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Lesson 4: April 21-27

‘Reverend is His name’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘Holy and reverend is His name.’ Psalm 111:9

LESSON AIM: To teach that reverence from the heart is one of our duties toward our God.

 

Introduction

 

‘True reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and a realisation of His presence. With this sense of the Unseen the heart of every child should be deeply impressed. “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.” Psalm 89:7. Reverence should be shown also for the name of God. Never should that name be spoken lightly or thoughtlessly. Even in prayer its frequent or needless repetition should be avoided. “Holy and reverend is His name.” Psalm 111:9. Angels, as they speak it, veil their faces. With what reverence should we, who are fallen and sinful, take it upon our lips! We should reverence God’s Word. For the printed volume we should show respect, never putting it to common uses or handling it carelessly.’  Child Guidance, page 538.

 

‘I stood trembling’

 

1. What is the first principle of reverence for God? 1 Timothy 6:15.

NOTE: ‘The Bible unfolds truth with a simplicity and a perfect adaptation to the needs and longings of the human heart, that has astonished and charmed the most highly cultivated minds, while it enables the humblest and uncultured to discern the way of salvation. And yet these simply stated truths lay hold upon subjects so elevated, so far-reaching, so infinitely beyond the power of human comprehension, that we can accept them only because God has declared them. Thus the plan of redemption is laid open to us, so that every soul may see the steps he is to take in repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, in order to be saved in God’s appointed way; yet beneath these truths, so easily understood, lie mysteries that are the hiding of His glory, mysteries that overpower the mind in its research, yet inspire the sincere seeker for truth with reverence and faith. The more he searches the Bible, the deeper is his conviction that it is the Word of the living God, and human reason bows before the majesty of divine revelation.’ A Call to Stand Apart, page 46.

 

2. What was the effect of the vision of the majesty of Christ on the prophet Daniel? Daniel 10:8.

NOTE: ‘When the prophet Daniel beheld the glory surrounding the heavenly messenger that was sent unto him, he was overwhelmed with a sense of his own weakness and imperfection. Describing the effect of the wonderful scene, he says, “There remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.” Daniel 10:8. The soul thus touched will hate its selfishness, abhor its self-love, and will seek, through Christ’s righteousness, for the purity of heart that is in harmony with the law of God and the character of Christ.’ Steps to Christ, page 29.

 

3. How did Moses react to hearing the voice of God at the burning bush?  Exodus 3:4-6.

NOTE: ‘You must respect your own faith in order successfully to introduce it to others. By example as well as precept, you must show that you reverence your faith, speaking reverently of sacred things. Never allow one expression of lightness and trifling to escape your lips when quoting Scripture. As you take the Bible in your hands, remember that you are on holy ground. Angels are around you, and could your eyes be opened, you would behold them. Let your conduct be such that you will leave the impression upon every soul with whom you associate that a pure and holy atmosphere surrounds you. One vain word, one trifling laugh, may balance a soul in the wrong direction. Terrible are the consequences of not having a constant connection with God.’ Christian Education, page 92.

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