Lesson 2: April 7-13

‘I have gone astray like a lost sheep’  


3. What examples from the bird kingdom depict our lostness? Psalm 102:6-7.

NOTE: ‘Now, see how God has proclaimed the gospel for our encouragement everywhere. People are inclined to get discouraged; Christians are likely to think, Well, the Lord has forgotten us. Did you ever think that way, as though the Lord didn’t care for you, that He has left you alone? Is there anyone who has not felt that way, discouraged, in short? I am not of much importance in this world, we sometimes say; I am of no consequence; I am only one, very insignificant and despised, and justly despised; I could drop out, and it wouldn't make any difference. He said that not a sparrow can fall to the ground without His notice; and why? Because the life of God is there, and there is nothing that can come upon anything in this world that God does not feel. It touches Him personally, because His life is all the sensibility that there is in this world.’ E J Waggoner: General Conference Bulletin Articles, February 16, 1897.


4. What animal examples from the Bible demonstrate our inability to change our personal situation? Psalm 119:176, first part; Jeremiah 13:23.

NOTE: ‘In the parable the shepherd goes out to search for one sheep, the very least that can be numbered. So, if there had been but one lost soul, Christ would have died for that one. The sheep that has strayed from the fold is the most helpless of all creatures. It must be sought for by the shepherd, for it cannot find its way back. So with the soul that has wandered away from God; he is as helpless as the lost sheep, and unless divine love had come to his rescue he could never find his way to God.’ Christ’s Object Lessons, page 187.

‘If you see your sinfulness, do not wait to make yourself better. How many there are who think they are not good enough to come to Christ. Do you expect to become better through your own efforts? “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.” Jeremiah 13:23. There is help for us only in God. We must not wait for stronger persuasions, for better opportunities, or for holier tempers. We can do nothing of ourselves. We must come to Christ just as we are.’ Steps to Christ, page 31.

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