SSU2015-1-12: The Humility of the Wise

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Published on March 15, 2015 by Sabbath SchoolU

Study 12 of 13 on Proverbs

There was once a poor young man who was diligent in all that he did and he spent his free time learning from the wise rabbi of the village. But one day he was given the opportunity to study more in a formal university of great stature. He made his name and then his money and then came back to his village to display his power and wealth. His first stop was to the rabbi of his youth. “Rabbi, I have seen the world. It is more than anything even you can imagine. I have experienced much, I have done more, I am all that I have made me.” To which the Rabbi took the hand of his old student and asked him to look out the glass window… “What do you see my son?” asked the Rabbi….. “Why the village, of course.”…then he took him to a mirror and asked him again “What do you see, my son?” to which the man stood taller and said “Why, me, of course.” “Ah!” Commented the rabbi… “All it takes is a little silver and you can’t see the world around you. That then is when you stop learning.”

Scriptural Basis: Job 38–40:2; Ps. 104:24; Proverbs 30; Luke 18:9–14; 1 John 1:9; Rev. 3:14–18.

Key Text: “‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’” (Matt. 5:3, NKJV).

1. How would you define “humility” in the Christian’s life?

2. What does Proverbs 30:3–6 suggest about the power, majesty, and mystery of God?

3. What are some things in nature itself that show us how God sustains our existence?

4. How can the study of nature teach us about the character of the Creator?

5. Dwell more on the prayer in Proverbs 30:7–9. Look at the balance there. How do we find balance in all that we do? Why is this so important?

6. In what everyday ways can we be sure that we don’t fall into this same trap as that of the Pharisee in Luke 18:9–14?

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