Chapter 10: The Voice in the Wilderness

January 27, 2007

This chapter was loaded with applications for our lives today, but I’ll hold back commentary for now and ask you: how do we apply these quotes to life today?

1. “The birth of a son to Zacharias, like the birth of the child of Abraham, and that of Mary, was to teach a great spiritual truth, a truth that we are slow to learn and ready to forget. In ourselves we are incapable of doing any good thing; but that which we cannot do will be wrought by the power of God in every submissive and believing soul. It was through faith that the child of promise was given. It is through faith that spiritual life is begotten, and we are enabled to do the works of righteousness.” DA88

2. “In preparing the way for Christ’s first advent, he [John the Baptist] was a representative of those who are to prepare a people for our Lord’s second coming. The world is given to self-indulgence. … Self-discipline is essential to that mental strength and spiritual insight which will enable us to understand and to practice the sacred truths of God’s word.” DA91

3. “God does not send messengers to flatter the sinner. He delivers no message of peace to lull the unsanctified into fatal security. … The ministering angels present to him the fearful judgments of God to deepen the sense of need and prompt the cry, “What must I do to be saved?” Then the hand that has humbled in the dust lifts up the penitent. The voice that has rebuked sin, and put to shame pride and ambition, inquires with tenderest sympathy, “What do you want Me to do for you?” DA94

4. “How often we misinterpret God’s blessings, and flatter ourselves that we are favored on account of some goodness in us! God cannot do for us that which He longs to do. His gifts are used to increase our self-satisfaction, and to harden our hearts in unbelief and sin.” DA96.

What are the practical applications of these pointed passages? Are they prophetic of our time?


4 Responses to “Chapter 10: The Voice in the Wilderness”

  1. Jan said

    I was troubled by this chapter, because I have seen the “John the Baptist” message misused by the religious right. They use it as an excuse to be harsh; critical and judgemental. I wonder what he was really like?

    Dad and I just finished reading the chapter about John the Baptist which is several chapters ahead of us. It was INCREDIBLY encouraging. It was Sabbath morning, and we were a bit tired, thinking of our tiny church and the responsibilities that we carry. We read that chapter how John’s disciple suggested doubt to him; and how that was a detriment..We realized how important it was not to express doubt to each other..that it can be cancerous.


  2. wallygoots said

    How has the message of John been misused? I don’t think I’ve heard it used poorly. After all, it’s a pretty simple message, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”


  3. Steve said

    Prophetic of our time?
    DA 90
    “In the time of John the Baptist, greed for riches, and the love of luxury and display had become widespread. Sensuous pleasures, feasting and drinking, were causing physical disease and degeneracy, benumbing the spiritual perceptions, and lessening the sensibility to sin.”

    that could also read – in the late 20th century/early 21st century….

    What if another voice in the wilderness was sent to us today. Would the warnings fal upon deaf ears?

  4. wallygoots said

    Was Ellen White a voice of warning? Maybe Watchman Nee? (Both early 1900s). The Bible always has been, and are we supposed to be voices of warning?

    Your right Steve. I’m more convinced then ever that our culture is emotionally addicted. Christians as much as any (maybe more so). I have to know Jesus better to sort this out, and at last maybe even know how I can join Him in doing something about it. But I also see that beyond a sense of foreboding and duty, it’s just so awesome to be near Jesus. It’s enough.

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