Sabbath School Summary
Wise Words for Families
Memory Text: Proverbs 3:5, 6
SATURDAY: The book of Proverbs was written to make its reader wise. Every situation in life is addressed in the book in the form of poems, instructions, questions, and wise sayings. It’s best known as a “family document”. Thus, it begins with a father urging his son to heed to his instruction in order to live a successful godly life (Prov. 1:8). Deuteronomy also gives similar instructions to future generations.
SUNDAY: No one can ruin a man’s life than his own wife, and no one can ruin a woman’s life than her own husband. Thus, loving the right woman or man is very essential. Singles should reserve and couples should preserve their sexual intimacy for marriage (Prov. 5:3-14; SOS 4:12-15). Sexual intimacy is only for marriage (Matt. 19:5; 1 Cor. 7:3, 4; Heb. 13:4). A godly marriage never grows old (Prov. 5:18).
MONDAY: In molding children and creating a better society, very much depends on parents. The higher the spiritual, mental, and physical growth of the father, the better he’ll be able to care for his child. “Proverbs lauds those fathers who” properly care for their children (Prov. 13:22; 27:23, 24; 14:26; 15:1, 18; 16:32; 15:27; 29:17). Fathers are to be patient, “give priority to family over work” and love their wives.
TUESDAY: The family is a school, and parents are the teachers. It behoves on them to train their children (Prov. 10:17; 23:13, 14; 29:1, 15). Sin is strong, but God is stronger. Born in iniquity, only God can help a child to be godly (Ed, p. 29). Parents should correct in love (Deut. 11:18, 19, Prov. 13:24; 23:13, 14). A plant is straightened before it grows, parent ought to straighten their children at their tender age.
WEDNESDAY: Stress, anger, and strains in the family (marriage) should be met with humor. Proverbs depicts a sense of humor as one of the medicines needed to cure/reduce stressors in marriage. The books itself sometimes uses humor to convey salient ideas (Prov. 21:9, 19; 27:15, 16; 25:20; 27:14). The book calls its readers to have a merry heart to clear any infection in the family (Prov. 17:22).
THURSDAY: A wealthy wife is not one adorned with precious ornaments, but one adorned with a precious character. “Her price is far above rubies” (Prov. 31:10-31; 12:4). She possess all domestic skills needed for raising a good family. The family loves her and praises her. These qualities are not blueprints for every woman, yet, a virtuous woman fears God (see Ruth 3:11; Ps. 62:10; Josh. 1:14).
FRIDAY: “Out of the heart are ‘the issues of life’”, hence Christians should “guard their heart with all diligence”. True love can be kept warm in the heart through daily studies of the Scriptures, prayer, and devotion. Thus, “a love for meditation”, and a cherish spirit of devotion helps to keep the heart in heaven. We should set our minds and hearts on things above.
—Ellen G. White Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 3, p. 1157. Read Eph. 4:13
SOS- Songs of Solomon
SUNDAY- Love The Right Woman
MONDAY- A Call To Fathers
TUESDAY- Correction With Love
WEDNESDAY- Is Life Better On A Rooftop?
THURSDAY- A Truly Wealthy Wife
📌 Many Christians find a support group network helpful as they seek to “guard their hearts” against temptation. In what way might this augment prayer, Bible study, and reliance on the Holy Spirit? In some cases, why might it be a good idea to seek professional help if someone really struggles with temptations that do lead them into sin, and they seem unable to stop?
📌 As a class, read your answers aloud to Wednesday’s final question. Discuss the implications of your various answers. As with so many of the wonderful things that God has given us, how can laughter and humor be perverted and twisted into being something actually harmful?
📌 In contrast to Proverbs 31, what qualities does contemporary culture tend to exalt in women? How can we as individuals protect ourselves from partaking of that same degrading attitude?
📌 In general, what are some of the cultural attitudes about family life in your society that directly conflict with biblical principles of family life? On the other hand, are there some cultural attitudes that parallel biblical principles? If so, what are they, and how can they be used to strengthen our families?
For April 27-May 3.