Sabbath School

“Something in This Room Stinks!”

Zechariah’s vision of the High Priest dressed in ‘filthy garments’ may be one of the best cliché busting scenes in the entire Bible.  Yet, Adventist readers may find themselves quite impervious to its power.  We have known this scene from childhood.  The phrase, ‘filthy garments’ lives in our brains like so many other Bible verses nearly worn-out through vain repetition.

No Better than a Flower?

"As long as there are cold and nakedness in the land around you, so long can there be no question at all but that splendor of dress is a crime." John Ruskin

Does clothing make the man, or woman?  Should it?


Sheltered in God’s Wings

Icarus fell from the sky for the wings he wore were made of wax;  the sun melted them, and he plummeted to his death.

A Fallen Hero, A Hardened Sinner – and Grace


For those drawn to the gentle figure of Jesus, violent Elijah is a jarring contrast. Though he had help corralling the 450 prophets of Baal after Yahweh’s victory on Mt. Carmel, Scripture gives Elijah himself full credit for the slaughter.

But however squeamish we may feel about Elijah’s violent deeds, both in Christianity and in Judaism he was to be a key figure in ushering in the kingdom of God. In short, he is one of the good guys.

Retro-fitting Ancient Priestly Garments of Grace


Christians are quick to stitch together interpretations regarding priestly garments designed and described for the most part in the Old Testament. It is a time-tested tradition woven together with the help of New Testament priestly imagery especially from the book of Hebrews. But the New Testament has little interest in the attire the new high priest (Jesus) wears; the Old Testament cares a lot about priestly garments and the details surrounding them.

Watching Joseph Change His Clothing

Clothing signifies.  Beyond covering our nakedness, and providing protection from the elements, what we wear gives clues to gender, status, profession, attitude, age, personality, culture, and often even one’s current mood.

The Greatest of These: A Garment of Mercy

I anticipated the students’ annoyance.  In the classroom, I was prepared to perform the dual roles of devil’s advocate and referee.  Though unsurprised by the response to the play’s ending, I still was secretly pleased that some members of the class had changed their minds.  Their initial assessment about the central character had been challenged; however there was significant evidence that he had redeemed himself.

Jesus Felt It All So That We Can Bear it All


Something about being a CHRISTian gets my attention every day, especially this week.  I am telling the world that I am Partnering with Jesus Christ who is my Pattern, Example, Savior, High Priest, and Coming LifeGiver.

Of course it also matters if He is a Distant Friend or an Ever-present Companion. And it also matters if He is my Constant Supplier of energy, hope, and joy—my Partner every moment of the day and night.

How does this all work?

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Sat, 10/25/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
October Adventist Forum
Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2 015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor n."

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