on their riches and power, striving to
strengthen themselves by alliance with men whom the world calls great, but
who fail to discern the binding claims of His law."-The SDA Bible Commentary
[E.G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1105.

KEY TEXT: "Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry." 1 Corinthians


10:14.

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TWO WITNESSES April 16

1. What is the first commandment and where is it found? Exodus 20:2, 3.

2. In what words and under what circumstance was the first commandment
confirmed in the New Testament? Matthew 4:10. What did Paul and John
say about the first commandment? 1 Corinthians 10:14; 1 John 5:21.

"The apostle's words of warning to the Corinthian church are applicable to all
time and are especially adapted to our day. By idolatry he meant not only the worship
of idols, but self-serving, love of ease, the gratification of appetite and passion. A
mere profession of faith in Christ, a boastful knowledge of the truth, does not make a
man a Christian. A religion that seeks only to gratify the eye, the ear, and the taste, or
that sanctions self-indulgence, is not the religion of Christ."- The Acts of the Apostles,
p.317.

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AMPLITUDE OF THE COMMANDMENT April 17

3. What is the extent of the first commandment? What does it forbid? Why was
John the Revelator rebuked by the angel? Revelation 19:10.

"Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the Source and Sus-
tainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship. Man is forbidden to
give to any other object the first place in his affections or his service. Whatever we
cherish that tends to lessen our love for God or to interfere with the service due Him,
of that do we make a god."-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 305.

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4. How did our first parents break the first commandment by listening to the
serpent? Genesis 3:4-6.

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FALSE GODS April 18

5. What relationship does Paul see between indulgence of appetite and the first
commandment? Philippians 3:19.

6. What does the apostle say about covetousness in the light of the first com-
mandment? Colossians 3:5 (last part). What warning should we take from
the experience of Balaam?

"A sin which is fostered becomes habitual; and, strengthened by repetition, it


soon exerts a controlling influence, bringing into subjection all the nobler powers.
Balaam loved the reward of unrighteousness. The sin of covetousness, which God
ranks with idolatry, he did not resist and overcome. Satan obtained entire control of
him through this one fault, which deteriorated his character, and made him a time-
server."-The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1116.

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FALSE GODS (continued) April 19

7. What was the predominant sin of Israel in the days of Elijah? How is this sin
being repeated today? 1 Kings 18:17, 18,21.

"The world today has its Ahabs and its Jezebels. The present age is one of
idolatry, as verily as was that in which Elijah lived. No outward shrine may be visible;
there may be no image for the eye to rest upon; yet thousands are following after the
gods of this world-after riches, fame, pleasure, and the pleasing fables that permit
man to follow the inclinations of the unregenerate heart. Multitudes have a wrong
conception of God and His attributes, and are as truly serving a false god as were the
worshipers of Baal. Many even of those who claim to be Christians have allied
themselves with influences that are unalterably opposed to God and His truth. Thus
they are led to turn away from the divine and to exalt the human."-Prophets and Kings,
pp. 177, 178.
"The lover of self is a transgressor of the law."-Christ's Object Lessons, p. 392.

8. What is one of the most common forms of idolatry today? 2 Timothy 4:3, 4; 2
Peter 2:1.

"It is as easy to make an idol of false doctrines and theories as to fashion an idol of
wood or stone. By misrepresenting the attributes of God, Satan leads men to conceive
of Him in a false character. With many, a philosophical idol is enthroned in the place
of Jehovah; while the living God, as He is revealed in His word, in Christ, and in the
works of creation, is worshiped by but few. Thousands deify nature while they deny
the God of nature. Though in a different form, idolatry exists in the Christian world
today as verily as it existed among ancient Israel in the days of Elijah."-The Great
Controversy, p. 583.

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FALSE GODS (continued) April 20

9. In what way was the rich young man an idolater? Luke 18:18-23. Against
what particular form of idolatry did Sister White protest?

"And the General Conference is itself becoming corrupted with wrong sen'ti-
ments and principles."- Testimonies to Ministers, p. 359.
"The highhanded power that has been developed, as though position has made
men gods, makes me afraid, and ought to cause fear."-Ibid., p. 361.
"When men who profess to serve God ignore His parental character and depart
from honor and righteousness in dealing with their fellowmen, Satan exults, for he
has inspired them with his attributes. They are following in the track of Romanism."
-Ibid., p. 362.
"In order to reign and become a power, they [men who exercise highhanded
power] employ Satan's methods to justify their own principles. They exalt themselves •
as men of superior judgment, and they have stood as representatives of God. These
are false gods."-Ibid., p. 364.

10. In what blasphemous worship is the Christian world involved? What does
the first angel's message call upon men to do? Revelation 13:4-8; 14:6, 7.

o Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS April 21

a. Why is it said that Adam and Eve broke the first commandment?

b. Of all the false gods that we have to overcome, which is one of the hardest to
conquer?

c. How is the professed Christian world today worshiping at the altars of Baal?

d. How do we know that the rich young man (Luke 18:18-23) did not keep all
the commandments?

e. What will every true Christian place on the altar of God?


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Lesson 5 Sabbath, April 29, 1989

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

"The Teacher from heaven, no less a personage than the Son of God, came to
earth to reveal the character of the Father to men, that they might worship
Him in spirit and in truth."-Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 177.

KEY TEXT: "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such
to worship him." John 4:23.

o Sunday
TWO WITNESSES April 23

1. What is the second commandment and where was it first formally recorded?
Exodus 20:4-6.

"Idolaters are condemned by the Word of God. Their folly consists in trusting in
self for salvation, in bowing down to the works of their own hands. God classes as
idolaters those who trust in their own wisdom, their own devising, depending for suc-
cess on their riches and power, striving to strengthen themselves by alliance with
men whom the world calls great, but who fail to discern the binding claims of His
law."-The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1105.

2. What teaching of Jesus has bearing on the second commandment? John


4:23,24.

"All false worship is spiritual adultery. The second precept, which forbids false
worship, is also a command to worship God, and Him only serve. The Lord is a
jealous God. He will not be trifled with. He has spoken concerning the manner in
which He should be worshiped. He has a hatred of idolatry; for its influence is cor-
rupting. It debases the mind, and leads to sensuality and all kinds of sin."-The SDA
Bible Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1106.

NOT FOR THOSE o Monday


WHO HAVE LIGHT AND KNOWLEDGE April 24

3. Why is the worship of God by images and similitudes strictly forbidden?


Jeremiah 51:17-19; Isaiah 45:5.

"The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects would lower
man's conception of God. The mind, turned away from the infinite perfection of

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Jehovah, would be attracted to the creature rather than to the Creator. And as his
conceptions of God were lowered; so would man become degraded."-Patriarchs and
Prophets, p. 306.

4. What Bible explanation shows that those who use graven images lack under-
standing? Isaiah 44:9-18; Romans 1:21-23,25. What evidence shows that
the simple use of pictures is not prohibited? Exodus 26:1.

"A few condemned pictures, urging that they are prohibited by the second com-
mandment, and that everything of this kind should be destroyed.... The second
commandment prohibits image worship; but God Himself employed pictures and
symbols to represent to His prophets lessons which He would have them give to the
people, and which could thus be better understood than if given in any other way. He
appealed to the understanding through the sense of sight. Prophetic history was
presented to Daniel and John in symbols, and these were to be represented plainly
upon tables, that he who read might understand."-The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G.
White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1106.

