The Morning Star in Our Hearts
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 10 Tuesday
Read first and second paragraph from Tuesday’s lesson,
“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pet. 1:19, NKJV). Read this text carefully. What is Peter saying that is so important to us, even today?
Here, as we can see in many places in the Bible (Gen. 1:4, John 1:5, Isa. 5:20, Eph. 5:8), a division is made between light and darkness. For Peter the Word of God shone like a light in a “dark” place (some translate the word dark as “squalid,” “dirty,” as well). That’s why he’s so clear that we need to take “heed” to that light, to follow it until “the day dawns and the morning star rises in [our] hearts.” We are fallen beings, living in a fallen and dark world. We need the supernatural power of God to lead us out of this darkness and to the light, and that light is Jesus.”
Where is the darkness? In our hearts, but what causes the darkness?
“See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isaiah 60:2,3
To what is this referring? Primarily the lies about God, and the darkness in the minds of humans about God and Jesus who is the light of truth about God and His methods of love which will draw the people of the world, not just Jews, but Gentiles as well.
The lesson mentions supernatural power—what power did Jesus wield when He confronted Satan in the wilderness?
Did Jesus overcome by having heavenly angels come and drive Satan away? What power did Jesus wield in Gethsemane and crucifixion weekend?
It was the power of truth and love—Jesus clung to the truth and loved others more than self. This is the power, the divine power we are given to demolish strongholds, and only this power is to be used.
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