Insights for S.S. Lesson, June 30-July 6
The S.S. Lesson, p 6 includes Hebrews 12:7-11; Song of Songs 5:2-5; Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 3:14-21. These passages are addressed below in a letter to the principal contributor:
Hebrews 12:7-11 says God deals with us as sons and disciplines us. Most parents discover that “as the twig is bent, the tree is inclined.” “What Might Have Been” (8Testimonies, 104, context: 1888 rejected) when the Adventist church was young implies more difficult and forbidding circumstances for us.
I think leaders had a greater failure in 1888 than we realize, as shown by imagery in your text, Song of Songs, 5:2-5 and the next three verses. Solomon represents Christ as the wisest king of Israel.
Christ was knocking, but the church (would-be bride) was too slow getting out of bed. When she opened, He was gone. 1888 was a big loss for Adventist pioneers and for Christians today who still don’t know what the issues were, though partly implied by last week’s lesson on Malachi 4:4,5.
God took an ignorant bride that covenanted at Sinai—He later said, “I am married to you,” Jeremiah 3:14. But it won’t happen again. In Luke’s wedding parable, He will make us sit down to meat (imagery of the Last Supper with unleavened bread that represents doctrine not leavened by leaders, Matthew 16:12).
This brings us to Matthew 25:1-13 as part of the lesson. It implies that on the topic of the wedding parables, we are asleep with our lights out, verse 5. In Matthew 22:2-6, the King sends his servants to invite all to the wedding, but they are scorned, ridiculed, treated spitefully. Serious mistake that’s prophetic for our time.
Ellen White says we can read the whole Bible through, yet fail to see the deep and hidden meaning. This is true of the “knock” in Luke 12:36. It causes the “midnight cry” for the 10 virgins–both passages are wedding parables and “Every prophecy is an explanation of some other prophecy.” Education, 123.
The Bible is its own expositor; the only two NT places where Christ “knocks” are Luke 12:36 + Rev 3:20 for a lukewarm church that ended in an earthquake. Maybe Ellen White knew that when she likened the midnight cry to “a sudden and unlooked-for calamity,” Christ’s Object Lessons 412. Maybe she knew the Rule of 1st Use because the first place we find a midnight cry in the Bible is Exodus 12:29,30 when calamity hit Egypt.
God won’t do anything without revealing it, Amos 3:7. Ellen White saw an earthquake vision at Loma Linda. “It seemed that Judgment day had come.” 9Testimonies 93. Laodicea means judging the people. God said, “I will execute judgment” at Passover, Exodus 12:12. That’s when Christ took judgment for us. Wedding parables each have Passover imagery. “The types that relate to the 2nd advent must be fulfilled at the time pointed out in the symbolic service.” Great Controversy 399.9 TheBridegroomComes.com has more on this.
When “judgment must begin at the house of God,” 1Peter 4:17, it will include judgments that fall on transgressors, 9Testimonies, 20. As Moses went to Egypt for a time of judgment, he, too, faced death (Exodus 4:24) and we are more out of conformity to the law than he, again as suggested by Malachi 4:4,5 Why would God say, Remember…the statutes and judgments. Behold I send you Elijah, if we had it right?
One more reason why the “knock” in Luke 12:36 is an earthquake is because Luke 12:35-44 has 6 parallels to Revelation 3:17-21 where the lukewarm church ended in an earthquake. (Christ’s Object Lessons 412; 1Thessalonians 5:2,3) God is long-suffering, but prophecy suggests a huge event that we aren’t seeing or discussing, Rev 3:17. “Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as on overwhelming surprise.” Prophets and Kings 626.
Thank you for considering this. I welcome any response you may have.