Education Gods Way

How is our case before God?

Proverbs 6:16-18 tells us what God hates. When God hates something, it means that He hates it. When God ever does something, He’s really good at what He does and when He hates something, He’s really good at hating it. What does He hate? It’s perfect hatred.

Proverbs 6:16 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:

Note what the first one is? A proud look – God hates a proud look. What produces a proud look? A proud heart. God hates pride. As the list goes on, the first thing He hates is pride, a proud look. It concludes in verse 19. What does it conclude?

Proverbs 6:19 …and he that soweth discord among brethren.

He hates contention and strife among brethren. God hates that. He hates pride, a proud look and He hates contention and discord among brethren.

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.

What is the source of contention or discord? Pride. So the first thing He hates is pride and the last thing He hates is pride. In other words, God hates pride. It makes sense. He hates it, it is the worst thing ever. In fact, this is the worst sin ever to have.

There is nothing so offensive to God or so dangerous to the human soul as pride and self-sufficiency. Of all sins it is the most hopeless, the most incurable. {COL 154.4}

Just the word sin, it is the most incurable. In other words, it is the most difficult disease to deal with and God hates it. The Great Physician, the Doctor of the universe, hates pride because it is so difficult to cure.

Do we have diseases today that are really difficult to cure? Do we hate them or do you like them? As we hate the diseases that take loved ones away from us or hurt people or that are really hard to cure, so God hates pride. He hates it. The first and the last thing that He hates in the list, think about it, pride can turn an angel into a devil. Do you think God likes that? An angel, He is not talking about humanity. Angels, pure holy angels in heaven, this thing can turn them into demons. What can it do for you? What can it do for me? Pride, what can it do? It can turn me into a demon.

Pride barred the gates of heaven to the angels who used to live there. What about you and me who have never lived there? Do you think that we can walk into heaven having pride in their hearts? If we could have some semblance of pride, some little particle of pride and we think we are going to heaven, then why on earth did the devil get kicked out?

The devil was not into smoking marijuana, he wasn’t a beer drinker, he was not any of these things in heaven. He was not into harlotry, he was not into that. What was he into? Pride. On an external basis you could not fault him. In fact, he deceived a third of the angels. In other words, it was not very obvious the problem that he had. So from external view, Lucifer had it all together and God said, you’ve got to go. You have to leave my sight. You cannot stay in this position and continue living. Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven after some fighting over the minds of the other angels. Pride turns angels into devils. What can it do to you and me?

Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone [was] thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou [art] the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee [so]: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

He was perfect as perfect ever gets was Lucifer until something was found in him. What happens to perfect people? What is something that they are not beyond? Pride.

There’s a belief that once you’re saved, you’re always saved. Then the question is why on earth did the devil ever fall? If once he is heaven, he was always going to be in heaven. We have a free choice. We have a freedom that can choose and make decisions of itself and with this freedom, comes the ability to think ourselves better than we really are or better than what God has to say. That my thought, my opinion, my view is better than God’s. We might not verbalise that, but we can act that in so many different levels. When God says something, we go ‘yeah maybe.’ Right there when we just think perhaps God is not exactly right, I am automatically putting myself above God.

When we read Bible, we are often examining the Bible. We are coming to the Bible and we are going to examine the Bible. The Bible examines you when you read it. Do you believe that? When you come to it, the Word of God is examining you. You are not examining God’s Word. You are not the person to be the judge of God’s Word. God’s Word is judging you. If we come to the Word of God and we start to think that things are wrong or we do not like certain doctrines or teachings that the Bible is prominent on, then the Bible is proving to us that we are doing what the devil did. This iniquity was found in him.

Ezekiel 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

You notice that there are two elements in this text that have to do with pride. And one of them is beauty. In other words, we can have pride in display.

The devil was corrupted by beauty. Is beauty good? Yes. Can it corrupt? Yes. The other one was wisdom. The wisdom was corrupted.

Does Higher Education Produce Pride?

The devil’s wisdom was corrupted. He was so smart that he became dumb.

Proverbs 11:2 [When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.

Where does wisdom lie? – In the proud or in the humble? In the lowly wisdom is found.

