Week 5, One Year Bible Challenge: “Life’s Not Fair”

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

This week’s reading January 27 to February 21
Exodus 8:1-21:21
Matthew 19:13-23:39
Psalm 24:1-28:9
Proverbs 6:1-7:5

Let the children come to me, by Vogelstein, Vogel Von (1788-1868)

Next Week’s Reading February 3-9
Exodus 21:22-33:23
Matthew 24:1-27:14
Psalm 29:1-33:11
Proverbs 7:6-8:36]

Discussion Questions:

Old Testament

  • Was the death of the firstborn the worst of the ten plagues? Exodus 12:29-33. If so, why? If not, which plague was the worst. Why did God save the death of the firstborn until last? Or do you think God had additional plagues in mind if Pharoah had not finally relented?
  • In Exodus 14:21 (WEBME) says, “the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.” Did it really take all night for the seas to part? If so, why does popular culture often portray the event as only taking a few seconds or minutes?
  • Why did the manna which God provided to his people only last for one day at a time (excpet is lasted an extra day on the sabbath)? Exodus 16:14-23. Do God’s rules for the handling of manna have any application or meaning for modern Christians?

New Testament

What did Jesus mean when he said that “the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these [children]?” Matthew 19:16.

    • Was the mother of James and John out of line when she asked Jesus that her sons be able to sit at his right and left side in His kingdom? Matthew 20:20-22.
    • In Jesus’ parable, a wedding guest was thrown out of the wedding feast for not wearing appropriate wedding clothing. Matthew 22:11-14. Should we take this story to emphasize the importance of wearing our best clothing when we come to church? If not, what is the point of the parable..

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. “

Week 3, One Year Bible Challenge: “Brotherly Love”

Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Group

  • Men’s Bible Study meets every Saturday Morning at Christ the Rock Community Church, 11000 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL 33328
  • 8am to 10am every Saturday morning
  • For More information, contact Tom Truex @ the church office, 954.680.7779

This 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

Next Week’s Reading (January 15-21)
WEEK 4
Genesis 44:1Exodus 7:25
Matthew 14:13-19:12
Psalm 18:37-23:6
Proverbs 4:11-5:23

Discussion Questions:
Old Testament

  1. Why isn’t Reuben’s sin with Bilhah (Genesis 35:22), dealt with more directly, rather many years later (Genesis 49:4).
  2. Both Jacob and his wife, Rachel, engaged in deceit when they flet Laban. Genesis 31:17-24. How does deception revisit the family later, and what are we to make of it? See Genesis 34:13-31, Genesis 37:12-36, and Genesis 38:12-30.
  3. In the story of Judah and Tamar, why was the punishment for the daughter-in-law’s sin to be death (Genesis 38:24), but there was no punishment for the same sin, committed by Judah? Genesis 38.
  4. Why didn’t Joseph tell Potiphar what happened in the incident with Potiphar’s wife, so as to avoid being thrown in prison? Genesis 39:7-20.

New Testament

  1. What did Christ mean when he said, “I didn’t come to send peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34-36.
  2. Why didn’t Jesus just answer yes or no when John the Baptist two of his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?” Matthew 11:1-6.
  3. What did Jesus mean when he said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest…” Matthew 11:28-30

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