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Bible Study Questions – July 29

In Family Training Hour Questions, The Pastor's Blog on July 31, 2009 at 11:35 PM
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Someone just pointed out the fact this week’s questions haven’t been posted yet, so here they are for your perusal and study. Get your thinking caps on and get with it; you will definitely be rewarded for your efforts.

This was an awesome service; the people just didn’t want to leave the sanctuary after our time was up. The youth came over to our class and hung out with us after their class was over. I’ll tell you, that is enjoying being with one another in the bond of Christ, and that’s exactly the way it should be. Are you ready? Let’s go!

  1. Where is the description of a voice crying in the wilderness?
  2. Where do you find a description of someone greater than Jonah and Solomon?
  3. Where do you find seven (or eight, depending on the translation you use) woes pronounced on Scribes and Pharisees?

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

  1. John the Baptist in “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” The description of John is found in Matthew 3.

    He is described as clothed in camel’s hair, witha leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

    John was the cousin of Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb. This is recorded in the beautiful words of the angel announcing to Zechariah, John’s father, the plans of the Lord for this baby. found in Luke 1:14-17.

    He will go before God in the spirit and power of Elijah, and will “make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

    The life of John the Baptist has had such a deep impact upon my faith journey. “I must decrease, but He must increase,” John’s words about Jesus… are the words I want inscribed on my tombstone.

    Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to participate, and be reminded of the life of John.

    By the way, I have also visited the blog you featured for this week. Went back there a few times. You are right, she offers good solid well thought out material for the soul and the mind.

    I can share links with you of other good blogs. One is

    http://bluecottonmemory.wordpress.com/

    It’s another female perspective blog, but you will be refreshed by the way Maryleigh writes. She is a child of divorced parents, but how she survived it, and chose to walk in the opposite spirit, and how committed she is today to her family and marriage, is a story worth reading.

    Blessings on your weekend. I want you to know I pray for you and your family and your church. May the Lord continue to pour His anointing on you as you lead that family of believers. May your church be a brightly shining light beaming the heart of the Father to hungry souls in your part of the world.

    • Lidia,
      So good hearing from you again. These are certainly interesting questions: hopefully they will allow readers to branch out into deeper terrain as they study.

      You always add wonderful thoughts to the discussion, and it is greatly appreciated.

  2. I believe the first reference to a voice crying in the wilderness is found in Isaiah 40:1-3 (this is NASV)

    1Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
    2″Speak kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her warfare has ended,
    That her iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the LORD’S hand
    Double for all her sins.”
    3 A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

    Luke 11:31-32
    31″The Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation at the judgment and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

    32″The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

    Matthew 12:40-42
    40 for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

    41″The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, (F)something greater than Jonah is here.

    42″The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. ”

    In NASV, there are 8 woes in Matthew 23 (not a sermon I would care to be on the receiving end: straining gnats, swallowing camels and being whitewashed tombs …. quite a picture) …

    13″But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

    14[“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]

    15″Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

    16″Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’

    23″Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

    24″You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

    25″Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.

    26″You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.

    27″Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

    28″So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

    29″Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous…

    These seemed kind of easy this week Ron, which makes me think I must have missed something.

    OK, back to my packing. Thanks for the break.

    • I am happy you dropped by while taking a break. You didn’t miss anything; you should have been here for the discussions, however. We had a wonderful time.

  3. Ron – you tell me every week that I’ve missed a great discussion, and now I’m moving even farther away from Florida (about as far due North as I can get and still be in the United States). Need to set up some way that I can virtually attend these great discussions!

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