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Lesson for February 7th, 2015

What You Get Is Not What You See

Scripture Focus

Proverbs 14; 15; Daniel 7:25; Mark 12:30, 31; Isaiah 5:20; Matthew 20:26-28

Concept

Our spiritual vision is very limited. Wisdom instructs us to trust in God for divine direction.

Materials Needed

Bibles, paper, pencils

Connecting with the Scripture Topic

  1. Have you ever thought you were in one place and were then surprised to discover you were somewhere else? Perhaps this happened while you were traveling. How did you feel about this awakening?
  2. As we continue our study of the book of Proverbs, we will consider the limitations of human insight. Draw a picture of a pair of glasses and write words on the lenses that you believe block people’s ability to see life clearly.

Sharing and Receiving Scripture

  1. Were you ever absolutely sure of something and then discovered that you were wrong? What changed your mind?
  2. Thought Questions

Read Proverbs 14:1-8. Look in these verses for all the different ways a fool conducts himself. What spiritual insights can you gain from these specific examples of foolishness? Which verse is the most confusing?

  1. Foolish people tear down their own homes (v. 1).
  2. The mouth of fools is a rod of pride (v. 2).
  3. A false witness utters lies (v. 5).
  4. A scoffer looks for wisdom and can’t find it (v. 6).
  5. The folly of fools is deceit (v. 8).
  6. Other…

Read Proverbs 14:9-14 and focus on verse 12. What is the deeper meaning of this passage?

  1. People fall innocently into traps. They honestly think they are going the right way.
  2. People purposely fall into deception because of their stubborn convictions that seem right to them.
  3. The main point is that you can’t trust yourself; your conscience can mislead you.
  4. Many people compromise truth and argue that God’s requirements are too strict. They say, “This is good enough.”
  5. Too often we rationalize our actions and take risks when we know deep inside which pathway is right.
  6. Other…

Study Proverbs 14:15-24 together. What can we learn about money from these verses?

  1. We should be cautious about advice from others on how to get rich (v. 15).
  2. Those who lack wisdom don’t leave much of an inheritance to their children (v. 18).
  3. Your financial status impacts your friendships (v. 20).
  4. It pays to work hard and not sit around (v. 23).
  5. Prosperity marks wise people (v. 24).
  6. Other…

Take turns reading through Proverbs 14:25-35. Look for ways to gain wisdom from this section. How can you practically implement these ways?

  1. Fearing God (vs. 26, 27)
  2. Being slow to anger (v. 29)
  3. Having a sound (calm) heart (v. 30)
  4. Having mercy on the needy (v. 31)
  5. Gaining a heart of understanding (v. 33)
  6. Other…

Applying the Message of Scripture

Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.

  • Option 1: You are teaching the youth Sabbath School lesson when a teen blurts out, “The church has so many stupid rules. As soon as I leave home, I’m quitting church. I’m ready for some real freedom!” Based on what you learned in today’s lesson, how would you respond?
  • Option 2: Invite two volunteers to role-play a “spiritual” optometrist and a church member hoping to “see” the things of God more clearly. The patient complains of difficulty seeing. The doctor asks questions, diagnoses some problems, and then prescribes glasses, medication, etc., to sharpen the patient’s spiritual vision.
  • Option 3: Look for hymns or religious songs that speak about eyesight, vision, and seeing truth more clearly. Share some of the lyrics (e.g., “Open my eyes that I may see…”) with the group.

Valuing Scripture in Your Life

  1. Think for a moment about how you could improve your spiritual eyesight in the coming week. What is the Holy Spirit saying to your heart right now?
  2. Gather in groups of two or three and pray for each other. Ask God to really open your eyes to whatever truth you need to see.

Next Week's Scripture Focus

Proverbs 17–19; 1 Corinthians 13:5-7; John 8:1-11; Deuteronomy 24:10-22

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