Wednesday: Spotless Sacrifice
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Which criteria does a sacrificial animal need to meet? Read Exod. 12:5, Lev. 3:1, 4:3. The selection of a sacrificial animal required great care. A person could not just take any animal for an offering; the animal needed to fulfill several criteria, depending on the kind of offering. However, there is one criterion that all … [Click to read more …]

07: Christ Our Sacrifice – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Jesus became an atoning sacrifice for you, took your condemnation upon Himself, and gave you eternal life.. [Teaching plan for Christ, Our Sacrifice November 11,2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 53:2-6. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. Why … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Christ’s Blood
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The concept of redemptive blood pervades the entire Bible. Starting from the earliest sacrifices after Adam and Eve sinned, blood was always present when animal sacrifices occurred. Blood rituals characterized the Israelite sacrificial system in order to illustrate the crucial truth that, without blood, we would not have any chance to be forgiven our sins … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Jesus in Isaiah 53
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Read Isaiah 53:2-12. What do these verses teach about what Christ did for us?   Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is a powerful description of Christ’s death for the sins of the world. Several aspects in this passage provide clear evidence that Jesus’ death is atonement in the form of penal substitution, which means that He took the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Christ, Our Sacrifice
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Read for This Week’s Study: Isa. 53:2-12, Heb.2:9, Heb. 9:26-28, Heb. 9:12, Exod. 12:5,Heb.4:15. Memory Text: “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NASB). Catholic Priest Maximilian Kolbe was imprisoned in … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Day of Atonement
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Further Study: “Now the event takes place foreshadowed in the last solemn service of the Day of Atonement. When the ministration in the holy of holies had been completed, and the sins of Israel had been removed from the sanctuary by virtue of the blood of the sin offering, then the scapegoat was presented alive … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: A Child Shall Lead
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From infancy, Joelito’s mother taught him to love and serve Jesus. When she led small-group meetings, Joelito watched her and learned from her. When he was 8 years old, he asked to be baptized and to lead others to Jesus. When Joelito was 10, the government of Peru passed a law requiring children to attend … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Isaiah’s Personal Yom Kippur
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In Isaiah 6:1-6, Isaiah sees the heavenly King sitting on a throne in the temple, “high and exalted.” The vision is a judgment scene that presents God as coming for judgment (Isa. 5:16). Isaiah beholds the true King, identified in the Gospel of John as Jesus Christ (John 12:41). Even though Isaiah was God’s prophet … [Click to read more …]

06: Day of Atonement – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Day of Atonement November 6, 2013] 1. Our High Priest.  Who were the only two human participants in the Day of Atonement? Why were the other priests required to leave the immediate area? Can you think of at least one reason why the priest performed every ritual alone? What did the laying … [Click to read more …]

Above and Beyond
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I spent some time looking for a good example of atonement, this week. It was more difficult than I expected because so many of the examples I found equate atonement with forgiveness – synonyms. I have to admit, that I have thought of them as the same as well. But when I look at the … [Click to read more …]

May You Be Sealed!
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Some Adventists feel apologetic about the “investigative judgment,” and others have come to deny it altogether. But an investigation of professed believers is clearly taught in the parable of the wedding feast (Matthew 22:1-3). A study of the Hebrew sanctuary services tells us that the Day of Atonement was a time of judgment in which … [Click to read more …]