D Tuesday
REFORMATIONS April 25

5. What reformation touching the second commandment had to be made


among the people of God in the days of the patriarchs? What change did God
bring, for their safety, as a result of that reformation? Genesis 35:1-5.

6. What reformation did Moses make to restore the second commandment?


Why was immediate death penalty meted out on those who persisted in their
rebellion? Exodus 32:20, 25-32.

"Unless punishment had been speedily visited upon transgression, the same
results would again have been seen. The earth would have become as corrupt as in
the days of Noah. Had these transgressors been spared, evils would have followed,
greater than resulted from sparing the life of Cain. It was the mercy of God that
thousands should suffer, to prevent the necessity of visiting judgment upon millions.
In order to save the many, He must punish the few."-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 325.

D Wednesday
MORE REFORMATIONS April 26

7. What reformation was made among the children of Israel shortly before the
death of Joshua? Joshua 24:14-25.

8. What reformation was later initiated by Gideon? Judges 6:25-31.

D Thursday
WARNINGS FOR TODAY April 27

9. If Christ were on earth today, what would He say about a modern species of
idolatry-multiplication of photographs? John 2:16.

"As I visit the homes of our people and our schools, I see that all the available
space on tables, what-nots, and mantelpieces is filled up with photographs. On the
right hand and on the left are seen the pictures of human faces. God desires this order

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of things to be changed. Were Christ on earth, He would say, 'Take these things
hence.' I have been instructed that these pictures are as so many idols, taking up the
time and thought which should be sacredly devoted to God."-Messages to Young People,
p.316.

10. What will men one day do with their idols, when they see that these cannot
help them? Isaiah 2: 17-21.

o Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS April 28

a. What kind of worshipers is God calling?


b. How does God class those who trust in their own wisdom?
c. What detrimental effect does the use of images have upon the minds of those
who have them?
d. What is the meaning of God's jealousy mentioned in the second command-
ment (Exodus 20:5)?
e. How do we harmonize God's threat in the second part of verse 5 with His
words in Ezekiel 18:20? •

• "There are many whose hearts have been so hardened by


prosperity that they forget God, and forget the wants of their
fellowmen. Professed Christians adorn themselves with jewelry,
laces, costly apparel, while the Lord's poor suffer for the
necessaries of life. Men and women who claim redemption
through a Saviour's blood will squander the means intrusted to
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them for the saving of other souls, and then grudging dole out
their offerings for religion, giving liberally only when it will bring
honor to themselves. These are idolators." -Sons and Daughters
of God, p. 57.


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Lesson 6 Sabbath, May 6, 1989

THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

"In the word, God is spoken of as 'the everlasting God.' This name embraces
past, present, and future. God is from everlasting to everlasting. He is the
eternal One." - Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 270.

KEY TEXT: "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God,
the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is
weary? there is no searching of his understanding." Isaiah 40:28.

o Sunday
TWO WITNESSES Apri130

1. What did God say when He revealed His name to Moses? Exodus 3:13, 14;
6:3. What is the third commandment and where was it first formally record-
ed? Exodus 20:7.

"I AM means an eternal presence; the past, present, and future are alike to God.
He sees the most remote events of past history, and the far distant future with as
clear a vision as we do those things that are transpiring daily. We know not what is
before us, and if we did, it would not contribute to our eternal welfare. God gives us
an opportunity to exercise faith and trust in the great I AM."- The SDA Bible Commen-
tary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1099.

2. What do we read about the third commandment in the New Testament? Mat-
thew 5:33-37.

"The Jews understood the third commandment as prohibiting the profane use of
the name of God; but they thought themselves at liberty to employ other oaths. Oath
taking was common among them~ Through Moses they had been forbidden to swear
falsely, but they had many devices for freeing themselves from the obligation impos-
ed by an oath. They did not fear to indulge in what was really profanity, nor did they
shrink from perjury so long as it was veiled by some technical evasion of the law.
"Jesus condemned their practices, declaring that their custom in oath taking was
a transgression of the commandment of God. Our Saviour did not, however, forbid
the use of the judicial oath, in which God is solemnly called to witness that what is
said is truth and nothing but the truth. "-Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, pp. 66, 67.

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D Monday
AMPLITUDE OF THE COMMANDMENT May 1
3. What appeal does Isaiah direct to us as he exalts the name of God? Isaiah
40:28. What is the scope of the third commandment? Psalm 111:9.

"This [the third] commandment not only prohibits false oaths and common swear-
ing, but it forbids us to use the name of God in a light or careless manner, without
regard to its awful significance. By the thoughtless mention of God in common con-
versation, by appeals to Him in trivial matters, and by the frequent and thoughtless
repetition of His name, we dishonor Him. 'Holy and reverend is His name.' Psalm
111:9. All should meditate upon His majesty, His purity and holiness, that the heart
may be impressed with a sense of His exalted character; and His holy name should be
• uttered with reverence and solemnity."-Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 306, 307.
4. What does it mean to hallow God's holy name? Matthew 6:9; James 2:7.

"This [the Lord's] name is hallowed by the angels of heaven, by the inhabitants of
unfallen worlds. When you pray, 'Hallowed be Thy name,' you ask that it may be hal-
lowed in this world, hallowed in you. God has acknowledged you before men and
angels as His child; pray that you may do no dishonor to the 'worthy name by which
ye are called.' James 2:7. God sends you into the world as His representative. In every
act of life you are to make manifest the name of God. This petition calls upon you to
possess His character. You cannot hallow His name, you cannot represent Him to the
world, unless in life and character you represent the very life and character of God.
This you can do only through the acceptance of the grace and righteousness of
Christ."-Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 107.
D Tuesday
PUNISHMENT FOR TRANSGRESSION May 2

5. How were those punished in Israel who blasphemed the holy name of God?
Leviticus 24:10-16.

6. What should those know who question the love and justice of God in this
matter? Ecclesiastes 8: 11.

"There are those who will question God's love and His justice in visiting so severe
punishment for words spoken in the heat of passion. But both love and justice require
it to be shown that utterances prompted by malice against God are a great sin. The
retribution visited upon the first offender would be a warning to others, that God's
name is to be held in reverence. But had this man's sin been permitted to pass un-
punished, others would have been demoralized; and as the result many lives must
eventually have been sacrificed." -Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 408.
D Wednesday
A SERIOUS WARNING May 3

7. With what reverence do the holy angels mention the name of God? Isaiah
6:1-3.

"Holy angels have been displeased and disgusted with the irreverent manner in
which many have used the name of God, the great Jehovah. Angels mention that

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sacred name with the greatest awe, ever veiling their faces when they speak the name
of God; and the name of Christ is so sacred to them that they speak it with the
greatest reverence."- Testimonies, vol. I, p. 410.

8. Who is often really responsible when the name of God is blasphemed? Why?
Romans 2:24.

"A religion that leads men to place a low estimate upon human beings, whom
Christ has esteemed of such value as to give Himself for them; a religion that would
lead us to be careless of human needs, sufferings, or rights, is a spurious religion. In
slighting the claims of the poor, the suffering, and the sinful, we are proving ourselves
traitors to Christ. It is because men take upon themselves the name of Christ, while in
life they deny His character, that Christianity has so little power in the world. The
name of the Lord is blasphemed because of these things."- Thoughts From the Mount of
..
Blessing, p. 137.