1 Corinthians 8:1 and 2 tells us that knowledge puffs up. When you know something, the tendency to enlarge your head is increased greatly. That does not mean we cannot know any thing safely. There is a correct knowledge but that has to be done in God’s university. If it is not done in God’s university, it leads to being puffed up. God has a good way of educating without bad results of education.

1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

There is a way to have knowledge and there’s a way not to have knowledge. Worldly education has the way to have knowledge in the wrong way which leads to pride and what does God hate? Pride. We might think, we will go and be educated just to serve God.

In their efforts to qualify themselves to be colaborers with God, men frequently place themselves in such positions as will completely disqualify them for the molding and fashioning which the Lord desires to give them. {CC 83.2}

When we come to qualify and educate ourselves to serve God, it is a frequent habit to put ourselves in a position that actually completely disqualifies us from actually serving God the way He wants. Most people will go and get a higher education. I am not against education. But the Bible says very clearly that God hates pride. What’s the issue? Education or Pride? Pride is the issue we are dealing with. We cannot safely do certain things outside of God’s will and not be affected by pride. Pride is something that is a deceptive thing. If I ask you if you are deceived and you said, no I am not deceived. That’s exactly how deceived people think. If you say, yea, other people are proud but I am not proud. That’s what exactly proud people think that they are not proud.

Knowledge puffs up. There is a great danger in knowledge outside of God’s university. God’s university may include going to earthly university like Daniel did. But Daniel was not in the Chaldean university for the purpose of gaining his higher education. He was in God’s university learning the lessons God was teaching him. The only reason why Daniel could cope with dealing with such a high position in being in such a responsible position, was that he had an early childhood training like very few people had. You can reflect; have I had a good childhood training? Then if I don’t, would I go through the Babylonian experience like Daniel did?

How many people of Judea were there that did not do what Daniel did? Heaps. When we are talking about the tendency, the frequency of gaining education, the vast majority of people will become proud in their education. In their efforts to qualify themselves, they think I’d like to be minister. Is it noble to become minister? Is it noble to become a Bible worker? To be a missionary? Then I am going to go to university and learn that. In doing that often it says that in their efforts to qualify themselves to be co-labourers with God meant frequently placed themselves in such positions as will completely disqualify them to the moulding and freshening which the Lord desires to give them. There is something about wisdom that corrupts.

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

The highest position you can ever attain to is lowliness. You cannot get higher than that. But that’s not how the world thinks. If anyone seems to be wise, let him become a fool that he may be wise.

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

In other words, the more worldly education I gain, the more foolish I become in God’s sight.

1 Corinthians 3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

The Apostle Paul is writing to the Corinthian church. Corinth is in Greece not far away from Athens. The Greeks were the people who really came up with universities. They had their philosophers and the word university means unity in diversity. What they thought was, we are going to bring a whole lot of different radical ideas and bring them all into one place, into one location. All these different views of life and the way to think and all the philosophies that we can gather together, we are going to put them into one place and call that university. The Greeks were very good at that. They coupled that with their Olympic games, their sports. So you find in the universities today education is always coupled with sports. That’s Greek. The Corinthians were in Greece and so he is writing that this worldly wisdom that comes from Greek philosophy is foolishness in God’s sight.

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

The Bible truths and the doctrines of Jesus Christ in their simplicity and purity to the worldly educated mind, that’s foolishness. But to God, the education of the world is foolishness. So they are odds. In other words, the worldly education in its core of its philosophy is completely opposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, completely. There is some knowledge to be gained in sciences and understandings. But I am talking about the core of what it produces, elitism. Just the way it causes a structure with being able to outstrip other students and to be graded against everyone and to get honours and other things that boast the pride of humanity.

These products are completely opposed to the principles of Jesus Christ. One says one is foolish, the other says the other is foolish.

1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]:

You pondered Jesus’ life, what was the tenure of the people that received Him? What were they like? They weren’t an educated class; it was harder for the educated class to receive Christ than for those who weren’t so educated. The reason why is because of one single thing that education produces from the world, that is pride. The pride in an educated person is a harder barrier knocked down than someone who knows he knows nothing. What’s the issue again? Is it education or is it pride? Pride is the problem and if education produces pride then what must we be very careful about? Education. We must make sure that we are enrolled in the university of Christ. We are going to go through this and show what that means. Not many wise men after the flesh are called.

