Sabbath School Summary
The Rhythms of Life
Lesson 1
Memory Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1

SATURDAY: The wisest man to have ever lived, King Solomon, depicts the cyclical nature of life by placing side by side fourteen pairs of contrasting activities (Eccles. 3:1-8). He sums it up in six words; “To everything there is a season”. Thus, human existence is full of seasons and rhythms; happy times and sad moments. From birth to death, we go through stages which “impact us and our families, too”.

SUNDAY: The history of our world can be traced back to “the beginning” where God transformed it from “chaos into a thing of perfect beauty” (Gen. 1:1, 2, 3). God is an architect and “order is Heaven’s first law” (ST, June 8, 1908). He designed that “seasons come and go in an orderly fashion”. Even in our fallen world, order and rhythm still exist. It would too in the new world (Isa. 66:23; Gen. 8:22).

MONDAY: “Body clocks” are believed to regulate our sleeping pattern. Thus, “rhythms exist all around and even in us”. These “rhythms of life” are not the same for everyone; some die early, others live long, some talk earlier than others, after birth (Gen. 21:8; Judg. 13:24, Ps. 71:5; Prov. 5:18, Gen. 15:15; Judg. 8:32, Ps. 90:10). God made this so, such that in our uniqueness, we would be a blessing to others (Prov. 20:29; Acts 17:26).

TUESDAY: The world before sin and the world after sin is not the same. Our fallen world today is subject to unexpected changes—positive and negative changes. Sometimes loss of a loved one, sometimes falling in love; loss of job or a promotion at work. Job’s life experienced a sudden twist unexpectedly (Job 1:13-19, 2:7-9). From the story of Abel and that of Joseph, family members made a great impact.

WEDNESDAY: God is not only in the business of changing times and seasons, He is also in the business of changing us—our characters. The great transition of Saul of Tarsus to Paul the Apostle, is our sure example (Acts 8:1, 3, 9:1-22; Gal. 1:15-17). We cannot change ourselves, only God can. Saul was once a proud Pharisee, but after yielding to God’s Spirit, He saw his mistakes and he changed (AA, pp. 119, 120, see Phil. 1:6; Rom. 8:1).

THURSDAY: We’re social beings. Generally, no one wants to live in isolation. We crave for companions and sometimes pets. We were cared for by others at birth, and even when we grow, we resort to others for help or company. It’s no surprise then, that our lives are greatly impacted by relationships or family—others impact our lives, and we also impact theirs. Be kind in your interactions (Rom. 15:7; Eph. 4:2, 32; 1 Thess. 3:12; Jam. 5:16).

FRIDAY: The disciples, under the training of Christ had changes in their lives. These “simple” men, were later “being challenged by the Galilean Rabbi”. Christ “transformed their characters from the earthly to the heavenly, from the selfish to the sacrificing…” and people “realized they had been with Jesus” (Matt. 20:20-24, 26:56, 69-74, John 3:5; Acts 4:13). God bids us to reflect Him in our homes.

—Ellen G. White, The Adventist Home, p. 18.

Keywords

ST- Signs of the Times
AA- The Acts of the Apostles

Captions

SUNDAY- In The Beginning
MONDAY- The Rhythms Of Life
TUESDAY- The Unexpected
WEDNESDAY- Transitions
THURSDAY- Interactions

Discussion Questions

📌 Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. What are these verses saying, and how can you apply the principle there to your own life and experiences?

📌 In class, talk about some of the life-changing experiences that you have been through, and talk about the lessons you learned and, if applicable, the lessons you should have learned. What did you learn from the lessons that you didn’t know? Also, talk about how these life-changing experiences impacted your family. What lessons did you learn in these situations, too?

📌 What are the ways you live today that, were it not for Christ in your life, would be radically different from what they are now? What should that tell you about the power of Christ to change us?

For March 30-April 5. Happy Sabbath.

—Michael

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