Friday: Further Thought – Global Rebellion and the Patriarchs
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Opposite Directions

No question, as these stories show, life on this earth, amid the great controversy, doesn’t always play out as we might have wanted. For instance, Adam and Eve would not have scripted, as they held their newborns in their arms, that one would kill the other. Zipporah, when she married Moses, certainly didn’t have the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Joseph and His Brothers
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Jacob's Ladder

Just as Jacob deserved a lot worse from his brother Esau after the way he treated him, we see something similar in the story of Joseph and his brothers. Here, again, we see brother hating brother because of one being shown favor over the other (Gen. 37:3-4). The tunic of many colors was not just … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Global Rebellion and the Patriarchs
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Global Rebellion and the Patriarchs” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Global Rebellion the Patriarchs – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God’s faithful believers are assured of God’s presence to guide and bless in a world of human wickedness and broken relationships. Global Rebellion the Patriarchs January 9-15, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 6:11-13. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Jacob and Esau
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The struggle between God’s purposes and individual rebellion makes further progress in the story of Jacob and Esau. It was customary in antiquity for the firstborn son to receive the father’s blessing (the birthright) before the death of the father. This included most of the family’s wealth; so, the eldest son became responsible for the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Abraham
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Abe & Isaac

While Abraham (first called Abram) is known for his faithfulness, his life experiences are more about God’s faithfulness to him. Twice God has assured Abraham that he would have a son. He first told him when Abraham was about 75 years old (Gen. 12:2 & Gen. 12:4) , then about ten years later (Gen. 13:16) … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Flood
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Man Standing on Rooftop in Flood

Read Genesis 6:1-13. In what ways do we see the great controversy between good and evil expressed here, only now even more intensely than before? In the Flood we see a partial reversal of the special acts of Creation; many of those things that God had separated are now brought back together. The waters above … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Cain and Abel
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Cain and Abel

Read Genesis 4:1-15. What does this tell us about how deeply ingrained sin had become? At the birth of Cain, Eve was ecstatic. She fully believed that she had just given birth to the Deliverer promised in Genesis 3:15. “I have acquired a man from the LORD” (Gen. 4:1, NKJV) . The text, translated literally … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Global Rebellion and the Patriarchs
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 4:1-15; Gen. 3:9-10; Gen. 4:9; Gen. 6:1-13; Ps. 51:1; Gen. 22:1-19; Gen. 28:12-15 Memory Text: “‘Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken … [Click to read more …]