D Thursday
OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD May 4

9. What is the significance of the title by which Jesus told us to address God?
Luke 11:2; John 14:6; 1:12.

"He [Christ] taught man to address the Supreme Ruler of the universe by the new
name-'Our Father.' This name signifies His true relation to us, and when spoken in
sincerity by human lips, it is music in the ears of God. Christ leads us to the throne of
God by a new and living way, to present Him to us in His paternallove."-Fundamen-
tats of Christian Education, p. 309.

10. In what way should we have God's name written in our foreheads? Deut-
eronomy 6:4-8; Jeremiah 23:6; Revelation 14:1.

"In all you do, let your thought be, 'Is this the way of the Lord? Will this please
my Saviour? He gave His life for me; what can I give back to God? I can only say, "Of
Thine own, 0 Lord, I freely give Thee." , Unless the name of God is written in your
forehead-written there because God is the center of your thoughts-you will not be
meet for the inheritance in light."-Counsels on Stewardship, p. 46.

D Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS May 5

a. How was the name of God revealed to Moses? How is it revealed to us?
b. What does I AM mean?
c. What should believers know concerning the repetition of the Lord's name
unnecessarily in prayer?
,
d. In what way should we honor His name?
e. How can we glorify the name of God?

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Lesson 7 Sabbath, May 13, 1989

THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

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"The Sabbath was made for man, and God would have him put by his labor
on that day, as He Himself rested after His six days' work of creation:'- Testi-
monies, vol. 4, p. 247.

KEY TEXT: "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad
in it." Psalm 118:24.
o Sunday
TWO WITNESSES May 7

1. What is the fourth commandment and where was it first formally recorded?
Exodus 20:8-11.

2. Whereby do we know that the Sabbath is not a Jewish institution? When and
for whom did God make the Sabbath? Genesis 2:2, 3; Mark 2:27.

"God saw that a Sabbath was essential for man, even in Paradise. He needed to
lay aside his own interests and pursuits for one day of the seven, that he might more
fully contemplate the works of God and meditate upon His power and goodness. He
needed a Sabbath to remind him more vividly of God and to awaken gratitude be-
cause all that he enjoyed and possessed came from the beneficent hand of the
Creator."-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 48.

o Monday
PURPOSES May 8

.,
~ 3. Of what is the Sabbath a commemorative institution? Exodus 31:15-17.

"In Eden, God set up the memorial of His work of creation, in placing His bless-
ing upon the seventh day. The Sabbath was committed to Adam, the father and rep-
resentative of the whole human family. Its observance was to be an act of grateful
acknowledgment, on the part of all who should dwell upon the earth, that God was
their Creator and their rightful Sovereign; that they were the work of His hands and
the subjects of His authority. Thus the institution was wholly commemorative, and
given to all mankind. There was nothing in it shadowy or of restricted application to
any people."-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 48.

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The Sign of Our
Allegiance to God

"The Sabbath ... is to be remem-


bered and observed as the memorial of the
Creator's work. Pointing to God as the
Maker of the heavens and the earth, it
distinguishes the true God from all false
gods. All who keep the seventh day signify
by this act that they are worshipers of
Jehovah. Thus the Sabbath is the sign of
man's allegiance to God as long as there
are any upon the earth to serve Him. The
fourth commandment is the only one of all
the ten in which are found both the name
and the title of the Lawgiver. Thus it con-
tains the seal of God, affixed to His law as
evidence of its authenticity and binding
force."
-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 307.

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4. What additional significance did God place upon the Sabbath? Ezekiel 20:20.

"To us as to Israel the Sabbath is given 'for a perpetual covenant.' To those who
reverence His holy day the Sabbath is a sign that God recognizes them as His chosen
people. It is a pledge that He will fulfill to them His covenant. Every soul who accepts
the sign of God's government places himself under the divine, everlasting covenant.
He fastens himself to the golden chain of obedience, every link of which is a promise."-
Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 350.
"The Sabbath is a golden clasp that unites God and His people."-Ibid., p. 351.
D Tuesday
A SERIOUS CONFLICT May 9

5. What does the fourth commandment contain? Revelation 7:2; 14:1.

"The fourth commandment alone of all the ten contains the seal of the great
Lawgiver, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Those who obey this command-
ment take upon themselves His name, and all the blessings it involves are theirs."
- Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 350.

6. What counterfeit sabbath has been introduced by the enemy? Daniel 7:25;
Revelation 14:9; 13:16.

"John was called to behold a people distinct from those who worship the beast
and his image by keeping the first day of the week. The observance of this day is the
mark of the beast."-The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 7, p. 979.
D Wednesday
A WORK OF RESTORATION MaylD

7. Upon whom does God pronounce a blessing in the last days? Isaiah 56:1, 2,
6,7. In what way is the experience of Adam a warning to us?

"As the tree of knowledge was placed in the midst of the garden of Eden, so the
Sabbath command is placed in the midst of the decalogue. In regard to the fruit of the
tree of knowledge, the restriction was made, 'Ye shall not eat of it, ... lest ye die"
[Gen. 3:3]. Of the Sabbath, God said, Ye shall not defile it, but keep it holy.... As the
tree of knowledge was the test of Adam's obedience, so the fourth command is the
test that God has given to prove the loyalty of all His people. The experience of Adam
is to be a warning to us so long as time shall last. It warns us not to receive any
I· assurance from the mouth of men or of angels that will detract one jot or tittle from
I
the sacred law of Jehovah."-The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 1,
p.1106.

8. What work of restoration is going on under the third angel's message? Isaiah
58:12-14.

"The breach was made in the law of God when the Sabbath was changed by the
Roman power. But the time has come for that divine institution to be restored. The
breach is to be repaired and the foundation of many generations to be raised up."-
The Great Controversy, p. 453.

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D Thursday
THE FINAL ISSUE May 11

9. What point of truth will be especially controverted under the final test? What
two classes will then be clearly distinguished? Malachi 3:18. How will the
true servants of God regard the Sabbath of the Lord? Psalm 118:24.

"History will be repeated. False religion will be exalted. The first day of the
week, a common working day, possessing no sanctity whatever, will be set up as was
the image at Babylon. All nations and tongues and peoples will be commanded to wor-
ship this spurious sabbath. This is Satan's plan to make of no account the day in-
stituted by God, and given to the world as a memorial of creation."- The SDA Bible
Commentary [E.G. White Comments], vol. 7, p. 976. •
"
"While one class, by accepting the sign of submission to earthly powers, receive
the mark of the beast, the other choosing the token of allegiance to divine authority,
receive the seal of God."- The Great Controversy, p. 605.

10. Where will the Sabbath be kept forever, free from the opposing influence of
Satan? Isaiah 66:22, 23.

D Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS May 12

a. What are the evidences that the Sabbath was meant for mankind in general
and not only for the Jews?

b. How can we prove that God wants us to keep the seventh day (which is a
specific day) and not just one in seven?

c. In Luke 6:7 and Matthew 26:59-61 there is strong evidence that the watch-
ful Jews had never seen Jesus break the Sabbath. Explain.

d. In Acts 22:12 there are two strong evidences that Ananias, a disciple, was a
strict Sabbathkeeper. Explain.

e. What are the reasons for Sabbathkeeping in the Christian dispensation? •

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Lesson 8 Sabbath, May 20, 1989

THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT

"If you are truly converted, if you are children of Jesus, you will honor your
parents; you will not only do what they tell you but will watch for oppor-
tunities to help them. In doing this you are working for Jesus." - The Adventist
Home, pp. 295, 296.

