bsf acts lesson 1 day 4

BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 4: Acts 1:4-11, John 14:1-3, 16-18; 16:12-15

Summary of Acts 1:4-11:

Jesus gives the disciples a command to not leave Jerusalem until they have received the gift from His Father, which is the Holy Spirit.  The disciples asked Jesus if he was going to restore the kingdom of Israel and Jesus says it is not for them to know the Father’s timing; it is for them to be witnesses for him in Judea, Jerusalem, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Then Jesus was taken up before their eyes into heaven.  Two men in white suddenly appeared next to the disciples and said this same Jesus will come back again in the same way you have seen him ascend.  (Basically, quit gawking and start talking!  You have much work to do!).

Summary of John 14:1-3:

Jesus assures his disciples he is preparing a place in heaven for them to be with him.

John 14:16-18:

Jesus will ask God to give the disciples the Holy Spirit to be with them instead of him physically to live inside of them.

John 16:12-15:

The Holy Spirit will guide them in what to say and do and bring God and Jesus Glory.

BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 4: Acts 1:4-11, John 14:1-3, 16-18; 16:12-15

8 ) So that the Holy Spirit could come in his place. That way all believers can be with Jesus.

9) “Jesus will come back int eh same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

10) That they would not be alone and forsaken after Jesus left them.

Conclusions to BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 4: Acts 1:4-11, John 14:1-3, 16-18; 16:12-15

I would definitely encourage you to look back at the previous Acts study and see the differences. This lesson especially has been vastly modified from when I first did this study the last go-around. Here’s my commentary from back then HERE We had to look up way more Bible verses back in the day.

End Notes to BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 4: Acts 1:4-11, John 14:1-3, 16-18; 16:12-15

Acts 1:9-11

Jesus was taken up from them as He blessed them (Luke 24:50). As He slowly disappeared into the sky, surrounded by a cloud they continued to gaze upward.

The cloud of glory (called the Shekinah) that is associated with the presence of God in the Old and New Testaments.

It was important for Jesus to leave His disciples in this manner. He could have simply vanished to heaven and the Father’s presence in a secret sort of way. But by ascending in this manner, Jesus wanted His followers to know that He was gone for good.

John 16:6-7 Jesus says, “You are filled with grief.  But I tell you the truth:  It is for your good that I am going away.  Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you.”

Morgan speculated that the two men were possibly Moses and Elijah. It seems best to say they were angels.

This same Jesus reminds us that the Jesus ascended to heaven and seated at the right hand of God the Father is the same Jesus of the Gospels. He is the same Jesus forever and always.

John verses

This entire focus is being with Jesus again, who is preparing a place out of his great love for us. Heaven is heaven because Jesus is there. The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us every day.

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BSF Study Questions John Lesson 1, Day 4: John 1:6-8; 14-15

Summary of passage:  John the Baptist was sent from God to testify that Jesus is the light.  Jesus (the Word) became flesh.

Questions:

10a)  He was sent from God to testify that Jesus is the light so that through him all men might believe.  He was an evangelist whose life’s goal was to bring people to Jesus.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I think we are all given work to do here on earth that will shine God’s light into other’s lives.  And that looks different for everyone.  For me, I’m a writer and I try to convey God’s light through my stories.  I also pass on God to my kids and to those I meet through my actions and words.  God and the encounters He sends us are everywhere.  We just have to look.

11)  Calling Jesus the Word points to his uniqueness as the Word is what gives life from Creation on.  He’s the “One and Only”, implying Jesus is the only way to God.  He holds the glory different from humans.

Conclusions:  The take away here is to remember Jesus’ uniqueness and his special relationship to God and man.  And to remember God’s purpose is to save us.  Through Jesus.  And it’s our job to let others know about that.

End Notes:  Testifying connotes committing.  If you testify for Jesus or for someone on trial, you are committing to him.

John the Baptist had a significant following, of which John the Apostle was one until he met Jesus.  Some of John the Baptist’s followers were uncertain of Jesus.  John makes clear here that John the Baptist is not the light for those who were confused about Jesus.

“The Word became flesh” was astounding at that time in history.  To the Greeks, their gods were super-men who lived forever, not a different being entirely and certainly not logos.  To the Jews, God was an effervescent spirit.  How could he ever become as common as a man?  John speaks to both beliefs here and announces:  Jesus/God is man!

