Bible Study Guides – Judah

July 21, 2013 – July 27, 2013

Key Text

“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.” Genesis 49:10.

Study Help: The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, 377; Steps to Christ, 115, 124–126.


“The priesthood was apportioned to Levi, [and] the kingdom and the Messianic promise to Judah.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 235.


  • What was Leah’s frame of mind when she bore her fourth son, Judah? Genesis 29:35. How was her attitude exemplary at that time? Psalm 50:23. Explain the meaning of the name “Judah” (see marginal note in the Bible).

Note: “While we review, not the dark chapters in our experience, but the manifestations of God’s great mercy and unfailing love, we shall praise far more than complain. We shall talk of the loving faithfulness of God as the true, tender, compassionate shepherd of His flock, which He has declared that none shall pluck out of His hand. The language of the heart will not be selfish murmuring and repining. Praise, like clear-flowing streams, will come from God’s truly believing ones.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 367.

  • How did Judah express his remorse at the idea of leaving Joseph to die of starvation? Genesis 37:25–27. How did he partially admit his sin in the case of Tamar? Genesis 38:24–26.

Note: “Some of them [Joseph’s brothers] were ill at ease; they did not feel the satisfaction they had anticipated from their revenge. Soon a company of travelers was seen approaching. It was a caravan of Ishmaelites from beyond Jordan, on their way to Egypt with spices and other merchandise. Judah now proposed to sell their brother to these heathen traders instead of leaving him to die.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 211.


  • Describe one manifestation which shows how Judah prevailed above his brethren. Genesis 44:14–18, 30–34; 46:28, first part.

Note: “In words of touching eloquence he [Judah] described his father’s grief at the loss of Joseph and his reluctance to let Benjamin come with them to Egypt, as he was the only son left of his mother, Rachel, whom Jacob so dearly loved. [Genesis 44:30-34 quoted.]

“Joseph was satisfied. He had seen in his brothers the fruits of true repentance.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 230.

  • Explain the contrast between Reuben and Judah as far as personality is concerned. Genesis 43:8–13 (cf. 42:36–38); 1 Chronicles 5:2. Why are trustworthiness and dependability such valuable traits?

Note: “We are living in an age when almost everything is superficial. There is but little stability and firmness of character, because the training and education of children from their cradle is superficial. Their characters are built upon sliding sand. Self-denial and self-control have not been molded into their characters.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 143.

“Reliable men are very scarce for the reason that the hearts of men are so devoted to their own selfish interests that they know no other.” Ibid., vol. 2, 636.

“It is not so much the religion of the pulpit as the religion of the family that reveals our real character. The minister’s wife, his children, and those who are employed as helpers in his family are best qualified to judge of his piety. A good man will be a blessing to his household. Wife, children, and helpers will all be the better for his religion.” Ibid., vol. 5, 161.

“A man may not bear the most pleasant exterior, he may be deficient in many respects; but if he has a reputation for straightforward honesty, he will gain the confidence of others. The love of truth, the dependence and confidence which men can place in him, will remove or overbear objectionable features in his character. Trustworthiness in your place and calling, a willingness to deny self for the purpose of benefiting others, will bring peace of mind and the favor of God.” Ibid., vol. 4, 353.


  • What did Jacob say about Judah, and why? Genesis 49:8.

Note: “The crowning blessings of the birthright were transferred to Judah. The significance of the name—which denotes praise—is unfolded in the prophetic history of this tribe:

“ ‘Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion: who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be’ (Genesis 49:8–10).” Patriarchs and Prophets, 236.

  • How can we be inspired by Jacob’s description of Judah’s firmness of character? Genesis 49:9; Proverbs 28:1.

Note: “The lion, king of the forest, is a fitting symbol of this tribe, from which came David, and the Son of David, Shiloh, the true ‘Lion of the tribe of Judah’ (Revelation 5:5), to whom all powers shall finally bow and all nations render homage.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 236.

“Remember that the nearer we approach the time of Christ’s coming, the more earnestly and firmly we are to work; for we are opposed by the whole synagogue of Satan. We do not need feverish excitement, but that courage which is born of genuine faith.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 475.

“Some men have no firmness of character. They are like a ball of putty and can be pressed into any conceivable shape. They are of no definite form and consistency, and are of no practical use in the world. This weakness, indecision, and inefficiency must be overcome. There is an indomitableness about true Christian character which cannot be molded or subdued by adverse circumstances. Men must have moral backbone, an integrity which cannot be flattered, bribed, or terrified.” Ibid., vol. 5, 297.

“God desires us to make use of every opportunity for securing a preparation for His work. He expects us to put all our energies into its performance, and to keep our hearts alive to its sacredness and its fearful responsibilities.” Gospel Workers, 291.


  • How did God honor the tribe of Judah when the tabernacle was built? Exodus 31:1–5.

Note: “The Lord gave an important lesson to His people in all ages when to Moses on the mount He gave instruction regarding the building of the tabernacle. In that work He required perfection in every detail. Moses was proficient in all the learning of the Egyptians; he had a knowledge of God, and God’s purposes had been revealed to him in visions; but he did not know how to engrave and embroider. …

“Then God Himself explained how the work was to be accomplished. He signified by name the persons He desired to do a certain work. Bezaleel was to be the architect. This man belonged to the tribe of Judah—a tribe that God delighted to honor.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 59.

  • Name some lessons we can learn from Caleb, another member of the tribe of Judah. Numbers 13:6, 30; 14:24.

Note: “He [Caleb] had believed God’s promise that He would put His people in possession of Canaan, and in this he had followed the Lord fully. … Now at upwards of fourscore his vigor was unabated. He did not ask for himself a land already conquered, but the place which above all others the spies had thought it impossible to subdue. By the help of God he would wrest his stronghold from the very giants whose power had staggered the faith of Israel. It was no desire for honor or aggrandizement that prompted Caleb’s request. The brave old warrior was desirous of giving to the people an example that would honor God, and encourage the tribes fully to subdue the land which their fathers had deemed unconquerable.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 512, 513.