KEY TEXT: "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the
great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the
fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers,
lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Malachi 4:5, 6.

D Sunday
TWO WITNESSES Mayl4

1. What is the fifth commandment and where was it first formally recorded?
Exodus 20:12.

"Parents are entitled to a degree of love and respect which is due to no other per-
son. God Himself, who has placed upon them a responsibility for the souls committed
to their charge, has ordained that during the earlier years of life parents shall stand in
the place of God to their children."- The Adventist Home, p. 293.

2. How is the fifth commandment repeated in the New Testament? Ephesians


6:1-3.

D Monday
AMPLITUDE OF THE COMMANDMENT Mayl5

3. What is the scope of the fifth commandment in its broadest sense? Colos-
sians 3:20; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5; 2:18; Romans 13:1-6.

"And he who rejects the rightful authority of his parents is rejecting the authority
of God. The fifth commandment requires children not only to yield respect, submis-
sion, and obedience to their parents, but also to give them love and tenderness, to
lighten their cares, to guard their reputation, and to succor and comfort them in old

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age. It also enjoins respect for ministers and rulers and for all others to whom God has
delegated authority."-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 308.
"The ten precepts of Jehovah are the foundation of all righteous and good laws.
Those who love God's commandments will conform to every good law of the land.
But if the requirements of the rulers are such as conflict with the laws of God, the only
question to be settled is: Shall we obey God or man?"- Testimonies, vol. 1, pp. 361, 362.

4. What work to be carried on in our day will elevate the fifth commandment?
Malachi 4:5, 6.

o Tuesday
FILIAL DUTIES May 16

5. What should children understand so that they may feel their indebtedness to
Christian parents? Proverbs 1:8,9; 4:1-6, 20-23.

"Children should feel that they are indebted to their parents, who have watched
over them in infancy and nursed them in sickness. They should realize that their
parents have suffered much anxiety on their account. Especially have conscientious,
godly parents felt the deepest interest that their children should take a right course.
As they have seen faults in their children, how heavy have been their hearts. If the
children who caused those hearts to ache could see the effect of their course, they
would certainly relent. If they could see their mother's tears and hear her prayers to
God in their behalf, if they could listen to her suppressed and broken sighs, their
hearts would feel, and they would speedily confess their wrongs and ask to be for-
given."- Testimonies, vol. 1, pp. 395, 396.
"Children, when they become of age, will prize the parent who labored faithfully,
and would not permit them to cherish wrong feelings or indulge in evil habits."-The
Adventist Home, p. 292.

6. What does the Bible enjoin upon children and grandchildren as their first
religious duty? 1 Timothy 5:4.

"If you are truly converted, if you are children of Jesus, you will honor your
parents; you will not only do what they tell you but will watch for opportunities to
help them. In doing this you are working for Jesus. He considers all these care-taking,
thoughtful deeds as done to Himself. This is the most important kind of missionary
work; and those who are faithful in these little everyday duties are gaining a valuable
experience."-The Adventist Home, pp. 295, 296.

o Wednesday
A CONTRAST May 17

7. What law was given to the people of Israel for an incorrigible son? Deutero-
nomy 21:18-21; Leviticus 20:9.

"Fond and indulgent parents, let me present for your instruction the directions
given in the Bible for dealing with a rebellious son: 'If a man have a stubborn and
rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother,
and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them; then shall his

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father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city,
and unto the gate of his place; and they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our
son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunk-
ard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou
put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.' "-Testimonies, vol. 4,
pp. 204, 205. .
8. How did the leaders of the Jewish people set aside the fifth commandment,
and how did Jesus rebuke them for this evil? Matthew 15:4-6.

"They [the scribes and Pharisees] taught the people that the devotion of their prop-
erty to the temple was a duty more sacred than even the support of their parents; and
that, however great the necessity, it was sacrilege to impart to father or mother any
part of what had been thus consecrated. An undutiful child had only to pronounce the
word 'Corban' over his property, thus devoting it to God, and he could retain it for his
own use daring his lifetime, and after his death it was to be appropriated to the temple
service. Thus he was at liberty, both in life and in death, to dishonor and defraud his
parents, under cover of a pretended devotion to God."-The Desire of Ages, p. 397.
o Thursday
JESUS, OUR EXAMPLE May 18
9. What example of filial love, respect and obedience was given us by Jesus?
Luke 2:40,50,51.

"As a child, Jesus manifested a peculiar loveliness of disposition. His willing hands
were ever ready to serve others."-The Desire of Ages, p. 68.
"Jesus did not ignore His relation to His earthly parents. From Jerusalem He
returned home with them, and aided them in their life of toil."-Ibid., p. 82.
10. What did Jesus willingly learn from His mother and from Joseph? Mark 6:3.

"The child Jesus did not receive instruction in the synagogue schools. His mother
was His first human teacher. From her lips and from the scrolls of the prophets, He
learned of heavenly things. The very words which He Himself had spoken to Moses
for Israel He was now taught at His mother's knee. As He advanced from childhood
to youth, He did not seek the schools of the rabbis. He needed not the education to be
obtained from such sources; for God was His instructor."-The Desire of Ages, p. 70.
"Jesus lived in a peasant's home, and faithfully and cheerfully acted His part in
bearing the burdens of the household. He had been the Commander of heaven, and
angels had delighted to fulfill His word; now He was a willing servant, a loving, obe-
dient son. He learned a trade, and with His own hands worked in the carpenter's shop
with Joseph."-Ibid., p. 72.
o Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS May 19

a. How comprehensive is the fifth commandment?


b. Where is the limit in the application of the fifth commandment?
c. What work of reconciliation should be done in our days in the spirit and
power of Elijah?
d. Who are responsible for disrespect in youngsters? How?
e. What example did Jesus leave for us in connection with the fifth command-
ment? •

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Lesson 9 Sabbath, May 27, 1989

THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

"The spirit of hatred and revenge originated with Satan, and it led him to put
to death the Son of God. Whoever cherishes malice or unkindness is cher-
ishing the same spirit, and its fruit will be unto death." - Thoughts From the
Mount of Blessing, p. 56.

KEY TEXT: "For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save
them." Luke 9:56.

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TWO WITNESSES May 21

1. What is the sixth commandment and where was it first formally recorded?
Exodus 20:13. How was this precept often violated in the days of Christ?

"Across the sea from the place where they were assembled was the country of
Bashan, a lonely region, whose wild gorges and wooded hills had long been a favorite
lurking ground for criminals of all descriptions. Reports of robbery and murder com-
mitted there were fresh in the minds of the people, and many were zealous in
denouncing these evildoers. At the same time they were themselves passionate and
contentious; they cherished the most bitter hatred of their Roman oppressors and felt
themselves at liberty to hate and despise all other peoples, and even their own coun-
trymen who did not in all things conform to their ideas. In all this they were violating
the law which declares, 'Thou shalt not kill.' "-Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing,
p.56.

2. How does the New Testament confirm the sixth commandment? Matthew
5:22; 26:52; Luke 9:56; Revelation 13:10.

"In the Old Testament the word 'fool' is used to designate an apostate, or one
who has abandoned himself to wickedness. Jesus says that whoever shall condemn
his brother as an apostate or a despiser of God shows that he himself is worthy of the
same condemnation."- Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 57.