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

God wants to educate you and me in His university to gain real knowledge. Real knowledge can only come through conversion.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:

If we are enrolled in the university of Christ, what is the primary principle to be taught in His school? He says it straight out. Learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart. In other words, true education will lead men to become lowly and humble and only Christ can do this.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.

Where does true knowledge come from? Where does true education come from really? From God, from His mouth comes wisdom. If we are pursuing worldly causes in order to obtain wisdom, we are actually looking in the wrong place. There is knowledge to be gained but knowledge without meekness is the most dangerous thing we can ever have. It produces the most incurable disease called pride. Therefore, if you want to gain knowledge and understanding, get it from God’s mouth; get it from God’s school.

Moses

There was one who enrolled into God’s school but before he enrolled in God’s school, he finished at university. His name was Moses.

One thing about the Old Testament we need to understand is that in these days, often we can look down at people in the past because they did not have all the technologies that we have today. But believe it or not, they were extremely smart. If you actually study the pyramids on how they are built and the structures, you have to scratch your head and think men cannot do that today. What the Egyptian civilisation did then was incredibly technical. They had immense knowledge.

Exodus 2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that [there was] no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? 14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

Moses is now at the age of 40. He is 40 years old and he has grown up in the courts of Egypt.

Act 7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

Could Moses speak well? He could speak. He learned all the wisdom of the Egyptians. He learned how to command an army. He learned how to be in the senate. He learned everything that was needful to learn to run the country. He was mighty in what he did and how he spoke.

Acts 7:23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one [of them] suffer wrong, he defended [him], and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

The story is that he comes to his brethren because he was wanting to serve who? God. Moses wanted to help God. He’s just being trained in the Egyptian courts and now he wants to help God. He comes and he sees one of the Egyptians hurting one of God’s people and so he kills him. Bad idea. All his training, everything that he taught, this is the way to do it — by warfare. If you are to deliver God’s people in your heart and you were heir to the throne, do you think you have a pretty good chance of delivering God’s people. Humanly thinking. You are going to be the next Pharaoh, you could just say, let him go.

But God had different plans. God had a university in stored for Moses to unlearn everything he had learned.

Moses supposed that his education in the wisdom of Egypt had fully qualified him to lead Israel from bondage. Was he not learned in all the things necessary for a general of armies? Had he not had the greatest advantages of the best schools in the land?—Yes: he felt that he was able to deliver them. He first set about his work by trying to gain the favor of his own people by redressing their wrongs. He killed an Egyptian who was imposing upon one of his brethren. In this he manifested the spirit of him who was a murderer from the beginning, and proved himself unfit to represent the God of mercy, love, and tenderness. {CC 82.2}

Who did he become like? Satan. Moses of all people came out of Egypt with the tactics of the devil. Did he believe in God? Yes. Did he love God? Yes. He had a respect for God; he wanted to save the people. Is it not a noble thing? You’d think, maybe a black Pharaoh, the evil Pharaoh, he was like the devil. Moses came, added that education system with the plans and ideas that Satan uses. Although the intent was good, just because we have a religious experience with God, that does not mean we cannot become like the devil. How did the devil become the devil? Wasn’t he next to God? Wasn’t he the most religious person ever in heaven? Having the highest position in the covering angel of heaven. He would have been the main person in all the ceremonies of heaven and all the activities of worship in heaven; he would have been number one and yet he becomes the devil. Moses having a love for God and having a respect for God and wanting to do God’s will, comes out doing the things the devil does.

Can you and I get an education and now we have the ability to serve God, actually implement the devil’s methods in God’s church? We can. We do not have to be a Satanist to do what the devil does.

History tells that Moses before he was 40, controlled the armies of Egypt and conquered nations and was very successful in battle. In some of the writings of Josephus and just historical information of what Egypt was like during the time that Moses was of age in learning to be the general of the army, those times of Egypt’s prosperity were very good. Why? Who was there? Moses. You think of these great warriors, like Nebuchadnezzar coming into destroying Nineveh. He was such a great general of the army. When you think of all the armies who had incredible generals like Alexander the Great or other generals even in modern times, Napoleon and other generals that have just done enormous amounts of victories, did you know that Moses was like that in his own army? Incredible, he was mighty in what he did and how he spoke. He was a qualified man. But he came out totally disqualified to do what God wanted him to do – totally disqualified.

