Innocent Blood – Discussion Questions
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Pat Answers. As a Sabbath School teacher, were you ever put off–although of course nobody noticed–by pat answers? You might have begun a discussion on the essence of sin, for example, by asking the question, “What is sin?” and almost like a record player, someone would speak up, “Sin is transgression of the law.” Silence fell. … [Click to read more …]

Innocent Blood – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Innocent suffering is never innocent. It is a part of a sin-filled world. However, faith helps us look beyond the suffering toward Divine restoration. Sabbath School Lesson 8 for November 19, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 10:15-20. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Unfair Fates
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Man holding his hands to his face

Read Job 15:14–16. What truth is Eliphaz presenting to Job? Again, Eliphaz was speaking truth (as did the others), this time in regard to the sinfulness of all humanity. Sin is a universal fact of life on earth; so is suffering. And as we also know, all human suffering ultimately results from sin. And there’s … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Innocent Blood
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The cross

We often hear the question of “innocent” suffering. The Bible even uses the phrase “innocent blood” (Isa. 59:7, Jer. 22:17, Joel 3:19), usually in the context of assault, or even murder, of people who didn’t deserve what happened to them. If we use this understanding of “innocent blood,” then, as we all know, our world … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Job’s Protest
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Job crying with hands to forehead

Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar had a point: God does punish evil. Unfortunately, that point didn’t apply in Job’s situation. Job’s suffering was not a case of retributive punishment. God was not punishing him for his sins, as He would do with Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Nor was Job reaping what he had sown, as can … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Innocent Blood
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Read for This Week’s Study: Job 10, Isa. 53:6, Rom. 3:10–20, Job 15:14–16, Job 1:18–20, Matt. 6:34. Memory Text: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Algerian–born writer Albert Camus struggled with the question of human suffering. In his book, The Plague, he used a plague as … [Click to read more …]

Retributive Punishment – Hit the Mark
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A young man loses his grip on a high cliff and falls.

We often don’t know what we are talking about because our opinions are built around incomplete knowledge of the facts. This week’s lesson on Retributive Punishment serves as a prime example. Although they expressed themselves with care and genuine concern, the friends of Job did not know what they were talking about. Their summation of the … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Retributive Punishment
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Retributive Punishment” 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 Site. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Second Death
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Fire from heaven

Certainly the greatest and most powerful manifestation of retributive judgment will be at the end of time, with the destruction of the wicked, called in the Bible “the second death” (Rev. 20:14). This death, of course, must not be confused with the death common to all the descendants of Adam. This is the death from which … [Click to read more …]