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 …]

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Audio Version of Crisis in Eden – Hit the Mark
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Devil playing young man in chess with guardian angel looking on. Black and white. Harry Anderson painting.

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Crisis in Eden – Hit the Mark
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Devil playing young man in chess with guardian angel looking on. Black and white. Harry Anderson painting.

They had it made; a perfect world, a perfect marriage, a perfect home and a perfect future. They had everything that we long for today. No cares or worries. No concern for what tomorrow would bring them. Strife, stress, tension were unknown to them. It’s hard to fathom how they could be led to risk … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Consequences
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One Man Leaving God's Hand and the Other Staying

We may be well into eternity before we understand fully how much damage was caused by that one incident at the tree. All that God did during Creation week started to unravel. Relationships that God established were fractured: between people and God (they hid from Him) , between each other (Adam blamed Eve for his … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Crisis in Eden
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Crisis in Eden” 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 …]