Sabbath Bible Lessons

Biographical Blessings

Lesson 1 Sabbath, January 6, 2018

A Candidate for Heaven

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5).

“How often those who trusted the word of God, though in themselves utterly helpless, have withstood the power of the whole world—Enoch, pure in heart, holy in life, holding fast his faith in the triumph of righteousness against a corrupt and scoffing generation.”—Education, p. 254.

Suggested Reading:   Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 84–89.

Sunday December 31

1. IN AN AGE OF MORAL CORRUPTION

a. What summarizes the experience of the seventh from Adam, and how did his environment compare with ours today? Genesis 5:18–22.

“There never has been and never will be an age when the moral darkness will be so dense as when Enoch lived a life of irreproachable righteousness.”—The SDA Bible Commentary [E. G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1088.

“Enoch had temptations as well as we. He was surrounded with society no more friendly to righteousness than is that which surrounds us. The atmosphere he breathed was tainted with sin and corruption, the same as ours; yet he lived a life of holiness.”—Testimonies, vol. 2, p. 122.

“We should not, my brethren and sisters, float along with the popular current. Our present work is to come out from the world and be separate. This is the only way we can walk with God, as did Enoch.”—Ibid., vol. 5, p. 535.

“Enoch’s walk with God was not in a trance or a vision, but in all the duties of his daily life. He did not become a hermit, shutting himself entirely from the world; for he had, in the world, a work to do for God.”—Ibid., vol. 8, pp. 329, 330.


Monday January 1

2. A HEALTHY FEAR OF GOD

a. What should inspire us about Enoch’s experience with God? Genesis 5:23, 24.

“The Lord loved Enoch because he steadfastly followed Him, and abhorred iniquity, and earnestly sought heavenly knowledge that he might do His will perfectly. He yearned to unite himself still more closely to God, whom he feared, reverenced, and adored. God would not permit Enoch to die as other men, but sent His angels to take him to Heaven without seeing death.”—Spiritual Gifts, vol. 3, p. 57.

“For three hundred years Enoch had been seeking purity of heart, that he might be in harmony with heaven. . . .

“To such communion God is calling us. As was Enoch’s, so must be their holiness of character who shall be redeemed from among men at the Lord’s second coming.”—Gospel Workers, pp. 53, 54.

b. What was shown to the first prophet in history, and why was he entrusted with such a vision? Jude 14, 15.

“Enoch was the first prophet among mankind. . . . His life was a specimen of Christian consistency. Holy lips alone should speak forth the words of God in denunciation and judgments.”—The SDA Bible Commentary [E. G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1088.

c. What types of behavior especially provoke God’s wrath in the Christian era? Jude 5–8, 10, 11, 16; Matthew 11:20, 23, 24.

“The fate of Sodom is a solemn admonition, not merely to those who are guilty of outbreaking sin, but to all who are trifling with Heaven-

sent light and privileges. . . .

“It will be more tolerable in the day of judgment for the cities of the plain than for those who have known the love of Christ, and yet have turned away to choose the pleasures of a world of sin.”—Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 165.


Tuesday January 2

3. KEEPING OUR PERSPECTIVE

a. How did Enoch maintain his purity? 1 Corinthians 15:33; Titus 1:15, 16.

“[Enoch] did not make his abode with the wicked. He did not locate in Sodom, thinking to save Sodom. He placed himself and his family where the atmosphere would be as pure as possible. Then at times he went forth to the inhabitants of the world with his God-given message. Every visit he made to the world was painful to him. He saw and understood something of the leprosy of sin. After proclaiming his message, he always took back with him to his place of retirement some who had received the warning. Some of these became overcomers, and died before the Flood came. But some had lived so long in the corrupting influence of sin that they could not endure righteousness.”—The SDA Bible Commentary [E. G. White Comments], vol. 1, pp. 1087, 1088.

“The greater and more pressing his labors, the more constant and earnest were [Enoch’s] prayers. He continued to exclude himself at certain periods from all society. After remaining for a time among the people, laboring to benefit them by instruction and example, he would withdraw, to spend a season in solitude, hungering and thirsting for that divine knowledge which God alone can impart.”—Gospel Workers, p. 52.

b. What can we learn from Enoch’s attitude? Hebrews 11:5.

