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Lesson 2: April 7-13

‘Ye shall seek Me’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘And ye shall seek Me and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.’ Jeremiah 29:13.

LESSON AIM: To show that, although God is yearning after us, and has taken the initiative to rescue us, He waits until we make the choice and seek after Him. This is the dignity He has given the human race.

             

Introduction

 

‘You are to come to God as a repenting sinner, through the name of Jesus, the divine Advocate, to a merciful, forgiving Father, believing that He will do just as He has promised. Let those who desire the blessing of God knock, and wait at the throne of mercy, with firm assurance, saying, “For thou, O Lord, hast said, ‘For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.’” The Lord longs to have those who seek after God believe in Him who is able to do all things.’ Selected Messages, volume 1, page 328.

 

‘I am in trouble’

 

1. Why does the human heart seek out to God?  Romans 7:24. Consider Revelation 3:17, where the need is not felt, where is the reaching out to God?

NOTE: ‘But we must have a knowledge of ourselves, a knowledge that will result in contrition, before we can find pardon and peace. The Pharisee felt no conviction of sin. The Holy Spirit could not work with him. His soul was encased in a self-righteous armour which the arrows of God, barbed and true-aimed by angel hands, failed to penetrate. It is only he who knows himself to be a sinner that Christ can save. He came “to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Luke 4:18. But “they that are whole need not a physician.” Luke 5:31. We must know our real condition, or we shall not feel our need of Christ’s help. We must understand our danger, or we shall not flee to the refuge. We must feel the pain of our wounds, or we should not desire healing.’ Christ’s Object Lessons, page 158.

 

2. What examples does the Bible give of times when the human heart craves for living support, yet it is more than human beings can give?  Psalm 69:17; Matthew 26:38-40.

NOTE: ‘Behold Him [Jesus] contemplating the price to be paid for the human soul. In His agony, He clings to the cold ground, as if to prevent Himself from being drawn farther from God. The chilling dew of night falls upon His prostrate form, but He heeds it not. From His pale lips comes the bitter cry, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me.” Yet even now He adds, “Nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” The human heart longs for sympathy in suffering. This longing Christ felt to the very depths of His being. In the supreme agony of His soul, He came to His disciples with a yearning desire to hear some words of comfort from those whom He had so often blessed and comforted, and shielded in sorrow and distress. The One who had always had words of sympathy for them was now suffering superhuman agony, and He longed to know that they were praying for Him and for themselves.  How dark seemed the malignity of sin! Terrible was the temptation to let the human race bear the consequences of its own guilt, while He stood innocent before God. If He could only know that His disciples understood and appreciated this, He would be strengthened. Rising with painful effort, He staggered to the place where He had left His companions. But He “findeth them asleep.”’ Desire of Ages, page 687.

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