03: Sacrifices – Thought Starters
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The Joy of Sacrifice

[Thought questions for Sacrifices October 16, 2013]

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1. We will return. Three days and many steps after God’s command to offer his son, Abraham stood where he could see the mountain. It was here Abraham puts a voice to his own faith as he speaks to the two young men who came with them. God would, indeed, provide. Gen. 22:5 He told them that he AND the lad […]

Thursday: Sacrifices Today / Living Sacrifice
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Though after Christ’s sacrificial death there was no more need for animal sacrifices,

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the New Testament does talk about the need for another kind of sacrifice instead.

According to these texts, what kind of offerings are we to bring to God today? Rom. 12:1-2; Phil. 4:18; Heb. 13:15-16; 1 Pet. 2:5.

Terminology from the sacrificial system worked very well in describing the early Christian concept of what it meant to live a life totally consecrated to God. […]

A World Without Sacrifice?
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Jim and his wife Plessie, who knew you can't have paradise without sacrifice.

Has modern technology removed the need for sacrifice? Now everyone can have their own way. When I was growing up back in the  20th century, my family had one black and white TV. On Monday nights, at our house we had to make compromises.

Jim and his wife Plessie, who knew you can’t have paradise without sacrifice.

My dad and me missed the first hour of Monday Night Football so that my mom and sister could watch Little House on the […]

Wednesday: Life for a Life
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Read Leviticus 17:10-11. What function does God give to the blood?

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In a passage where God instructs the Israelites not to eat any blood, He provides an interesting reason for this prohibition: blood stands for life, and God has made sacrificial blood a ransom for human life. One life, represented by the blood, ransoms another life. The principle of substitution, which became explicit on Mount Moriah when Abraham offered the blood of the ram in […]

03: Sacrifices – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The sacrificial system was introduced to Adam and Eve, practiced by the patriarchs, and amplified in the law of Moses..

[Teaching plan for Sacrifices October 14, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Exodus 12:21-24.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why were they supposed to dip hyssop in the blood?
c. Personal Application : How can we learn to surrender everything to God and do everything exactly […]

Tuesday: Sacrifice at Moriah
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Read Genesis 22:1–19. What did Abraham learn about sacrifice?

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What was God’s purpose in this incredible challenge to Abraham’s faith? The patriarch’s life with God had always been accompanied by divine promises: the promise of land, of descendants, and of blessings; the promise of a son; and the promise that God would take care of Ishmael. Abraham sacrificed, but it was always in the light of some promise. However, in the situation described in Genesis 22, […]

Monday: Types of Offerings
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In Old Testament times, believers could bring offerings on different occasions and in different personal circumstances. Different objects they were allowed to “offer” included clean animals, grain, or drink, as well as other things. The animal sacrifice is the oldest element in the sanctuary service, and together with the priestly service, it belongs to the center of the Israelite service. Religious life without sacrifice was inconceivable.

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Which kinds of offerings are described in the following […]

Sunday: The First Sacrifice
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Read Genesis 3:9–21. What was God’s response to Adam and Eve after they sinned?

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Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world, in a sanctuary-like garden, and God granted them face-to-face communion with their Creator. Their first sin opened a nearly insurmountable breach in their relationship to God. However, God had already planned how to counter such a breach of trust, and even before there came any judgment against them, He gave them the hope […]

Sabbath: Sacrifice
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 3:9–21; Exod. 12:21–27; Lev. 2:1–3; Gen. 22:1–19; Lev. 17:10-11; Phil. 4:18.

Memory Text: “I urge you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship”(Romans 12:1, NASB).

Central to the entire gospel is the concept of sacrifice. In the biblical languages, the words for“sacrifice” often depict the idea of drawing near, and of bringing something to God. The basic […]

Friday: Further Study: Heaven on Earth
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, “The School of the Hereafter,” pp. 301–309, in Education; “The Controversy Ended,” pp. 673–678, in The Great Controversy.

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“A fear of making the future inheritance seem too material has led many to spiritualize away the very truths which lead us to look upon it as our home. Christ assured His disciples that He went to prepare mansions for them in the Father’s house. Those who accept the teachings of God’s […]