Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith


Mercy to the needy. You were probably touched by the story in the lesson about the child who was treated so kindly by a woman that in amazement he said, “Are you God’s wife?” Isn’t that our primary role in today’s world–to let God’s love show in what we do so strongly that people marvel … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Universal Concerns

The Seventh Day

Read Genesis 2:1-3. What does this tell us about the universality of the Sabbath? If we truly observe the Sabbath, we will not remain satisfied with only our own rest (Exod. 23:12), redemption (Deut. 5:12-15), and ultimate restoration in the new earth (Isa. 66:22-23). Indeed, the seventh-day Sabbath tells us that God is the Creator … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Mercy and Justice: Earmarks of God’s People


Even in early Israel, social justice was very much a part of God’s laws and His ideal for His people. Social justice is God’s original intention for human society: a world in which basic needs are met, people flourish, and peace reigns. Read the following verses and summarize what they say about mercy and justice, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament – 1

Read for This Week’s Study: Exod. 22:21-23, Exod. 23:2-9, Amos 8:4-7, Isa. 1:13-17, Isa. 58:1-14, Acts 20:35. Memory Text: “He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Restoring Dominion

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Read Ellen G. White, “Temperance and Dietetics,” pp. 202-206; “Discipline,” pp. 287-290, in Education; “Need for Self-Mastery,” Patriarchs and Prophets 73-74, in Counsels on Diet and Foods; “The Principles of Stewardship,” ibid. 111-113; “Sharing in the Joys of the Redeemed,” ibid. 348-350, in Counsels on Stewardship. It’s so hard from our perspective today, immersed as … [Click to read more …]

Restoring Dominion – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Our responsibility is to reflect God’s image in the way we interact with others and the way we care for His Creation. Restoring Dominion – July 9, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 43:6,7. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

Restoring Dominion – Hit the Mark

The world laid out as a chess game, with two kings leading their armies.

We live in a world obsessed with a quest for dominion. Brutal crimes are perpetrated, schemes of deception are levied against the helpless and the strong take from the weak. Innocent lives are wiped out en masse with little recourse to justice in large part due to a quest for dominion. Church politics, once an … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Restoring Dominion

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Restoring Dominion” 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 …]