“Calebs are the men most needed in these last days.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 130.

  • Relate how one dark chapter in the history of Judah was contrasted by the shining faithfulness of a few young witnesses for God. Daniel 1:1, 6–8; 3:16–18.


  • What prophecy had been given regarding the tribe of Judah, and how will this be fulfilled? Genesis 49:10; Isaiah 7:14–16; Matthew 21:9.

Note: “Glorious are the promises made to David and his house, promises that look forward to the eternal ages, and find their complete fulfillment in Christ.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 754.

  • How is Moses’ prayer for Judah significant for us today? Deuteronomy 33:1, 7. What accounts for the fact that the name of this tribe is mentioned first in the list of the sealed saints? Revelation 7:5, first part.

Note: “We need to study, to meditate, and to pray. Then we shall have spiritual eyesight to discern the inner courts of the celestial temple. We shall catch the themes of song and thanksgiving of the heavenly choir round about the throne. When Zion shall arise and shine, her light will be most penetrating, and precious songs of praise and thanksgiving will be heard in the assemblies of the saints. Murmuring and complaining over little disappointments and difficulties will cease. As we apply the golden eyesalve we shall see the glories beyond. Faith will cut through the heavy shadow of Satan, and we shall see our Advocate offering up the incense of His own merits in our behalf. When we see this as it is, as the Lord desires us to see it, we shall be filled with a sense of the immensity and diversity of the love of God.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 368.


1 Explain the spiritual strength inherent in the name “Judah.”

2 How do we know that Judah was respected in his home life?

3 Describe some characteristics of the tribe of Judah.

4 Relate some significant points about Bezaleel, Caleb, Daniel, and his companions.

5 Compare Moses’ prayer for Judah with Jesus’ prayer in behalf of all believers.

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Bible Study Guides – Levi

July 14, 2013 – July 20, 2013

Key Text

“He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” Malachi 3:3.

Study Help: Testimonies, vol. 9, 245–252; Ibid., vol. 3, 540–544.


“In the case of [the] tribe [of Levi] … their fidelity of Jehovah when the other tribes apostatized, secured their appointment to the sacred service of the sanctuary, and thus the curse was changed into a blessing.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 236.


  • What did Leah declare when she gave birth to her third son? Genesis 29:34.

Note: The name Levi means joined, or attached to.

  • What denunciation did Jacob pronounce upon Levi? Genesis 49:5–7.
  • As we learned in our study of Simeon, what lesson can the Christian learn from the anger of Levi? Psalm 37:8; Proverbs 27:4, first part.

Note: “We must give others an example of not stopping at every trifling offense in order to vindicate our rights. We may expect that false reports will circulate about us; but if we follow a straight course, if we remain indifferent to these things, others will also be indifferent. Let us leave to God the care of our reputation. And thus, like sons and daughters of God, we shall show that we have self-control. We shall show that we are led by the Spirit of God, and that we are slow to anger. Slander can be lived down by our manner of living; it is not lived down by words of indignation.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 3, 1160, 1161.


  • How was the character of the tribe of Levi manifested in a time of religious crisis? Exodus 32:1, 6, 9–11, 26–29. What does this teach us about true consecration to God?

Note: “Those who had not joined in the apostasy [at Sinai] were to take their position at the right of Moses; those who were guilty but repentant, at the left. The command was obeyed. It was found that the tribe of Levi had taken no part in the idolatrous worship.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 324.

“[Exodus 32:26–29 quoted.]

“Here Moses defines genuine consecration as obedience to God, to stand in vindication of the right and to show a readiness to carry out the purpose of God in the most unpleasant duties, showing that the claims of God are higher than the claims of friends or the lives of the nearest relatives. The sons of Levi consecrated themselves to God to execute His justice against crime and sin.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 301.

“It is the privilege of the watchmen on the walls of Zion to live so near to God, and to be so susceptible to the impressions of His Spirit, that He can work through them to tell men and women of their peril and point them to the place of safety. Faithfully are they to warn them of the sure result of transgression, and faithfully are they to safeguard the interests of the church. At no time may they relax their vigilance. Theirs is a work requiring the exercise of every faculty of the being. In trumpet tones their voices are to be lifted, and never are they to sound one wavering, uncertain note.” The Acts of the Apostles, 361.

  • Regarding the tribe of Levi, what factors changed Jacob’s denunciation (Genesis 49:5–7) into Moses’ commendation? Deuteronomy 33:8–11.

Note: “By divine direction the tribe of Levi was set apart for the service of the sanctuary. In the earliest times every man was the priest of his own household. In the days of Abraham the priesthood was regarded as the birthright of the eldest son. Now, instead of the first-born of all Israel, the Lord accepted the tribe of Levi for the work of the sanctuary. By this signal honor He manifested His approval of their fidelity, both in adhering to His service and in executing His judgments when Israel apostatized in the worship of the golden calf.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 350.


  • Name one notable member of the tribe of Levi, and the individual who had been largely responsible for his strength of character. Exodus 2:1–10.

Note: “God had heard the mother’s [Moses’] prayers … . She faithfully improved her opportunity to educate her child for God. She felt confident that he had been preserved for some great work, and she knew that he must soon be given up to his royal mother, to be surrounded with influences that would tend to lead him away from God. All this rendered her more diligent and careful in his instruction than in that of her other children. …

“How far-reaching in its results was the influence of that one Hebrew woman, and she an exile and a slave! The whole future life of Moses, the great mission which he fulfilled as the leader of Israel, testifies to the importance of the work of the Christian mother. There is no other work that can equal this.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 243, 244.

  • How did Aaron, Moses’ brother, reveal his pliable nature? Exodus 32:21–25. Explain how he gained the victory over himself by demonstrating self-control, thus vindicating the honor of God. Leviticus 10:1–7.

Note: “Aaron [when fire from God’s presence destroyed Nadab and Abihu] bore his severe affliction with patience and humble submission. Sorrow and keen agony wrung his soul. He was convicted of his neglect of duty. … Aaron did not see, any more than many Christian parents now see, that his misplaced love and the indulgence of his children in wrong was preparing them for the certain displeasure of God and for His wrath to break forth upon them to their destruction.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 295.

