As always, the last lesson in BSF is a review lesson and a reflection on what you have learned throughout the year at BSF. I will not be posting my answers as they are all personal questions, but I will leave you with some of my final thoughts for the year.
I learned Jesus had to rise from the grave so that we could. I learned how everything Jesus did was for us. The connection between the Old and New Testaments was strengthened in my mind as I gained a deeper understanding of prophecy and especially how it relates to Jesus.
I learned how God briefly turned His back on Jesus at the cross but Jesus never turned his back on God. Important for us to do as well when we think God has abandoned us.
I gained a much deeper understanding of the disciples. Before, I thought little of them to be quite honest and what I did think of them was idealized. Now, I know they were just like you and me–common folk who were flawed but with a good heart–who yearned to understand and follow Jesus even when they failed. But they never gave up. And in the end, they fulfilled God’s purpose for their lives here on Earth.
I learned the key to healing is having faith. Those who had faith in Jesus were healed. Those who didn’t, were not. Unseen faith is the key to heaven.
I learned everything Jesus did had a purpose. He wasn’t just indiscriminately walking here on Earth. Every footfall was planned from the beginning of time.
Jesus himself became more real to me. I saw him more as a human who had the same emotions and problems as we do here on earth. He had to be God and man at the same time–I would imagine not easy to do. He formed close connections with those close to him and felt pain when they failed him or betrayed him. He had expectations that were let down. He had burdens to carry that we could never imagine. Yet his courage gives me strength. For if Jesus could bear the sins of the world, then I can bear whatever little problem is going on in my life.
My favorite story/lesson was John the Baptist’s beheading for I saw just how easy it is to sway young people to do horrible acts because of their ignorance. This is important for me to remember as I raise my kids in this Fallen world where at every turn they are bombarded with images of how they should be or how they should act and messages of how premarital sex is okay and smoking marijuana is healthy.
You can never fail when you study the Bible for God is with you and He never fails. He speaks to you right where you are even if you’ve heard these very familiar tales a hundred times. Overall, I loved the study of Matthew. I’ve never really had the opportunity to study Jesus in depth and now I feel confident in speaking about his time here on earth with others. Studying the Bible makes it more accessible and real and the life lessons are ones we need to hear over and over again in order to live them out.
I am, however, looking forward to the break where I have much writing planned (2 re-writes and a non-fiction book to begin), which I believe is my calling here on Earth. Naturally, I am excited to begin!
I thank all of you for joining me in this study. You have enriched it infinite-fold with your comments and presence. I look forward to next year with Moses (or Revelation for some of you). God bless and have a rejuvenating break!