BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 3, Day 2: Luke 2:40-52

Summary of passage:  Jesus grew strong and full of wisdom and God’s grace.  At age 12, Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover and stayed behind unbeknownst to his parents.  When his parents realized Jesus was not in the convoy, they returned to Jerusalem to find him.  He was in the temple, sitting among the teachers, asking them questions.

Mary asked Jesus why he worried them by staying behind.  Jesus said they should have known he would be in his Father’s house.

Jesus returned to Nazareth with them and continued to grow in wisdom.

Questions:

3a)  He was blessed by God and grew strong and wise.  God was with him.  He was eager to learn from others and his wisdom was already beyond others at age 12.

b)  Hebrews 2:10-18:  Because Jesus was made flesh and blood, he was able to suffer and experience temptation like man does and thus able to help those (us) who are being tempted.  By his physical death, Jesus freed us from the power of death and won for us an eternal life with God the Father and also cleansed us of our sins through his blood.

Hebrews 4:15-16:  Jesus has been tempted in every way like we have and he never sinned. He can sympathize with us and thus we are able to approach the throne with confidence that Jesus will help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 5:7-9:  Jesus submitted to God’s will while he was on earth and prayed and was heard.  He was taught obedience through his suffering and offered eternal salvation for all those who obey him.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Jesus being human strengthens our faith.  It wasn’t just some magic trick that saved us or an omnipotent being who waved his wand and poof, it happened.  Jesus was just like us in every way, faced the same things we face every day of our lives, and therefore can understand us more.  It was for our benefit, not God’s, that He became human so that we may believe in Him and trust in Him and be with Him.  Jesus set us free through his physical death.  In no other way could this have happened.

d)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Jesus shows us how to live a Godly life.  Through his example, it is easier for me to submit to God’s will, to overcome temptation, to pray to God to help me every day of my life, to obey unquestioningly, and to accept God’s grace and His eternal gift for my life.  Life is just easier knowing God is on my side every step of every day.

Conclusions:  This story is not recorded by Matthew so I’m assuming that’s why we are reading it now.  Plus, it picks up right after Jesus returned to Nazareth from Egypt so it fits in chronologically with Jesus’ life.

If you followed me last year, you know I dubbed the study of Genesis “The Study of Hebrews” as well since we read Hebrews umpteen times last year.

My study bible says this of Hebrews:  “The book of Hebrews explains why it matters that God descended to the earth and became a human being.  Hebrews goes further than any other New Testament book in explaining Jesus’ human nature.”

Since we are studying Jesus, it is only fitting we study why Jesus existed.

Interesting Facts:  The commandment to attend the Feast of the Passover can be found in Exodus 23:17 and Deuteronomy 16:16.

These are Jesus’ first recorded words.  Isn’t it cool they are about God?

We also must remember in ancient times, a 12 year-old was considered a young man, eligible for marriage.  He could have stayed in Jerusalem and not returned with his parents if he had so desired.  But here we see Jesus as faithful in his human duties as well, following in his father’s footsteps and being obedient to his parents before his calling from God.

Here, we see that at age 12 Jesus already knew who His father was and the calling on his life.  Normally, Jesus would have been a carpenter like his father for the rest of his life but here he makes it clear this will not be the case.

Age 12 is significant here because that is the time boys began to learn their father’s trade. Here, Jesus is learning God’s trade.

The mention of Mary in verse 51 probably means this story came to Luke through Mary.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 3, Day 2: Genesis 1:26-2:25 with Psalm 8 & Hebrews 2:6-9

Summary of passages:  Genesis 1:26-2:25:  Finishing up the sixth day, God made man in our image (our being God the father, Son, and the Holy Spirit) and let man rule over the fish, birds, livestock, and all of earth and its creatures.  He created both male and female.  God blessed man and told him to be fruitful and multiply.

God gave man every seed-bearing plant and every fruit for food.  He gave all the other living creatures green plants for food.  God saw all He made and it was good.

By the seventh day, God had finished his work so he rested and blessed the day as holy.