“[Leviticus 10:6, 7, 3 quoted.] Aaron was silent. The death of his sons, cut down without warning, in so terrible a sin—a sin which he now saw to be the result of his own neglect of duty—wrung the father’s heart with anguish, but he gave his feelings no expression. By no manifestation of grief must he seem to sympathize with sin. The congregation must not be led to murmur against God.

“The Lord would teach His people to acknowledge the justice of His corrections, that others may fear.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 361.


  • Explain how Jacob’s prophecy that Levi would be “scattered” (Genesis 49:7) was honorably fulfilled. Numbers 3:45; 18:20–24; Deuteronomy 10:8, 9.
  • Where were the Levites scattered, and what was their mission? II Chronicles 11:13; Leviticus 10:11.

Note: “The appointed ministers of the sanctuary, the Levites received no landed inheritance; they dwelt together in cities set apart for their use, and received their support from the tithes and the gifts and offerings devoted to God’s service.” Education, 148.

  • Give evidence to show how the tithing system remains in effect under the New Dispensation. Hebrews 7:4–8.

Note: “A very plain, definite message has been given to me for our people. I am bidden to tell them that they are making a mistake in applying the tithe to various objects which, though good in themselves, are not the object to which the Lord has said that the tithe should be applied. Those who make this use of the tithe are departing from the Lord’s arrangement. God will judge for these things.

“One reasons that the tithe may be applied to school purposes. Still others reason that canvassers and colporteurs should be supported from the tithe. But a great mistake is made when the tithe is drawn from the object for which it is to be used—the support of the ministers.” Testimonies, vol. 9, 248, 249.

  • After the rebellion of Jeroboam, how did the Levites become instrumental in joining the people together? II Chronicles 11:13, 14, 16, 17. Explain two New Testament applications of this principle. II Corinthians 5:18–20; Ephesians 4:1–3, 15, 16.

Note: “Christ the great Head of the church, has carried forward His work in the world by chosen ambassadors, through whom He speaks to the children of men, and ministers to their needs. The position of those who have been called of God to labor in word and doctrine for the upbuilding of His church, is one of grave responsibility. In Christ’s stead they are to beseech men and women to be reconciled to God; and they can fulfil their mission only as they receive wisdom and power from above.” Gospel Workers, 13.


  • What shows that even the Levites were often satisfied with a mere outward form of religion? Ezra 9:1; Malachi 2:8, 9; Luke 10:30–32.
  • Before the coming of the Lord, what work must be done also in behalf of those that are called the “sons of Levi”? Malachi 3:3. Describe the blessed result. Revelation 7:7, second part.

Note: “We should have a spirit of progress. We must guard continually against being fixed in our views, feelings, and actions. The work of God is onward. Reforms must be carried on, and we must take hold and help move on the car of reform. Energy, tempered with patience and ambition, and balanced by wisdom, is now needed by every Christian. The work of saving souls is yet left to us, the disciples of Christ. Not one of us is excused. Many have become dwarfed and stunted in their Christian life because of inaction. We should employ our time diligently while in this world. How earnestly should we improve every opportunity of doing good, of bringing others to a knowledge of the truth! Our motto should ever be, ‘Onward, higher,’ surely, steadily onward to duty and to victory. … This is the process, the refining, purifying process, which is to be carried on by the Lord of hosts. The work is most trying to the soul, but it is only through this process that the rubbish and defiling impurities can be removed. Our trials are all necessary to bring us close to our heavenly Father, in obedience to His will, that we may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 540, 541.


1 What is the meaning and significance of the name “Levi”?

2 Narrate the experience of the golden calf at Sinai.

3 Explain the scattering of the Levites and the tithe question.

4 How were the Levites instrumental in joining together many of the children of Israel?

5 Explain the purpose and manner of God’s refining process.

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Bible Study Guides – Simeon

July 7, 2013 – July 13, 2013

Key Text

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 16:32.

Study Help: Testimonies, vol. 4, 362–366; Ibid., 346–350.


“The highest evidence of nobility in a Christian is self-control.” The Desire of Ages, 301.


  • With what thought in mind did Leah conceive Jacob’s second son, Simeon? Genesis 29:33.
  • Relate the experience directly involving Jacob and Leah’s only daughter. Genesis 30:21; 34:1–4.
  • What lesson should our daughters learn from this experience? Proverbs 20:11.

Note: “The tarry of Jacob and his sons at Shechem ended in violence and bloodshed. The one daughter of the household had been brought to shame and sorrow, two brothers were involved in the guilt of murder, a whole city had been given to ruin and slaughter, in retaliation for the lawless deed of one rash youth. The beginning that led to results so terrible was the act of Jacob’s daughter, who ‘went out to see the daughters of the land’ (Genesis 34:1), thus venturing into association with the ungodly. He who seeks pleasure among those that fear not God is placing himself on Satan’s ground and inviting his temptations.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 204.


  • What deception and cruelty did Simeon employ with the help of his younger brother, Levi? Genesis 34:13–19, 24–26.
  • Describe the response of Jacob, and how Simeon and Levi tried to justify their actions. Genesis 34:30, 31.

Note: “The treacherous cruelty of Simeon and Levi was not unprovoked; yet in their course toward the Shechemites they committed a grievous sin. They had carefully concealed from Jacob their intentions, and the tidings of their revenge filled him with horror. …

“Jacob felt that there was cause for deep humiliation. Cruelty and falsehood were manifest in the character of his sons.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 204, 205.

  • How was the cruelty of Simeon’s nature further confirmed in the crime committed by the sons of Jacob against Joseph? Genesis 37:18–20.

Note: “In the cruel treatment of their brother [Joseph], Simeon had been the instigator and chief actor.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 226.

  • What warnings do we have against self-righteousness? Proverbs 26:12.

