Thursday: The Sabbath After the Resurrection
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Many Christians keep Sunday instead of the Sabbath, offering a host of reasons, the main one being the resurrection of Christ. Besides the minor detail that nothing in the New Testament, including the passages on the resurrection, teaches that Sunday is to replace Sabbath, the New Testament shows that Christ intended for His Sabbath to … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Miracles on the Sabbath
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The Gospels mention numerous miraculous healings that Jesus carried out on the Sabbath day. It is interesting to note that, in most cases, the healing came by Jesus’ initiative, as if He purposely wanted to heal on the Sabbath, though He could have done it any other day. Jesus was trying to make a point: … [Click to read more …]

11: The Sabbath – Lesson Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : Christ made the Sabbath as a time for mental, physical, and spiritual refreshing. [Lesson Plan for The Sabbath September 8, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 12:10-12. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. What is the principle that we … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Example of Jesus
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What does Luke 4:16 tell us about Jesus’ attitude toward the Sabbath? Why is this so important for us today? See John 14:15, 1 Pet. 2:21. The word Luke used in verse 16, custom, comes from a Greek word related to habits constant in time and practice. In other words, Jesus regularly attended synagogue every … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Christ, the Lord of the Sabbath
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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
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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
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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 …]

10: The Law of God – Hit the Mark
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If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15 God, in sending His Son, demonstrated His love for man. This demonstration of love is designed to pierce the hard-heartedness of man and open up his heart to reciprocate that love. Without love as a motivating factor, the keeping of the law, weighed in the scales … [Click to read more …]

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