After God made the heavens and the earth but before plants had sprung and only streams had watered the earth, God made man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into his nostrils and man became living.  He put the man in the garden of Eden.  He made all kinds of trees for food and in the middle were the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  A river watered this garden.

God put man in charge of the garden to work it and take care of it.  He warned the man not to eat from the tree of knowledge or he would die.  He brought the animals to Adam to name.  When God did so, He noticed no helper was found for man; so He created woman from Adam’s rib while he was sleeping so man would not be alone.

This is why man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife and become one flesh.  They were naked and felt no shame.

Psalm 8:  David sings God praises, saying how majestic He is. God set His glory above the heavens.  The praises of children silence God’s enemies. David asks the question many of us ask:  when we consider all you have made (the heavens, moon, and stars), why do you care for insignificant man so and crown him with glory and honor by making him ruler over everything?

How majestic is your name!

Hebrews 2:6-9:  Psalm 8 is quoted, “what is man that you are mindful of him…a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet.”  Everything is subject to man, even things we do not see.  Jesus, who himself was made a little lower than angels, is crowned with glory and honor (the same as man’s) because he suffered death for everyone.

Questions:

3a)  Adam:  The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (2:7)

Eve:  The Lord God caused the man (Adam) to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.  Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man (2:21-22)

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  We wouldn’t exist without Him.  And He made us companions for one another so we wouldn’t be alone.  I couldn’t make it in this Fallen world without help from God and humans.

4a)  God took Adam in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  (2:15)

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Yes.  We are the top of the food chain, the pyramid, the most intelligent beings, and we are formed in God’s image.  It is our responsibility to take care of our planet Earth and everything in it and to work it as God intended.

c)  In putting everything under him (man), God left nothing that is not subject to him.  Yet we do not see everything that is subject to him.  But we do see Jesus who has come to defeat death.

Main truth from these passages:  God originally gave man dominion over this earth (and the one to come) NOT angels even though man is a little lower than angels.  Man was created to rule earth.

This brings up the question:  how can Jesus rule and reign if he is not human?  Thus, Jesus became human so he (and we while Jesus is gone) can rule and reign over this world.

Thus, God gave man dominion over the earth; however, when man sinned and brought death (Romans 5:12), he gave up that power (but not the right) to rule.  The sin and death took away that power.  Thus, Jesus was sent to conquer death and restore God’s promise that humans will have dominion over the earth (Romans 5:21).  Because through Jesus man reclaims the dominion that God had originally intended for Adam (Revelation 5:10; Matthew 25:21).

Credit given to Enduring Word for explaining this to me!

5a)  To work and take care of Eden.  Basically, to care for God’s creations.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  To care for my family and husband; raise my kids in God’s ways.  For the world, I hope it’s through my novel.  But that’s just a hope.  At times, a very discouraging hope.  Something in my heart I can’t shake.  But one I believe is from God.

Conclusions:  Question 4c needed more background information.  I wouldn’t have been able to answer it without reading commentaries.  Piecing together the fact that one reason Jesus came as a man is to fulfill God’s promise of man having dominion over the earth is one I’ve never considered or heard of before.

In church, it’s all about how Jesus came to save us from our sins; to take them upon himself.  But this implication goes far beyond that.  Jesus came for us to rule.  Because God deigned us to (for some unknown reason).  Again, as in Psalm 8, I feel like David:  “what is man that you are mindful of him?”.

We are so little and insignificant.  But only in our eyes.  To God, we must be 10 feet tall!

BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 3, Day 2: Acts 3-4

Summary of passages:  Acts 3:  Peter and John were heading to the temple to pray when they ran into a crippled beggar.  He asked them for money and Peter exclaimed, “Look at us!”  The beggar did and Peter said he would give the man what he had and told him to walk in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  He pulled him to his feet and the beggar began to jump around and praise God.  The people who saw the beggar were filled with awe at what had happened to him.

All the people were astonished and came running to Peter and John.  Peter asks them why they stare at them as if they were the ones to heal the man.  It was through Jesus, the one you disowned and killed and God raised again, by faith in Jesus that this man walks.

