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Bible Study Questions – July 1

In Family Training Hour Questions, The Pastor's Blog on July 2, 2009 at 9:27 AM

By now, many of you know about the weekly bible study questions. For those who don’t, here’s the details: each week I give my students three questions at the end of our Family Training Hour service and they must research the answers during the week. When they come to service the following week, we answer and discuss what they’ve uncovered. Pretty simple. Sometimes the questions are difficult, but they are mostly pretty basic.

Last night we talked a lot about how to find the answers using a variety of resources. We discussed the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, bible versions, Google and bible software along with other tools. It was quite informative.

Anyway, here are the questions:

  1. Why do Jews and Samaritans not get along?
  2. What item did Jesus say was worthless if it had no taste?
  3. Which foreigner built a temple for the Jews?

Don’t forget to give some background information and most certainly give the scripture reference. Now answer away!

  1. Your # 2 question relates to one of the important themes in my Christian journey — discipleship.

    Salt is an important ingredient in any household, it is a flavor enhancer, and a preservative. A true disciple of Jesus Christ is to be a light and salt in his part of the world, and to be truly salty, it means one is living above compromise, as seen by his lifestyle, his convictions, his life choices.

    There is no such thing as a disciple that lives for himself, which can only be nothing but a life of compromise and pursuing self-serving goals.

    Being salty means one is truly dedicated to his Master, Lord, and King.

    The Lord said that we are to enter the narrow door, and though he gives this long discussion on discipleship beginning with Luke 14, the context is actually found in the chapter before that — with a few parables about the mustard seed, the narrow door… and the ending is so fitting, about how salt, once it loses its flavor, is no longer fit for anything, but the garbage pile.

    It is clear that disciples who have lost their saltiness have chosen to enter through another door, certainly not the narrow door that Jesus speaks of in Luke 13:24. Only salty disciples can enter through this door!

    Luke 14:34 – Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile, it is thrown out.

    • I love what you said about salt and discipleship. We had quite a good discussion regarding question #2 as well as 1 and 3. We actually talked about a particular covenant using the mineral you allude to. If you don’t already know about it, then it’s a good subject for further study, if you don’t mind me saying so.

      As always, thanks for your comments.

  2. This is really an innovative idea to ask qyestions on Bible.This will make sure that atleast some of the peoples in the society will read Bible.

    • Thank you very much, Andy. I can’t begin to tell you what a difference this format has made in our Family Training Hour over the last several weeks. The one thing that strikes me is what would described as “excitement” in regards to studying the most awesome book ever written. You just can’t live without God’s marvelous Word.

  3. Preacherpen — you do ask the good questions.🙂 Why were the Samaritans so despised by the Jews? The Jews would utter the word “samaritan” only as a curse word. In the year 722 B.C. , the Assyrians invaded Israel from the north and carried the majority of the people from the ten northern tribes into captivity. The Assyrians then sent some of their people to Israel, where they intermarried with the Jews not taken into captivity. These marriages produced the Samaritans–half-breeds in the eyes of the Jews. Barred from the temple, the Samaritans built their own temple on Mount Gerizim. They still believed in the Pentateuch — but they changed the stories. The Garden of Eden was on Mount Gerizim. Noah’s ark landed on Mount Gerizim. And Abraham offered Isaac__ you guessed it–on Mount Gerizim. Thanks for allowing me to answer a question.

    Warm regards in Christ.

    Robin

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  5. Jews say that you must worship God in Jerusalem, while Samaritans say that you must worship God from this hill (Mt. Gerazim).

    Salt. If salt loses it’s saltiness, how will it be made salty again?

    King Cyrus. Hm. Well, he authorized and to a certain extent financed the rebuilding of the Temple. But you could mean King Herod the Great. Although perhaps he was a Jew. Hmmm.

    • Don’t you just love these questions? My people are getting better at answering them and have come a long way over the last several weeks. I think people should be madly in love with God’s eternal word.

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