BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 2, Day 5: Acts 2:33-47

Summary of passage:  Peter says that Jesus now sits at the right hand of God and pours out what we now see and hear.  He has received the promised Holy Spirit.  David did not ascend to heaven (for a detailed explanation of this see my previous post here.  David is in heaven now but not at the time of his death).  God has made Jesus Lord and Christ.

The people asked what should they do and Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus to be forgiven of your sins and receive the Holy Spirit.  Everyone of you can receive such a gift.  3000 chose to be baptized that day.

These people were considered the first church.  They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of the bread, and prayer.  They gave to everyone as needed.  They continued to meet and eat together and praise God.  The Lord grew their numbers daily.

Questions:

13a)  Psalm 110:1

b)  Verse 33  Exalted to the right hand of God

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Knowing that Jesus has poured out what I now see and hear makes it easier to accept where I am at.  The whys are still present and the how longs but knowing Jesus is with me in all my struggles is comforting.

14)  Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins

15a)  1) Repent  2)  Were baptized  3)  Devoted themselves to apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread (communion), and prayer  4)  Gave to anyone as needed

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I need to do more of all: repent more, pray more, give more, read the Bible more, be overall a better, more Godly person

Conclusions:  I had to read the passage a couple times before I knew what they were asking in Question 13c, that “Christ has poured out what you now see and hear.”  That should have been a bit more clearer.

I think in the back of our minds we all know God has placed us in a particular place with certain people in challenging circumstances for a reason.  We all know this.  But keeping it in the forefront of your mind as you are struggling through it is a challenge for many.  Definitely for me.

I know I have a purpose and a meaning in this world.  I just have to remind myself more often and take comfort that it’s not in my hands.

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BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 2, Day 4: Acts 2:22-32

Summary of passage:  Peter is still speaking to the crowd that has gathered on the day of Pentecost.  “Jesus who performed miracles was handed over to you for God’s pre-ordained purpose.  You killed him by nailing him to a cross.  But God has raised him from the dead.  David himself prophesied Jesus’ resurrection when he said he saw the ‘Holy One’ at the Lord’s right hand and raised him from the dead.”

It’s as if Peter is shouting, “Even though you idiots killed Jesus He is alive!”

Questions:

10a) Accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did among you through him

b)  Jesus was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross

c)  God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him

11)  From the beginning of time, Jesus was a gift from God to the people, a sacrifice for our sins, for God’s purpose of having mankind with Him

12a)  you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross

b)  They chose (free will) to reject Jesus and kill Him so they were responsible.  Pilate gave the people the option of saving Jesus or saving Barabbas and they chose Barabbas, NOT Jesus.  Pilate said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood.  It is your responsibility.  All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children.”  Matthew 27:15-26

Conclusions:  Straight-forward questions today.  Peter basically says, “Look, you killed Jesus, the Son of the One, True God but there is hope because God has raised Jesus.  All is not lost.”

BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 2, Day 3: Acts 2:14-21 and Joel 2:28-32

Summary of passage:  Peter stood up the with the Eleven Apostles and told the confused crowd: we (the 120 and them) are not drunk.  Listen to Joel’s words:  God will pour out His Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, the young men will see visions, old men will dream, the servants will prophesy and have the Spirit as well.  Wonders will appear in the heaven and signs will appear on earth such as blood, fire, and smoke.  The sun will be dark and the moon to blood before the day of the Lord when everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.

Questions:

5a)  They stood up with Peter as he spoke.

b)  I don’t like how this question is phrased at all.  It implies that  we don’t stand up with our family, church, or business.  This is a matter of English grammar.  The question would be better if stated “If you followed the example of the Eleven disciples what difference would it make in your family, church, or business?”  Subtle but a big difference.

My answer:  Obviously, unity is better than being alone.  But it also depends on the matter you are standing behind. You stand behind those whom you believe are right.  You don’t stand by those whom you believe are wrong.  My answer would depend on what exactly I’m called on to support.

Again, a matter of grammar and what this question is asking.  It seems like everyone’s answer would be the same here so not sure what BSF is trying to accomplish with this.

6) The last days begin with Jesus’ death as this ushers in and makes possible the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Joel is speaking of after Jesus has arisen into Heaven then the Spirit will be outpoured.

7) The Spirit will be poured out on all people.  Everyone will prophesy, see visions, and dream.  God will show wonder in heaven and give signs on Earth (blood, fire, and billows of smoke).  Sun will turn to darkness and the Monn to blood.

8 ) It’s for everyone who accepts Christ as their Savior.  Romans 10:11-13  Paul is speaking.  “As the Scripture says (Isaiah 28:16) ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.  For there is no difference between Jes and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

9) The Second Coming of Jesus who will judge all mankind and deliver the remnant.

Revelation 6: 12-17:  “…the sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned red, and the stars in the sky fell to the earth…For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

Matthew 24:29-31:  “…the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken (Matthew quoting Isaiah 13:10; 34:4)…At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and…they will see the Son of Man coming….”

1 Thessalonians 5:2:   “…the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

Conclusions:  You can almost feel Peter endeavoring to make the people understand the significance of what has just happened; the passion in his voice; the excitement he is fighting to contain; the anger from being called a drunk. He quotes Joel, an Old Testament prophet, almost as an attempt to prove he’s not making this stuff up.  Great study of Joel as well.

End Note:  This site lists all of the places in the Bible where “the day of the Lord” is said:  http://www.gotquestions.org/day-of-the-Lord.html

BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 2, Day 2: Acts 2:1-13

Summary of passage:  On the day of Pentecost the 120 were all in one place (presumably praying still and waiting for the gift).  A sound like a blowing violent wind came from heaven and filled the house where they were sitting.  They saw tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues through the power of the Holy Spirit.

A lot of people in Jerusalem heard this sound and came together to see what was happening.  They were bewildered because each was speaking in his own language.  They asked, “Aren’t these all Galileans?  How is it we hear them in our own language?  What does this mean?”

Some made fun of them and said they were drunk.

Questions:

2a) Blowing of a violent wind

b) Tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them

c) All spoke in other tongues (foreign languages)

d) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit

3a) In Acts, the Holy Spirit brought understanding.  The believers (the 120 whom God blessed with the Holy Spirit) spoke in different languages so everyone could understand what was happening.  In Genesis, the Lord gave the people different languages so they could not understand.

b) Personal Question.  My answer:  God is in control.  God will use all His powers to reward and rebuke men.  God will us all His powers to be understood; to be clear in what He likes and doesn’t like; to show He alone is God, omnipotent.

4)  Because there were so many different nationalities with no common language.  It was important God’s message and actions of giving the Holy Spirit was understood so its ramifications would be understood by all.

Conclusions:  I found this lesson fairly straight-forward although I did read online different interpretations of the speaking in tongues, which albeit interesting, I didn’t quite believe.

One interesting thing I learned was Galileans were considered at that time to be poor speakers and uncultured, which contributed to the shock of the Jews when they could understand these believers.

We tend to think of speaking in tongues today as weird (which when overused or used incorrectly or is not from God is) but this example shows clearly it was originally from God and is acceptable as long as it remains so.

End Note:  Yeah!  Map Time!  My favorite!

In my Bible Atlas (Zondervan’s Atlas of the Bible by Carl Rasmussen P. 218) there is a great map called “The Near East at the Time of Pentecost” with all the locations mentioned in this passage marked.

This map is the best one I can find and looks like the one in my Atlas:

http://www.searchingthescriptures.net/main_pages/free_bible_land_maps/map116.htm

My Atlas says these pilgrims had come to celebrate three Jewish festivals: Passover/Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles.