Week 40, One Year Bible Challenge: “Straying from God”

Jeremiah

Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study

This week’s reading October 1-71
Isaiah 62:6 to Jeremiah 9:26
Philippians 2:19 to Colossians 3:17
Psalm 73:1 to Psalm 78:55
Proverbs 24:13 to Proverbs 24:27

Next Week’s Reading October 8-17
Jeremiah 10:1 to Jeremiah 25:38
Colossians 3:18 to 2 Thessalonians 2:17
Psalm 78:56 to Psalm 84:12
Proverbs 24:28 to Proverbs 25:15

Discussion Questions:
Old Testament
Isaiah 61:8 says that God loves justice. Do you observe a lot of justice in this world? Or a lack of justice? Either way, how do you reconcile your observation with God’s love of justice?

God calls his people rebellious, disobedient and obstinate  See Isaiah 65:1-5. It is as if the people purposely went out of their way to insult God. Was there something especially wicked about these people? How would they compare to people in our society today?

The prophet Jeremiah “saw the earth, and, behold, it was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.” Jeremiah 4:23. Compare this vision to Genesis 1:1-3. What can we learn anything about the nature of God in these verses?

New Testament
Is it hard to concentrate on the things mentioned in Philippians 4:8-9? It it even possible to only think of these things?

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. How do you interpret this verse, and how does it apply to your life?

Colossians 1:18 says that God is the head of the church, and the church is the body. In this analogy can there be more than one head? Can other church leaders be the “head” too. What, if anything, does this tell you about the proper structure for the church and God’s role in the church?

FOOTNOTE:

  1. If you are participating in the Saturday morning class, “The One Year Bible Challenge,” you should read the daily materials as set out in The One Year Bible.” The verses listed on this page will include a couple of extra days each week.

Week 38, One Year Bible Challenge: “Big Fish”

Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study

This week’s reading September 17 to 231

Leviaghan
Gustave Doré: The Destruction
Of Leviathan (1866)

Isaiah 25:1 to Isaiah 43:13
Galatians 3:10 to Ephesians 2:22
Psalm 61:1 to Psalm 67:7
Proverbs 23:17 to Proverbs 23:35

Next Week’s Reading September 24 to 30
Isaiah 43:14 to Isaiah 62:5
Ephesians 3:1 to Philippians 2:18
Psalm 68:1 to Psalm 72:20
Proverbs 24:1 to Proverbs 24:12

Discussion Questions:
Old Testament

  • The prophet, Isaiah, said God’s kindness to the wicked did not make them do good. Have you found this observation to be true in modern society? Isaiah 26:10
  • Is talking like a righteous person—using words and phrases that good church people say–better than nothing, even if your heart isn’t really in what you say? Isaiah 29:13
  • Why, in Isaiah 36:11, did the representatives of the King of Judah request the Assyrians speak in Aramaic? Was this a reasonable request? How did the Assyrians respond? Read Isaiah 36:1-20

New Testament

  • Was Jesus Christ cursed, since he was “hanged on a tree?” Galatians 3:10-14.
  • Discuss the analogy of the child under a guardian in Galatians 4:1-7. What does it tell you about the Law and Jesus Christ?
  • Can the Holy Spirit help you resist desires of the flesh? Galatians 5:16. Even the desires enumerated in Galatians 5:19-21? How does this work?

FOOTNOTE:

  1. If you are participating in the Saturday morning class, “The One Year Bible Challenge,” you should read the daily materials as set out in The One Year Bible.” The verses listed on this page will include a couple of extra days each week.

Week 2, One Year Bible Challenge: “Fire and Brimstone”

Men’s Bible Study meets every Saturday Morning at Christ the Rock Community Church, 11000 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL 33328. 8am to 10am.

This Week’s Reading (January 8-14)
WEEK 2
Genesis 18:16-31:16
Matthew 6:25-10:23
Psalm 8:1-12:8
Proverbs 2:6-13:15

Next Week’s Reading (January 15-21)
WEEK 3
Genesis 31:17-43:34
Matthew 10:24-14:12
Psalm 13:1-18:36
Proverbs 3:16-4:10

Discussion Questions:
Old Testament

  1. Whose idea was it for Abram to take his wife’s maid as another wife?1 What was the purpose of this plan?2 How did the arrangement work out?3 Genesis 16:1-6

  2. Why doesn’t the Bible seem to condemn or punish the great sin of Lot’s daughters. Did Lot share any part in this sin? 4
  3. How old was Isaac when Abramham took him to sacrifice him as a burnt offering?5
  4. Why did Jacob have to work 7 years in order to marry Rachel (Genesis 29:16-18)? His father did not have to work for his bride, Rebekah. 6
  5. Read the story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob in Genesis 25:27-34. What does this story tell us about the character of each man?

