BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 6, Day 4: Matthew 5:27-32; Mark 10:1-12

Summary of passages:  Matthew 5:27-32:  Jesus says do not commit adultery and this includes anyone who looks at another lustfully is adultery in your heart.  If what causes you to sin is your eye or your hand, then get rid of it for it is better for you to lose one part of your body than your whole self to hell.

Jesus says except for marital unfaithfulness, you commit adultery when you divorce or marry someone who has been divorced.

Mark 10: 1-12:  Jesus answers the question is divorce lawful.  In the Old Testament, Moses permitted a man to divorce a woman.  Jesus said this was only because your hearts were hard. God intended for man and woman to be united in one flesh and to not have man separate what God has put together.

Jesus continues by saying if you divorce, then you are committing adultery against that person.

Questions:

9)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Pray.  Remove yourself from the situation where the impure thoughts happen like a work environment or what have you.  Read the Bible.  Quote scripture. Purposely replace those thoughts with quotes from the Bible.  Use God’s word as a shield against the devil and the thoughts he puts in your head.  Read another book or do a different activity to occupy the mind until the thoughts stop.

10)  Personal Question.  My answer:  1 Corinthians 10:13:  “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you  are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up against it.

Matthew 26:41:  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Galatians 5:16:  “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

Psalm 119:11:  “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

11a)  Marital unfaithfulness.  Mark adds because man’s hearts were hard.

b)  Essentially, that God never intended for divorce to exist.  That divorce is man’s institution and a supposed way around God’s law.  God made man and woman to be together and once together to join as one and to never be parted.

Conclusions:  I love how we are digesting Jesus’ teachings in little chunks and then looking in the Bible elsewhere for supporting themes.  Great study of the Bible and how to apply it in our daily lives.  Thank you BSF!

We are given the Deuteronomy verse here because this is the law the Pharisees had been using to justify divorce.  The problem was the word “Displeases” or “indecent” or “uncleanness” was ill-defined and subjective at best.  In Moses’ time, it was understood to mean unfaithful but by Roman times, it had been interpreted as any old excuse.   Hence, Jesus here clarifies it unequivocally by defining it as “marital unfaithfulness.”

Many of us fall into sin because of the situation around us.  It’s why your parents didn’t want you hanging out with kids who were bad influences because then you’d be more likely to sin because of it.  Good call by BSF to highlight that fact.  For it is up to us (especially as adults) to insulate ourselves if you will from sin by turning our backs on situations where we know we will be more likely to sin.

If you are an alcoholic, avoid places that serve alcohol.  If you are tempted to drugs, find different friends.  If you are attracted to someone you shouldn’t be, don’t be around that person.  For God always provides a way out.  Just many of us don’t chose it.

End Notes:  Again, Jesus is applying adultery to the heart, not merely to the actions.  You sin when you have lustful thoughts not just when you act on that lust.  They are not the same, but they are both sin.  You can extrapolate this to anything else you covet as well as evinced by the Ten Commandments and outlawed.

We are in charge of our thoughts and we must gain control if we are to win against the devil.  You must be willing to sacrifice in order to be more like Jesus.  And no one said it was easy.

2 Corinthians 10:5:  “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

God does not recognize divorce.  It is an institution of man, not of God.  Hence, if you divorce and marry again, you are committing adultery because you are still married to your first spouse in God’s eyes.

It was commonplace for Romans to marry and then sleep around with others.  Extramarital affairs was not condoned  and divorce was rampant.  Hence, it was (and still is) very important for people to hear these words from Jesus to know the Truth when they were surrounded by society’s lies.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 6, Day 4: Genesis 5:18-24

Summary of passage:  Jared had Enoch and then he died.  Enoch had Methuselah.  Enoch walked with God and was taken up to heaven.

Questions:

8 )  Jude says Enoch prophesied.  Hebrews says he was commended as one who pleased God.  Genesis says Enoch walked with God.

9)  No.  He was taken up to heaven but did not experience a physical death.

10a)  Enoch was just taken up to heaven as those of us who are living in Christ (the faithful) shall be taken up to heaven when the Lord comes.

b)  We will all rise and be changed and given a new body.  The Lord will come down from heaven and with a loud command and trumpet call the dead in Christ will rise.  Then the living in Christ will rise and be with the Lord forever.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Rising again to be with Christ forever.  Gives me hope.

Conclusions:  I’m REALLY not liking this lesson.  I just feel like BSF is spending way too much time on Genesis 5 and an obscure guy named Enoch.  Furthermore, we discussed all of this in Acts last year.  We read Hebrews, 1 Corinthians, and 1 Thessalonians and discussed Enoch as well.  I just don’t see his importance like BSF does.

Question 8 had no specifics.  We don’t know why Enoch was commended with God or how he exactly walked with God.  We just know he did something to be taken up to heaven by God.  I just don’t see how this applies to my life.

