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SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5 (EGW), Page 1112

Chapter 11

12-14. See EGW on Matthew 21:18-20.

Chapter 12

30 (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Luke 10:27; Romans 12:11; Colossians 3:23). The Service of Every Power—The physical powers are to be brought into service from love to God. The Lord requires the physical strength, and you can reveal your love for Him by the right use of your physical powers, doing the very work which needs to be done. There is no respect of persons with God....

There is science in the humblest kind of work, and if all would thus regard it, they would see nobility in labor. Heart and soul are to be put into work of any kind; then there is cheerfulness and efficiency. In agricultural or mechanical occupations, men may give evidence to God that they appreciate His gift in the physical powers, and the mental faculties as well. Let the educated ability be employed devising improved methods of work. This is just what the Lord wants. There is honor in any class of work that is essential to be done. Let the law of God be made the standard of action and it ennobles and sanctifies all labor. Faithfulness in the discharge of every duty makes the work noble, and reveals a character that God can approve.

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” God desires the love that is expressed in heart service, in soul service, in the service of the physical powers. We are not to be dwarfed in any kind of service for God. Whatever He has lent us is to be used intelligently for Him. The man who exercises his faculties will surely strengthen them; but he must seek to do his best. There is need of intelligence and educated ability to devise the best methods in farming, in building, and in every other department, that the worker may not labor in vain....

It is the duty of every worker not merely to give his strength but his mind and intellect to that which he undertakes to do.... You can choose to become stereotyped in a wrong course of action because you have not the determination to take yourselves in hand and reform, or you may cultivate your powers to do the very best kind of service, and then you will find yourselves in demand anywhere and everywhere. You will be appreciated for all that you are worth. “Whatsoever thine hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” (Manuscript 8, 1894).

30, 31. See EGW on Matthew 22:37-39.

37. See EGW on Luke 4:18, 19.

Chapter 13

21, 22. See EGW on Matthew 24:23, 24.

34. See EGW on John 17:20, 21.

Chapter 14

1. See EGW on Matthew 26:2.

3-9. See EGW on Matthew 26:6-13; John 12:3.

10, 11. See EGW on Matthew 26:14-16; Luke 22:3-5.

27-31. See EGW on Matthew 26:31-35.

29-31. See EGW on Luke 22:31-34.

32-42. See EGW on Matthew 26:36-46.

36. See EGW on Matthew 26:42; Luke 22:42; Romans 8:11.

40. See EGW on Matthew 26:43.

53. See EGW on Matthew 26:3.

61, 62. See EGW on Matthew 26:63, 64; Luke 22:70.

63. See EGW on Matthew 26:65.

Chapter 15

6-15. See EGW on Matthew 27:15-26.

12-14. See EGW on Matthew 27:22, 23.

14, 15. See EGW on Matthew 27:25, 26.

21. See EGW on Matthew 27:32.

26. See EGW on Matthew 27:37.

27. See EGW on Matthew 27:38.

31. See EGW on Luke 24:13-15.

33. See EGW on Matthew 27:45.

33, 34, 39. See EGW on Matthew 27:45, 46.

37. See EGW on Matthew 27:50; John 19:30.

38. See EGW on Matthew 27:51; John 19:30.

39. See EGW on Matthew 27:54.

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