Sunday: Deborah
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Deborah Leads the Battle

The story of Deborah adds interesting details to the great- controversy theme. Here we see the people of God suffering oppression and facing impossible odds. This parallels what we observed in Revelation 12, with the incredibly unfair contest between a seven-headed dragon and a newborn baby (see Tuesday’s study, week 1) . The main characters … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Conflict and Crisis – The Judges
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Read for This Week’s Study: Judges 4, Judges 6, Judges 14, Hebrews 11:32, 1 Sam. 2:12-25, 1 Sam. 8:1-7. Memory Text: “And Hannah prayed and said: ‘My heart rejoices in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation’” (1 Samuel 2:1, KJV) . … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Global Rebellion and the Patriarchs
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Opposite Directions

No question, as these stories show, life on this earth, amid the great controversy, doesn’t always play out as we might have wanted. For instance, Adam and Eve would not have scripted, as they held their newborns in their arms, that one would kill the other. Zipporah, when she married Moses, certainly didn’t have the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Joseph and His Brothers
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Jacob's Ladder

Just as Jacob deserved a lot worse from his brother Esau after the way he treated him, we see something similar in the story of Joseph and his brothers. Here, again, we see brother hating brother because of one being shown favor over the other (Gen. 37:3-4). The tunic of many colors was not just … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Jacob and Esau
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The struggle between God’s purposes and individual rebellion makes further progress in the story of Jacob and Esau. It was customary in antiquity for the firstborn son to receive the father’s blessing (the birthright) before the death of the father. This included most of the family’s wealth; so, the eldest son became responsible for the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Abraham
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Abe & Isaac

While Abraham (first called Abram) is known for his faithfulness, his life experiences are more about God’s faithfulness to him. Twice God has assured Abraham that he would have a son. He first told him when Abraham was about 75 years old (Gen. 12:2 & Gen. 12:4) , then about ten years later (Gen. 13:16) … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Flood
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Man Standing on Rooftop in Flood

Read Genesis 6:1-13. In what ways do we see the great controversy between good and evil expressed here, only now even more intensely than before? In the Flood we see a partial reversal of the special acts of Creation; many of those things that God had separated are now brought back together. The waters above … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Cain and Abel
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Cain and Abel

Read Genesis 4:1-15. What does this tell us about how deeply ingrained sin had become? At the birth of Cain, Eve was ecstatic. She fully believed that she had just given birth to the Deliverer promised in Genesis 3:15. “I have acquired a man from the LORD” (Gen. 4:1, NKJV) . The text, translated literally … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Global Rebellion and the Patriarchs
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 4:1-15; Gen. 3:9-10; Gen. 4:9; Gen. 6:1-13; Ps. 51:1; Gen. 22:1-19; Gen. 28:12-15 Memory Text: “‘Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Crisis in Eden
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Eyes Life Creation

Though we are a long way away from Eden, from the original Creation, there’s still so much in creation that speaks to us of the goodness of God. Look around: we can see not only incredible beauty but incredible design, as well, all of which testifies to our Creator’s love. For instance, think about things … [Click to read more …]