God fulfilled his prophecies.  Repent, turn to God so your sins can be wiped clean.  Jesus will remain in heaven until the time of restoration.  Peter quotes Moses and Abraham who spoke of Jesus, telling the people to listen and turn from your wicked ways.

Acts 4:  The priests and the Sadducees arrest Peter and John because they were teaching people Jesus rose from the dead.  But many heard and more were converted.

The next day the pair was brought before the Sanhedrin (a group resembling the group Jesus was brought before) and asked by what power they healed.  Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, speaks the truth, “It is by the name of Jesus Christ whom you killed that this man is healed.  Salvation is found only in Jesus.

The learned men were astonished these so-called unschooled, ordinary men could heal.  They could do nothing since everyone had seen the man healed.  The Sanhedrin want to stop them from speaking in Jesus’ name but when they asked Peter and John to stop, they refused. Reluctantly, the two were let go since they could not deny a miracle had taken place.

Peter and John returned and prayed, saying “God, you made it all; you proclaimed through David how the rulers gather against you but they did what you had decided beforehand.  So enable us to speak your word with boldness and to heal through Jesus.  God filled them with the Holy Spirit.

All the believers shared their possessions.  The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of Jesus.  No one went without.

Questions:

3)  1) You must have faith to give faith.  Peter says, “What I have I give you.” (Acts 3:6)  Peter takes the man by the hand and he walks.  Peter had faith in Jesus and gave it to the man.

2) Once you have faith you must use it and proclaim it.  “He jumped to his feet and began to walk.  He walked, jumped, and praised God.” (Acts 3:8)  Once Jesus is in your heart you must use it to follow God’s plan for you.  John 10:10  “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”

3) “Faith comes from hearing the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17  Peter heals the man in the name of Jesus.  When  you hear or read the word of God you are healed in many ways just like this man was when he heard the name of Jesus.

4) From Ephesians 2:8, God’s grace saves us and the Holy Spirit prompts us to do good works.  The crippled beggar was healed because God chose to heal him through his grace.  The beggar believed and Peter believed and God chose to reward them because He loved them and loves us.

4a)  The name of Jesus is powerful.  It heals (3:6).

Jesus is referred to as God’s servant (3:13); the Holy and Righteous One (3:14); the author of life (3:15); Peter explains “It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given complete healing” (3:16); God’s holy servant (4:27, 30)

b) “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (4:12)

5) The were astonished and confounded how unschooled, ordinary men could perform such miracles.  They had been with Jesus and performed an indisputable miracle.  All the rulers could do was threaten them.  They could not harm them for they were now loved by the people.

6a)  They praised God and listed his accomplishments (“you made the heaven and the earth and the sea”).  They quoted God’s words (Psalm 2:1,2).  They told God what was happening through telling him the travesties that were occurring against him and Jesus (conspiring against him).  They recognized it was God’s will and said so (verse 28). Finally, they asked for what they wanted (consider the threats and stretch out your hand and perform miracles in Jesus’ name).

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I’m trying to say “your will, not mine” more.  I praise God for His goodness and His goodness in my life.  Then ask for what I want in a humble way if it is God’s will and in His timing.

7)  They shared what they had with others and each had a good heart (one for God).  They testified to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and much grace was showered on them.  No one was in need for those that had gave when needed or gave to those who could give to those needy.

Conclusions:  Challenging lesson that’s for sure.  Question 3 I think will get a lot of you thinking.  I also liked the prayer model.  It’s something we all know but it’s hard to remember in the rush we have in our lives to take the time and pray properly when we do pray.

That being said, I think ultimately God doesn’t care how you pray.  Even if it’s just, “God, help me” it’s something, which is better than nothing.  For God knows your heart and what you mean even when you don’t or can’t say it.

I enjoyed the various names Jesus is called.  It’s helpful for me to remember exactly what he has done for us. Sometimes the word Jesus is not enough.  He’s talked about so often we can become immune almost to his power. The phrases “God’s holy servant” and “author of life” emphasizes just exactly who Jesus is and the power he has in our lives.