Like many another, he then immediately lost his confidence in God, and turned his back upon his appointed work; he fled from the wrath of Pharaoh. He concluded that because of his mistake… God would not permit him to have any part in the work of delivering His people from their cruel bondage. But the Lord permitted these things that He might be able to teach him the gentleness, goodness, long-suffering, which it is necessary for every laborer for the Master to possess. {CC 82.2}

Moses comes up to do this grand work thinking he has all the talent and then he gets knocked back. When he gets knocked back, he runs totally discouraged thinking God has left him. Is that the quality that you need to be able to serve God that when there’s one knock back from God, that you’re going to give up now? This is what a worldly education produces, pride on my abilities and when someone knocks my abilities, I become more offended than ever before. I have to prove myself that it’s all about trying to bolster myself up with my qualifications and education and all the letters after my name and how I can prove that’s necessary or I deserve that.

Moses like any other gets knocked back from God. It says ‘like many others he then immediately loses his confidence in God.’ Why do you lose confidence in God? Because of far too much confidence in himself. God says, Moses, you’re not qualified at all. Sure you can run the Egyptian army and you can probably gain a lot of territory for the Egyptians, but you’re not ready for my service. You have to learn to be able to have your confidence in me, not in yourself.

In the very height of his human glory the Lord permitted Moses to reveal the foolishness of man’s wisdom, the weakness of human strength, that he might be led to understand his utter helplessness, and his inefficiency without being upheld by the Lord Jesus.27 {CC 82.3}

God is not seeking for men of perfect education… The Lord wants men to appreciate the privilege of being laborers together with God—men who will honor Him by rendering implicit obedience to His requirements regardless of previously inculcated theories… {CC 83.4}

We could have gone to school and to learn certain things and have put into their heads certain philosophies, certain ideas and God wants to teach us that we must obey Him regardless of what has been implanted here in previous education. Therefore, the more that goes in that’s worldly wisdom according to the flesh, the more I have to give up. In other words, it becomes harder.

When Jesus said that it’s hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven, riches and education often go together. If you want to be rich, you need to have a high education. Not always but in the majority of cases that is what happens. Whether we are rich in knowledge or wealth, this makes heaven hard to get into. Why? What size hole did He say that heaven was like going in to? An eye of a needle. Have you ever seen how big that is? You try to get your head in there. Why can’t your head fit in the eye of a needle? Because your head is too big. God is saying you need to shrink your head to fit through. He has a way to educate us. Learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart.

Moses had been a student. He was well educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, but this was not the only qualification which he needed to prepare him for his work.{CC 84.2}

Were there some things in his training that was useful? There were some very useful things that he learned. Is everything a waste of time? No. But what’s the problem? Pride is the problem and unless the theory is actually totally contrary to God’s way, that’s a problem too. There are certain sciences or knowledge that we can gain that is neutral, it’s not wrong. But what it produces in me is wrong. If there is anything that is wrong, then it is wrong and that has to be unlearned.

He was, in the providence of God, to learn patience, to temper his passions. In a school of self-denial and hardships he was to receive an education which would be of the utmost importance to him. These trials would prepare him to exercise a fatherly care over all who needed his help. No knowledge, no study, no eloquence, could be a substitute for this experience in trials to one who was to watch for souls as they that must give an account. In doing the work of a humble shepherd, in being forgetful of self and interested for the flock given to his charge, he was to become fitted for the most exalted work ever entrusted to mortals, that of being a shepherd of the sheep of the Lord’s pasture. {CC 84.2}

Those who fear God in the world must be connected with Him. Christ is the most perfect educator the world ever knew. …. {CC 84.3}

Does God have a school? Does it offer a degree that the world would recognise? No. Is that humbling? That God can be teaching you something and you can come out of that education and the world will recognise none of it. Is that humbling? That’s very humbling. Because what can I say to men if I want to put in my resume to get a job that I have served God faithfully for 30 years of my life in a carpenter shop. That’s not going to get you into Oxford or to become a doctor or scientist. If all you’ve done is just some house work, the world does not regard it. But God does. The lessons of patience and of tenderness, these things are the most important things you could ever learn. Because it is not recognised by the world, we think it is not education. My friends, it is. Moses is an example of that and God used him.

