From Isaiah 45:18,19, we have these words.
“…I am the LORD, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain,’ I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.”
Jesus also speaks on this topic in John 18:20,21,23.
“ I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”… “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?”
In these two passages from the Old and New Testaments, we see God and Jesus revealing that they never keep anything secret but speak openly. They speak truth. Our main theme for Week 7 of Children of the Day was knowing truth.
On Day 1, we studied the concept of guarding ourselves from deception. Paul instructed the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 3:1,12,13 to be aware that imposters will increase in their deceptions and in being deceived. This age that we are living in also has its fair share of imposters. We considered various forms of deception like identity theft or fake identities.
We began investigating on Day 2 the man of lawlessness spoken of by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:3,
“For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.”
In this lesson, we gathered biblical facts that centered around learning more about this man and the growing of apostasy before his revealing.
The lesson on Day 3 focused on the antichrist and gathering information about him in scripture. We also read passages that pertained to the beast and Satan. Based on all of these verses, we looked at how the antichrist, the beast, and Satan form a triumvirate of evil.
On Day 4, Beth Moore had us consider God’s use of darkness to bring about His purposes. We looked at how some will refuse to live by truth and be saved. These people will believe lies and delight in wickedness.
Our last lesson for the week on Day 5 encouraged us to remember that we are to obtain and share in glory as children loved by the Lord.
“He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 2:14
Questions to Consider
- How dangerous are deceptive messages concerning God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit or scripture to my faith?
- How can I strengthen my faith to recognize falsehoods from truth?
- How can I protect myself from becoming an apostate? How can I help strengthen the faith of those around me from becoming an apostate?
- What types of things can I do to keep myself in the love of God?
- What do I need to stand firm and hold onto when difficulties come in my life?
Only 1 more week — Can you believe it? I’m so thankful for you and your participation in this Fall Bible Study Session. I’m glad that you joined in for this journey. This week begin Week 8.