A Jealous God
Sabbath School Lesson 2018 Quarter 1 Lesson 3 Wednesday
Read second paragraph,
““It is impossible for the finite minds of men to fully comprehend the character or the works of the Infinite One. To the keenest intellect, to the most powerful and highly educated mind, that holy Being must ever remain clothed in mystery.” – Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, pp. 698, 699.”
What does this mean? Does this mean we cannot comprehend God, or that we cannot FULLY comprehend God?
Is there a difference?
Does God want us to comprehend Him?
14 You are my friends if you take my prescription and love one another.
15 I do not want you to be my servants, because servants only do what they are told but do not understand what the master is doing, nor do they understand the master himself. Their hearts are not in harmony with the master, and what they do they do not do freely. I want you to be my friends—to understand what I am doing—and to freely choose to be in unity with me. That is why I have told you about everything the Father and I are working to accomplish, so your hearts and minds will be in harmony with us.
16 You did not come seeking me, but I came seeking to heal and restore you, so that you will develop character in harmony with mine–character that will not be shaken. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask as you work in harmony with us to finish our mission.
17 This is my prescription: Love one another.
18 “If the selfish, survival-of-the-fittest world hates you, remember that selfishness hates love; and the world hated me first.
19 If you also were selfish and valued the methods of the world, then the world would love you as part of itself. But as it is, you do not value the selfish methods of the world or practice its principles, for I have taken you out of the world and restored my methods within you. That is why the world hates you.
20 Don’t forget what I have told you: ‘No servant is greater than their master.’ If they have tried to destroy me to prevent me from revealing the truth about the Father’s methods of love, they will also try to destroy and prevent you from spreading the message about the Remedy. If they have partaken of the Remedy and helped me promote it, they will help you also.
21 They will oppose you because they hate my character of love revealed in you, for they are completely wrong in their understanding about the One who sent me.
22 If I had not come as the Remedy for their infected hearts and brought the truth about my Father and his methods and principles, their terminal condition would be no fault of their own. Now, however, they have no excuse for their terminal state or the fact that selfishness in their hearts has not gone into remission, for they have rejected the Remedy.
23 Those who hate me hate my Father as well, as I am an exact representation of my Father.
24 If I had not revealed, in their very presence, the Remedy for human sinfulness–a life operating perfectly on my Father’s principles of selfless love–their fatal condition would not be their fault. But now they have seen the miracles of healing that have occurred as goodness has flowed from the Father through me to the world—so that all may see that life is designed to operate on my Father’s methods of selfless giving—and still they hate both me and my Father and thus reject me, the only Remedy.
25 But this is in harmony with what was written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause or reason.
26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send as my representative to you from the Father—the Spirit of Truth—he will work to reveal me.
27 And you must also work to reveal me, because you have been with me from the beginning of my ministry and now understand my purpose and mission” John 15:14~27
Can we comprehend God’s character and methods of love? How love works, that God is trustworthy?
The next paragraph states, “God has no equal. He thinks, remembers, and acts in ways we do not comprehend.”
If we cannot comprehend God, then how can we tell the difference between God and Satan?
Imagine all the lengths God has taken for us to comprehend him, through 6.000 and even sent His Son to make himself known to us.
You may remember this parable also spoken by Jesus;
1 Then he began teaching them in parables: “A developer planted a vineyard. He built a watchtower and constructed a winepress, and then he leased the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a trip.
2 When the harvest was due, he sent a servant to collect his portion of the fruit.
3 But they attacked and beat the servant and sent him away with nothing.
4 The owner sent another servant, but they hit him on the head and abused him.
5 The owner sent another servant, but they killed that one. He sent many more: some were beaten, some killed.
6 The only person left to send was his son whom he loved very much. He sent him last, saying, ‘They will recognize and honor my son.’
7 But when the farmers saw the son, they greedily said to each other, ‘This is the heir to this property. Let’s kill him and claim the inheritance for ourselves!’
8 So they grabbed the son, killed him, and tossed his body out of the vineyard. Mark 12:1~7