03: Sacrifices – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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The Joy of Sacrifice [Thought questions for Sacrifices October 16, 2013] 1. We will return. Three days and many steps after God’s command to offer his son, Abraham stood where he could see the mountain. It was here Abraham puts a voice to his own faith as he speaks to the two young men who … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Sacrifices Today / Living Sacrifice
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Though after Christ’s sacrificial death there was no more need for animal sacrifices, the New Testament does talk about the need for another kind of sacrifice instead. According to these texts, what kind of offerings are we to bring to God today? Rom. 12:1-2; Phil. 4:18; Heb. 13:15-16; 1 Pet. 2:5. Terminology from the sacrificial … [Click to read more …]

A World Without Sacrifice?
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Jim and his wife Plessie, who knew you can't have paradise without sacrifice.

Has modern technology removed the need for sacrifice? Now everyone can have their own way. When I was growing up back in the  20th century, my family had one black and white TV. On Monday nights, at our house we had to make compromises. My dad and me missed the first hour of Monday Night … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Life for a Life
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Read Leviticus 17:10-11. What function does God give to the blood? In a passage where God instructs the Israelites not to eat any blood, He provides an interesting reason for this prohibition: blood stands for life, and God has made sacrificial blood a ransom for human life. One life, represented by the blood, ransoms another … [Click to read more …]

03: Sacrifices – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The sacrificial system was introduced to Adam and Eve, practiced by the patriarchs, and amplified in the law of Moses.. [Teaching plan for Sacrifices October 14, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Exodus 12:21-24. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Sacrifice at Moriah
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Read Genesis 22:1–19. What did Abraham learn about sacrifice? What was God’s purpose in this incredible challenge to Abraham’s faith? The patriarch’s life with God had always been accompanied by divine promises: the promise of land, of descendants, and of blessings; the promise of a son; and the promise that God would take care of Ishmael. … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Types of Offerings
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In Old Testament times, believers could bring offerings on different occasions and in different personal circumstances. Different objects they were allowed to “offer” included clean animals, grain, or drink, as well as other things. The animal sacrifice is the oldest element in the sanctuary service, and together with the priestly service, it belongs to the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The First Sacrifice
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Read Genesis 3:9–21. What was God’s response to Adam and Eve after they sinned? Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world, in a sanctuary-like garden, and God granted them face-to-face communion with their Creator. Their first sin opened a nearly insurmountable breach in their relationship to God. However, God had already planned how to … [Click to read more …]