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o Monday
PUNISHMENT FOR TRANSGRESSION May 22

3. What law was given in the days of old to punish the transgressors of the sixth
commandment? Genesis 9:6; Leviticus 24:17.

4. What will be the final destiny of those who violate the sixth commandment?
Revelation 21:8; 22:15.

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AMPLITUDE OF THE COMMANDMENT May 23

5. What is the all-embracing meaning of the sixth commandment? How is


hatred considered in the light of the sixth commandment? 1 John 3:15.

"All acts of injustice that tend to shorten life; the spirit of hatred and revenge, or
the indulgence of any passion that leads to injurious acts toward others, or causes us
even to wish them harm (for 'whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer'); a selfish
neglect of caring for the needy or suffering; all self-indulgence or unnecessary depri- .
vation or excessive labor that tends to injure health-all these are, to a greater or less
degree, violations of the sixth commandment." -Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 308.

6. How is the sixth commandment often transgressed without open violence?


Matthew 5:21, 22; 1 John 2:9.

"Murder first exists in the mind. He who gives hatred a place in his heart is set-
ting his feet in the path of the murderer, and his offerings are abhorrent to God."-
The Desire of Ages, p. 310.

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ADDITIONAL APPLICATIONS May 24

7. How else is the sixth commandment often violated? 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17.

"Our bodies are not our own. God has claims upon us to take care of the habita-
tion He has given us, that we may present our bodies to Him a living sacrifice, holy
and acceptable. Our bodies belong to Him who made them, and we are in duty bound
to become intelligent in regard to the best means of preserving them from decay. If
we enfeeble the body by self-gratification, by indulging the appetite, and by dressing
in accordance with health-destroying fashions, in order to be in harmony with the
world, we become enemies of God."-Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 63.

8. What selfish neglect of duty is also a violation of the sixth commandment?


Luke 10:30-32; 16:19-21.

"There are today close beside us many who are hungry, naked, and homeless. A
neglect to impart of our means to these needy, suffering ones places upon us a burden
of guilt which we shall one day fear to meet. All covetousness is condemned as
idolatry. All selfish indulgence is an offense in God's sight."-Christ's Object Lessons,
p. 261.

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D Thursday
MORE ADDITIONAL APPLICATIONS May 25

9. According to the teachings of the Saviour, what should the Christians' at-
titude be toward their enemies? Matthew 5:44, 45.

"Just before making this requirement, the Saviour said to His disciples: 'Love
your enemies, bless them that curse you.' We are to love our enemies with the same
love that Christ manifested toward His enemies by giving His life to save them. Many
may say, 'This is a hard commandment; for I want to keep just as far as I can from my
enemies.' But acting in accordance with your own inclination would not be carrying
out the principles that our Saviour has given. 'Do good,' He says, 'to them that hate
you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be
the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the
evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.' This scripture il-
lustrates one phase of Christian perfection. While we were yet enemies of God, Christ
gave His life for us. We are to follow His example." -Medical Ministry, pp. 253, 254.

10. How did Stephen and Paul apply the lesson of Jesus on this point? Acts 7:59,
60; Romans 12:18-21.

D Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS May 26

a. How comprehensive is the sixth commandment?

b. In what ways can the sixth commandment be broken without killing?

c. How is health reform related to the sixth commandment?

d. What spirit should a true Christian always show towards those who have
had disagreements with him?

e. What did Christ do for His enemies and how are we to follow His example? •

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Lesson 10 Sabbath, June 3, 1989

THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT

"Into the city of God there will enter nothing that defiles. All who are to be
dwellers there will here have become pure in heart:' - Thoughts From the Mount
of Blessing, p. 24.

KEY TEXT: "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8.
II

o Sunday
A COMMANDMENT TO SAFEGUARD THE FAMILY May 28

1. What is the seventh commandment and where was it first formally recorded?
Exodus 20:14.

2. Where and when was the marriage institution originated? Genesis 1:27,28;
2:24.

"He [Christ] referred them [His hearers] to the blessed days of Eden, when God
pronounced all things 'very good.' Then marriage and the Sabbath had their origin,
twin institutions for the glory of God in the benefit of humanity. Then, as the Creator
joined the hands of the holy pair in wedlock, saying, A man shall 'leave his father and
his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one' (Genesis 2:24), He
enunciated the law of marriage for all the children of Adam to the close of time. That
which the Eternal Father Himself had pronounced good was the law of highest bless-
ing and development for man. Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, pp. 63, 64.
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CONFIRMED May 29

3. How did Christ confirm both the marriage institution and the seventh com-
mandment? Matthew 19:4-6; John 8:11; Matthew 5:27, 28, 8.

"When the thought of evil is loved and cherished, however secretly, said Jesus, it
shows that sin still reigns in the heart. "-Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 60.

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4. What admonitions show that the seventh commandment condemns im-
morality under any form? Hebrews 13:4; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians
6:9, 18; Revelation 21:27.

"He who finds pleasure in dwelling upon scenes of impurity, who indulges the
evil thought, the lustful look, may behold in the open sin, with its burden of shame
and heartbreaking grief, the true nature of the evil which he has hidden in the
chambers of the soul. The season of temptation, under which, it may be, one falls into
grievous sin, does not create the evil that is revealed, but only develops or makes
manifest that which was hidden and latent in the heart."- Thoughts From the Mount of
Blessing, p. 60.

D Tuesday
HOW DEBASED May 30

5. How did Satan succeed in corrupting the marriage institution? Genesis 4:19;
6:2; 16:3; 29:27.

"Polygamy was practiced at an early date. It was one of the sins that brought the
wrath of God upon the antediluvian world. Yet after the Flood it again became wide-
spread. It was Satan's studied effort to pervert the marriage institution, to weaken its
obligations and lessen its sacredness; for in no surer way could he deface the image of
God in man and open the door to misery and vice."-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 338.

6. What else played an important role in debasing the sanctity of marriage?


Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Matthew 19:7,8.

"Wrong sentiments in regard to marriage had found a place in the minds of the
teachers of Israel. They were making of none effect the sacred institution of mar-
riage. Man was becoming so hardhearted that he would for the most trivial excuse
separate from his wife, or, if he chose, he would separate her from the children and
send her away. This was considered a great disgrace and was often accompanied by
the most acute suffering on the part of the discarded one."- The Adventist Home, p. 341.
o Wednesday
RULES PROTECTING THE INSTITUTION May 31

7. What practice is not permitted by the seventh commandment? Luke 16:18;


Matthew 19:9; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Corinthians 7:39.

"There are many unhappy marriages because of so much haste. Two unite their
interest at the marriage altar, by most solemn vows before God, without previously
weighing the matter, and devoting time to sober reflection and earnest prayer. Many
move from impulse. They have no thorough acquaintance with the dispositions of
each other. They do not realize that the happiness of their whole life is at stake. If
they move wrong in this matter, and their marriage life proves unhappy, it cannot be
taken back. If they find they are not calculated to make each other happy; they must
endure it the best they can."-Spiritual Gifts, vol. 3, p. 120.

