Friday: Further Thought – The Book of Matthew
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Caught Up

Look at this quote from Ellen G. White: “It is thus that every sinner may come to Christ. ‘Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.’ Titus 3:5. When Satan tells you that you are a sinner, and cannot hope to receive blessing from God, tell … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Birth of David’s Divine Son
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Gifts for Jesus

Somewhere in the night air between Matthew 1 and Matthew 2, Jesus was born. It likely wasn’t on December 25. Based on the timing of the priest Zechariah’s temple service, scholars suggest that Jesus was probably born in the fall, when sheep were still out in the fields, perhaps in late September or October. It’s … [Click to read more …]

Son of David – Hit the Mark
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The Wise Men Journey to Jerusalem

In this week’s lesson on the Son of David I originally planned to focus on the character of Joseph, since he is often marginalized in our discussions of the incarnation of Christ. Mary rightly draws our attention, as it was she who actually carried to birth the long-awaited Messiah. But it was the lineage of Joseph that the … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Son of David
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Son of David” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Why All Those Begats?
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So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11 NLT  When I was a youth reading my Bible all the way through for the first time and came to the begats, such as in Matthew 1, I found them … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: While We Were Yet Sinners
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Baby Mug Shot

What do the following texts say about human nature? What powerful evidence do we have about the truth of these sentiments? Rom. 3:9-10; Romans 5:8; John 2:25; Jer. 17:9. As has often been stated, but is worth repeating, the Bible does not paint a rosy picture of humanity or human nature. From the Fall in Eden … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Jesus’ Early Family Tree
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Escape From Jericho

Beyond David, who else do we find in Jesus’ family tree? Matt. 1:2-3. Women weren’t even typically listed in genealogies; so, why would a woman named Tamar be listed here? Who was she to begin with? Tamar was a Canaanite woman who had been married sequentially to two sons of Judah. Both of these sons … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A Book of Genesis
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Family Tree

“This is the genealogy of Jesus Christ … the son of David” (Matt. 1:1, NIV). Right from the start, Matthew calls his work a “book” (from the Greek word, biblos, which can mean a “sacred writing”), a “book of the genealogy,” of the ancestry of Jesus. In fact, the Greek word translated “genealogy” or “generation” is … [Click to read more …]