A Dog Returns to Its Vomit
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 11 Tuesday
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Tuesday’s lesson speaks about people who return to their former sinful lives.
Read fourth paragraph,
“Perhaps the echo of the words of Jesus in 2 Peter 2:20 is intentional (see Matt. 12:45, Luke 11:26). Jesus tells the parable of a man who has been freed from an unclean spirit. The spirit wanders without a place of his own, and then returns to see “‘my house from which I came’” (Matt. 12:44, NKJV). He arrives and finds it empty and put in order. He then moves back in, but he brings with him several other spirits more wicked than himself. As Jesus says, “‘the last state of that man is worse than the first’” (Matt. 12:45, NKJV). The danger Jesus illustrates and Peter describes is real. The new believer needs to ensure that the things of the Spirit replace the things that used to dominate his or her life. If involvement in church and the sharing of the new faith does not replace the earlier secular activities, it is too easy to revert to one’s old ways.”
What is Jesus referring to with his parable? Matthew 12:43~45: from The Remedy:
“When the mind of a person is freed from an evil spirit, the spirit seeks another to harass. But if the spirit finds no other, 44 it says, ‘I will return to the one I left.’ If, when it arrives, it finds the mind not filled with God’s Spirit but instead empty and uncommitted, 45 it gets seven other spirits more wicked than itself and infiltrates the mind with lies, temptations, and distorted thinking. And the condition of that person is worse than before, because truth no longer has any impact on them. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
Why is their condition worse than before? Because their initial condition was one of believing lies without having the benefit of knowing the truth, but then the truth was presented and the truth dispelled the lies and set them free. Then, after knowing the truth, they chose to reject the truth, to not apply the truth to their lives and instead choose the lies reverting to their old ways. Now, having considered, understood and rejected the truth, such truth has no impact because it has been rejected, thus they are worse off than before and the lies multiply and deepen their darkness.
What of the last sentence, “If involvement in church and the sharing of the new faith do not replace the earlier secular activities, it is too easy to revert to one’s old ways.”
Are they suggesting that it is church activities and sharing the faith that keeps people from having a darkened mind?
Can a person who has been freed from fear and selfishness by coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His love for them, revert back to a life of fear and selfishness while they are active in, and perhaps because of, church activities?
In other words, do church activities keep us safe from backsliding or walking away from God? Were those who put Christ on the Cross, active in their church or not active?
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