Lesson 1: March 27-April 2

‘They became fools’


MEMORY VERSE:  ‘Professing themselves wise, they became fools.’  Romans 1:22.

LESSON AIM:  Many say there is no God, but this lesson teaches that God has left indisputable evidences of His existence and presence among us. These evidences are, as it were, His divine fingerprints in the earth reveal the foolish words spoken by human beings who thought themselves wise.




‘Memories of earlier times, about a cabin among the pines in the Rocky Mountains: ‘In former years, my husband and myself made this grove our sanctuary. Among these mountains we often bowed together in worship and supplication. All around me were the places which had been thus hallowed; and as I gazed upon them, I could recall many instances in which we there received direct and remarkable answers to prayer.  “How near we seemed to God, as in the clear moonlight we bowed upon some lonely mountain side to ask for needed blessings at His hand! … Amid earth’s gloom and darkness, we could still discern on every hand gleams of brightness from the Fount of light. Through the works of creation we communed with Him who inhabiteth eternity. As we looked upon the towering rocks, the lofty mountains, we exclaimed, ‘Who is so great a God as our God?’ Surrounded, as we often were, with difficulties, burdened with responsibilities, finite, weak, erring mortals at best, we were at times almost ready to yield to despair. But when we considered God’s love and care for His creatures, as revealed both in the book of nature and on the pages of inspiration, our hearts were comforted and strengthened. Surrounded by the evidences of God’s power and overshadowed by His presence, we could not cherish distrust or unbelief. Oh, how often have peace, and hope, and even joy, have come to us in our experience amid these rocky solitudes!’  Life Sketches, page 256.


‘Thou God seest me’


1. What does God tell us that He is doing in heaven?  Psalms 14:2

NOTE: ‘Though Cornelius believed the prophecies and was looking for the Messiah to come, he had not a knowledge of the gospel as revealed in the life and death of Christ. He was not a member of the Jewish church and would have been looked upon by the rabbis as a heathen and unclean. But the same Holy Watcher who said of Abraham, “I know him,” knew Cornelius also, and sent a message direct from heaven to him.  The angel appeared to Cornelius while he was at prayer. As the centurion heard himself addressed by name, he was afraid, yet he knew that the messenger had come from God, and he said, “What is it, Lord?” The angel answered, “Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.”  The explicitness of these directions, in which was named even the occupation of the man with whom Peter was staying, shows that Heaven is acquainted with the history and business of men in every station of life. God is familiar with the experience and work of the humble labourer,  as well as with that of the king upon his throne.’ Acts of the Apostles, page 133.


2. What foolish words does God hear from the earth?  Psalm 14:1

NOTE: ‘“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” The scientific research in which these men have indulged has proved a snare to them. It has clouded their minds, and they have drifted into scepticism. They have a consciousness of power; and instead of looking to the Source of all wisdom, they triumph in the smattering of knowledge they may have gained. They have exalted their human wisdom in opposition to the wisdom of the great and mighty God, and have dared to enter into controversy with Him. The word of inspiration pronounces these men “fools.”’ Selected Messages, book 3, page 306.


3. How does prophecy show that this same proud attitude of mind, culminating in the events of the last days, originated with Babylon?  Isaiah 47:10.

NOTE: ‘The prophecies which the great I AM has given in His word, uniting link after link in the chain of events, from eternity in the past to eternity in the future, tell us where we are today in the procession of the ages and what may be expected in the time to come. All that prophecy has foretold as coming to pass, until the present time, has been traced on the pages of history, and we may be assured that all which is yet to come will be fulfilled in its order.’ Prophets and Kings, page 536.

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