How Should We Live?
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 13 Monday
In the second paragraph the lesson states,
“In the Hebrew Bible, things that are holy are set aside for use in the temple or for God’s purposes.”
According to the Hebrew Bible what was it that symbolically was used to make things holy? The blood of the sacrificial animal—in fact blood from any other animal always defiled, including human blood, but the blood of the sacrificial animal ALWAYS made things holy.
What is the lesson? What then does it mean that some teach the blood of the sacrificial animal contaminated the sanctuary?
What does it mean to be holy? Would holiness entail being in harmony with God, being like God in character, heart, motive etc.? And is God the standard of what is right, i.e. what is healthy? Can one have life outside of God? Then is holiness in its true sense complete godlike healthiness of heart, mind, character where selfishness and fear are replaced by love and trust?
The Bible is its own expositor. Scripture is to be compared with scripture. The student should learn to view the Word as a whole and to see the relation of its parts. He should gain a knowledge of its grand central theme–of God’s original purpose for the world, of the rise of the great controversy, and of the work of redemption. He should understand the nature of the two principles that are contending for the supremacy, and should learn to trace their working through the records of history and prophecy, to the great consummation. He should see how this controversy enters into every phase of human experience; how in every act of life he himself reveals the one or the other of the two antagonistic motives; and how, whether he will or not, he is even now deciding upon which side of the controversy he will be found.
Every part of the Bible is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable. The Old Testament, no less than the New, should receive attention. As we study the Old Testament, we shall find living springs bubbling up where the careless reader discerns only a desert.
The Old Testament sheds light upon the New, and the New upon the Old. Each is a revelation of the glory of God in Christ. Christ as manifested to the patriarchs, as symbolized in the sacrificial service, as portrayed in the law, and as revealed by the prophets is the riches of the Old Testament. Christ in His life, His death, and His resurrection; Christ as He is manifested by the Holy Spirit, is the treasure of the New. Both Old and New present truths that will continually reveal new depths of meaning to the earnest seeker (Counsels to Parent and Teachers, pp. 462, 463).
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