Note: “God cannot connect with those who live to please themselves, to make themselves first. Those who do this will in the end be last of all. The sin that is most nearly hopeless and incurable is pride of opinion, self-conceit. This stands in the way of all growth. When a man has defects of character, yet fails of realizing this; when he is so imbued with self-sufficiency that he cannot see his fault, how can he be cleansed? ‘They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick’ (Matthew 9:12). How can one improve when he thinks his ways perfect?” Testimonies, vol. 7, 199, 200.

“To know oneself is great knowledge. True self-knowledge leads to a humility that will open the way for the Lord to develop the mind and mold and discipline the character.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 419.


  • What was prophesied about Simeon, and how was this fulfilled? Genesis 49:5–7.

Note: “They [Simeon and Levi] had been united in their cruelty toward the Shechemites, and they had also been the most guilty in the selling of Joseph. Concerning them it was declared—‘I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel’ (Genesis 49:7, last part). …

“Moses, in his last blessing, made no reference to Simeon. In the settlement of Canaan this tribe had only a small portion of Judah’s lot, and such families as afterward became powerful formed different colonies and settled in territory outside the borders of the Holy Land.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 235, 236.

  • How does God regard any manifestation of fierce passion against another person? Proverbs 25:28; 1 John 2:9; 3:15. How are we to overcome this problem?

Note: “True Christian politeness should be cultivated. No one else can lessen our influence as we ourselves can lessen it through the indulgence of uncontrollable temper. A naturally petulant man does not know true happiness, and is seldom content. He is ever hoping to get into a more favorable position, or to so change his surroundings that he will have peace and rest of mind. His life seems to be burdened with heavy crosses and trials, when, had he controlled his temper and bridled his tongue, many of these annoyances might have been avoided. It is the ‘soft answer’ which ‘turneth away wrath’ (Proverbs 15:1). Revenge has never conquered a foe.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 367, 368.

“So long as we are in the world, we shall meet with adverse influences. There will be provocations to test the temper; and it is by meeting these in a right spirit that the Christian graces are developed. If Christ dwells in us, we shall be patient, kind, and forbearing, cheerful amid frets and irritations. Day by day and year by year we shall conquer self, and grow into a noble heroism. This is our allotted task; but it cannot be accomplished without help from Jesus, resolute decision, unwavering purpose, continual watchfulness, and unceasing prayer. Each one has a personal battle to fight. Not even God can make our characters noble or our lives useful, unless we become co-workers with Him. Those who decline the struggle lose the strength and joy of victory.” The Ministry of Healing, 487.


  • Compare the number of Simeonites counted at Sinai with the number calculated after the apostasy instigated by Balaam at Shittim. Numbers 1:22, 23; 25:1–5, 9; 26:2, 14. What does this imply?

Note: “At the numbering of Israel, just before their entrance to Canaan, Simeon was the smallest tribe.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 235, 236.

  • How does the tragic experience of Solomon warn us against the destructive nature of licentious passions? Nehemiah 13:26; Proverbs 7:1, 5, 26, 27. What special admonition is addressed today to all believers in the Advent message?

Note: “A terrible picture of the condition of the world has been presented before me. Immorality abounds everywhere. Licentiousness is the special sin of this age. Never did vice lift its deformed head with such boldness as now. The people seem to be benumbed, and the lovers of virtue and true goodness are nearly discouraged by its boldness, strength, and prevalence. The iniquity which abounds is not merely confined to the unbeliever and the scoffer. Would that this were the case, but it is not. Many men and women who profess the religion of Christ are guilty. Even some who profess to be looking for His appearing are no more prepared for that event than Satan himself. They are not cleansing themselves from all pollution.” Testimonies, vol. 2, 346.

“Even some who profess to keep all the commandments of God are guilty of the sin of adultery. What can I say to arouse their benumbed sensibilities? Moral principle, strictly carried out, becomes the only safeguard of the soul. If ever there was a time when the diet should be of the most simple kind, it is now. Meat should not be placed before our children. Its influence is to excite and strengthen the lower passions, and has a tendency to deaden the moral powers. Grains and fruits prepared free from grease, and in as natural a condition as possible, should be the food for the tables of all who claim to be preparing for translation to heaven. The less feverish the diet, the more easily can the passions be controlled. Gratification of taste should not be consulted irrespective of physical, intellectual, or moral health.” Ibid., 352.


  • What gave Simeon an opportunity to think about his wicked traits of character? Genesis 42:6, 7, 17, 24.

Note: “The three days in the Egyptian prison were days of bitter sorrow as the brothers [of Joseph] reflected upon their past sins.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 225.

“On his return [to the chamber where his brothers were] he [Joseph] commanded that Simeon be bound before them and again committed to prison.” Ibid., 226.

“[Later, the brothers’] anxiety was relieved, and when Simeon, who had been released from prison, joined them, they felt that God was indeed gracious unto them.” Ibid., 228.

  • What warnings and appeals does God make to violators of the commandments? Proverbs 16:32; Isaiah 1:16–19; Matthew 5:6, 9. What hope does He offer for souls seeking to overcome the carnal traits of Simeon? Revelation 7:7, first part.

Note: “Self is the enemy we most need to fear. No form of vice has a more baleful effect upon the character than has human passion not under the control of the Holy Spirit. No other victory we can gain will be so precious as the victory gained over self.” The Ministry of Healing, 485.

“Sensuality is the sin of the age. But the religion of Jesus Christ will hold the lines of control over every species of unlawful liberty; the moral powers will hold the lines of control over every thought, word, and action.” Medical Ministry, 142, 143.


1 What were the consequences of Dinah’s indiscreet behavior?

2 Name the action that further hardened the cruelty of Simeon.

3 What should we be preparing for the heavenly Canaan where Simeonites and Levites are no longer kept separate from one another?

4 Name some practical ways to escape today’s licentiousness.

5 What counsel could you offer a struggling Simeonite?

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Bible Study Guides – Reuben

June 30, 2013 – July 6, 2013

Key Text

“Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.” Isaiah 33:6.

Study Help: Steps to Christ, 43–48; Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 2, 685–689.