Moses had been learning much that he must unlearn. The influences that had surrounded him in Egypt—the love of his foster mother, his own high position as the king’s grandson, the dissipation on every hand, the refinement, the subtlety, and the mysticism of a false religion, the splendor of idolatrous worship, the solemn grandeur of architecture and sculpture—all had left deep impressions upon his developing mind and had molded, to some extent, his habits and character. Time, change of surroundings, and communion with God could remove these impressions. It would require on the part of Moses himself a struggle as for life to renounce error and accept truth, but God would be his helper when the conflict should be too severe for human strength…. {CC 86.3}

How hard was it for Moses to go into Median and to become a shepherd for 40 years? He had the wrong education for 40 years and now has to unlearn it and it is going to take 40 years. The struggles that Moses went through, the impressions, the pomp and the amazing things that were impressed into his young mind, he had to get rid of. It would require on the part of Moses himself a struggle as for life to renounce error and accept truth. It’s such a hard thing to go against what you have been brought up with. It is incredibly hard but it can be done. Moses is a great example that time. A change of surroundings and communion of God could remove these impressions. After the 40 years, what was Moses like? Did he want to save Israel? He did not want to. Now he is ready to do. Now God says, you are ready. Often God we will say, Look, I will train for service and this training is that you are not going to do service. I want you to do something. When you can do this happily then you can go to the next step. So we say, okay, I am doing it happily. Can I go to the next step now? Can I move on from this tedious work? Can I now do the thing that I really want to do? I am happy doing it now. You are not happy doing it because you want to move on because you’re still wanting to get out. When we are ready to stay, then we are ready to get out and to do it permanently.

There are certain characters in the Bible that have risen to the position of national greatness. Moses, Joseph and Daniel. Moses was brought up in it and he had to go out of it so he could relearn how to really do it properly.

Joseph

Joseph was educated first and then he went into it and saved his people in a position as second in charge of Egypt. Moses was second in charge of Egypt too but he wasn’t qualified because his education disqualified him. Where did Joseph get his education from to do the job he did? He got it from God and through his child training but where else did he get it? In prison. Joseph was imprisoned for years. And as far as he was concerned, he was never coming out. So he was happy and he got down and he was a Christian in jail. Then God says, okay, I will take you out.

Psalms 105:17 He sent a man before them, [even] Joseph, [who] was sold for a servant: 18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: 19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.

You would have thought that first just being sold as a slave in Egypt was enough trial. He had to learn more. You can probably imagine the heartache of young Joseph as a child being sold by his brothers and ending up in this heathen land. The tears he wept. Did he mourn and complain when he was in Potiphar’s house. He was faithful in being a servant. What sort of things does a servant do? Sweeping, washing things, cleaning, errands and the basic things of life. Who did that? Joseph did that? He did it happily and then he ended up in prison because of his own fault? Not at all. They hurt his feet. They bound his feet and he had great pain in that prison. He was laid in iron and then the Word of the Lord was trying him.

Psalms 105:20 he king sent and loosed him; [even] the ruler of the people, and let him go free. 21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: 22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.

Who were teaching the senators of Egypt? Joseph. What qualifications did he have to do this work? Was he trained in their school; yes or no? No he wasn’t. He was trained in Potiphar’s house, in his own father’s house and in prison and then he could teach the senators in Egypt. Yes he could. This is where God’s University leads – to grand things in God’s plan. It doesn’t mean we are all going to be teaching the senators in the United States or in any other country. If God’s plan includes that, well then yes. If not, it will nevertheless, be a high and noble work that God trains His people for.

Whether the world sees it as a high and noble work, that is an entirely different matter because the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. I could be doing something foolish in the eyes of the world but in the eyes of the Lord, I am doing a grand work for eternity. He taught the senators in Egypt.

Daniel

Daniel was raised in a God fearing home. His education in his younger years proved him to be faithful to God at any cost. We have to understand that Daniel’s qualifications came from his training in his home. Home life, the home school, what was done, basic.

