Friday: Further Thought – The Elect

Further Thought: Read Ellen G. White, “Before the Sanhedrin”, pages 77-79“From Persecutor to Disciple” pages 112-114“Written From Rome”, pages 474, 475, in The Acts of the Apostles“Reaching Catholics”, pages 573-577, in Evangelism“What to Preach and Not to Preach”, pages 155, 156, in Selected Messages, book 1.

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“Notwithstanding Israel’s failure as a nation, there remained among them a goodly remnant of such as should be saved. At the time of the Saviour’s advent there were faithful men and women who had received with gladness the message of John the Baptist, and had thus been led to study anew the prophecies concerning the Messiah. When the early Christian church was founded, it was composed of these faithful Jews who recognized Jesus of Nazareth as the one for whose advent they had been longing.” – Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, pages 376, 377.

“Among the Jews are some who, like Saul of Tarsus, are mighty in the Scriptures, and these will proclaim with wonderful power the immutability of the law of God. . . . As His servants labor in faith for those who have long been neglected and despised, His salvation will be revealed.” – Page 381.

“In the closing proclamation of the gospel, when special work is to be done for classes of people hitherto neglected, God expects His messengers to take particular interest in the Jewish people whom they find in all parts of the earth. As the Old Testament Scriptures are blended with the New in an explanation of Jehovah’s eternal purpose, this will be to many of the Jews as the dawn of a new creation, the resurrection of the soul. As they see the Christ of the gospel dispensation portrayed in the pages of the Old Testament Scriptures, and perceive how clearly the New Testament explains the Old, their slumbering faculties will be aroused, and they will recognize Christ as the Saviour of the world. Many will by faith receive Christ as their Redeemer.” – Page 381.

Discussion Questions:

  1. As God’s law, and especially the Sabbath, comes into sharp focus in the last days, is it not reasonable to think that the Jews – many of them as serious about the Ten Commandments as Adventists are – will have a role in helping to clarify some issues before the world? After all, when it comes to Sabbath keeping, Adventists in contrast to the Jews are “the new kids on the block.” Discuss.
  2. Of all churches, why should the Adventist Church be the one most successful in reaching out to Jews? What can you or your local church do in seeking to reach Jews in your community?
  3. What can we learn from the mistakes of many in ancient Israel? How can we avoid doing the same things today?

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Source: Daily Sabbath School Lessons