Monday: A Royal Line
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Young King David

Whatever the various views of the Jews regarding the coming of the Messiah, one thing was for certain: the Messiah would be from the house of David. (Even many religious Jews today who await the Messiah believe that He must come from the house of David.) That’s why Matthew began his gospel as he did; … [Click to read more …]

It’s Alway Darkest Before Dawn
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On that darkest of all Sabbath nights, Mary cannot sleep. Faith and despair wage a battle in her mind. The numbness of despair threatens to swallow her faith. She has gone through some bad times before, but none like this. She recalls her out-of-wedlock pregnancy and how the neighbors glanced at her and stopped talking … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A Book of Genesis
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Family Tree

“This is the genealogy of Jesus Christ … the son of David” (Matt. 1:1, NIV). Right from the start, Matthew calls his work a “book” (from the Greek word, biblos, which can mean a “sacred writing”), a “book of the genealogy,” of the ancestry of Jesus. In fact, the Greek word translated “genealogy” or “generation” is … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Son of David
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Image © Lars Justinen Goodsalt.comImage © Lars Justinen Goodsalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Matthew 1; Mark 12:35-37; Isa. 9:6-7, Rom. 5:8; John 2:25; Jer. 29:13; Matt. 2:1-14. Memory Text:“He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21, NKJV). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Matthew began his book with a genealogy; but not with just any genealogy but with that of Jesus Christ. … [Click to read more …]

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

Thursday: No More Tears
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Jesus Dines With Friends

Read Revelation 21:3-5. What do the tears there mean? We are all experienced with what it means to cry. We are also familiar with the action of wiping tears from another’s eyes: a mother tenderly comforting her child; a close friend comforting a companion; or one parent comforting the other in the midst of heartache … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Final Judgment
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Jesus Key

In Bible times, there were two places for judgment: the city gate and before the king’s throne. The elders at the gate decided all the small cases, but the king decided all the large issues. His was the final word in ensuring justice. Similarly, the Bible pictures God enthroned as King of the universe, guaranteeing … [Click to read more …]