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 …]

Thursday: The Consequences
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One Man Leaving God's Hand and the Other Staying

We may be well into eternity before we understand fully how much damage was caused by that one incident at the tree. All that God did during Creation week started to unravel. Relationships that God established were fractured: between people and God (they hid from Him) , between each other (Adam blamed Eve for his … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Crisis in Eden
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Crisis in Eden” 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: The Fall – Part 2
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Cross Hook

When God decided to create Adam and Eve, He stated that they would be made in God’s image and according to His likeness (Gen. 1:26) . The bait on the tempter’s “hook” was that if they ate the forbidden fruit, they would become “like God.” The reality is that they already were like God. They … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Fall – Part 1
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Communicating With the Dead

Described as more “crafty” than any other animal (Gen. 3:1, NIV) , the snake became a powerful symbol throughout Bible history. Moses lifted up a bronze serpent on a pole to stop people from dying in a plague of deadly serpents during the Exodus (Num. 21:5-9) . The same bronze serpent became an object of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Test at the Tree
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Choose Life

God created everything by a series of separations with clearly defined boundaries: light and darkness, waters above and waters below, land and sea, night and day, creatures according to their kind, a day separated from the others, a woman separated from a man, and a tree set apart from the others. Read Genesis 1:4-6, Genesis … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Three Blessings
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Creation, not Evolution

In the context of Creation, the phrase “and God saw that it was good” appears seven times in Genesis 1: light (Gen. 1:4) ; dry land and sea(Gen. 1:10) ; plants yielding seed and fruit trees bearing fruit (Gen. 1:12) ; sun, moon, and stars (Gen. 1:16) ; seas swarming with fish and skies filled … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Crisis in Eden
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Image © Lars Justinen Goosalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 1:28, Rom. 8:17, Matt. 6:26, Gen. 2:15-17, Gen. 3:1-7, Gen. 3:10-19. Memory Text: “‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel’” (Genesis 3:15, NKJV) . After the creation of … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Rebellion and Redemption
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The Jealous One

We do not know why sin arose in Lucifer. Ellen G. White tells us that “little by little Lucifer came to indulge the desire for self-exaltation”–Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 35. The fact that this occurred in a perfect being reveals in a powerful way the reality of free will and free choice as part of … [Click to read more …]