8. What rules did the apostle Paul set down for the believers? 1 Corinthians
7:1-15.

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RESTORATION OF THE INSTITUTION D Thursday
AND PUNISHMENT OF TRANSGRESSORS June 1

9. What is the purpose of the gospel toward marriage? Luke 19:10; 1 John 3:8
(last part).

"Like every other one of God's good gifts entrusted to the keeping of humanity,
marriage has been perverted by sin; but it is the purpose of the gospel to restore its
purity and beauty." - Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 64.
"In the time of the end every divine institution is to be restored."-Prophets and
Kings, p. 678.

10. What will be the end of those who do not respect the seventh commandment?
1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Revelation 22:15.

D Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS June 2

a. How has the marriage institution been perverted by sin?

b. What are the two conflicting tendencies toward the seventh commandment
and the marriage institution?

c. When Christ said, "in the beginning it was not so," what did He confirm and
exalt as having the highest authority?

d. What warning of Jesus refers to indirect violation of the seventh command-


ment?

e. Explain the statement: "In the time of the end every divine institution is to
be restored." •


"The family tie is the closest, the most tender and
sacred, of any on earth. It was designed to be a bless-
ing to mankind. And it is a blessing wherever the mar-
riage covenant is entered into intelligently, in the fear
of God, and with due consideration for its responsibil-
ities."- The Adventist Home, p. 18.


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Lesson 11 Sabbath,Junel0,1989

THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT

"Every converted soul will, like Zacchaeus, signalize the entrance of Christ
into his heart by an abandonment of the unrighteous practices that have
marked his life," - The Desire of Ages, p. 556.

KEY TEXT: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,
do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew
7:12.

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TWO WITNESSES June 4

1. What is the eighth commandment and where was it first formally recorded?
Exodus 20:15.

2. How does Paul confirm the eighth commandment? Romans 2:21; Ephesians
4:28.

"If we have injured others through any unjust business transaction, if we have
overreached in trade, or defrauded any man, even though it be within the pale of the
law, we should confess our wrong, and make restitution as far as lies in our power. It
is right for us to restore not only that which we have taken, but all that it would have
accumulated if put to a right and wise use during the time it has been in our posses-
sion."-The Desire of Ages, p. 556.

D Monday
AMPLITUDE OF THE COMMANDMENT June 5

3. What is the full scope of the eighth commandment? Romans 13:8.

"Both public and private sins are included in this prohibition. The eighth com-
mandment condemns manstealing and slave dealing, and forbids wars of conquest. It

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condemns theft and robbery. It demands strict integrity in the minutest details of the
affairs of life. It forbids overreaching in trade, and requires the payment of just debts
or wages. It declares that every attempt to advantage oneself by the ignorance,
weakness, or misfortune of another is registered as fraud in the books of heaven."
-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 309.

4. What is expected from Christians in all their business transactions? What


warning should they heed? Proverbs 16:11; 11:1; Matthew 7:12.

"The Christian in his business life is to represent to the world the manner in
which our Lord would conduct business enterprises. In every transaction he is to
make it manifest that God is his teacher. 'Holiness unto the Lord' is to be written upon
daybooks and ledgers, on deeds, receipts, and bills of exchange. Those who profess
to be followers of Christ, and who deal in an unrighteous manner, are bearing false
witness against the character of a holy, just, and merciful God."-The Desire of Ages,
p.556.

o Tuesday
EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES June 6

5. In what way do employers often overlook the requirement of the eighth com-
mandment? Leviticus 19:13; Deuteronomy 24:14, 15; James 5:4-6.

"What a revelation will be made in the day of God, when hoarded treasures, and
wages kept back by fraud, cry against their possessors, who were professedly good
Christians, and flattered themselves that they were keeping the law of God, when
they loved gain better than they loved the purchase of Christ's blood, the souls of
men."-Counsels on Stewardship, p. 123.
"A man who sincerely fears God would rather toil day and night, suffer privation,
and eat the bread of poverty than to indulge a passion for gain which would oppress
the widow and the fatherless or turn the stranger from his right. The crimes that are
committed through love of display and love of money constitute this world a den of
thieves and robbers, and cause angels to weep."-Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 490.

6. How is the eighth commandment often transgressed by employees? What in-


struction should they heed? How does this relate to indolence? Ephesians
6:5-8; 2 Thessalonians 3:10.

"Brother B's religious experience was not sound.... At times he labored earnestly
and manifested a good interest in the work. Then again he would be careless of his
time and spend precious moments in unimportant conversation, hindering others
from doing their duty and setting them an example of recklessness and unfaithful-
ness."- Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 25.
"The word of God teaches that if a man will not work, neither shall he eat. The
Lord does not require the hard-working man to support those who are not diligent.
There is a waste of time, a lack of effort, which brings to poverty and want. If these
faults are not seen and corrected by those who indulge in them, all that might be done
in their behalf is like putting treasure into a basket with holes. But there is an unavoid-
able poverty; and we are to manifest tenderness and compassion toward those who
are unfortunate."-Counsels on Stewardship, p. 122.

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D Wednesday
DEBTS AND TAXES June 7
7. What responsibility is put upon the borrower by the word of God? Exodus
22:14; 2 Kings 4:7; Psalm 37:21.

"The practice of borrowing money to relieve some pressing necessity, and mak-
ing no calculation for canceling the indebtedness, however common, is demoralizing.
The Lord would have all who believe the truth converted from these self-deceiving
practices. They should choose rather to suffer want than to commit a dishonest act."
-Counsels on Stewardship, p. 255.
"The world has a right to expect strict integrity in those who profess to be Bible
Christians. By one man's indifference in regard to paying his just dues, all our people
are in danger of being regarded as unreliable."-Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 179.
8. What is the divine instruction about taxes? Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:7.
What testimony should we hear from our own conscience? 2 Corinthians 7:2.

"It is neither the magnitude nor the seeming insignificance of a business transac-
tion that makes it fair or unfair, honest or dishonest. By the least departure from rec-
titude we place ourselves on the enemy's ground, and may go on, step by step, to any
length of injustice. A large proportion of the Christian world divorce religion from
their business. Thousands of little tricks and petty dishonesties are practiced in deal-
ing with their fellow men, which reveal the true state of the heart, showing its corrup-
tion."-Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 337.
D Thursday
ROBBING GOD June 8

9. How does the prophet describe unfaithfulness in the payment of tithes and
offerings? Malachi 3:8-10.

"God lays His hand upon all man's possessions, saying: I am the owner of the
universe, and these goods are Mine. The tithe you have withheld I reserve for the
support of My servants in their work of opening the Scriptures to those who are in the
regions of darkness, who do not understand My law. In using My reserve fund to
gratify your own desires you have robbed souls of the light which I made provision for
them to receive. You have had opportunity to show loyalty to Me, but you have not
done this. You have robbed Me; you have stolen My reserve fund. [Malachi 3:9
quoted.]"-Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 387.

10. What warnings against robbing God of rightful service may be learned from
the parable of the talents? What counsel is given through David? Matthew
25:14-29; Psalm 76:11.

