During this quarter we will see how, during the time of the judges and the kings, Israel as a nation failed to carry out the sacred trust they received from God. And we will also see that, because of their default, God scattered them among the nations.
The Bible, however, reveals that not all was lost. Amidst the national apostasy, God kept a small remnant of faithful worshippers. Among these few worthy souls there were some through whom God did a great work. Some—including those who made serious mistakes but later repented—are mentioned among the heroes of the faith. The apostle Paul writes:
“What shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect” (Hebrews 11:32–40).
The positive experiences of these heroes contain lessons for our ministers, workers, church officers, and for all of us.
May God bless our Sabbath School students as they go through these lessons!
The General Conference Sabbath School Department