Spiritual Dictionary Section S-2

Seal of God- “It is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved.” 4BC 1161


Seal of God’s law- “…is found in the fourth commandment.” GC 452


Seal of God – historically – Acts of Covenant keeping.

Noah going into the ark. Genesis 6:13-22 & 7:1-16

Abraham and circumcision. Genesis 17:1-14

Passover. Exodus 12 & 13

Rahab. Joshua 2:1-21

Daniels friends not bowing to the image. Daniel 3:14-18

Hebrews who returned from Babylon. Ezra and Nehemiah

Jesus. Luke 22:41-43; Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:46

Disciples. Acts 2:1-47

The remnant. Revelation 14:1-5; 15:1-4


Second Coming of Jesus – See Coming of Christ – second.


Secret place of communion  - "It is in the mount with God - in the secret place of communion - that we are to contemplate His glorious ideal for humanity." AA 564


Seed- “The seed here spoken of is the word of God sown in the heart and made fruitful by Divine grace.” 2SP 244


Seed – “The word of God is the seed. Every seed has in itself a germinating principle. In it the life of the plant is enfolded. So there is life in God’s Word… In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God.” COL 38


Seed – “By the parable of the sower, Christ illustrates the things of the kingdom of heaven, and the work of the great Husbandman for His people. Like a sower in the field, He came to scatter the heavenly grain of truth. And His parable teaching itself was the seed with which the most precious truths of His grace were sown.” COL 33


Seed -good – Matthew 13:24-30 – “…the good seed are the children of the kingdom.” Matthew 13:38


Seed- good- “The good seed are the children of the kingdom…. The good seed represents those who are born of the word of God, the truth.” COL 70-71


Seed – evil – “…When he (Satan) sinned in heaven, even the loyal angels did not fully discern his character. This was why God did not at once destroy Satan. Had He done so, the holy angels would not have perceived the justice and love of God. A doubt of God’s goodness would have been as evil seed that would yield the bitter fruit of sin and woe. Thus the author of evil was spared, fully to develop his character.” COL 72


Seer – “Beforetime in Israel, when a man  went to inquire of God, thus he spake, Come and let us go to the seer; for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.” I Samuel 9:9


Seer - "...a man appointed of God to instruct the people." PP 735.


Self -  "What path so dark for human feet to tread as that chosen by one who has persisted in having his own way, resisting the holy influences of the Spirit of God! What bondage so terrible as that of him who is given over to the control of the worst of tyrants – himself!" PP 676


Self-denial- “…is to do good to others where inclination would lead you to serve and please yourself.” 4T 521


Selfishness- “…is death.” DA 417


Selfishness- “…is the essence of depravity.” CS 24


Selfishness- “Selfishness requires of others that which we are unwilling to give to them.” 3T 81


Self-surrender- “…implicit belief in Christ’s word is true humility, true self-surrender.” DA 535


Sentimentalism- “…it is not love but sentimentalism that palters with wrong doing, seeks by coaxing or bribes to secure compliance, and finally accepts some substitute in place of the thing required.” Ed 290


Separating Wall – “I saw that the holy Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers; and that the Sabbath is the great question to unit the hearts of God’s dear, waiting saints.” EW 33


Serpent – A creature created by God and at one time perfect in all of its ways. In the Bible the serpent is used metaphorically as a description of that which is harmful and poisonous and which can cause death through it’s error. The Bible refers to Satan, his wicked people, and specifically to the Pharisees, as serpents. The serpent is also used by Jesus to describe sin and Jesus, Himself, uses this metaphor of a serpent while on the cross. Jesus compares Himself to the serpent that Moses lifted up in the wilderness and claims that any that look to Him, and believe, will be saved.  Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-15. CO

          Serpent as a description of evil:

Dan, the father of the tribe of Dan, is prophesied that he will act like a snake and cause problems for his brethren. Genesis 49:17

Description of how Satan beguiles Eve and entices her to accept his errors and leads her, and her husband, into sin. Genesis 3:1-14; II Corinthians 11:3

Hezekiah breaks into pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made and that Israel had turned into an idol called Nehushtan. II Kings 18:4

If Israel sins against God He will allow them to drink gall and will allow serpents to bite them. Jeremiah 8:13-17; Numbers 21:4-6

Israel is rebellious against God and wants to return to Egypt where the lion, the viper, and the fiery flying serpent come from. Isaiah 30:1-16

Jesus describes that Leviathan, serpent, and dragon are similar concepts. Isaiah 27:1

Pharisees and Scribes are described as serpents and vipers. Matthew 23:29-33 & John 3:7

Satan came to Eve as a serpent to deceive with the errors of not dying if you disobey God and that knowledge received disobeying God would make you like a god. Genesis 3:1-18

Satan, and his agents, are described as that great dragon and that old serpent. Revelation 12:9,4. TM 39

The tails of the horses of the sixth trumpet were like serpents and they hurt people with them. Revelation 9:13-19 See horses and tail.

Wicked are like serpents. Psalms 58:1-5 & 140:1-3

          Wine is like a serpent. Proverbs 23:31-32


Serpent used as device to communicate the gospel:

Jesus tells Moses to cast down his rod and it turns into a serpent, and Jesus tells Moses this is one of the three signs to convince Israel that Jesus has sent Moses. Exodus 4:1-5 See Moses – three signs.