For me, I didn’t get anything out of this lesson and am ready to move on to Lesson 7.

BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 6, Day 4: Acts 13:14b-41

Summary of passage:  Barnabas and Saul are in Pisidian Antioch (Turkey, yesterday’s map HERE) at the synogogue. Paul is invited to speak.  He tells the people God has prospered them in Egypt, led them out of Egypt and gave them Canaan to live on, and sent them judges.  He sent King Saul and King David.  From David God sent Jesus who preached repentance and baptism.

The prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled:  no one recognized Jesus as the Savior, the executed him with no evidence of a crime, and God raised him from the dead and traveled amongst them for many days.  God has fulfilled His promise to His people through Jesus.

Through Jesus we (the people) are forgiven and justified.  And be warned if you do not accept Jesus, you shall perish as the prophets have predicted.

Questions:

9a)  First division:  16-25  Second division:  26-37  Third division:  38-41

b)  God chose men of Israel and the Gentiles who worshipped God.  He prospered His people in Egypt and led them out of that country.  He cared for them for 40 years in the desert and overthrew 7 nations in Canaan so He could establish His people there.  He gave them judges and when the people asked for a king God gave them Saul and then David. (verses 17-22)

God endured their conduct while in the desert (verse 18). The people asked for a king (verse 21).

God chose David so Jesus could come from his line.  John the Baptist tried to prepare the people for Jesus by preaching repentance and baptism. (verse 23-4)

10)  Personal Question.  My answer:  By giving me a Christian mom who took me to church.  Giving me a Christian husband.  Leading me to my church where I was baptized as a young adult.  Leading me to BSF and other bible studies where I can learn and grow in God’s word so I can teach others and raise my children knowing and seeking Him.

11)  The prophecies were fulfilled to the letter with Jesus’ coming.  No one recognized Jesus as the Savior.  He was unjustly condemned and sentenced to death.  He was risen from the tomb once killed and continued to abide here on Earth and seen by many as witnesses.  Jesus fulfilled God’s promises.

12a)  Forgiveness of our sins (verse 38) through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses (basically saying OT is nulled and void and now NT–Jesus–rids us of the OT ways and ushers in new ways).  Verse 39

b)  Believing in Jesus (verse 39)

c)  According to Webster’s believe means “to have a firm religious faith; to accept trustfully and on faith; to have a firm conviction as to the reality or goodness of something.”

In this instance, if you accept Jesus as your Savior, trust He is real and everlasting, hold a firm conviction of His reality, and hold faithfully to this knowledge in your heart, then you believe in Him.

d)  If we wonder about Jesus, if we are complacent and do not believe, we will perish.  For Jesus is coming (the something God will do we won’t believe).  Paul is quoting from the Old Testament here (Habakkuk 1:5) before Jesus has come.

e)  According to Webster’s Dictionary, to scoff is “to show contempt by derisive acts or language; to treat with derision; mock”.  People mock Christians, saying their beliefs are antiquated and question whether there is a God or not who would allow such horrible doings on this planet.

In my limited worldly experience of human behavior, I would say a lot of these people who scoff are masking a jealously or a fear.  They are jealous of those who profess faith or are afraid of what turning their heart over to Jesus would mean for them.  They might have to give something up or quit doing something in their lifestyle–a vice if you will.

Paul calls all these people out with dire consequences.

Conclusions:  I think Question 12 nailed it.  I think many today are “dreamers” and do more thinking than they do acting.  If we wait too long to accept Jesus, we might miss the boat and die, ending up on the wrong boat for eternity.  In this generation there is a tendency to “play it safe” and not take risks, a tendency to sit on the sidelines and let someone else make all the decisions.

Here Paul warns if that is you, you will perish.  Period.  End of story.  Too late.

So decide and make it quick.  For one day you might not wake up.

End Tip:  I must have changed my divisions 10 times while doing this lesson.  So I decided to skip that question and answer the rest and fill in the divisions based off of BSF’s questions.  So these are my guesses based off of what I believe BSF is looking for.

End Note on Justification:  I believe this is the first time the thought and idea of justification is expressed since Jesus’ death.  We talked about this last year in Isaiah but I needed to look it up again so I thought I’d review it here.  Most of this is summarized from my Bible Dictionary (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary by J D Douglas and Merrill C Tenney) found under justification.

When Jesus died, he absolved all of man from sin.  If man believes in Jesus through faith then man is declared righteous in God’s eyes.  Being righteous means we have a right relationship with God (basically we can once again stand in His presence because sin had always separated us from the perfectness of God.  Here sin is washed away, we are righteous, we are right in God’s eyes, so we can be with Him again).

Paul’s last words are trying to convey the key point:  if you don’t have faith, you won’t be justified nor saved and you will perish.  One must have faith to have justification.  The sinner (us) must accept the work of Christ and his death on the cross.