God comes to us in the flesh.  We don’t have to go out and find Him.  He is there always.

“And dwelt among us” is more properly translated as “pitched one’s tent”, directly linking to the tabernacle of Old Testament’s time where God dwelled, where the law was kept, where sacrifices were made, the center of the town, and where revelations occurred and God spoke.  God is here as our center in the flesh (Holy Spirit in our times).

“Seen” is more properly translated “beheld” and meant in Greek “to see with one’s eye” in person, in the flesh.

“Full of” is all encompassing.

“Grace and truth”.  Both together and not one without the other.  That is God.  The corresponding Hebrew translation here is often “unfailing love and faithfulness.”

Verse 15 is John the Baptist speaking.  In ancient times, if you were older than someone else, you were considered wiser.  Intelligence had no say here.  Hence, John the Baptist is making is clear that even though Jesus came after him in birth of the flesh, Jesus is the greater.  And also he’s saying Jesus did actually come before him since Jesus has always existed.

Fun Fact:  John never uses the word “grace” after the prologue (verse 14).

Another Fun Fact:  John uses the Greek word for “truth” 25 times and links it closely with Jesus who is the truth (John 14:6).

BSF Study Questions The Life of Moses Lesson 1, Day 4: Exodus 1:22-2:10

Summary of passage:  Pharaoh orders all his people to kill newborn Hebrew boys.  A Levite woman gave birth to a boy and hid him for 3 months.  Then she put him in a basket and set him among the reeds of the Nile.  Pharaoh’s daughter went to bathe along the river bank and found the baby.  It was crying and she felt sorry for it so she had a Hebrew woman (the baby’s mother) nurse him until he was old enough to live with her as her son.  She named him Moses, which means “draw out.”

Questions:

9)  Amrad was the father.  Mother was Jochebed.  Aaron was Moses’ brother.  His sister was Miriam.

10a)  By faith in God and they were not afraid of Pharaoh’s edict.

b)  Genesis 15:13-16 where God says they will be enslaved but then he will punish the enslavers and reward them with great possessions and the Promised Land once more.

Genesis 12:2-2 where God promises Abraham he will make him into a great nation and bless him and curse those who curse him.

Abraham’s covenant with God in Genesis 15 where God promises Abraham to be his shield and to multiply his children and give him the Promised Land.

c)  She set Moses adrift when she knew the Pharaoh’s daughter was to be at the Nile for her bath.  She stayed nearby so that she would be there when they went to search out a wet nurse.  She had faith that God would move Pharaoh’s daughter’s heart and she would take him in.  She also had the faith to let Moses go and as a mother this is very difficult–to have faith that God will raise your child.

d)  God allowed her to nurse her child and be with him for a while longer and he allowed Moses to live.  He also provided financially for Moses’ parents since she was paid to take care of her own son!

e)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Any job I’ve applied for recently.  I trust God that if it is meant to be, it will be.  Otherwise, it won’t be.  I plan for it.  I try hard to get it.  But my world doesn’t end when I don’t get it for it is God’s plan not to get it.

Conclusions:  Love how God’s plan is greater than any human’s.  Pharaoh does everything he can to kill off the Israelites but fails in the end.  I also love God’s irony and humor by placing the leader of the Israelites right under Pharaoh’s nose in the royal palace!  Awesome, isn’t it?

End Notes:  Note that Moses’ parents did obey Pharaoh who said to throw every baby boy in the Nile.  Jochebed did this she just included a basket as well.

God orchestrated this entire scene:  the parents, Moses’ cry, Pharaoh’s daughter.  No doubt it was during Moses’ early years that he learned about the Hebrews and God before he left permanently for Pharaoh’s palace.  In ancient times, children nursed much longer than today because of the general lack of food.  He would have been maybe close to four or five before being returned to Pharaoh’s daughter.  Remember the Egyptians are pagans who worshiped many gods so Moses would have been taught them in school.

Moses would have been raised with every privilege.  Egypt was an advanced society for its time and Moses would have had a stellar education.  Acts 7:22 tells us “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.”  He might have been an heir to the Egyptian throne and may have led battles as an Egyptian prince would have.  This we are not told for sure.