BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 21, Day 2: Various Passages

Summary of passages:  Various passages for the day.

Questions:

3a)  Justice is what is morally right and fair and mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.  In the United States and most of the developed world justice is administered through the nation’s government and court system.  This is positive as this is what the Bible tells us to do (Romans 13:1-5; 1 Peter 2:13-17) and it takes the responsibility out of the hands of the individuals where justice is much more subjective to the crime.  This is negative in places where people do sin and take justice into their own hands by committing murder, etc.

Mercy is more individual with people showing mercy towards others when they have been wronged.  Hence, we see this everywhere.  This is positive because people are more merciful than government who have to follow the law.  This is negative when people don’t show mercy.

b)  Exodus says God forgives wickedness, rebellion, and sin.  Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished.  John 3 tells us God showed mercy when He sent His only Son to die for our sins.  Peter says God is patient to allow everyone to repent in His mercy.  I think the court system is the best system for justice man can come up with.  It takes the subjectiveness and emotion out of it and puts everyone on an equal playing field by knowing the consequences of their actions BEFORE they commit the sin.  And this is equivalent to God’s as well since we know the repercussions of our sins and since God tells us to submit to authorities, it’s what we do.

God’s mercy is obviously infinitely greater than man’s, but we follow Jesus’ example as best we can and show mercy to others.  We can do this by sharing the gospel and showing the ultimate mercy as we try to save souls for eternity.

4)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I have been shown the ultimate mercy by being amongst the chosen to accept Jesus as my Savior.  Being born in the United States during modern times is justice to me since we do have laws that protect us and a civilized society.  I am more merciful to others because of Jesus and I try to be just to others as well because of Jesus and because of what is right and wrong.  Jesus is the ultimate administrator of justice and if I’ve been wronged, I give it to him to deal with.

Conclusions:  Not looking forward to this lesson as we take ANOTHER break from Revelation. These are the weeks I just want to skip.  This lesson has no passages to read from the Bible except in 3b.  It’s all personal opinion and what is justice and mercy and where we see it in today’s world.  This plays off of the last question from last week in Lesson 20, Day 5 where we were asked how can God be both love and wrathful.  He loves us so much He avenges His people and punishes His people when they disobey.  This is the ultimate sign of love and compassion and mercy.  He could let us run amok like wild animals, killing and tearing each other to shreds.  Instead, we exist for Him.

End Notes:  Exodus 34:6-7 where God describes Himself is the most quoted or alluded to passage in the Old Testament.  It’s a profound summary of God’s nature.  He is love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and punisher.  He is everything.

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6 comments on “BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 21, Day 2: Various Passages

  1. CC says:

    I’m sorry your lesson must have been incorrectly printed……Did you miss the scripture readings for each day??? 3rd Day read Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-20, 4th Day read Exodus 32 (the whole chapter); 34:4-7, and 5th Day read Romans 5:6-11 and Ephesians 2:1-10. So yes there was more scripture reading than just 3B

    • atozmom says:

      CC,

      I do each day separately. For Day 2, it is various passages. For the other days, I have those marked and summarized. See the individual posts/days for those. Thanks!

  2. Renee Lynn says:

    Thank you so much for your blog. This is my third year at BSF. I try to do the lessons on my own and look at your blog and it helps me tremendously.
    Last week, lesson 20 day 3 question 7 I shared in my group Isaiah 6:1-4 Temple filled with smoke indicates God is about to act. A lady in my group said where in the bible does that say God is about to act?
    The passage made since to me that this about to happen. My leader asked me to look it up while everyone waited. I was embarrassed for being called out. I looked back and I did get that from your blog. As you know, we are not to go to commentaries and etc. I think that is ridiculous.
    I am trying to learn and grow. Please continue to post. You are a blessing to so many.
    Thank You,
    Renee

    • atozmom says:

      Renee,

      Sad and I’m sorry. It doesn’t SAY that in the Bible. It’s just a fact scholars acknowledge since it shows up repeatedly in the Bible. Smoke indicates God and usually when God shows up, He’s gonna do something. Intuitive and nothing else.

      God bless you for your hard work on learning about Him. You will be rewarded.

    • mixwickie says:

      So sorry you got called out that’s not good. I Believe that we should all be learning as much as we can from as many sources as possible and forming our own opinions. Don’t let this get you down

  3. CMCS says:

    For question 3b: Some differences: God forgives completely and wipes the slate clean. The world STAMPS the crime on your record and you are fighting it forever in your life. (sounds like I have personal experience—I don’t, but when you read about criminals trying to go the right path, it is very difficult.)

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