Inside Story: Labor of Love
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Muthu is a Bible teacher in an Adventist high school in southeastern India. But his ministry extends beyond the classroom. He takes students and adults to villages to hold Branch Sabbath Schools. Most of the villagers know little about Jesus.

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The children come first, gathering under a tree to hear stories and sing songs. Then team members visit villagers’ homes to pray for the sick or discouraged. Eventually adults join in the meetings.

One day [...]

Friday: Further Study: The Law of God
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, The Spirituality of the Law, p. 45-78, in Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing; The Sermon on the Mount, p. 307-314, and Controversy, p. 606-609, in The Desire of Ages.

Speaking of the law, Jesus said, I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill . . .; that is, to fill up the measure of the law’s requirement, to give an example of perfect conformity to the will of God. . . .

“His mission was [...]

Thursday: Jesus and the Essence of the Law
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Read Matthew 19:16-22. From the immediate details of this specific story, what broad and important truths can we derive from this account about the law and what keeping of the law entails?

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The rich young man couldn’t comprehend that salvation from sin does not come from following the law, even strictly. It comes, rather, from the Lawgiver, the Savior. The Israelites had known this truth since the beginning, but they had forgotten it. Now [...]

HopeSS: The Law of God
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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. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

Wednesday: Jesus and the Fifth Commandment
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During another encounter Jesus had with the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 15:1-20; see also Mark 7:1-13), they questioned Him about a tradition of the elders, one not found in the Law of Moses. This tradition stipulated that one should ritualistically wash his hands before eating, something Jesus’ disciples had neglected to do. Christ immediately responded by citing another tradition of the Pharisees, one that invalidated the fifth commandment.

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Before analyzing Christ’s argument, we need to [...]

Tuesday: Jesus and the Seventh Commandment
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How did Jesus expand the meaning of the law, as seen in Matthew 5:27-28? What did He say in Matthew 5:29-30? How are we to take these words?

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In this passage Christ referred to two commandments: the seventh and the tenth. Until then, the Israelites considered adultery to be only the overt physical sexual act with another person’s spouse. Jesus points out that in reality, because of the tenth commandment, adultery would include lustful [...]

Monday: Jesus Deepened the Meaning of the Law
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After establishing the perpetuity of the Ten Commandments, Jesus continued His Sermon on the Mount, now setting forth a few specific examples of Old Testament laws. People had so greatly misunderstood these specific commandments that Jesus felt the vital need of explaining their true meaning.

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What contrast did Jesus make with each aspect of the law mentioned in the Sermon on the Mount? To what authority did He appeal in each case? Matt. 5:21-44.

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Sunday: Jesus did not Change the Law
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What does Matthew 5:17-19 teach about Jesus’ attitude toward the law?

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Although the word law is often used to refer to the first five books of the Bible (also known as Pentateuch or Torah), in this case the context seems to indicate that He was referring primarily to the Ten Commandments. When saying He had not come to destroy the law, Jesus is literally saying, I have not come to make invalid or abolish [...]

Sabbath: The Law of God
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 5:17-19, Matt. 5:21-44, Mark 7:9-13, Matt. 19:16-22.

Memory Text: If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15, NKJV).

Though many leaders in Israel highly exalted the law, some misunderstood its purpose, believing that they could obtain righteousness by obeying the law. As Paul was to write: For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God (Rom. 10:3).

This [...]

Inside Story: May’s New School
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May
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May was overwhelmed in her new school. She had classes on topics that she had never studied before, and she didn’t know enough English to understand what her teachers were saying. She hung her head and felt like crying. Her teacher touched her shoulder and asked if she needed help. May nodded, embarrassed. Don’t worry, her teacher said softly. I’m here to help you. Tell me what you need.

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May had never experienced such [...]