The Restoration of Relationship with God

Read Genesis 3:24, Exodus 33:20, and Deuteronomy 5:24–26. What did sin do to the close relationship that existed between humanity and God? Man went from having an intimate one-on-one, face-to-face relationship with God before sin, to being kicked out of their very home, post-sin! Is such a dramatic difference. No longer are we able to […]

Restoration of Human Dominion

Compare Genesis 1:28 with John 12:31. What was the status of Adam and Eve in the newly created world? Who seized power and became the ruler of this world? Adam and Eve were given the ultimate dominion of this world, their throne. God commanded them to populate the earth and subdue it. In other words, […]

Stewardship Principles

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV). How does this text help to set the foundation for a biblically based concept of stewardship? This passage is very humbling for me. It reminds me that everything […]

The Sabbath And The Environment

Read Exodus 20:8–11. What do we find in this commandment that relates to stewardship? Before discussing this text lets think about the word “stewardship.” Whenever I hear this word, the first things that come to mind are finances and tithing. While stewardship is usually associated with money, I realize there is much more depth to […]

Ideal Marriage

Read Mark 10:7–9. What texts did Jesus quote in this passage? What characteristics of a good marriage can be found here in the words of Jesus? In this passage Jesus quotes the very same words we find in Genesis 2:24. He brings everything back to the basics, our beginnings, when man and woman were first […]

Lo Tov

In the midst of all this, however, one thing was lo tov, “not good.” Read Genesis 2:18. What was “not good,” and why? What are some of the implications of this text? Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care […]

Provider for a Damaged Creation

Read Matthew 6:25–34. What crucial message is Jesus giving us with these words? How are we to understand them in the face of the trials and tragedies that are such a part of so many lives? Our Heavenly Father is very much aware of our needs. We should not worry about material things, but rather […]

Natural Evil

Read Job 42. What does this chapter answer for us? What questions remain unanswered? One thing is certain, everything happens for a reason. God has a purpose for everything. Many times, due to our limited human minds and thinking, we are unable to understand or grasp the depth of things. But, as Job, we must […]

Through a Glass, Darkly – Lesson Summary

Further Study: “I have been warned [1890] that henceforth we shall have a constant contest. Science, so called, and religion will be placed in opposition to each other, because finite men do not comprehend the power and greatness of God. These words of Holy Writ were presented to me, ’Of your own selves shall men […]

Through the Eye of Faith

Psalm 8 is one of the best loved of the psalms. To David, as a believer in God, the Creation spoke of the Lord’s majesty and love. What specific lessons did David see in the creation, as recorded in Psalm 8? Also, considering what we know about the creation today—the moon and the stars and […]

The “Wisdom” of the World

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-21, 3:18-21. How do we see the powerful truths of these words manifested in our time and context today, almost two thousand years after they were written? All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell is terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or […]

The Ruler of This World

Read John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11, Ephesians 2:2, 6:12. What important truth about the reality and power of the evil one is found in these texts? In this passage the bible describes the Devil as the ruler of this world. The Devil is also described as the prince of the power of the air. These passages […]

A Fallen World

How was the world “cursed,” and what were the results of those curses? Gen. 3:17; 4:11, 12; Gen. 5:29. When we look at how Adam obtained his food originally from the earth we see that he was free to eat from any tree in the garden except one. After the fall the bible tells us […]

The Earth Is the Lord’s

What’s the basic message to us in these texts? More important, what does this message tell us about the way in which we should relate to the world, one another, and to God? Ps. 24:1, 2; Job 41:11; Ps. 50:10; Isa. 43:1, 2; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20. Psalms 24:1,2. The basic message here is that […]

Creation and the Fall – Lesson Summary

FRIDAYFebruary 8 Further Study: “God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden. . . .”-Ellen G. White, Counsels for the Church, p. 228. “Satan represents God’s law of […]

Grace and Judgement in Eden: Part 2

Creation, gospel, and judgment appear not only in the early pages of the Bible but in the latter, as well. Read Revelation 14:6, 7. In what ways are these verses linked to the first three chapters of Genesis? That is, what parallel ideas are found in all these verses? One of my favorite characteristics of […]

Deceived by Evidence

Read Genesis 3:4–6. What are the principles that led to Adam and Eve’s downfall? What can we learn from their experience that can help us to deal with whatever temptations we face, as well? The serpent, Satan, is blatantly challenging God. First he accuses God of lying when he said “you surely will not die!” […]

The Serpent Was More Cunning

Read Genesis 3:1. How is Satan, in the form of a serpent, described? How is the truth of that depiction revealed even in that one verse? The Bible describes the Serpent in the following manner, “The Serpent Was More Cunning”. The word cunning means “having or showing skill in achieving one’s ends by deceit or […]

Morality and Accountability

In an earlier lesson, we looked at Paul’s sermon to the men in Athens (Acts 17:16–31). Follow the line of reasoning he used, noting not just where he started but where he ended. What’s so important about the conclusion he came to, particularly regarding the question of origins and morality? Paul starts his sermon by […]

Made of One Blood

Read Acts 17:26. How does Paul link the brotherhood of all humanity to the Creation? Compare with Matt. 23:9. In Acts 17:26 Paul makes it very clear that we all (humans) have a common ancestor, Adam and Eve (not monkeys) made of one blood. We all come from the same blood. Racism, social and economical […]