Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 – Hit the Mark
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A golden balance

As an American, I find the timing of this week’s lesson on Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 providential. Our nation, not unlike nations around the world, is grappling with social unrest that includes the question of Justice and Mercy. How justice is meted out and how mercy is applied leaves a lot … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament – Part 1
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Justice & Mercy in the Old Testament – Part 1” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Prophetic Voice – Part 2
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Prophet

Isaiah 58:1-14 provides a special prophetic message of rebuke and hope for God’s people in Isaiah’s time and for us today. After an announcement that He is upset with His people (see Isa. 58:1), what is God’s description of those He is addressing? Read Isaiah 58:2. Though we don’t know the exact “tone of voice” … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Prophetic Voice – Part 1
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Prophet

“ ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy’ ” (Prov. 31:8-9, NIV).  How do we take the principles here and apply them for today? So far this week we have noted that … [Click to read more …]

Did Jesus Preach a Social Gospel?
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Seventh-day Adventists often prefer to think of the gospel in terms of the second coming, the investigative judgement, the mark of the beast, or the nature of Christ, rather than social responsibility. However, reading through Matthew and the other Gospels recently, I find that Jesus was just as concerned about how we treat one another … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament – Discussion Questions
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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
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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
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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
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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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happiness boy elderly

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 …]