_SABBATH SCHOOL SUMMARY_
*Worshipping the Creator
_Memory Text: Revelation 4:11
*SABBATH*: Accustomed to our blessings & the routine of our daily lives, we have a tendency to take the things of life (sun, air, the sky, & ground) for granted. How easy for children to take a parent for granted whom they’ve known all their short lives. Every fibre of our being should sound a note of thankfulness to God. He’s the Creator & Sustainer from whom all blessings flow. It’s a miracle that we’re all here!
*SUNDAY*: John was cast into a cardon of boiling oil but he was saved by God. Emperor Domitian exiled him to the Isle of Patmos afterwards but Jesus visited him. Distant from family, friends, & church members, Christ was with him & to use him to deliver a serious message to us; one that calls us to worship God (Rev. 1:9, 14:7; Matt. 13:21, Acts 14:22, John 16:33). We worship something one way or the other.
*MONDAY*: Creation tells us that God is the Creator & repels the claims of evolution (Gen. 1:1). It’s an argument for our faith (Rev. 14:7, Isa. 40:26, John 1:1-3, Rom. 1:20). We won’t grasp issues of the cosmic battle until we know how vital the Creation is; the sun gives more energy than man has ever produced & can house 3 million times planets the size of earth. One star, Pistol Star, gives more energy & can house 1 million stars the size of the sun.
*TUESDAY*: God who cares for every strand of leaf in the forest assures us that he that touches us touches the apple of His eye. Thus, God did not just create us & forsake us. He also sustains us & promises to fight evil forces against us. Theologians call this the transcendence (He’s above all creation) & the immanence of God (God lives with us). God loves & saves us (2 Cor. 5:17, Ps. 139:15-18, Acts 17:27, Col. 1:17).
*WEDNESDAY*: The very name of our church goes against theories of evolution. Our duty is to tell the world that God is the Creator & Redeemer & who will come to judge us. We see this in the first angel’s message; “everlasting gospel”, “hour of judgement”, “worship the Creator”. If we believe in Him, we shall not be condemned (Eph. 3:9, Col. 1:13-17, Rev. 4:11, Rom. 5:17-19). Evolution is a great lie & danger.
*THURSDAY*: Jesus as Creator is the same Jesus as Redeemer. This is evident at the Cross; He whose words called the world into being is the same One who cried out on the cross “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Gen. 1:26, Matt. 27:46). The first angels’ message after the cross tell us the Creator & Redeemer are One. We’re ought to fear & worship God (Rev. 14:7, John 19:16-20, Col. 1:16, Phil. 2:7, 8).
*FRIDAY*: The central issue in the great controversy & also the main theme of the Scriptures is “worship”. God through prophets in the OT called the mind of His people to the true worship (the worship God, the Creator) & for them to avoid false worship (worshipping other gods). That is, worship is fundamental to our existence. Only the living can worship & praise God; the dead can’t praise & worship Him.
—Ángel Manuel Rodríguez,“The Closing of the Cosmic Conflict: Role of the Three Angels’ Messages,” unpublished manuscript, p. 42.
_OT- Old Testament_
_Create- “The Hebrew word for “create” in this passage is bara, a verb that is used only and exclusively with God Himself as the subject._
_SUNDAY- A Companion in Tribulation_
_MONDAY- Worship the Creator_
_TUESDAY- A God Who Is Close_
_WEDNESDAY- Gospel, Judgment, Creation_
_THURSDAY- The Creator on the Cross_
📌 Dwell more on this idea of why, in a fallen world, being created by God is not enough. Why do we need the promise of redemption, as well?
📌 Think about some experience in which you unmistakably saw the power of God work in your life; that is, in a way that showed you God’s love for you personally. And then dwell on the fact that this is God who created the entire cosmos! And this God loves you enough to care about your life. Why should this reality not only be comforting but also humbling?
📌 If evolution were true, think about how we would be called to worship a creator who used billions of years of death, violence, destruction, suffering, and mass extinction in order to create us, while at the same time giving us a completely different story in Genesis about how we were created. And yet, we are supposed to be worshiping him? Worship him for what? For lying to us for thousands of years about how we got here to begin with?
_For May 6-12. Happy Sabbath!_