13: Lest We Forget – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Malachi’s message is that though God has revealed His love for them: they were not being accountable to Him in obedience and love, but were going through a formal, ritualistic worship.

[Teaching plan for Lest We Forget June 24, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Malachi 2:6-9.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Do we hold priests, pastors, and ministers more accountable for their behavior because they [...]

Tuesday: Tithe in the Storehouse
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Read Malachi 3:1-10. What is God saying to His people here?

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What specific elements are found in these texts, and why would they all be tied together? That is, in what ways are these things all related to each other?

With these verses, God restates the basic message of the Minor Prophets: His love remains constant and unwavering. In verse 7 God’s call is heard once more: “‘Return to me, and I will return to you’” (NIV). The people [...]

Monday: Loving and Respecting Others
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God’s voice, which dominates Malachi’s book, is the voice of a loving father who pleads with His children.

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When the people raise questions and make complaints, He is ready to dialogue with them. Most of the issues discussed by God and His people have to do with a few basic attitudes.

Read Malachi 2. Though a number of issues are dealt with, for what practice is the Lord especially condemning them? See Mal. 2:13-16.

While all the Jews recognized [...]

Sunday: Great Is the Lord
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Read Malachi 1.What problem is the prophet addressing?

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How, today, might we be guilty of the same attitude that led to this rebuke?

Malachi contrasts God’s love for His people with the attitude of the priests, whom he charges with the sin of contempt for God’s holy name. When performing their duties in the temple, these descendants of Aaron accepted lame, blind, and sick animals for sacrifices to the Lord. In this way the people were led [...]

Sabbath: Lest We Forget!
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Read for This Week’s Study: Malachi 1, Lev. 1:1-3, Malachi 2, Eph. 5:21-33, Malachi 3, Exod. 32:32,Malachi 4.

Memory Text: “‘My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations,’ says the Lord Almighty’” (Malachi 1:11, NIV).

Key Thought: Malachi teaches us the extent of God’s commitment to His people but also points to their sacred responsibilities.

Malachi’s name means my messenger. We know [...]

Further Study: Heaven’s Best Gift
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“In the darkest days of her long conflict with evil, the church of God has been given revelations of the eternal purpose of Jehovah. His people have been permitted to look beyond the trials of the present to the triumphs of the future, when, the warfare having been accomplished, the redeemed will enter into possession of the promised land. These visions of future glory, scenes pictured by the hand of God, should be dear to His church today, when the [...]

Inside Story: Facing the Challenge
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Sandy and Yolande love working as Global Mission pioneers in the western highlands of Madagascar.

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The couple learned their new dialect while working in the fields with the villagers among whom they live. Sammy helped the people plant and harvest their crops, and Yolande braided the women’s hair. Then the couple invited their new friends to learn about Christ.

They started a literacy center to teach the villagers to read and write better. Yolande teaches the [...]

Revival of Hope
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I don’t know about where you live, but where I live it seems like a lot of people are feeling pretty hopeless about their futures.

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Everywhere they look bad things are happening, and they don’t feel like they have any control over their own lives and their own futures.

According to Tara Parker-Pope of the The New York Times (May 2013), “suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade.” Here are the [...]

20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years of Bible Work
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While I became a literature evangelist in 1990, it just occurred to me, that it has now been 20 years since I first became a Bible Worker in the Owasso-Claremore district of the Oklahoma Seventh-day Adventist Conference in 1993. A lot of water has passed under the bridge and through the baptisteries since then, and over time I would like to share some of my experiences over the last twenty years. Tonight, I would like to begin with a list of twenty things I have learned in twenty [...]

12: Heaven’s Best Gift – Thought Starters
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“The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.” Zechariah 9:16 NIV

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[Thought questions for Heaven's Best Gift June 19,2013]

1. Welcome to the celebration. Have you ever felt awe over the way the Bible weaves the past, the future, and the present into one tapestry? Of the minor prophets we have studied so far this [...]

Thursday: King of the Whole World
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Read Zechariah 14. How are we to understand that which is being said there?

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In the last chapter of his book, Zechariah describes a day when all unrepentant nations will gather themselves against Jerusalem. At the last moment, the Lord will intervene by liberating His people and establishing His eternal kingdom on earth. After all who oppose Him are destroyed, all nations will worship the one true God. The Lord will be king over the whole [...]

Wednesday: The Good Shepherd
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For centuries both Jewish and Christian readers of the Bible have found in Zechariah’s book numerous references to the Messiah and messianic times.

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Christians, of course, have understood that these passages apply to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ: the triumphant yet peaceful King (Zech. 9:9), the One who was pierced (Zech. 12:10), the Shepherd who was struck down (Zech. 13:7).

In Zechariah 13:7-9 the prophet is shown a scene in which the sword of the Lord’s [...]