Lesson for August 12, 2017.


Scripture Reading: Genesis 18:16-33.

Memory Verse: Genesis 18:25.

  1. In the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, what is said about the righteous being spared? Genesis 18:23-32.
  2. What is said about these cities being examples of the future judgments?  2 Peter 2:6.
  3. Should we fear or question the judgment of our Heavenly Father?  Psalms 96:10; 1 John 4:16-18.
  4. Shall we fear what men may do to us, or rather choose to fall into the hands of a merciful Heavenly Father? 2 Samuel 24:13,14.

NOTE:  David from a boy up, did not live unto himself. The purpose of his life without fear of what the enemy could do, was to bless others. He had the evidence of the presence with him of that powerful intervening hand of deliverance. He slew the lion and the bear, (1 Samuel 17:34-36), and prevailed against the mighty giant of the Philistines, (verses 48,49), — he feared not what men could do.

  1. When the Father’s presence is with us, will things always go smoothly?  Hebrews 12:6, 1 Peter 1:7.
  2. What about Job who lost his possessions, and all his children?  Job 1:20-22.
  3. When his body was sorely afflicted, did he lose faith and complain? Job 7:20,21.

NOTE:  It is well to mark here the humble life of the Saviour, and behold His poverty; His agony in Gethsemane; His reproach in the face of scoffers; a crown of sharp thorns on His head; His trial and condemnation before wicked men as a criminal and His agony of the cross. Yet from all this He arose victorious, triumphant, and was exalted before the very Majesty of heaven, to be crowned as King of kings and Lord of lords.

  1. Did Job understand the reason of these afflictions, or try to justify himself? Job 31:3-7, 24-27, & 29,30.
  2. Who was it that came to Job with comforting words, and uttered prophecies later to be fulfilled? Job 32:5-10
  3. What were some of the comforting words? Job 33:22-29.
  4. In his subjection and humility, what did Job finally say? Job 40:3,4; 42:1-6. Please read 1 Peter 4:12,13, & 5:6,7.
  5. What is said about the man upon whom the Father brings chastisements? Psalm 94:2-15.
  6. What command was given to the three men, –Job’s would be comforters? Job 42:7-9.

NOTE:  The three men who came as Job’s friends had  wrongly accused him during the period of his affliction. The wrath of God was kindled against them. It was not withdrawn until Job prayed for them.

  1. After Job endured with patience, and had prayed for his friends, how was he blessed?  Verses 10-16.
  2. What is said about mercy and judgment in James 2:12,13?
  3. The child Samuel was weaned, and his mother brought him before Eli the high priest. What prophetic words did she speak concerning the Judge of the earth? 1 Samuel 2:10.
  4. Did King David also long for this time? Psalms 94:1-3; 96:10-13.
  5. What is the conclusion of all that is expected of mankind and does the Great Judge know every secret thing? Ecc. 12:13,14.


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