“There is in true Christian character an indomitableness that cannot be molded or subdued by adverse circumstances. We must have moral backbone, an integrity that cannot be flattered, bribed, or terrified.” The Ministry of Healing, 498.


  • What words of hope did Leah utter when her first son was born? Genesis 29:32.
  • Name the favorable qualities which Jacob later mentioned in describing the young man. Genesis 49:3.
  • Relate some incidents recorded in the Bible through which we can observe some of Reuben’s better traits of character. Genesis 30:14, first part; 37:21, 22, 29; 42:22.

Note: “They [Joseph’s brothers] would have executed their purpose but for Reuben. He shrank from participating in the murder of his brother, and proposed that Joseph be cast alive into a pit, and left there to perish; secretly intending, however, to rescue him and return him to his father. Having persuaded all to consent to this plan, Reuben left the company, fearing that he might fail to control his feelings, and that his real intentions would be discovered.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 211.

“[After the other brothers had sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites] Reuben returned to the pit, but Joseph was not there. In alarm and self-reproach he rent his garments, and sought his brothers, exclaiming, ‘The child is not; and I, whither shall I go’ (Genesis 37:30)?” Ibid., 212.


  • What particular sin adversely affected the entire course of Reuben’s life? Genesis 35:22, first part; 49:4. What did he forfeit as a consequence of this sin? I Chronicles 5:1.

Note: “[Genesis 49:3 quoted.] Thus the father pictured what should have been the position of Reuben as the first-born son; but his grievous sin at Edar had made him unworthy of the birthright blessing. …

“The priesthood was apportioned to Levi, the kingdom and the Messianic promise to Judah, and the double portion of the inheritance to Joseph.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 235.

“On the way to Ephrath another dark crime stained the family of Jacob, causing Reuben, the first-born son, to be denied the privileges and honors of the birthright.” Ibid., 206.

  • Explain the serious implications inherent in the violation of the fifth and seventh commandments. Exodus 20:12, 14; I Corinthians 5:11–13. What is the church’s duty today when any commandment is transgressed, especially when church officers are involved?

Note: “Those who break the seventh commandment should be suspended from the church, and not have its fellowship nor the privileges of the house of God.” Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce, 248.

“I have no real ground of hope for those who have stood as shepherds to the flock, and have for years been borne with by the merciful God, following them with reproof, with warnings, with entreaties, but who have hid their evil ways, and continued in them, thus defying the laws of the God of heaven by practicing fornication. We may leave them to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling, after all has been done to reform them; but in no case entrust to them the guardianship of souls. False shepherds!” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 428.


  • What Bible experience illustrates how Reuben’s instability caused his own father to lack confidence in him? Genesis 42:37, 38.
  • Concerning Reuben, how was the prophecy of Genesis 49:3, 4 fulfilled?

Note: “The tribe of Reuben never rose to any eminence in Israel; it was not so numerous as Judah, Joseph, or Dan, and was among the first that were carried into captivity.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 235.

  • How can we promote healthy stability of character both in ourselves and in others? Deuteronomy 11:8; Daniel 11:32, last part; Romans 16:25, first part.
  • What counsel can fortify an unstable young person? Hebrews 12:12, 13.

Note: “You are a young man of intelligence; you desire to make your life such as will fit you for heaven at last. You are often discouraged at finding yourself weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits and customs of your old life in sin. You find your emotional nature untrue to yourself, to your best resolutions, and to your most solemn pledges. Nothing seems real. Your own instability leads you to doubt the sincerity of those who would do you good. The more you struggle in doubt, the more unreal everything looks to you, until it seems that there is no solid ground for you anywhere. Your promises are like ropes of sand, and you regard in the same unreal light the words and works of those in whom you should trust.

“You will be in constant peril until you understand the true force of the will. You may believe and promise all things, but your promises or your faith are of no value until you put your will on the side of faith and action. If you fight the fight of faith with all your will power, you will conquer.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 513.


  • How does God visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children “unto the third and fourth generation”? Exodus 20:5, last part; 34:7, last part.

Note: “As a rule, children inherit the dispositions and tendencies of their parents, and imitate their example; so that the sins of the parents are practiced by the children from generation to generation.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 118.

“Every sinful gratification tends to benumb the faculties and deaden the mental and spiritual perceptions, and the word or the Spirit of God can make but a feeble impression upon the heart.” The Great Controversy, 474.

  • In the history of Israel, what consequences did the wrong influence of the parents bring upon their children? Isaiah 1:2, 8, 20, 21. What was—and still is—God’s prescription for our salvation? Isaiah 1:16–19; I Peter 2:11; II Corinthians 7:1.

Note: “Through temptations addressed to the appetite he [Satan] has, to a large extent, led men into sin from the time when he induced Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit. It was by this same means that he led Israel to murmur against God. Intemperance in eating and drinking, leading as it does to the indulgence of the lower passions, prepares the way for men to disregard all moral obligations. When assailed by temptation, they have little power of resistance.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 378.

“Children generally have transmitted to them as a legacy, the appetite and passions of their parents, intensified.” The Signs of Times, July 1, 1880.

“It was by the indulgence of appetite that our first parents sinned and fell. Christ redeemed man’s failure. In the wilderness of temptation he endured the test which man had failed to bear. While he was suffering the keenest pangs of hunger, weak and emaciated from fasting, Satan was at hand with his manifold temptations to assail the Son of God, to take advantage of his weakness and overcome him, and thus thwart the plan of salvation. But Christ was steadfast. He overcame in behalf of the race, that he might rescue them from the degradation of the fall. He showed that in his strength it is possible for us to overcome.” Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, 207, 208.


  • In spite of the weak, unstable tendencies of the tribe of Reuben, what prophecies did Moses and John the Revelator utter both in behalf of his descendants and of those believers who, by nature, bear similar traits of character? Deuteronomy 33:6; Revelation 7:5, middle part. What change is within our reach?

