Monday: Christ, the Lord of the Sabbath

Image © Steve Creitz from

Read Matthew 12:1-2. What is going on here? Why would the Pharisees consider this action as not lawful ? Deuteronomy 23:25 states: When you come into your neighbor’s standing grain, you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not use a sickle on your neighbor’s standing grain (NKJV). The problem, therefore, was … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Christ, the Creator of the Sabbath

Christ the Creator

What do the following texts indicate about Jesus’ role in Creation? Why is this so important, especially when considering the origin of the Sabbath? See John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:1-2. John begins his Gospel with the famous statement: In the beginning was the Word. . . . All things were made through Him, and … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Sabbath


Read for This Week’s Study: John 1:1-3; Matt. 12:1-5; Luke 4:16-21; John 5:16-17; Matt. 24:20. Memory Text: And He said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:27-28, NKJV). Throughout His ministry, religious leaders challenged Christ’s … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Labor of Love

Courtesy of GC Office of Adventist Misson

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. The children come first, gathering under a tree to hear stories and sing songs. Then … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Jesus and the Essence of the Law

Image © Darrel Tank from

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? The rich young man couldn’t comprehend that salvation from sin does not come from following the law, even strictly. It comes, rather, from … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Law of God


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 …]

Wednesday: Jesus and the Fifth Commandment

Image © Sally Weimer from

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 … [Click to read more …]