Our commentary on this week’s lesson focuses on Zechariah 14 and two lost-and-found items from our Adventist heritage that are linked with it. One is an astonishing Ellen White quotation on conditional prophecy1; the other, a seminal article from the SDA Bible Commentary that almost no one knows about, “The Role of Israel in Old Testament Prophecy.”2 All this should allow Adventists to take a fresh look at our understanding of the end of time.
Al comienzo de este trimestre, hice una rápida encuesta en mi clase de Escuela Sabática sobre el tema de las lecciones de este trimestre, "Evangelización y testimonio." No sólo tengo una fuerte preferencia por las lecciones arraigadas en el texto de la Escritura en lugar de las basadas en un tema, sino que también sé que el tema "La evangelización y el testimonio" realmente excita a algunas personas, pero aterroriza a las demás. Les dije que yo no estaba entusiasmado con el plan para este trimestre, pero quería sondear su opinión sobre el tema como base para la discusión d
At the beginning of this quarter, I did a quick survey in my Sabbath School class on the topic of this quarter’s lessons, “Evangelism and Witnessing.” Not only do I have a strong preference for lessons rooted in the text of Scripture rather than those based on a theme, but I also know that the theme “Evangelism and Witnessing” really excites some people, but terrorizes others. I told the class that I wasn’t enthusiastic about the plan for this quarter, but wanted to check their pulse on the topic as the basis for class discussion.
One of the best editors I ever wrote for frequently reminded me that I had a tendency – unfortunate from his perspective – to try to cover too many topics in one column. “Keep it simple, Thompson,” he would plead. “Focus on one point.”
Usually he was right. But sometimes I was rebellious and deliberately slipped into sin. This piece is another example of that since because I am so eager to see the grace/judgment theme become fertile soil for enriching Adventist dialogue, rather than being just a trigger for destructive argument.