Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 2 – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

River Flowing

Key Thought: Jesus said one big difference between those who will be saved and lost is as simple as who took care of the hungry and thirsty in His name, or for His sake. Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 2 – July 23, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Ezekiel 37:1-6. a. Ask … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Church – A Change Agent
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A Group of People Building Their Way to Heaven

Read Micah 6:1-16. What is the Lord speaking out against here? Micah joins the other Old Testament prophets who emphasize that external forms of religion that lack a humble and intentional manifestation of justice and mercy are never acceptable to a just and merciful God. What is the crucial message of Micah 6:8? “True religion … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Jubilee Promises
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Man Breaks Bondage

The Old Testament is filled with the idea that those who have been blessed materially and spiritually will reach out to those who have not. Read Isaiah 61:1-11. What is God saying to His people here, and how can we apply what’s said here to ourselves and to our calling before the Lord? See also … [Click to read more …]

God’s Mercy, Uzzah and the Ark
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Many people think God was dealing harshly with Uzzah when he steadied the ark of the covenant, while it was being moved. But if we look carefully we will see God’s mercy even in His justice.  So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Church – A Source of Life
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A Wonderful Catch of Fish

“Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish . . .; where the river flows everything will live” (Ezek. 47:9, NIV). Ezekiel’s prophecy illustrates that where the river that comes from God’s church flows, there is life. Ezekiel 47:10 adds to the amazement of it all. … [Click to read more …]

Monday: A Flowing River
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Waterfall

Read Ezekiel 47:1-8. What’s going on with the temple that Ezekiel saw in vision? The temple appears to have sprung a leak. You may wonder, did a pipe break, or what? In this case, the leak was a good thing. This water leaking out of the temple was going “toward the east.” East of Jerusalem … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Alive in Christ
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Valley of Dry Bones

The grace of God that brings revival to those who are dead in transgression and sin is graphically revealed in Ezekiel 37. In vision, the prophet Ezekiel is transported by the Spirit to a valley full of dead, dry, and scattered bones. These bones represent the whole house of Israel. God asks, “Son of man, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament – Part 2
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River Flowing

Read for This Week’s Study: Ezek. 37:1-14; Eph. 2:10; Ezek. 47:1-8; Matt. 5:16; Rev. 22:1-2; Isa. 61:1-11. Memory Text: “ ‘Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Justice and Mercy Part 1
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Serving the Underserved

Read Ellen G. White, “The Law Given to Israel,” pp. 307-314; “God’s Care for the Poor,” pp. 530-536, in Patriarchs and Prophets. The concepts of justice and mercy are seen all through the Old Testament. Look at, for instance, Deuteronomy 24:10-22. Look at the specific instructions given in these cases. We can see, so clearly, the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Force for Good
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Cry Aloud

Having the truth, however wonderful, is not enough. In Isaiah 58:1-14, God’s people were passionate about their religious forms and practices and yet weak in applying their faith in a practical manner. God is calling His church today to be a force for good, echoing the call of the Old Testament prophets to demonstrate the … [Click to read more …]