“The infinite, unfathomable love of God through Christ became the subject of [Enoch’s] meditations day and night. With all the fervor of his soul he sought to reveal that love to the people among whom he dwelt. . . .

“As the scenes of the future were opened to his view, Enoch became a preacher of righteousness, bearing God’s message to all who would hear the words of warning. . . .

“The power of God that wrought with His servant was felt by those who heard. Some gave heed to the warning and renounced their sins, but the multitudes mocked at the solemn message. The servants of God are to bear a similar message to the world in the last days, and it will also be received with unbelief and mockery.”—Testimonies, vol. 8, pp. 329, 330.


Wednesday January 3

4. BECOMING CHRISTLIKE

a. In what sense was Enoch’s goal a model for us today? Galatians 6:8, 9.

“As year after year passed, deeper and deeper grew the tide of human guilt, darker and darker gathered the clouds of divine judgment. Yet Enoch, the witness of faith, held on his way, warning, pleading, and teaching, striving to turn back the tide of guilt and to stay the bolts of vengeance.

“The men of that generation mocked the folly of him who sought not to gather gold or silver, or to build up possessions here. But Enoch’s heart was upon eternal treasures.”—Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 330.

b. What is to guide our daily decisions? 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hosea 14:9.

“The greater the existing iniquity, the more earnest was [Enoch’s] longing for the home of God. While still on earth, he dwelt, by faith, in the realms of light.”—Testimonies, vol. 8, pp. 330, 331.

“Did he [Enoch] see God by his side? Only by faith. He knew that the Lord was there, and he adhered steadfastly to the principles of truth. We, too, are to walk with God. When we do this, our faces will be lighted up by the brightness of His presence, and when we meet one another, we shall speak of His power, saying, Praise God. Good is the Lord, and good is the word of the Lord.

“Those who will be translated at the close of time, will be those who commune with God on earth. Those who make manifest that their life is hid with Christ in God will ever be representing Him in all their life-practices. Selfishness will be cut out by the roots.

“Let us realize the weakness of humanity, and see where man fails in his self-sufficiency. We shall then be filled with a desire to be just what God desires us to be—pure, noble, sanctified. . . .

“To be like God will be the one desire of the soul.

“This is the desire that filled Enoch’s heart. . . . He did not mark out his own course, or set up his own will, as if he thought himself fully qualified to manage matters. He strove to conform himself to the divine likeness.”—The SDA Bible Commentary [E. G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1087.


Thursday January 4

5. A PURIFYING PROCESS

a. Describe the ultimate triumph of all who share Enoch’s aim. Matthew 5:8.

“God has a heaven full of blessings that He wants to bestow on those who are earnestly seeking for that help which the Lord alone can give. It was in looking in faith to Jesus, in asking of Him, in believing that every word spoken would be verified, that Enoch walked with God. He kept close by the side of God, obeying His every word.”—The SDA Bible Commentary [E. G. White Comments], vol. 1, p. 1087.

“How few are aware that they have darling idols, that they have cherished sins! God sees these sins to which you may be blinded, and He works with His pruning knife to strike deep and separate these cherished sins from you. You all want to choose for yourselves the process of purification. How hard it is for you to submit to the crucifixion of self; but when the work is all submitted to God, to Him who knows our weakness and our sinfulness, He takes the very best way to bring about the desired results. It was through constant conflict and simple faith that Enoch walked with God. You may all do the same. You may be thoroughly converted and transformed, and be indeed children of God, enjoying not only the knowledge of His will, but, by your example, leading others in the same path of humble obedience and consecration.”—Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 543.

“[Enoch] lived in a corrupt age, when moral pollution was teeming all around him; yet he trained his mind to devotion, to love purity. His conversation was upon heavenly things. He educated his mind to run in this channel, and he bore the impress of the divine. His countenance was lighted up with the light which shineth in the face of Jesus.”—Ibid., vol. 2, p. 122.


Friday January 5

PERSONAL REVIEW QUESTIONS

1. What should we realize about Enoch’s generation?

2. What are we to learn from the fate of Sodom?

3. Explain Enoch’s policy about his environment.

4. With what purpose in mind did Enoch study God’s word?

5. How is this week’s lesson to bring us hope?