Wednesday, November 27, 2019


FIVE-MINUTE SABBATH SCHOOL
November 23-29
Ezra 8: Trials, Tribulations, and Lists


Let me get this straight:
  • We've got priests.
  • We've got money.
  • We've even got permission from the Shah . . . 
And now you're telling me that we can't go because we don't have any Levites?

Get serious!

I mean, it's not like their job is all that important; basically, they just do stuff behind-the-scenes, i.e. cleaning and maintenance, with a little bit of music on the side.

Aside from the music, in other words, we're talking about the kind of grunt work that's easily overlooked -- the kind of grunt work that gets little recognition, and even less pay.

In short, nobody really notices the Levites when they're here.

So why is it such a big deal when they're not?

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

FIVE-MINUTE SABBATH SCHOOL
November 16-22
Nehemiah 10: God and the Covenant


Look, we already gave to the temple!

I mean, we were big donors to that particular building project . . . 

And yes, it was a thrill seeing our money turn into something you could actually see! 

But now you're telling me that giving money to build the temple is not enough -- that you need money to pay for salaries, and utilities, and all the other "operating expenses" that it takes to keep the temple open?

Sorry.

Not interested.

No, we were happy to give what it took to get that temple built . . . 

But why should we give more to keep it running?


Tuesday, November 12, 2019


FIVE-MINUTE SABBATH SCHOOL
November 9-15
Nehemiah 9: Our Forgiving God

Sure, mistakes were made.

But why do we need to dwell on them?

I mean, this is our heritage we're talking about -- the stories we tell about the past in order to feel good about today.

So why is Nehemiah so negative?

Yes, why does Nehemiah keep going on and on in this prayer about the sins of our ancestors?

Unlike them, after all, I've never worshipped idols -- much less sacrificed my children to them . . . so why should I feel guilty about something they did -- not me!

No, the past is dead; it's dead and gone.

So why is Nehemiah digging it up again?

For more on this topic, 
go to the Adult Bible Study Guide for this week.

Monday, November 04, 2019

FIVE-MINUTE SABBATH SCHOOL:
November 2-8
Nehemiah 8: the Reading of the Word

It's a sad day when God's people don't read God's Word -- not the way it's meant to be read.

I mean, Ezra's from Persia.

And he's paid by the Persians.

So what has he done?

HE'S TRANSLATED THE BIBLE INTO THE LANGUAGE OF THE PERSIANS!

Yes, Ezra has translated God's Word into the language of his foreign masters -- foreign masters with foreign gods and foreign ways of thought.

And in doing this, Ezra has opened the door to compromise: to Persian words, Persian ideas, and maybe even Persian music all finding their way into our religion.

That's why I'm telling you it's a sad day -- a sad day when God's people don't read God's Word the way it is meant to be read.

I mean, Hebrew was good enough for Moses.

And if Hebrew was good enough for Moses, then it ought to be good enough for us.

For more on this topic, go to the Adult Bible Study Guide.