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Glimpses of God – Part 9 – The Bible and History

HOPE SABBATH SCHOOL

Glimpses of God – Part 9

The Bible and History

Welcome to Hope Sabbath School–an in-depth interactive study of the Word of God.  We are continuing a series of studies on Glimpses of God.  Our topic today:  The Bible and History

New Scripture Song: “O God you are my God” Psalm 63:1-4

Prayer

1)     The Biblical perspective on history

a)     Is history an endless series of cycles of birth, growth, decay, and death, or does history have purposeful beginning and a meaningful end?

b)     Genesis 1:1

c)      Job 38:1-7

d)     Psalm 104:1-9

e)     Revelation 1:1-3

f)       Revelation 21:1-6

g)     How can we know that these revelations are true and not simply human reflections about the meaning of life?

i)       2 Peter 1:19-21

ii)     Daniel 4:17

h)     What difference does it make to you to believe that life has some ultimate purpose as opposed to viewing life on this planet as a cosmic accident?

2)     The Testimony of the Prophets

a)     Jeremiah 1:4-19

b)     Daniel 2:1-47

c)      The testimony of Robert Banks

d)     How has a study of Bible prophecy given you confidence that God’s Word is true and that God is leading in the history of this world?

3)     The Great Controversy and History

a)     Have you noticed that history records what seems like an unending cycle of violence and greed?

b)     Revelation 12:7-17

c)      Isaiah 14:12-14

d)     Job 1:1-2:10

e)     Ephesians 6:12

f)       Romans 16:20

g)     Revelation 20:7-15

4)     Jesus and the dividing of history

a)     Many cultures still have BC/AD

i)       What does AD mean?

ii)     What about BC?

b)     Some have proposed BCE/ACE

c)      John 3:16-17

d)     John 12:32

e)     Philippians 2:9-11

f)       2 Corinthians 5:17-19

5)     Discussion questions

a)     If God is leading in the history of this world, do we still have a free will?

b)     If God is leading in the history, is He ultimately responsible for all of the tragedies around us?

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