Sabbath School Summary
Turning Hearts in the End Time
Memory Text: Malachi 4:5, 6
SATURDAY: Life is full of changes and surprises—both the animate & inanimate undergo changes. As a device is repaired/recycled by a manufacturer, as a tree survives in winter or summer because it’s rooted in the ground, we’ll be able to live happily no matter the seasons in our lives if we’re rooted in Christ. God can repair our broken pieces; God’s sure promises are what we should cling on always.
SUNDAY: Those who lived at the time of Malachi hardened their hearts even when God bid them to turn to Him (Mal. 3:7). A last call was to be given them by John the Baptist, using the spirit of Elijah who led reforms (Mal. 4:5, 6; Matt. 11:14, 15; 17:10; Mark 6:15; Luke 1:17; 1 Kings 18:37). God would remove His wrath from His people while they also obeyed (Isa. 63:16, Mic. 7:18, 19, Isa. 44:22, Mal. 3:7).
MONDAY: Under the reign of Ahab, Jezebel, his wife, erected heathen altars. This led to a moral decline in the godly principles of marriage, family, & sexuality. God raised up Elijah to rebuke Baal (1 Kings 16:29-17:24; Luke 4:25, 26). For his rebuked, Elijah received threats from Jezebel. Yet, God was his refuge; in a home of a widow Elijah performed a miracle for the widow and reunited her with her dead son.
TUESDAY: Mount Carmel was the venue where Baal prophets were slain, where through the consuming fire on the altar God turned the hearts of His people to Himself (1 Kings 18:20-45). Jesus Christ was the sacrifice on the altar; thus, He received the fire that we might be sinless & bid us to come to Him (Exod. 29:41, Matt. 11:28). When Christ is uplifted in our homes, we receive His grace (1 Cor. 5:21).
WEDNESDAY: John the Baptist was ordained by God as the forerunner of the Messiah; Jesus Christ (Luke 1:17, Matt. 11:14; 17:12, 13; Matt. 11:10, Mark 1:2, Luke 7:27; Mal. 3:1). The message of John the Baptist prepared the hearts of people for the Messiah’s words, like a farmer prepares his ground to receive seed (Matt. 3:2, 8; 14:4; Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, read also John 1:29, 35-37, 3:27-30, 36).
THURSDAY: Seventh-day Adventists are the John the Baptist in these last days. We’re to go forth “turning hearts” with the Spirit of Elias to prepare the way of the Lord—the second advent. By the Cross of Christ, God has reconciled fallen men to Himself (Luke 1:17). As a family, we must live the good news and give our hearts to Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-21; Eph. 2:11-18, 3:15). God bids us to practice what we preach.
FRIDAY: In proclaiming the good news; we must not compromise, it should be spoken without fear and must be “as direct as was that of John”. The message should be “Thus saith the Lord”. We should “buy the truth, and sell it not”.
—Ellen G. White, “Carmel,” pp. 143-154, in Prophets and Kings; “The Voice in the Wilderness,” pp. 97-108, in The Desire of Ages. The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4, p. 1184.
Baal- Heathen god introduced by Ahab and his wife Jezebel.
Jezebel- A queen and wife of King Ahab. Her evil influence on Ahab led to the fall of the house of Ahab. At last, he was thrown down from a window for dogs to eat her flesh (2 Kings 9:30-37).
Mount Carmel- The place where God was vindicated and the Baal gods gave up.
SUNDAY- The Prophecy Of Turned Hearts
MONDAY- Family Reunion
TUESDAY- Turning Hearts At The Altar
WEDNESDAY- Turning Hearts At The Jordan
THURSDAY- Turning Hearts In The Last Days
📌 As a class, discuss the relevance of the Elijah message to your local church. What can you do to help your church understand the message and the church’s role in helping to spread it?
📌 Have those who are willing share with the class their own personal experiences of having their “hearts turned.” What changes came about? What effect did this experience have upon their lives and the lives of their families?
📌 If we see ourselves in the role of John the Baptist, what should we expect to happen to us? What is the implicit message in that answer?
📌 As a class, work on a paragraph, a kind of “Declaration of Family Principles,” that best encapsulates what the biblical idea for a family is. What criteria would you use to help craft those principles? What have you learned this quarter that might have helped you in establishing what these principles might be? Be prepared to share it with the whole church.
📌 As a parent, what promises can you claim for children who, at least at this stage, have run away from the Lord?
For June 22-28. Happy 13th Sabbath. God bless you for being part of the study.