The Day of the Lord
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 12 Sabbath Afternoon
“Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11, NRSV).
In ages past people who didn’t believe in God were seen as untrustworthy, even potentially dangerous. Why? The idea was simple: if they didn’t believe in God, then they didn’t believe in any future judgment in which they would have to answer before Him for their deeds. Without this incentive, people would have a greater tendency to do wrong.
What does the lesson title bring to mind? Do you think:
~ Celebration—like the marriage feast described in the parable?
~ Reunion—like the prodigal son returning?
~ God’s exoneration—like Romans 3:4 says? (Let us think of God as true, even if every living man be proved a liar. Remember the scripture? ‘That you may be justified in your words, and may overcome when you are judged’.)
~ Do you think punishment, judgment, vengeance and wrath? And if so, what law lens do you view these ideas through?
~ Do you think the Lord’s Day—the day of rest and gladness?
~ Is there any parallel between the weekly Sabbath and the Day of the Lord?
- The weekly Sabbath came at the end of creation week, at the end of God finishing His work of creating planet earth, humans and giving the evidence to refute Satan’s lies
- The Day of the Lord comes at the end of God finishing His work of redeeming and saving human beings and eliminating the infection of sin
- The weekly Sabbath, for those who reject the truth about God is day of greatest violating of God’s design – either by partying or by legal enslavement to manmade rules that destroy freedom
- The Day of the Lord will be the day that those who have lived in greatest violation of God’s design will come face to face with the truth of their condition, their history, their rejection of healing and reap the full consequences of their choices.
- Thus, is the Sabbath and the Day of the Lord alike in that it all depends on whether one is right with God in heart and mind or not—if so then both are days of rest, celebration, rejoicing, but if not both are days of dread, suffering, destruction?
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