Jesus

Another person greater than all these; Daniel, Moses and Joseph, is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ’s mission to save was just as high just as anyone else but higher than what He had to do – bear the sins of the world. What qualified Him for doing that? What qualified Him? What education did Jesus have to go through to gain His position in what He did? If He sinned, He would not be at the right hand of the throne of heaven. We think He learned things because He was God. When He was born as a baby He was unconscious that means He did not know anything. As He grew, His knowledge grew. The Bible says He grew in wisdom, in stature and in favour with God and men. In other words, He grew physically; He grew intellectually or with education. He was educated. Hebrews 5 tells us that He leaned by the things which He suffered. So the sufferings teach us and they give us an education that this world cannot give.

Jesus has given to childhood and youth a perfect example. Study the Pattern, Christ Jesus, and copy it if you would be like Him—pure, holy, sinless, and undefiled. Study the childhood of Christ. He was the Son of God, yet the Bible record tells us He returned from Jerusalem and was subject unto His parents. {OHC 264.2}

Jesus, the world’s Redeemer, did as He was told even if the task was not agreeable to His feelings. Obedience is an element of true greatness. No one can be truly good and great who has not learned to obey with alacrity…. {OHC 264.3}

Where do you learn that from? Only when you get older or when you’re a child? Child training is incredibly important if our children had to succeed. Tell me parents, will you be happy if your child turns out to be a Daniel or to be a Joseph or to be a faithful person whether it’s a girl or a boy; it does not matter. Would you be really happy that that’s how your child turned out? Then where does that come from? Where do children like that come from? Grass roots training so that they would learn to do things with alacrity as they are taught. This is what Jesus did.

When tempted to have your own way in regard to the wishes of your parents, say, “No; Jesus was subject to His parents.” Ask help of Jesus, who knows the temptations of every child, of every youth, for He has been tempted and knows your every weakness and will help you to overcome it…. {OHC 264.4}

Seek to be useful, to help your parents; to be care-taking and thoughtful. You can help them in a variety of ways. Doing what you can do cheerfully, with quick step, your face bright with gladness because you can do something for your parents to lighten their load, will make you a blessing in the house…. {OHC 264.5}

All these little duties faithfully done are entered upon the ledger of heaven…. God will make no mistakes; He will make an accurate entry of all your life duties done to His glory. So never frown but always carry a cheerful, happy face, a ready hand to help, an attentive ear to hear the requirements, and a heart to obey, a quick sympathy for those who need help…. {OHC 264.6}

Have we done these as children? Then do we have education to do? Let’s do basic tasks with a happy face – cheerfulness with a bounce in your steps because you’re doing something that’s going to help someone else. Whether you’re helping your children or husband or wife, it doesn’t matter who you are helping, put a bounce in your step and do it with joy and what happens in heaven? It’s recorded in heaven. The older we are the harder that is to do. When God says something, then we need to do the same with joy steps instead of, “ah this is really difficult and this is so hard.” adults can complain just as much as children, it’s just in adult technical way. This training applies to all of us.

Remember your characters are not finished; you are building up day by day a character. Weave all the kindness, obedience, thoughtfulness, painstaking, and love into it you can. Make it after the divine model. Educate yourselves that you may possess the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great price. You can make the world better by living in it if you only do the very best you can. {OHC 264.7}

This gives true wisdom. Basic work; to sit in classes all day long and to get head knowledge of education and get some qualification. Young people come out of the universities less qualified for life than before they entered. Because life’s not all about a big pay packet and having respect from others because of how many letters you have after your name. That is not what life is about. Life is about doing basic things cheerfully. If you can do basic things cheerfully, if you can be faithful in that which is small, then you can be faithful in that which is much. But not until then. We can’t despise the basics of life and expect to get honour in this world, you can’t. If we want to be ready, Jesus is about to come.

The Time of Trouble

When this time of trouble comes, every case is decided; there is no longer probation, no longer mercy for the impenitent. The seal of the living God is upon His people. {CET 187.4}

This small remnant, unable to defend themselves in the deadly conflict with the powers of earth that are marshaled by the dragon host, make God their defense. The decree has been passed by the highest earthly authority that they shall worship the beast and receive his mark under pain of persecution and death. May God help His people now, for what can they then do in such a fearful conflict without His assistance! {CET 188.1}

This decree that goes forth is going to test everybody’s education. If your education has been to the neglect of the basic duties of life to be faithful in the tedious mundane things of life that we do not want to do, that will show itself in this time. If our education is based just to have a high honour in life, then when this test comes, we want to be honoured by the world and which way we will go? What can we do if we have not made God our trust?

