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The SOP are Jesus words to us in English, Jesus leads us by his hand and her hand,

Q51: 58. "Lazarus, Come Forth"

Show the Desire of Ages is inspired..

(1) Jesus loves a quiet church with active listeners

Our Saviour appreciated a quiet home and interested listeners. He longed for human tenderness,courtesy, and affection. Those who received the heavenly instruction He was always ready to impartwere greatly blessed.

De 32:10 He (Jesus) found him (the redeemed) in a desert "a quiet place of order" land, and in the waste howling wilderness; He (Jesus) led him about, He (Jesus) instructed him, He (Jesus) kept him as the apple of His (Jesus) eye.

  • 11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
  • 12 So the LORD alone did lead him,

    What is strange here is the poetry picture of Jesus leading His redeemed in the desert and Jesus alone is leading them, in the middle of this passage is a poetry picture of the Holy Spirit and her wings, while at the time is a figure of Jesus leading them. Confused ?

    When we see the writings of Ellen White do we suppose her writings are inspired by Jesus? Or are the SOP writings the words of Jesus speaking to us? They are His words about the salvation process orginally written in Hebrew, now re-written for us in English? Do we follow His words in the SOP? Do we say "what does Jesus say in the Holy Spirit of Prophecy"?

    Is this exactly the same in this OT passage? We have Jesus leading the redeemed into the desert, but He leads them under her wings, and Jesus alone leads them?

    While the pronouns "he and she" are both referenced, only "he alone leads them". That's how Hebrew is.

    And the same applies to the writings of the SOP. The lesser light is lesser because Jesus words are written in English rather than Hebrew. But they are His words for those living in English, even though they were penned by her hand, it is His hand alone that leads us.

    Ps 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

  • 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust:

    Here is the same poetry picture of the Father Most High and the Shadday ( another functional Name for the Holy Spirit) and we the redeemed dwell under their shadow.

    You require two Personal Beings to make a shadow - one is a source of light, the other blocks partially the source. And here we see the Father covers us with "his wings". Yet we have no other reference to the Father and "his wings" and plenty of references to the Holy Spirit and "her wings". Notice the strange use of pronouns and how salvation is when written in Hebrew.The same strange language also applies during the latter rains of the Holy Spiri t, they are Jesus' latter rains...

    For more

  • Holy Spirit as feminine
  • The latter rain of Jesus
  • SOP use of "her wings"

    (2) The first death is a sleep..

    "These things said He: and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go that Imay awake him out of sleep." "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth." How touching the words! how full ofsympathy!

    "Then said His disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but theythought that He had spoken of taking of rest in sleep." Christ represents death as a sleep to Hisbelieving children. Their life is hid with Christ in God, and until the last trump shall sound those whodie will sleep in Him.

    The Spirit of Prophecy says Their life is hid with Christ in God, and until the last trump shall sound those whodie will sleep in Him.

    The first death is a "sleep" because the "relationship of GOD remains" waiting to wake them up again, return their "energy" and "character" and thus we are restored as we were before.The phrase "die will sleep in Him" tells us this in such simple words.

    (3) Jesus wept.

    In view of this human distress, and of the fact that the afflicted friends could mournover the dead while the Saviour of the world stood by,--"Jesus wept." Though He was the Son of God,yet He had taken human nature upon Him, and He was moved by human sorrow

    Jesus wept when He saw human suffering. He cares for you and for me. What a Saviour ! Shalom

    (4) A human's work and God's work.

    "Take ye away the stone,"Christ said. As far as possible, prepare the way for My work.

    Thus Christ would show that humanity is to co-operate with divinity. What human power can do divinepower is not summoned to do. God does not dispense with man's aid. He strengthens him, co-operatingwith him as he uses the powers and capabilities given him.

    In regards to salvation, there are human works we do and Divine works Jesus does in us.In a relationship yoked to each other, there is work for both to do...we humans do what humans can do and God does what only God does best.

    So God supplies "faith", "words", "power to overcome", "power to change character", "power to endure tribulation", "power to develop fruits of character", and "relationship so that love flows completely".

    Man's work is to "support His words" so that powers flow unheeded, we are to use our will to allow God to subdue us and remove our propensities to break relationship, and finally we respond with joy to His love flowing in us.A completed relationship with love will automatically share and network with others who will.

    (5) Love works only in relationship

    Lifting His eyes to heaven, He says, "Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me." Notlong before this, Christ's enemies had accused Him of blasphemy, and had taken up stones to cast atHim because He claimed to be the Son of God.

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    They accused Him of performing miracles by the power of Satan. But here Christ claims God asHis Father, and with perfect confidence declares that He is the Son of God.In all that He did, Christ was co-operating with His Father. Ever He had been careful to ma ke it evidentthat He did not work independently; it was by faith and prayer that He wrought His miracles

    Jesus did wonders through himself because Jesus supported His Father's words of power through prayer, and thus love flows completely from a Producer to a Receiver.True love works no other way.

    Christ desired all to know His relationship with His Father. "Father," He said, "I thank Thee that Thou hastheard Me. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it,that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me." Here the disciples and the people were to be given themost convincing evidence in regard to the relationship existing between Christ and God. They were tobe shown that Christ's claim was not a deception.

    Notice Jesus had a relationship with His Father. Than the SOP says "evidence in regard to the relationship existing between Christ and God."

    Why mention Christ and God and not Christ and the Father? Because where does the Father generate love from? The Holy Spirit. Thus we have Elohiym as a family generator of love.

    (6) Hide yourself when wonders are done.

    "Loose him, and let him go." Again they are shown that the human worker is toco-operate with God. Humanity is to work for humanity

    But while brother, sisters, and friends arerejoicing in this reunion, Jesus withdraws from the scene. When they look for the Life-giver, He is notto be found.

    When Jesus does a wonder through us or miracle, we are to hide and slink away. This way we avoid pride rising from Jesus' success in us.Jesus set us an example what to do when successful wonders happen to others.

    The next chapter of Desire of Ages..we look at "Priestly Plottings"

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