"There are men in the ranks of Sabbathkeepers who are holding fast their earthly
treasure. It is their god, their idol; and they love their money, their farms, their cattle,
and their merchandise better than they love their Saviour, who for their sakes become
poor, that they, through His poverty, might be made rich. They exalt their earthly
treasures, considering them of greater value than the souls of men. Will such have the
'Well done' spoken to them? No; never. The irrevocable sentence, 'Depart,' will fall
upon their startled senses. Christ has no use for them. They have been slothful ser-

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vants, hoarding the means God has given them, while their fellow men have perished
in darkness and error."-Counsels on Stewardship, p. 123.
"Many a man devotes months and years to the acquirement of a trade or profes-
sion that he may become a successful worker in the world; and yet he makes no
special effort to cultivate those talents which would render him a successful laborer in
the vineyard of the Lord. He has perverted his powers, misused his talents. He has
shown disrespect to his heavenly Master. This is the great sin of the professed people
of God."-Ibid., p. 124.

D Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS ]une9

a. What are the requirements of the eighth commandment?

b. What are some of the most common ways in which the eighth commandment
is often transgressed?

c. What commandment does a Bible worker break if he takes no interest in


developing his talents and in becoming a more successful worker?

d. How should Christians represent Christ in their business life?

e. When the hearts of men are softened by the presence of the Holy Spirit, what
is the result? •


"The eighth commandment is to barricade the
soul, and hedge man in, so that he shall make no in-
jurious encroachment-which his self-love and desire
for gain would make on his neighbor's rights. It forbids
every species of dishonesty, injustice, or fraud, how-
ever prevalent, however palliated by plausible pre-
tenses." -Sons and Daughters of God, p. 63.


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Lesson 12 Sabbath,June17,1989

THE NINTH COMMANDMENT

liMen are mortals. They may be sincerely pious and yet have many errors of
understanding and many defects of character, but they cannot be Christ's
followers and yet be in league with him who 'loveth and maketh a lie: "- Tes-
timonies, vol. 4, p. 336.

KEY TEXT: "These ... things doth the Lord hate: ... A false witness that
speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." Proverbs
6:16, 19.

o Sunday
TWO WITNESSES June 11

1. What is the ninth commandment and where was it first formally recorded?
Exodus 20:16.

2. What is written in the New Testament concerning the ninth commandment?


Colossians 3:9. What is the meaning of the words of Christ in Matthew 5:37?

"These words condemn all those meaningless phrases and expletives that border
on profanity. They condemn the deceptive compliments, the evasion of truth, the flat-
tering phrases, the exaggerations, the misrepresentations in trade, that are current in
society and in the business world. They teach that no one who tries to appear what he
is not, or whose words do not convey the real sentiment of his heart, can be called
truthful. "
"If these words of Christ were heeded, they would check the utterance of evil sur-
mising and unkind criticism; for in commenting upon the actions and motives of
another, who can be certain of speaking the exact truth? How often pride, passion,
personal resentment, color the impression given! A glance, a word, even an intonation
of the voice, may be vital with falsehood. Even facts may be so stated as to convey a
false impression." - Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 68.

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D Monday
AMPLITUDE OF THE COMMANDMENT June 12

3. What is the significance of the ninth commandment in its broadest applica-


tion? Proverbs 6:16, 19.

"False speaking in any matter, every attempt or purpose to deceive our neighbor,
is here included. An intention to deceive is what constitutes falsehood. Bya glance of
the eye, a motion of the hand, an expression of the countenance, a falsehood may be
told as effectually as by words. All intentional overstatement, every hint or insinua-
tion calculated to convey an erroneous or exaggerated impression, even the statement
of facts in such a manner as to mislead, is falsehood. This precept forbids every effort
to injure our neighbor's reputation by misrepresentation or evil surmising, by slander
or tale bearing. Even the intentional suppression of truth, by which injury may result
to others, is a violation of the ninth commandment."-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 309.

4. From what condition must the truth be completely free if it is the truth? 1
John 2:21. How?

"Let no one deceive his own soul in this matter. If you harbor pride, self-esteem, a
love for the supremacy, vainglory, unholy ambition, murmuring, discontent, bit-
terness, evil speaking, lying, deception, slandering, you have not Christ abiding in
your heart, and the evidence shows that you have the mind and character of Satan,
not of Jesus Christ, who was meek and lowly of heart. You must have a Christian
character that will stand. You may have good intentions, good impulses, can speak
the truth understandingly, but you are not fit for the kingdom of heaven."- Testimonies
to Ministers, p. 441.
"[W]hoever in any way departs from the straight line of truth is betraying himself
into the power of the wicked one. Yet it is not a light or an easy thing to speak the ex-
act truth. We cannot speak the truth unless we know the truth; and how often
preconceived opinions, mental bias, imperfect knowledge, errors of judgment, pre-
vent a right understanding of matters with which we have to do! We cannot speak the
truth unless our minds are continually guided by Him who is truth."- Thoughts From
the Mount of Blessing, p. 68.

D Tuesday
"THE FATHER OF LIES" June 13

5. Who was the first transgressor of the ninth commandment and how did our
Lord describe him? John 8:44.

6. How did Satan deceive Eve in the very beginning and how has he continued
to use the tree of mingled knowledge? Genesis 2:9, 16, 17.

"It is one of Satan's devices to combine with falsehood just enough truth to give it
plausibility."- The Great Controversy, p. 587.
"Satan desired to make it appear that this knowledge of good mingled with evil
would be a blessing, and that in forbidding them to take of the fruit of the tree, God
was withholding great good."-Education, p. 24.

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"The tree of knowledge, so-called, has become an instrument of death. Satan has
artfully woven himself, his dogmas, his false theories into the instruction given. From
the tree of knowledge he speaks the most pleasing flattery in regard to the higher
education. Thousands partake of the fruit of this tree, but to them it means death.
Christ says to them: lYe spend money for that which is not bread. You are using your
God-intrusted talents to secure an education which God pronounces foolishness."
-Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 471.
D Wednesday
THOSE WHO REJECT TRUTH June 14

7. What condition leads men to accept falsehood? 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12;


Matthew 12:34. .

"When men's hearts are softened and subdued by the constraining influence of
the Holy Spirit, they will give heed to counsel; but when they turn from admonition
until their hearts become hardened, the Lord permits them to be led by other influ-
ences. Refusing the truth, they accept falsehood, which becomes a snare to their own
destruction."-Prophets and Kings, p. 425.
"Closely connected with Christ's warning in regard to the sin against the Holy
Spirit is a warning against idle and evil words. The words are an indication of that
which is in the heart. 'Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.' But the
words are more than an indication of character; they have power to react on the
character. Men are influenced by their own words. Often under a momentary im-
pulse, prompted by Satan, they give utterance to jealousy or evil surmising, express-
ing that which they do not really believe; but the expression reacts on the thoughts.
They are deceived by their words, and come to believe that true which was spoken at
Satan's instigation. Having once expressed an opinion or decision, they are often too
proud to retract it, and try to prove themselves in the right, until they come to believe
that they are." - The Desire of Ages, p. 323.

8. What may be expected from the enemies of the truth? Matthew 5:11.

"Men's hearts are no softer today than when Christ was upon the earth. They will
do all in their power to aid the great adversary in making it as hard as possible for the
servants of Christ, just as the people did with Christ when He was upon the earth.
They will scourge with the tongue of slander and falsehood. They will criticize, and
turn against the servant of God the very efforts he is leading them to make. They will,
with their evil surmisings, see fraud and dishonesty where all is right and where per-
fect integrity exists. They lay selfish motives to the charge of God's servants, when
He Himself is leading them, and when they would give even their lives if God re-
quired, if by so doing they could advance His cause."-Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 234.
D Thursday
TWO CLASSES June 15

9. What condition specifically mentioned must be reached by the 144,000?


Revelation 14:5. What do they understand concerning the ninth command-
ment?

