Sabbath: Living Wisely

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Sabbath Afternoon

Read  for This Week’s Study: Ephesians 5:1-201 Corinthians 5:1-11Revelation 16:1-16Colossians 4:5Proverbs 20:1Proverbs 23:29-35Acts 16:25.
Memory Text: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17, ESV).

Not long ago a crystal jug was placed on auction in the United Kingdom. The auctioneers described it as a “nineteenth-century French, claret jug,” estimating its worth at US$200. Two perceptive bidders recognized the jug as an extremely rare, Islamic ewer. Its true, appraised worth? £5 million (about US$6.5 million). What allowed that bidder to walk away with such a bargain? The bidder knew something that the auctioneer did not: the true value of the jug.

In Ephesians 5:1-20, Paul contrasts what pagans and believers valued. Pagans valued a racy story (Ephesians 5:4-5), a drunken party (), and debauched sex (Ephesians 5:3Ephesians 5:5-6) as the great treasures of life. Believers, though, know an ultimate day of appraisal is coming, when the true value of all things will become apparent (, Ephesians 5:6). Instead of placing their bid on partying and drunkenness, they treasure, among other things, “all that is good and right and true” (Ephesians 5:9, ESV) in Christ. Paul, thus, urges them to snap up the bargains found in Christ as they live (as we all do) on the threshold of eternity (Ephesians 5:15-17).

Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, August 26.



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