See more posts by William Earnhardt When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man.
See more posts by Hope Sabbath School You can view a discussion of the current lesson 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
See more posts by Sabbath School Lesson During another encounter Jesus had with the scribes and Pharisees ( Matt. 15:1-20 ; see also Mark 7:1-13 ), they questioned Him about a tradition of the elders, one not found in the Law of Moses. This tradition stipulated that one should ritualistically wash his hands before eating, something Jesus’ disciples had neglected to do. Christ immediately responded by citing another tradition of the Pharisees, one that invalidated the fifth commandment. Image © Sally Weimer from GoodSalt.com Before analyzing Christ’s argument, we need to understand that the tradition the Pharisees had established, called Corban, comes from a word that means a gift.
See more posts by Michael Fracker Key Thought : God’s consistent law provides stability and security. God’s grace facilitates living in accordance with its provisions
See more posts by Sabbath School Lesson How did Jesus expand the meaning of the law, as seen in Matthew 5:27-28 ? What did He say in Matthew 5:29-30
See more posts by Sabbath School Lesson After establishing the perpetuity of the Ten Commandments, Jesus continued His Sermon on the Mount, now setting forth a few specific examples of Old Testament laws. People had so greatly misunderstood these specific commandments that Jesus felt the vital need of explaining their true meaning. Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com What contrast did Jesus make with each aspect of the law mentioned in the Sermon on the Mount
See more posts by Sabbath School Lesson What does Matthew 5:17-19 teach about Jesus’ attitude toward the law? Image © Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com Although the word law is often used to refer to the first five books of the Bible (also known as Pentateuch or Torah) , in this case the context seems to indicate that He was referring primarily to the Ten Commandments. When saying He had not come to destroy the law, Jesus is literally saying, I have not come to make invalid or abolish the Ten Commandments . His statement is very clear and probably meant to show that it was the religious elders, not He, who had been destroying the law, reducing its effect through their tradition (see Matt. 15:3 , 6 )
See more posts by Sabbath School Lesson Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 5:17-19 , Matt. 5:21-44 , Mark 7:9-13 , Matt. 19:16-22
See more posts by Inge Anderson Image © Darrel Tank from GoodSalt.com Marcie’s husband Jack had become increasingly violent, and when he hit her and knocked her over, she was afraid. She scrambled to her feet and ran out the door.
See more posts by Sabbath School Lesson May was overwhelmed in her new school. She had classes on topics that she had never studied before, and she didn’t know enough English to understand what her teachers were saying. She hung her head and felt like crying. Her teacher touched her shoulder and asked if she needed help