BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 14, Day 2: Romans 8:17-18

Summary of passage:  Since we are God’s children, we are heirs of God and Christ and share in his sufferings and glory.  Our sufferings are miniscule compared to the glory that awaits us.

Questions:

3)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  Paul suffered terribly as we all know.  He was imprisoned and murdered by the Romans.  He was tortured and beaten, robbed and stoned.  He was scared for his earthly life most of the time and on the run from persecutors.  He was shipwrecked and starving.  This does not affect my understanding of these verses in any measurable way.  When I suffer, it’s nothing compared to Paul or any other 1st century human.  It’s hard to compare apples to oranges.  All I know is my suffering is miniscule to Paul’s and I try not to complain about it.

That being said disregarding Paul who lived 2000 years ago, Paul’s words are encouraging because in my suffering there is hope and a glory that is unseen.  Suffering is fleeting; glory is forever.  And when you think you have nothing you really have everything.

4a)  The definition of glory according to Webster’s Dictionary is “praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent: renown.  worshipful praise, honor and thanksgiving.  great beauty and splendor; magnificence.”  According to Zondervan’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, glory is “Great honor or praise; used especially of God’s majestic splendor; weight, burden, wealth, magnificence, honor.  The glory of God is the worthiness of God or the presence of God in the fullness of his attributes in some place or everywhere.”

b)  2 Corinthians 3:18:  “We all reflect the Lord’s glory and are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Philippians 3:20-21:  Our bodies will be transformed into Jesus’s glorious body.

Colossians 1:27:  Christ in us is the hope of glory and a glorious mystery.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14:  We were called and chosen by God to share in Christ’s glory.

Hebrews 2:10:  Jesus brought us to glory through his suffering and death. (read Hebrews 2:9)

5)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  Suffering and glory go hand in hand.  You can’t have one without the other.  Christ suffered; we suffer.  Christ has glory; we have glory.  You have to suffer in order to have glory.  Suffering is a part of life.  It’s something we have to walk through.  It doesn’t last forever–heaven and Jesus are forever.  In heaven, our glory will shine.  Keeping a heavenly perspective through suffering and keeping faith in Christ gives us/me hope during the trials and tribulations of life and will go a long way towards us getting through suffering here on this side of heaven.  Glory outshines the suffering.

Conclusions:  Every question is outside of this passage.

End Notes:  Our sharing in Christ’s suffering is a condition of our future glorification.

Without a heavenly hope, Paul considered the Christian life foolish and tragic (1 Corinthians 15:19). Yet in light of eternity it is the wisest and best choice anyone can make.

This coming glory will not only be revealed to us, but it will actually be revealed in us.

God has put this glory into the believer right now. In heaven the glory will simply be revealed.

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BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 14, Day 2 Isaiah 34:1-7

Summary of passage: Isaiah tells all enemy nations the Lord is angry with them and He will bring his wrath and destruction upon them.  He will throw out their dead bodies to rot, the stars of the heaven will dissolve, and He will bring His sword to destroy them (Isaiah singles out Edom) and the people.  The land and dust will be soaked in blood and fat.

Questions:

3a) All the enemy peoples and enemy nations of God’s people (here Israel and Judah) on Earth.  Everyone and everything need to listen.

b) All enemy nations from the time Isaiah is speaking to the end of the world.

4) He will totally destroy their armies and the slain will be left to rot.  The Lord’s sword will totally destroy the people, Edom, and Bozrah.  Here, Isaiah is using Edom as a representative of the enemy nations and what will happen to them which is ultimately they will all disappear like Edom.

Curious as to where Bozrah was I found a map:  http://www.yeshuatyisrael.com/images/mapboz.jpg

Here’s another one I like:  http://endtimepilgrim.org/bozmap.gif

Bozrah was the capital city of Edom located in modern-day Jordan east of the Dead Sea.  It’s name means sheepfold and was a pastoral city.

Spoiler Alert:  According to Isaiah 63:1-6, the Lord will come from Edom and Bozrah on the day of vengeance and the year of redemption.  Information taken from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bozrah

5) Edom was the homeland of Jacob’s twin brother, Esau.  Esau was also called Edom (which means red) because when Esau was born he was red.  Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew and bread, thinking he was dying at the time.  Jacob took advantage of his brother and deceived him.  Esau (understandably) held a grudge against Jacob because as a result Jacob received his father’s (Isaac) blessing instead of himself.  Jacob is renamed Israel (Genesis 32:28-29).  So, in numbers Edom denies passage to Israel through his land as Moses was leading the Israelites up from Egypt and came against them with an army to enforce his decision.  So Israel had to go around.  The Edomites cheered the sacking of Jerusalem by Babylon and they looted the fleeing refugees.  Therefore, in Obadiah, the Lord promises in that day destruction of Edom because of the violence against his brother Jacob.  The Edomites will be covered with shame and destroyed forever.

6a) Their dead bodies will send up a stench; the mountains will be soaked with their blood.  The sword of the Lord is bathe in blood, it is covered with the fat…fat from the kidneys of rams.

b) Personal Question.  My answer:  Sin is the breaking of God’s laws.  Sin means “to miss the mark” of God’s holy standard or righteousness.  God hates sin because it is what separates us from Him–the thing He never wanted.  He created us to be like Adam and Eve before the Fall–walking with Him fully and as a part of Him.

c) To escape, we must recognize we are sinners, accept Jesus as our Savior from sin, and repent.  Jesus conquered sin and death.  2 Corinthians 7:10-11  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  See what this Godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, wheat readiness to see justice done…

Luke 13: 3  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Acts 17:30-31 …he [God] commands all people everywhere to repent.  For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice…

John 14:6-7 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well…

Conclusions:  Great lesson.  I now know the history of Edom and how it all relates back to Jacob and Esau.  It explains at least God’s judgment on Edom in that day.  Question 6 just re-emphasized in my mind how much God does love us:  when we think back to why He originally created us and how much it broke His heart when man Fell that He devised a way to bring us back to Him through His son, Jesus.  It also reminds us how much we should strive to walk in His ways just like our kids want to please us so should we want to please our Father.  John 14:6 just popped into my head in answer to 6c which is one we always need to remember:  “I am the way and the truth and the life.”