Monday: The Desire of Ages

Children Praying

Jesus Christ is Lord of both the church and the world. His coming is a fulfillment of the Old Testament expectations of a saved community that would extend far beyond the Jewish people. The coming of Jesus, especially His suffering and resurrection, ushered in a new age in which the distinction between Jew and Gentile, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus the Master of Missions

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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Tim. 1:8-9; Isa. 42:1-9; Dan. 9:24-27; Luke 2:8-14; Matt. 10:5-6; Acts 1:1-14. Memory Text: Again Jesus said, Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you (John 20:21 NIV). According to Scripture, a core activity of the Trinity is mission. Father, Son, and Holy … [Click to read more …]

Friday – Inside Story: A Gift From the River – Part 2

People at Prayer – Hindu

Bangladesh ~ By Doneshor Tripura Doneshor felt a fervent desire to know the truth. He decided to mark with a red pencil everything he found in the Bible and in the Gita that was good and helpful. Soon he realized that he was marking nearly everything in the Bible. Doneshor decided that one day he … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study (Esther and Mordecai)

Mark of the Beast

The decree that will finally go forth against the remnant people of God will be very similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews. Today the enemies of the true church see in the little company keeping the Sabbath commandment a Mordecai at the gate. The reverence of God’s people for His law is … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: When Some Gentiles Became Jews


Read Esther 8. Focus specifically on Esther 8:17. How can we understand this in terms of outreach and witness? No question, the book of Esther is not a typical story about outreach and witness. And yet we can see something like this scenario happening here toward the end. As a result of the king’s edict … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Esther and Mordecai

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Esther and Mordecai” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Mordecai and Haman

The Deceiver

According to Esther 5-8, how was Esther able to save her people? The accounts of Esther’s two banquets bring the story to its crisis point. They also record the great reversal of the plotted ethnic extermination. On the way, the story exposes the difference between true honor and self-honor, and it records the punishment of … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: “For Such a Time as This”

man hands raised

In Esther 3:1-5, the plot of the story starts to unfold. Mordecai, a Jew—following the commandment against idolatry—refused to bow down to Haman, a mere man. Furious, Haman sought a way to avenge himself for what he took as a slight. Mordecai, by his actions, in a way was witnessing among these pagans about the … [Click to read more …]