Why Did Jesus Create Wine?
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Or did He create wine – that is what we understand by wine? Some ask, “Why do Seventh-day Adventists teach total abstinence from alcohol when Jesus Himself made wine in His first miracle?” (John 2:1-12) It helps to know that “wine” in the Bible doesn’t mean quite the same thing as it means now. The … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Call His Name John
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Zecharia's New Son

For nearly four hundred years after Malachi, divine silence marked the history of Israel. With the birth announcements of John the Baptist and Jesus the divine silence was about to be broken. The birth stories of John and Jesus have parallels. Both are miracles: in the case of John, Elizabeth had gone well past the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Coming of Jesus
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Mother Holding Baby

Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 1:2-3; 2 Tim. 3:16; Luke 1:5-22; Deut. 18:15; Luke 2:9-12, Luke 2:25-32. Memory Text: For with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37, NKJV) . The Gospel of Luke was written primarily to the Gentiles. Luke himself was a Gentile (implied in the context of Colossians 4:10-14), as was … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Sabbath Shoes
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Becky needed a new pair of shoes. Going to her favorite shop near Newport Beach, California, she picked out a pair, but discovered her size wasn’t in stock. Dwight McKeever, the sales rep, assured her that her size could be ordered, and the shoes would be in by Wednesday afternoon. Becky returned on Wednesday, but … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study
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Zacharias Sees an Angel

Further Study: When indulging their appetite for wine and while under its exciting stimulus, their reason was clouded, and they could not discern the difference between the sacred and the common. Contrary to God’s express direction, they [Nadab and Abihu] dishonored Him by offering common instead of sacred fire. God visited them with His wrath; … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: She Cares
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Image © Kevin Carden from GoodSalt.com

Read Proverbs 31:26–31. What other important characteristics are seen in this woman? Why are these important for all of us, regardless of who we are? As we have seen all through this quarter, an emphasis is placed on words, on what we say. The woman is known for her wisdom and for her kindness. They … [Click to read more …]