Note: “Some who engage in missionary service are weak, nerveless, spiritless, easily discouraged. They lack push. They have not those positive traits of character that give power to do something—the spirit and energy that kindle enthusiasm. Those who would win success must be courageous and hopeful. They should cultivate not only the passive but the active virtues. While they are to give the soft answer that turns away wrath, they must possess the courage of a hero to resist evil. With the charity that endures all things, they need the force of character that will make their influence a positive power.

“Some have no firmness of character. Their plans and purposes have no definite form and consistency. They are of but little practical use in the world. This weakness, indecision, and inefficiency should be overcome.” The Ministry of Healing, 497, 498.

  • Why is it that believers who naturally bear the unstable tendencies of Reuben can finally be saved among the 144,000? Judges 5:16; Lamentations 3:40; Revelation 3:21.


1 What early experiences revealed the better side of Reuben’s nature?

2 How does the sin of adultery reveal instability of character?

3 What advice can be given to help an unstable person?

4 Name the consequences which the posterity of Israel suffered because of the weakness of the parents.

5 What hope is extended to unstable souls who place their trust in Christ?

Copyright © 2007 Reformation Herald Publishing Association, 5240 Hollins Road, Roanoke, Virginia. Reprinted by permission.

Recipe – Spicy Orange Quinoa

1 Serrano pepper, halved and seeded

1 ½ cups vegetable broth

½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. chopped Brazil nuts, divided

2 bay leaves

1 16 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

¼ cup orange juice

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

7 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium orange, sectioned and chopped

1 tsp. ground turmeric

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

3 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. grated lemon peel

1 Tbsp. buttery spread

2 tsps. Grated orange peel

1 large onion, chopped

¼ tsp. salt

1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms

Broil pepper halves 4 inches from the heat until skin blisters, about 10 minutes, turning once. Finely chop pepper; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring broth, orange juice, cayenne and turmeric to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, heat oil and buttery spread over medium-high heat. Add onion, mushrooms, ½ cup nuts and bay leaves; cook and stir until onion is tender. Add mixed vegetables, garlic and reserved Serrano pepper; cook 4-5 minutes longer. Stir in orange, lemon juice, peels and salt. Gently stir quinoa into vegetable mixture; discard bay leaves. Sprinkle with remaining Brazil nuts.


Food – Meatless Mondays

We are built up from that which we eat. Shall we strengthen the animal passions by eating animal food? In the place of educating the taste to love this gross diet, it is high time that we were educating ourselves to subsist upon fruits, grains, and vegetables. … Use less and less meat, until it is not used at all. If meat is discarded, if the taste is not educated in that direction, if a liking for fruits and grains is encouraged, it will soon be as God in the beginning designed it should be. No meat will be used by His people.” Testimony Studies on Diet and Foods, 69.

Maybe you’ve flirted with going vegetarian, only to dismiss the idea because you can’t fathom how to go without meat for a week, let alone a lifetime. But in training your taste, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. To begin the change, what if you chose just one day every week to make all your meals meatless?

That’s the challenge for you this month. The idea of eliminating meat one day a week actually began during World War 1 as part of the home front effort, when some 10 million families took part. It was revived during World War 11 and again in 2003, this time as an idea for public health. It has been endorsed by schools of public health, hospitals, worksites, schools and restaurants.

Skipping meat on Monday, and then adding another day each week until you eat no meat each day of the week, means you’ll save at the grocery store. Meat tends to be the most expensive item you put in your shopping cart. You will be spending less for the best grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

So what will you eat on Mondays—and the other six days of the week—if meat is off the menu? Tasty and filling alternatives are sprouting everywhere. Try recipes like those provided on the food page of LandMarks each month. Think you will be losing protein? Not so! As an example, the following recipe will give you 14 grams of protein!

Inspiration – Christ Our Only Hope

Before the foundations of the world were laid, Christ, the Only Begotten of God, pledged Himself to become the Redeemer of the human race, should Adam sin. Adam fell, and He who was partaker of the Father’s glory before the world was, laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown, and stepped down from His high authority to become a Babe in Bethlehem, that by passing over the ground where Adam stumbled and fell, He might redeem fallen human beings. He subjected Himself to all the temptations that the enemy brings against men and women; and all the assaults of Satan could not make Him swerve from His loyalty to the Father. By living a sinless life He testified that every son and daughter of Adam can resist the temptations of the one who first brought sin into the world.

Christ brought men and women power to overcome. He came to this world in human form, to live a man amongst men. He assumed the liabilities of human nature, to be proved and tried. In His humanity He was a partaker of the divine nature. In His incarnation He gained in a new sense the title of the Son of God. Said the angel to Mary, “The power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). While the Son of a human being, He became the Son of God in a new sense. Thus He stood in our world–the Son of God, yet allied by birth to the human race.

Christ came in human form to show the inhabitants of the unfallen worlds and of the fallen world that ample provision has been made to enable human beings to live in loyalty to their Creator. He endured the temptations that Satan was permitted to bring against Him, and resisted all his assaults. He was sorely afflicted, and hard beset, but God did not leave Him without recognition. When He was baptized of John in Jordan, as He came up out of the water, the Spirit of God, like a dove of burnished gold, descended upon Him, and a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). It was directly after this announcement that Christ was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Mark says: “Immediately the spirit driveth Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts” (Mark 1:12, 13). “And in those days He did eat nothing” (Luke 4:2).

Meeting Temptation

When Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted, He was led by the Spirit of God. He did not invite temptation. He went to the wilderness to be alone, to contemplate His mission and work. By fasting and prayer He was to brace Himself for the bloodstained path He was to travel. How should He begin His work of freeing the captives held in torment by the destroyer? During His long fast, the whole plan of His work as man’s deliverer was laid out before Him.

When Jesus entered the wilderness He was shut in by the Father’s glory. Absorbed in communion with God, He was lifted above human weakness. But the glory departed, and He was left to battle with temptation. It was pressing upon Him every moment. His human nature shrank from the conflict that awaited Him. For forty days He fasted and prayed. Weak and emaciated from hunger, worn and haggard with mental agony, “His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men” (Isaiah 52:14). Now was Satan’s opportunity. Now he supposed that he could overcome Christ.

