Thursday: The Witnesses to the Savior
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Simeon and Anna Honor Jesus

Although writing primarily to the Gentiles, Luke was aware of the importance of the Jewish heritage through the Old Testament. He takes care to link the New Testament story with the Old and provides the scene of Mary and Joseph having the Baby Jesus circumcised on the eighth day and taking Him to the temple … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Manger of Bethlehem
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Nativity

Luke begins the story of the Bethlehem manger with a note of history. Joseph and Mary left their home in Nazareth to travel to their ancestral town of Bethlehem as a result of a census decree of Caesar Augustus, the emperor of Rome, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Such historical details must lead Bible … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Coming of Jesus (Apr 4, ’15)
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Derek Morris 14d

You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Call His Name John
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Zecharia's New Son

For nearly four hundred years after Malachi, divine silence marked the history of Israel. With the birth announcements of John the Baptist and Jesus the divine silence was about to be broken. The birth stories of John and Jesus have parallels. Both are miracles: in the case of John, Elizabeth had gone well past the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: An Orderly Account
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Luke Writing

Luke 1:1-3, Acts 1:1-3 Acts 1:1 tells us that before Acts was written, its author wrote a former account. This, and the fact that both accounts were addressed to Theophilus, helps lead us to conclude that one author was responsible for both books. The two accounts can be viewed as Part 1 and 2 of … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Coming of Jesus
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Mother Holding Baby

Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 1:2-3; 2 Tim. 3:16; Luke 1:5-22; Deut. 18:15; Luke 2:9-12, Luke 2:25-32. Memory Text: For with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37, NKJV) . The Gospel of Luke was written primarily to the Gentiles. Luke himself was a Gentile (implied in the context of Colossians 4:10-14), as was … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Sabbath Shoes
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Image © Providence Collection from GoodSalt.com

Becky needed a new pair of shoes. Going to her favorite shop near Newport Beach, California, she picked out a pair, but discovered her size wasn’t in stock. Dwight McKeever, the sales rep, assured her that her size could be ordered, and the shoes would be in by Wednesday afternoon. Becky returned on Wednesday, but … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study
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Zacharias Sees an Angel

Further Study: When indulging their appetite for wine and while under its exciting stimulus, their reason was clouded, and they could not discern the difference between the sacred and the common. Contrary to God’s express direction, they [Nadab and Abihu] dishonored Him by offering common instead of sacred fire. God visited them with His wrath; … [Click to read more …]