THE DUTY AND DELIGHT OF STUDYING THE WORD OF GOD

Introduction

1.One of the most difficult lessons to learn is that we can find joy in that which it is our duty to do. Many go about with a sad countenance and fuss and complain about what they have to do. Think how much more pleasant life would be if all homemakers and workers in various occupations would find joy in that which it is their duty to do!

2. This lesson has a two-fold purpose: 1) to emphasize that God has made it the duty of all mankind to know His will and 2) to stress the fact that we can obey God with a joyful spirit.

3.We demonstrate our love for God by keeping His commandments, "and his commandments are not burdensome," 1 John 5:3, or heavy to be borne. The commands can be kept with a joyful spirit.

4. It is very important for us to develop an attitude of finding delight in doing God's commands.  

5. The idea and much of the material in this lesson is from Elam's Notes for 1922.

 

I. GOD HAS GIVEN ALL MANKIND THE DUTY OF STUDYING HIS WORD

II. THE DUTY OF SINNERS TO STUDY THE WORD OF GOD

III. THE DUTY AND DELIGHT OF CHRISTIANS TO STUDY THE BIBLE

Conclusion: Thank God for His Word, which we have in the language wherein we are born. While it is our duty to study, to learn and to obey the Word of God, we find great joy and delight because we realize that we are the benefactors of God's grace, mercy, and loving-kindness.

 

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