There came to the Saviour, as if in answer to His prayers, one in the guise of an angel of light, and this was the message that he bore: “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread” (Matthew 4:3).

Jesus met Satan with the words, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). In every temptation the weapon of His warfare was the word of God. Satan demanded of Christ a miracle as a sign of His divinity. But that which is greater than all miracles, a firm reliance upon a “Thus saith the Lord” was a sign that could not be controverted. So long as Christ held to this position, the tempter could gain no advantage.

A familiarity with the word of God is our only hope. Those who diligently search the Scriptures will not accept Satan’s delusions as the truth of God. No one need be overcome by the speculations presented by the enemy of God and of Christ. We are not to speculate regarding points upon which the Word of God is silent. All that is necessary for our salvation is given in the Word of God. Day by day we are to make the Bible the man of our counsel.

From all eternity Christ was united with the Father, and when He took upon Himself human nature, He was still one with God. He is the link that unites God with humanity. “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same” (Hebrews 2:14). Only through Him can we become children of God. To all who believe on Him, He gives power to become the sons of God. Thus the heart becomes the temple of the living God. It is because Christ took human nature that men and women become partakers of the divine nature. He brings life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Selected Messages, Book 1, 226–228.

Question & Answer – Is There Anything Satan Fears?

At the birth of Christ, Satan saw the plains of Bethlehem illuminated with the brilliant glory of a multitude of heavenly angels. … The rebel chief himself trembled at the proclamation of the angel to the shepherds. … He had met with good success in devising a plan to ruin men, and he had become bold and powerful. He had controlled the minds and bodies of men from Adam down to the first appearing of Christ. But now Satan was troubled and alarmed for his kingdom and his life. …

Dark forebodings were awakened in his mind. … He queried if this was not the coming One who would contest his power and overthrow his kingdom. He looked upon Christ from His birth as his rival. He stirred the envy and jealousy of Herod to destroy Christ by insinuating to him that his power and his kingdom were to be given to this new king. Satan imbued Herod with the very feelings and fears that disturbed his own mind. He inspired the corrupt mind of Herod to slay all the children in Bethlehem who were two years old and under, which plan he thought would succeed in ridding the earth of the infant king. …

Satan followed him from infancy to childhood, and from childhood to manhood, inventing means and ways to allure Him from His allegiance to God, and overcome Him with his subtle temptations. The unsullied purity of the childhood, youth, and manhood, of Christ which Satan could not taint, annoyed him exceedingly. All his darts and arrows of temptation fell harmless before the Son of God. And when he found that all his temptations prevailed nothing in moving Christ from the steadfast integrity, or marring the spotless purity of the youthful Galilean, he was perplexed and enraged. He looked upon this youth as an enemy that he must dread and fear. …

Satan was afraid for his kingdom. He felt that the voice, sounding forth in trumpet tones in the wilderness, caused sinners under his control to tremble. He saw that his power over many was broken. The sinfulness of sin was revealed in such a manner that men became alarmed; and some, by repentance of their sins, found the favor of God, and gained moral power to resist his temptations.

He was on the ground at the time when Christ presented Himself to John for baptism. He heard the majestic voice resounding through Heaven and echoing through the earth like peals of thunder. … The circumstances connected with this baptismal scene had aroused the most intense hatred in the breast of Satan. He knew then for a certainty that unless he could overcome Christ, from thenceforth there would be a limitation of his power. He understood that the communication from the throne of God signified that Heaven was more directly accessible to man.

As Satan had led man to sin, he had hoped that God’s abhorrence of sin would forever separate him from man, and break the connecting link between Heaven and earth. The opening heavens, in connection with the voice of God addressing his Son, was like a death-knell to Satan. He feared that God was now to unite man more fully to Himself, and give power to overcome his devices. And for this purpose Christ had come from the royal courts to the earth. Satan was well acquainted with the position of honor Christ had held in Heaven as the Son of God, the beloved of the Father. And that He should leave Heaven, and come to this world as a man, filled him with apprehension for his safety. He could not comprehend the mystery of this great sacrifice for the benefit of fallen man. He knew that the value of Heaven far exceeded the anticipation and appreciation of fallen man. The most costly treasures of the world, he knew, would not compare with its worth. As he had lost through his rebellion all the riches and pure glories of Heaven, he was determined to be revenged by causing as many as he could to undervalue Heaven, and to place their affections upon earthly treasures.

It was incomprehensible to the selfish soul of Satan that there could exist benevolence and love for the deceived race so great as to induce the Prince of Heaven to leave his home and come to a world marred with sin and seared with the curse. He had knowledge of the inestimable value of eternal riches that man had not. He had experienced the pure contentment, the peace, exalted holiness, and unalloyed joys of the heavenly abode. He had realized, before his rebellion, the satisfaction of the full approval of God. He had once a full appreciation of the glory that enshrouded the Father, and knew that there was no limit to his power.

Satan knew what he had lost. He now feared that his empire over the world was to be contested, his right disputed, and his power broken. He knew, through prophecy, that a Savior was predicted, and that his kingdom would not be established in earthly triumph and with worldly honor and display. He knew that ancient prophecies foretold a kingdom to be established by the Prince of Heaven upon the earth, which he claimed as his dominion. This kingdom would embrace all the kingdoms of the world, and then his power and his glory would cease, and he would receive his retribution for the sins he had introduced into the world, and for the misery he had brought upon man. He knew that everything which concerned his prosperity was pending upon his success or failure in overcoming Christ with his temptations in the wilderness. He brought to bear upon Christ every artifice and force of his powerful temptations to allure him from his allegiance. …

His most wily temptations Christ has tested and conquered in behalf of man. It is impossible for man to be tempted above what he is able to bear while he relies upon Jesus, the infinite Conqueror.

The Signs of the Times, April 5, 1883.

Children’s Story – Amazing Rescue

If the one who experienced this almost unbelievable battlefield bewilderment was not known for his extreme truthfulness and reliability, this would be too much to believe.

The Somme River rises above St. Quentin, near the Belgian border in northern France, and flows into the English Channel. In what was once a rich farming area near the river, the astounding scene took place.

