Memory Text: “He does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8, NKJV).
Deuteronomy and Present truth cannot be better understood outside the context in which it arose, this week is all about the preamble to Deuteronomy, this preamble will, however, lead us to understand better what Deuteronomy is about.
What is the risk involved in Love?
The risk involved is that in loving someone/something, they may not love back. God out of love created intelligent and rational beings in heaven and on earth with the ability to love, however, the risk remains that they may not love Him back.
What proof is there in the story of the fall of man that shows God’s gift of choice to love?
Adam and Eve two perfect beings created by a perfect God in a perfect world showed the freedom inherent in love when they were faced with the option to obey God by not eating the fruit or the option to disobey God by eating the fruit. Despite God’s love for humanity, man still rebelled.
What was God promising to do through Abram?
God because of His love wanted to redeem man to Himself. Abram became the medium through which all families of the world will be blessed and saved.
How does Stephen’s depiction of Moses and Exodus fit in with God’s initial promise to Abraham?
The Israelites are the biological descendants of Abraham and as God had promised Abraham, to bless the rest of the nations through Him, the power of God was manifested to the Egyptians and the rest of the world through the Israelites.
What parallels exist between Seventh-Day Adventists and ancient Israel?
The Israelites were like the point of contact by which the rest of the world will come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved by it. Seventh-Day Adventists have the same mandate to let the world know about the truth and be saved by them.
Why did God call the People of Israel out of Egypt?
The people of Israel were called out of Egypt to be made a special treasure to God above all other people. That relation was central to the covenant made to Abraham, their father.
What was the crucial component of Israel in regard to the covenant?
The crucial component of Israel has always been unfaithfulness. They had always disobeyed and done according to their evil way.
What punishment was meted out to Israel for their refusal to obey the Lord?
The punishment is seen in Numbers 14:28-35, They had received enough obedience to trust in God but still, they decided not to, and God spoke to them saying that they all above the age of twenty shall perish except Joshua, the son of Nun and Caleb, the son of Jephunneh.
Ancient Israel was called to be light, they were called to reference God as God had promised Abraham, however they at many times rebelled against this call by their unfaithfulness. Similarly, we as Seventh-day Adventists and Believers are called to spread the truth to the world, however, some of us are unfaithful to this call. I pray that God helps us to be faithful to our duties as Christians in Jesus’ name.