Sunday: The Jewish Sabbath?
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(Exod. 20:8-11) Although many refer to the seventh day as the Jewish Sabbath, the Bible reveals that the Sabbath predates the Jews by many centuries. Its roots go back to the Creation itself. Genesis 2:1-3 declares that after God had completed His acts of creation in six days, He rested on the seventh day and … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Christ and the Sabbath
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 2:1-3, Heb. 1:1-3, Acts 13:14, Mark 2:23-28, John 5:1-9, Isa. 65:17. Memory Text: 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). The vast majority of Christian denominations observe Sunday as the … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Patricia’s Prayer
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Patricia lives in central Cameroon. She’s a lot like other girls. She likes to jump rope and talk with her friends. But in some ways Patricia is different from other children. She has HIV and often feels sick. Two years ago Patricia’s mother died of AIDS, and Patricia and her sister went to live with … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, The Sermon on the Mount, pp. 298-314 in The Desire of Ages. Jesus takes up the commandments separately, and explains the depth and breadth of their requirement. Instead of removing one jot of their force, He shows how far reaching their principles are, and exposes the fatal mistake of the … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount
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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. … [Click to read more …]

04: Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount April 23, 2014] 1. Destroy or fulfill? If you make a promise and keep it, does the promise still exist? Or has it vanished? Since the law points to our errors and mistakes, what is there to love about it? Do you love … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Lex Talionis
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(Matt. 5:38-48) It appears that the common theme here (Matt. 5:38-48) is revenge. This first theme concerns the many commandments in the Mosaic law that are built on the principle of repaying a crime with an equal punishment, an idea called lex talionis, a Latin term meaning law of retaliation. As we see in a … [Click to read more …]

04: Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount – Hit the Mark
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It was another Red Sea moment. To retreat would be catastrophic. To advance would be humanly impossible. And Jesus was instructing them to do the impossible. This week as we focus on Christ and the Law in the Sermon on the Mount we find Him burrowing beyond the letter of the law into the motives … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Promises, Promises . . .
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(Matt. 5:33-37) The first two antitheses (murder and adultery) are based on the Decalogue. The antithesis regarding divorce and the ones that follow are taken from other sections of the Mosaic law, including the one about swearing falsely and performing oaths to the Lord. Read Leviticus 19:11-13. What specific points do we find here? See also … [Click to read more …]