Sunday: The Exile

Daniel and His Friends - the Kings's Food

Read Isaiah 39:5-7 and Daniel 1:1-2. How are these verses related? Daniel, whose name means God is my judge, was force-marched from a defeated Jerusalem into the Babylonian capital. The book of Daniel gives glimpses of his life in the courts of Babylon and Persia. After three years of education in Babylon, Daniel was employed … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Exiles as Missionaries

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Read for This Week’s Study: Daniel 1-12; Isa. 39:5-7; Dan. 2:44; Matt. 24:14-15; Genesis 41. Memory Text: He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed (Daniel … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Jonah’s Lament

Jonah's Shelter

Jonah 4:1-11 confirms that the greatest obstacle for God to get His prophet involved in world mission was not distance, wind, sailors, fish, or Ninevites. It was the prophet himself. Ninevite faith contrasted with Jonah’s unbelief and vindictive spirit. Jonah is the only person in the Scriptures who accuses God of being gracious, compassionate, and … [Click to read more …]

4 The Jonah Saga – Discussion starters

Jonah flees in boat

1.  Take a trip with Jonah! You may have traveled to thirteen countries, lived on three continents, and changed addresses two dozen times, but have you EVER experienced a trip like the one Jonah took to Nineveh? What was Jonah’s attitude when he started his journey by ship?  [See Lesson 4: The Jonah Saga] 2.  A prophet with … [Click to read more …]

Is the Sign of Jonah Fuzzy Math?

One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.” But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. … [Click to read more …]