Before the war, this man was an irreligious man. He had attended some evangelistic meetings once but did not become a Christian. After entering the war he was shipped to France. As he was crossing an open field, shrapnel struck him down. His fellow soldiers left him as they deemed him dead.

“I could hear the battle,” he related, “and the humming of bullets was all about me. I saw that I was bleeding and hoped that a corpsman would find me. But night came without one person coming near by the bit of a hollow where I fell.

“The next morning I was very weak from the loss of blood and from hunger. I had a little food in my knapsack but was unable to turn over or to unbuckle my straps to get it. I realized that I was lying in my own blood. I was helpless and giving myself up to die.

“Five days later, the medical corpsmen were out in the field searching for any one who could possibly still have life in him. I saw them come closer and closer. I tried to call to them, but they were too far away to hear my weak voice.

“Closer and closer they came. Finally, after what seemed an eternity, one of them stopped, cupped his hand to his ear, and heard my plea for help. After administering some first aid, he called to a companion to get a stretcher. When the two of them started to take me off, I asked them to look around and see if they could see what had saved my life. Puzzled and thinking I was delirious, they started on with their task.

“Wait,” I cried, “at least look at the evidence of what has happened.” After seeing those ten definite objects of proof that I had miraculously been preserved from starvation, we made our way to the mobile army surgical hospital.

“In the portable hospital tent, I had time to reflect back on the astounding way in which that God I had rejected in those evangelistic meetings had not rejected me. I gave my heart to Him and vowed to go back home, look up the people who held those meetings, and allow them to help me become a real bonafide Christian.

“My testimony of God’s stunning battlefield protection was confirmed by the two medics so that no one would miss out on the power of it all through doubt or disbelief.

“You see, when I could not turn over or unbuckle my strap with my one free arm so that I could eat the meager provisions of my K-rations, the Lord interceded.

“Lying there the morning after my being wounded, I first thought I was having an hallucination, because standing near the very tip of the five fingers of my one free hand was a real, live hen!

“What’s more, the hen laid an egg right then and there!

“I broke the egg, cupping most of its contents in one half of the shell, and swallowed it. It was not much, but it was enough to keep me alive until the next day.

“What’s even more wonderful is the fact that this same hen that I saw walk slowly away after laying that first egg came back to almost the very same spot the next day to lay another egg.

“The hen came from a nearly shelled farm house, an orderly told me later. But it came five days in a row. And the corpsmen saw the ten halves of the five eggs broken by my body.

“From this day forward I will never be able to eat chicken. The chicken means life to me, and I can’t ever take one’s life again.”

W.A. Spicer and Helen Spicer Menkel, The Hand That Still Intervenes, Concerned Publications, Inc., Clermont, Florida, 1982, 33–35.

Health – Instant Oatmeal

Everybody knows that oats are oats no matter what form they are in. This is true when it comes to nutrition. Whether the oats are instant, quick, regular or steel cut they all have the same nutrition. But there is something that changes when you choose to use the “instant” oatmeal. So what changes if the nutrition is the same?

In 1999, researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital [Boston, Massachusetts] experimented with teenage boys’ breakfasts. They fed them typical instant oatmeal and then tracked their snacking later in the day. As boys do, they dug into snacks a fair amount as the day went on. Then, the researchers repeated the experiment with one change: instead of instant oatmeal, they used the regular variety. Oatmeal is a very healthful food, rich in complex carbohydrates that, during the process of digestion, release natural sugars into the bloodstream for energy. When oatmeal is made “instant” the oats are chopped very finely. This not only makes it cook very quickly, but it also digests a bit too quickly, resulting in a rapid rise and fall of blood sugar and a fast return of appetite. Regular or “old-fashioned” oatmeal leaves the oats more or less intact, causing them to release their sugars into the bloodstream bit by bit, keeping the blood sugar steady and holding hunger at bay.

Researchers claim that oatmeal also makes an excellent breakfast for people who are trying to lose weight. Calorie for calorie, oatmeal wins out over sugary corn flakes by helping them feel more satisfied and full, therefore eating less as the day progresses. Ludwig DS, Majzoub JA, Al-Zahrani A, Dallal GE, Blanco I, Robert SB. High Glycemic Index, Overeating, and Obesity. Pediatrics. 1999; 103:656.

There you have it. A simple change in a simple food can make a big difference in keeping the blood sugar steady and keeping the snacking down. It seems that the more we refine our foods, the more our bodies react in ways that are not really normal. Instead of trying to quickly get breakfast on the table by buying the more refined grains, it would be much healthier for the body to take a few minutes longer and prepare the less refined grains so the body can be satisfied until the next meal.

Just as a side note, in Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss (Back to Eden Books, Lotus Press, P. O. Box 325, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin 53181, 580, 581), a story is told about oats: “The Great Northern Railroad had a very urgent piece of road to make. They hired a big crew of men and worked them fourteen hours a day. Instead of giving them ordinary water to drink, they gave them oatmeal water and the paper stated that not one man was laid off on account of sickness. It stated that never before had there been such a wonderful experience in the history of railroads.

“Oatmeal water should be more frequently used than it is. It is a very good medicine for the sick. To make oatmeal water, use the finely flaked oats and put two heaping teaspoonfuls in a pan with a quart of water. You can make it stronger or weaker to suit your taste. Put it on the stove and let it simmer for half-an-hour. Then beat it with a spoon or eggbeater and strain it through a fine sieve. This makes an excellent drink for anybody, especially the sick. If desired, you can add just a pinch of salt and a little soybean milk.

“Another recipe for making oatmeal water is: take a heaping tablespoonful of oatmeal to a quart of water and let it simmer for two or two and a half hours in a tightly covered pan, and then strain it. This makes a very refreshing, cooling drink after it is cooled off in the icebox.”

Oatmeal is very nourishing for the body whether instant, quick or regular. Just remember there are differences between instant oatmeal and old fashioned oatmeal and you need to choose the one best for your health and fits your lifestyle.