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Symbolic Acts: Helpful, but Potentially Deadly

Lesson #6, for discussion on Sabbath, November 7, 2015

The prophet Jeremiah was fond of symbols and that spells trouble for a believing community that wants to keep the whole tribe together. That’s because symbols, whether enacted or visual, split the crowd right down the middle. Concrete thinkers often treat them too rigidly whereas abstract thinkers are too easily inclined to shrug and not take them seriously enough.

The Day After

To understand Jeremiah we must first understand the culture within which he worked, and this is not as easy as it seems.

Rebuke and Retribution for the Hard of Heart

Sabbath School Commentary for discussion on Sabbath, October 24, 2015

The Last Five Kings of Judah: A Touch of Good, an Avalanche of Evil

Lesson #3 (for Sabbath, October 17, 2015)

Jeremiah is heavy weather. Really heavy. Not in the sense of complexity. It’s his stinging, hard-hitting messages that make it difficult and give rise to two practical questions: (1) Did those hammer strokes work in Jeremiah’s day? (2) Does that kind of stuff work today? Could condemnation actually make matters worse? Does it ever make things better?

Whose Prophet?

Sabbath School commentary for discussion on Sabbath, October 10, 2015

The Prophetic Calling of Jeremiah

Sabbath School Commentary for discussion on Sabbath, October 3, 2015


Jeremiah 1 opens this epic work by introducing Jeremiah to the reader. His time and location, as well as his task and personality, will receive attention. In this way Jeremiah 1 presents the framework for the entire book. The following building blocks form this unit:

Mission and Message


Mission drift is the natural course for industries and organizations. Having a clear founding identity and purpose, having zeal for the cause, and even having prophetic writings at your disposal are insufficient safeguards to prevent mission drift. It takes focused attention to sustain your mission.

Mission will naturally inform an organization’s message. So if the mission has drifted, so has the message.


Paul: Background and Call

Sabbath School Commentary for discussion on Sabbath, September 12, 2015

If awards were given for the inspired writers of Scripture, Paul would be nominated and likely win in quite a few categories: Most Prolific, Most Foreign Mission Trips, Most Amazing Conversion Story, just to name a hypothetical few. From what Paul reveals in Scripture of his character, however, he would likely demur all these awards. He is, as he states in Romans 1:1, a slave of Jesus Christ. Not a prizewinner for Christ. Enslaved to Him.

Who or What Is a Missionary?

Sabbath School Commentary for discussion on Sabbath, September 5, 2015

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