New Testament

  1. In Chapter 6 of Matthew, Jesus cautions: [v.1] “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” (ESV) He also cautions against making a show of [v.2] giving to the needy; [v.5] praying in public; and [v.17-18] fasting. But don’t we do all of these things conspicuously in many of our churches?7
  2. According to Matthew 6:19-21; and 6:25-34 is it a sin to plan for your future? Can you take your planning too far?
  3. What does  Matthew 7:6 mean? If the references to dogs and swine mean types of people, is this language too harsh?
  4. A disciple of Jesus wanted to bury his dead father before he followed Jesus. Jesus told him to follow Him (Jesus) and “Leave the dead to bury their own dead.” Does this response seem harsh? Could you imagine someone today addressing a fellow believer in this manner?8

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FOOTNOTES:

  1. This was Sarah’s (Abram’s wife) idea. Genesis 16:1
  2. Sarai said she wanted her husband to have children. The handmaid, Hagar was to bear Abram’s children instead of his own wife. Actually, Hagar became an additional wife for Abram. Genesis 16:2-3. God had previously promised to Abram that his offspring would form a great nation. Genesis 15:4-5. However God had not yet promised his wife Sarai would be the biological mother of that nation.

    Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary says this:

      Abram’s compliance with Sarai’s proposal, we have reason to think, was from an earnest desire of the promised seed, on whom the covenant should be entailed. God had told him that his heir should be a son of his body, but had not yet told him that it should be a son by Sarai; therefore he thought, “Why not by Hagar, since Sarai herself proposed it?” Note, (1.) Foul temptations may have very fair pretences, and be coloured with that which is very plausible. (2.) Fleshly wisdom, as it anticipates God’s time of mercy, so it puts us out of God’s way. (3.) This would be happily prevented if we would ask counsel of God by the word and by prayer, before we attempt that which is important and suspicious. Herein Abram was wanting; he married without God’s consent. This persuasion came not of him that called him.

  3. The plan did not take long to go bad. Sarah got mad and blamed her husband. Genesis 16:5. Abram told Sarai to do with Hagar as she pleased. Sarai treated Hagar so badly that Hagar fled into the desert. Genesis 16:5-6.
  4. God told Lot to escape to the hills in the first place. Genesis 19:17. Lot, preferring his own wisdom to the instructions of God, asked permission to go to the city of Zoar instead. Genesis 19:20,22. When God gave permission to go to the city, Genesis 19:21, Lot soon fled to the hills, in fear. Genesis 19:30.
      Kretzmann Popular Commentary (1922): Lot was guilty as well as his daughters, first, because he gave way to dull despair instead of trusting in the Lord, and then also, because he did not watch and pray, but permitted his daughters to make him drunk.

  5. Popular images occasionally show Isaac as an infant or toddler. Other images depict him as an older youth. The latter must be true, since Isaac was given the task of carrying the wood for the burnt offering. Genesis 22:5-6. MATTHEW HENRY’S COMMENTARY points out Isaac foreshadows Christ, who also carried wood (a cross) to his sacrifice.
  6. Abraham’s servant paid a dowry for Isaac’s wife. Genesis 24:10; Genesis 24:51-53. Jacob was also obliged to pay a dowry for Rachel. Since he did not have the money, Jacob’s payment was working for seven years. The uncle, Laban, cheated by providing the sister, Leah, first. Jacob was permitted to marry Rachel, but had to work an additional seven years to pay her dowry as well.
  7. People’s New Testament notes: The Savior condemns ostentatious piety, and then he singles out three illustrations of his meaning. The Christian is not forbidden to practice righteousness before men, but to make it his object to be seen.” Helping the needing, praying, and fasting in public aren’t condemned if the motive is not glorifying self. Some of the behavior in churches no doubt does violate this admonition.
  8. Robertson’s Word Pictures (1932): “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. The spiritually dead are always on hand to bury the physically dead, if one’s real duty is with Jesus. While it is a good deed to bury the dead, it is a better one to preach Christ.”

    Family Bible Notes from the Nazrene Users Group: meaning “Let those who are impenitent sinners without spiritual life bury your father, and do you now what I command you. The omniscient Saviour saw that such a command was necessary to impress upon that disciple the supreme importance of his service, and the necessity of making every earthly feeling and interest subordinate to it. “

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