Aaron casts down the rod of Moses and it turns into a serpent that overcomes all of the serpents of Egypt through the Egyptian magicians. Exodus7:9-13

Jesus instructs Moses to make a bronze serpent and place it upon a pole and all who have been bitten by poisonous serpents can look and be healed. Numbers 21:4-9

Jesus tells Nicodemus that He must be lifted up on a pole and He will draw all men unto Him and heal them. John 3:14-15


God gives power to His people even over serpents – literally and spiritually:

God gave the 70 power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.  Luke 10:19; Mark 16:18

God protects Paul when bitten by a poisonous serpent. Acts 28:1-6

Paul prays that God’s people will be protected from the subtlety of the serpent. II Corinthians 11:3

Let us not tempt Christ as did those in the past who were destroyed by serpents. I Corinthians 10:9; Numbers 21:4-6


Serpent, brazen- “…a symbol of Christ.” 2SP 133


Serve- “He only serves who acts up to the highest standard of obedience.” COL 283


Service- of love- “…service that springs from an appreciation of His character.” SDG 18


Shaking – To agitate, waver, undulate, shake, quake, to move intensely.  The Bible uses many words to describe this movement that comes upon people in times of intense struggle. The shaking usually means that some event has come upon a group of people that changes their course of action. CO

Disciples attacked by the Jewish leadership. When the disciples prayed the place was shaken by the Holy Spirit, filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke the Word of God with boldness. Acts 4:23-31

Ezekiel saw a shaking as the bones came together in the valley of dry bones. Israel is restored by the shaking. Ezekiel 37:1-14

God opened the prison gates for Paul by an earthquake and it shook the prison and set the captives free. Acts 16:26

God will shake His hand over the peoples and recover the remnant. He shall smite the river at the 7 streams and there shall be a dry highway for the remnant. Isaiah 11:10-15

God will shake Israel for their idolatry. I Kings 14:15

God will shake the heavens, the earth, and the nations when the desire of nations will come. Haggai 2:6-7

Gog will come up against Israel in the latter days. At that time there will be a great shaking in the land of Israel – the church. Ezekiel 38:14-23

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the powers of heaven will be shaken. Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:25; Luke 21:26

Jeremiah claims to have his bones shaken because of the words of His holiness. Jeremiah 23:9

Jerusalem to shake herself from the dust, be loosed from the bands about her neck, she will be in a state that the wicked will not come into her. Isaiah 52:1-2

John the Baptist was not a reed shaken in the wind. Matthew 11:7; Luke 7:24

Nehemiah says that God will shake out all people who do not perform the promise to restore the possessions of the poor people from usury. Nehemiah 5:1-13

People will one day look upon satan and wonder that he had been able to shake kingdoms. Isaiah 14:16

Samson, after having denied his Nazarite vow, seeks to go out and shake himself and to deliver himself from the Philistines and he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. Judges 16:18-21

The Jewish leadership shakes their heads in mockery against Jesus. Psalms 22:7

The virgin daughter Israel will shake her head at Sennacharib, king of Assyria, for reproaching and blaspheming God. II Kings 19:21-23

The wicked will be shaken out of the earth by the establishment of the dayspring (Jesus). Job 38:12-13

We are counseled not to be shaken in mind by false doctrines. II Thessalonians 2:2

When people hear and accept and do the sayings of Jesus are like a house built upon a rock that can not be shaken in the storm. Those who do not hear and obey the sayings of Christ will have their houses destroyed when the stream comes against it. Luke 6:47-49


          Shake the earth:

At the end of time Jesus will shake the whole earth. Isaiah 2:19-21; 13:2; Jeremiah 38:14-23; Revelation 6:14-17; 16:18-21

God will shake the earth when He punishes the kings of the earth. Isaiah 24:16-23

God will shake the heavens, the earth, and the nations at the coming of the desire of nations. Haggai 2:6-7

One more time God will shake the heavens and the earth and those things that can not be shaken will remain. Hebrews 12:26-27

When God roars from Zion the heavens and the earth will shake but the Lord will be the hope and strength of His people. Joel 3:11-17

          See Sifting


Shaking – I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against, it, and this is what will cause a shaking among God’s people…. The numbers of the company had lessened. Some had been shaken out and left by the way. The careless and indifferent, who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation enough to perseveringly plead and agonize for it, did not obtain it, and they were left behind in darkness, and their places were immediately filled by others taking hold of the truth and coming into the ranks. Evil angels still pressed around them, but could have no power over them.” EW 269-273


Shaking – “The mighty shaking has commenced and will go on, and all will be shaken out who are not willing to take a bold and unyielding stand for the truth and to sacrifice for God and His cause.” EW 50


Shaking – “When the shaking comes, by the introduction of false theories, these surface readers, anchored nowhere, are like shifting sand. They slide into any position to suit the tenor of their feelings of bitterness….” TM 112


Shearjashub – Isaiah’s prophetically named son – “The remnant shall return.” Isaiah 7:3 Marginal reference.


Sheep- of His pasture- His people. Ps 100:3

          My people are like lost sheep. Jeremiah 50:6

          His people are like sheep without a shepherd. Mark 6:34

          His people are like sheep going astray. I Peter 2:25


Shepherd – “And Moses spake unto the Lord, saying, Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd.” Numbers 27:15-17


Shepherd – Jesus is the good shepherd. John 10:11,14

The Lord is my shepherd. Psalms 23:1

He who dwellest between the cherubim. Psalms 80:1

He who feeds His flock like a shepherd. Isaiah 40:11

Cyrus is God’s shepherd. Isaiah 44:28

Jesus is the great shepherd. Hebrews 13:20

Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. I Peter 2:25


Shepherds – His blind watchmen that don’t understand. Isaiah 56:9-11

Enemies of Jerusalem. Jeremiah 6:3

Good and bad pastors. Jeremiah 23:1-4; 25:34-38; 50:6;        Ezekiel 34:1-10