Courage, fortitude, faith, and implicit trust in God’s power to save, do not come in a moment. {CET 188.2}

Do not think when probation closes you will have the courage of fortitude to go through. You won’t. They don’t come in a moment.

These heavenly graces are acquired by the experience of years. By a life of holy endeavor and firm adherence to the right, the children of God were sealing their destiny. Beset with temptations without number, they knew they must resist firmly or be conquered. They felt that they had a great work to do, and at any hour they might be called to lay off their armor; and should they come to the close of life with their work undone, it would be an eternal loss. They eagerly accepted the light from Heaven, as did the first disciples from the lips of Jesus. When those early Christians were exiled to mountains and deserts, when left in dungeons to die with hunger, cold, and torture, when martyrdom seemed the only way out of their distress, they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for Christ, who was crucified for them. Their worthy example will be a comfort and encouragement to the people of God who will be brought into the time of trouble such as never was. {CET 188.2}

Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. There are many even among those who teach the truth to others who will not receive the seal of God in their foreheads. They had the light of truth, they knew their Master’s will, they understood every point of our faith, but they had not corresponding works. These who were so familiar with prophecy and the treasures of divine wisdom, should have acted their faith. They should have commanded their households after them, that by a well-ordered family they might present to the world the influence of the truth upon the human heart. {CET 189.1}

What are the characteristics of pure doctrine? A pure family? That is the fruit of this. We can be keeping the Sabbath, we can know all the prophecies, we can know all the articles of faith and yet if our families and households are not in order, we will not be sealed. Are we ready? Jesus is about to come. What education are we pursuing? Are we trying to help God with worldly knowledge or we are preparing our lives and our families in basic duties of life cheerfully? There are so many things that I just don’t want to do. I would rather do this and God says, I want you to do that. That is the training so you say, okay God I will do what you want. If anything ever crosses your will that is a cross you must bear. That is the cross you have to take and follow Jesus to deny yourself to take up that cross and follow Jesus.

Jesus did things even if they were disagreeable to His feelings. In other words, the feelings of Jesus were to do this and His parents said do that with a struggle as you and I have to do. He followed obedience by faith, not by feeling. There are many Sabbath keepers who will not be not be sealed. Many people who can teach the truths, stand in the pulpits, preach away. If my family is not right, if my household is not right, how can I ever be sealed? I can’t be. Because truth has a real effect in your life. The education system that the university of God is to train you in the shepherding work, in caring for the little ones, to look after the children. The world make it a university course to become a day care person and that’s what a mother is. Do you have to go to a university to do that, or you will be in the school of Christ to look after the children?

To be in the school of Christ

We are too easily satisfied with our attainments. We feel rich and increased with goods, and know not that we are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:17. Now is the time to heed the admonition of the True Witness: “I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Verse 18. {CET 189.3}

In this life we must meet fiery trials and make costly sacrifices, but the peace of Christ is the reward. There has been so little self-denial, so little suffering for Christ’s sake, that the cross is almost entirely forgotten… {CET 189.4}

Isn’t that true in our society? Really, do we suffer for Christ? Yes or No? Not at all. We have no idea what suffering is really. If we would step back over the experiences of God’s people in the past and look at how we live today here in Australia, we don’t know what it’s like. Sure we have that trial, sure we have our struggles and sure they are real, but what we have to be prepared for is something far greater test than what we are going through today and God wants to educate us.

In Daniel 12 it tells us that the wise will understand but the wicked shall do wickedly. Do you want to be wise in God’s eyes? Out of his mouth comes wisdom. Wisdom is with the lowly. Wisdom is in doing the fundamental needs of life with faithful cheerfulness even if you do not feel like it. That’s a denial. You may feel fake if you’re doing something you don’t feel like, but that’s not fake, that’s faith. We must faith it till we make it. It’s my prayer that we can enrol today in the university of God and become qualified with a qualification that will do justice in eternity. This is my prayer, in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

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