"Not one word is to be spoken unadvisedly. No evil speaking, no frivolous talk, no


fretful repining or impure suggestion, will escape the lips of him who is following

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Christ. The apostle Paul, writing by the Holy Spirit, says, 'Let no corrupt com-
munication proceed out of your mouth.' Ephesians 4:29. A corrupt communication
does not mean only words that are vile. It means any expression contrary to holy prin-
ciples and pure and undefiled religion. It includes impure hints and covert insinua-
tions of evil. Unless instantly resisted, these lead to great sin."-Christ's Object Lessons,
p.337.

10. What will be the end of all those who willfully ignore the ninth command-
ment? Proverbs 19:5,9; 21:28; Revelation 21:27; 22:15.

o Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS June 16

a. What actually constitutes falsehood?

b. How can silence, in some cases, be equivalent to a lie?

c. Under what condition, only, will a believer speak the exact truth?

d. How does Satan succeed in making his falsehoods plausible?

e. How do people deceive themselves to a point where they see truth as


falsehood and falsehood as truth? •


"The ninth commandment requires of us an in-
violable regard for exact truth in every declaration by
which the character of our fellow men may be affected.
The tongue, which is kept so little under the control of
the human agent, is to be bridled by strong conscien-
tious principles, by the law of love toward God and
man." -Sons and Daughters of God, p. 64.


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the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering.

See details on pages 4 and 48.

Lesson 13 Sabbath, June 24, 1989

THE TENTH COMMANDMENT

"All who seek to make honesty the ruling principle in the daily business of
life will need to be on their guard that they covet 'no man's silver, or gold, or
apparel.' While they are content with convenient food and clothing, it will be
found an easy matter to keep the heart and hands from the defilement of
covetousness and dishonesty."-Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 574.

KEY TEXT: "[He] that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days." Proverbs
28:16.

D Sunday
TWO WITNESSES June 18

1. What is the tenth commandment and where was it first formally recorded?
Exodus 20:17.

2. How does Paul confirm the tenth commandment? Romans 7:7. Describe the
suffering caused by covetousness.

"The principle of worldlings is to get all they can of the perishable things of this
life. Selfish love of gain is the ruling principle in their lives. But the purest joy is not
found in riches nor where covetousness is always craving, but where contentment
reigns and where self-sacrificing love is the ruling principle. There are thousands who

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are passing their lives in indulgence and whose hearts are filled with repining. They
are victims of selfishness and discontent in the vain effort to satisfy their minds with
indulgence. But unhappiness is stamped upon their very countenances, and behind
them is a desert, because their course is not fruitful in good works."-Testimonies, vol.
3, p. 382.

AN AMPLE COMMANDMENT o Monday


AND THE WIDESPREAD TRANSGRESSION June 19

3. What is the extent of the tenth commandment? 1 Timothy 6:9.

"The tenth commandment strikes at the very root of all sins, prohibiting the
selfish desire, from which springs the sinful act. He who in obedience to God's law re-
frains from indulging even a sinful desire for that which belongs to another will not be
guilty of an act of wrong toward his fellow creatures." -Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 309.

4. How common has covetousness become? What are its results? 1 Timothy
6:10.

"We have before us the fearful doom of Achan, of Judas, of Ananias and Sap-
phira. Back of all these we have that of Lucifer, the 'son of the morning,' who,
coveting a higher state, forfeited forever the brightness and bliss of heaven. And yet,
notwithstanding all these warnings, covetousness abounds.
"Everywhere its slimy track is seen. It creates discontent and dissension in
families; it excites envy and hatred in the poor against the rich; it prompts the grind-
ing oppression of the rich toward the poor. And this evil exists not in the world alone,
but in the church. How common even here to find selfishness, avarice, over-
reaching, neglect of charities, and robbery of God 'in tithes and offerings.' Among
church members 'in good and regular standing' there are, alas! many Achans."
-Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 496, 497.
o Tuesday
NAMES WHICH STAND AS WARNING June 20

5. What names in the Old Testament stand as a warning against covetousness?


Joshua 7:20, 21; Numbers 22:15-22.

6. What names in the New Testament stand as a warning against the same sin?
John 12:4-6; Acts 5:1-10.

o Wednesday
THE BEGINNING OF ALL EVILS June 21

7. Where and how does sin start? James 1:14, 15.

"In the sermon on the mount, Christ presented before His disciples the far-
reaching principles of the law of God."-The SDA Bible Commentary [E.G. White Com-
ments], vol. 3, p. 1145.
"When the thought of evil is loved and cherished, however secretly, said Jesus, it
shows that sin still reigns in the heart. The soul is still in the gall of bitterness and in
the bond of iniquity."-Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 60.

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"If we would not commit sin, we must shun its very beginnings. Every emotion
and desire must be held in subjection to reason and conscience. Every unholy thought
must be instantly repelled. To your closet, followers of Christ. Pray in faith and with
all the heart. Satan is watching to ensnare your feet. You must have help from above
if you would escape his devices."-Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 177.

8. Where do wars have their origin? James 4:1,2.

D Thursday
STEPS TO VICTORY June 22

9. How should Christians close the door against Satan right from the begin-
ning? Psalm 119:9-11; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:1,2.

"In proportion as the love of Christ fills our hearts and controls our lives, covetous-
ness, selfishness, and love of ease will be overcome, and it will be our pleasure to do
the will of Christ, whose servants we claim to be. Our happiness will then be propor-
tionate to our unselfish works, prompted by the love of Christ."- Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 382.

10. What should be the prayer and attitude of all who would be overcomers?
Psalm 51:10; Proverbs 28:16.

"Yet we have a work to do to resist temptation. Those who would not fall a prey
to Satan's devices must guard well the avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading,
seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts. The mind should not be
left to wander at random upon every subject that the adversary of souls may suggest."
-Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 460.

D Friday
REVIEW AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS June 23

a. Why does the tenth commandment strike at the root of all sins?

b. With whom, where and how did covetousness begin?

c. What names are mentioned, in the Bible, of people who were caught in the
snare of covetousness?

. d. What should we do to avoid falling into this snare?

e. Why did Christ require of the rich young man that which He did not ask of
Nicodemus, who was also rich? •

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The Law of God
As Given by Jehovah As Changed by Man
I I
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have
strange gods before me.
II II
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord
image, or any likeness of any thing that is in thy God in vain.
heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth: thou
shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve
them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation
of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto
thousands of them that love me, and keep my
commandments.
ill III
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord Remember thou keep holy the Sabbath
thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him day.
guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
IV IV
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it ho- Honor thy father and thy mother.
ly. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy
work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the
Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work,
thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-
servant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle,
nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in
six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the
sea, and all that in them is, and rested the
seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the
sabbath day, and hallowed it.
V V
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy Thou shalt not kill.
days may be long upon the land which the Lord
thy God giveth thee.
VI VI
Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VII VII
Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal.

VIII VIII
Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against
thy neighbour.
IX IX
Thou shalt not bear false witness against Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
thy neighbour.
X X
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's
house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.
wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant,
nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy
neighbour's. .
(PETER GEIERMANN, The Convert's Cotechism
(Exodus 20:3-17) of Cotholic Doctrine [1946 ed.], pp. 37, 38.)
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