Monday: The Sabbath in Exodus
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Read Exodus 20:8–11. What does the Lord tell us to do, and what reason are we told to do it?1 The entire family household, including any servants of either gender, the working class along with the “boss,” are to rest together. Sabbath is the great equalizer, the liberator of all inequities in the social structure. Before … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Sabbath in Genesis
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One of the most deeply imbedded truths of the Bible is that back in Eden, in a perfect world created by a perfect God, the seventh day was set apart from the rest of the week and made holy. That’s how far back, and basic, the seventh-day Sabbath is. From the perspective of this world, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Lord of the Sabbath
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 2:1–3, Exod. 20:8–12, Deut. 5:12–15, Matt. 12:1–13, John 9, 19:30. Memory Text: “ ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath’ ” (Mark 2:27, 28, NKJV). Key Thought: The seventh-day Sabbath, in every way, points us to Jesus, our Creator and our … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: God the Lawgiver
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“The ten holy precepts spoken by Christ upon Sinai’s mount were the revelation of the character of God, and made known to the world the fact that He had jurisdiction over the whole human heritage. That law of ten precepts of the greatest love that can be presented to man is the voice of God … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Determined to Serve
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Enkhchimeg Enkhbaatar Eggie’s family wasn’t religious, but when a classmate in secondary school invited her to attend church with her, Eggie agreed to go. She knew that her parents didn’t mind, for her mother had told her that worshipping God was a good thing. Her friend’s church was a small group of 20 or 30 … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Law in the New Covenant
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From the start, the principles of the Ten Commandments were given to humanity out of the Lord’s love for people. The law has always been intended to be a blessing. You obey the law, and you are greatly protected from the ravages of sin; you disobey, and you face the inevitable consequences of transgression. Who … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Law and the Prophets
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Little controversy exists over the existence of the Law in the period after Sinai. The Old Testament writings are filled with references to the law. And though, so often, those references deal with Israel’s transgression of the law and the subsequent punishments that came, other texts reveal the great love and reverence many in Israel … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Sabbath Before Sinai
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God doesn’t reveal how He communicated the eternal principles of His law to humanity before Mount Sinai, but the evidence is clear and substantial that the giving of the law on Sinai was not the world’s initial exposure to its precepts.1 Many people, forced to concede that point, argue instead that it was only the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Law Before Sinai
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As every Seventh-day Adventist knows, as soon as we talk about the law, the Ten Commandments, and Sinai, we hear the refrain that the Ten Commandments were first given to the Jews at Sinai; hence, they are a Jewish or an Old Testament institution and not applicable to our day and time.1 Of course, numerous … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Law At Sinai
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Read Exodus 19:18, 19; 20:18; Deuteronomy 5:22; and Hebrews 12:21, descriptions of the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. Why would it be something so terrifying?  1 “The people of Israel were overwhelmed with terror. The awful power of God’s utterances seemed more than their trembling hearts could bear. For as God’s great rule of right was presented before … [Click to read more …]