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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 4, Day 6: Hebrews 11:1,6

PASSAGE IN HEBREWS

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see … without faith it is impossibile to please God… “

Hebrews 11:1, 6

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 11:1,6

15) Jesus is greater than everyone, including angels. Jesus is our High Priest and the only way to God. Christ’s sacrifice is for all if you have faith. God disciplines us for our good. Must persevere.

16) God is good. He has a plan. We have faith in his plan.

CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 4 AND ALL OF WORDGO’S STUDY OF HEBREWS

Great book to re-read. Great nuggets of encouragement, and great truths about God that we can hold onto. I’m liking these short studies.

Next week, Ruth!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 4, Day 4: Hebrews 13

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 13

Love each other as brothers. Do not forget strangers or prisoners. Stay pure in marriage. Be content with what you have. Remember your leaders. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Ignore strange teachings. Jesus made us holy through his blood. Continually praise God. Do good, share wtih others, obey your leaders, and pray for others.

May God equip us with everything good for doing his will and may he work in us what is pleasing to him.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 13

10) Love each other as brothers. Do not forget strangers or prisoners. Stay pure in marriage. Be content with what you have. Remember your leaders. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Ignore strange teachings. Jesus made us holy through his blood. Continually praise God. Do good, share wtih others, obey your leaders, and pray for others.

May God equip us with everything good for doing his will and may he work in us what is pleasing to him.

11 ) Loving others, remembering others, being content with what I have, remembering our leaders, and more. I could be more content and be more like Jesus if I did so.

12) We get discouraged and lose Jesus in our despair. Jesus died for me; there is no greater encouragement than this.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 13

Great advice offered here at the end from the writer of Hebrews. Jesus is our prize; let us set our eyes on him and chase him till the end of our days.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 3, Day 3: Hebrews 9:11-28

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 9:11-28

Christ is the mediator of the new covenant. He entered the Most Holy Place by his own blood that offered eternal redemption. The blood of Christ cleanses us inwardly and outwardly. We are now set free from our sins and able to inherit eternal life.

The Old Covenant required that everything has to be cleansed with blood in order to be forgiven. He offered himself one time as the eternal sacrifice. He will appear a second time to bring salvation to those who await him.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 9:11-28

7) Christ is the mediator of the new covenant. He entered the Most Holy Place by his own blood that offered eternal redemption. The blood of Christ cleanses us inwardly and outwardly. We are now set free from our sins and able to inherit eternal life. It’s important because it gives us eternal life, which the Old Covenant could not do.

8 ) Immeasurable gratitude. A desire to be like him. An acceptance of his sacrifice for my sins.

9) Jesus offers the New Covenant to us by his one sacrifice for us all. It is received by those who accept his sacrifice on the cross for us and who believe in him.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 9;11-28

Christ died once for us for our eternal inheritance. When you grasp that fact, nothing else in your world — none of your problems — matters.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 3, Day 2: Hebrews 9:1-10

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 9:1-10

The first covenant had regulations for worship. A tabernacle was where worship took place. Here there was a lampstand, table, and consecrated bread in the Holy Place, or first room. Behind the second curtain was the Most Holy Place, where the golden altar of incence and the Ark of the Covenant was. The ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff, and the stone tablet of the covenant. Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory that overlooked the atonement cover.

The priests used the outer room but ony the high priest entered the inner room once a year for a sin offering. The way into the Most Holy Place had not been disclosed yet. All of the offerings offered, such as gifts, sacrifices, and ceremonial cleansings, were only external regulations until the new order arrived.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 9:1-10

4) All of the offerings offered, such as gifts, sacrifices, and ceremonial cleansings, were only external regulations until the new order arrived. These sacrifices only partially cleansed man of sin and only the high priest could enter.

5) God required a blood offering to be a symbol of the atonement of man for their sins. This was due to the fact that the life of the animal is in the blood. This was the only way to be forgiven for our sins before the coming of Christ and his final blood sacrifice for us.

6) Because the blood sacrifices were never enough to cleanse us to be able to stand before God. We had to have the perfect sacrifice, Jesus, to do so. Now, we don’t have to worry about being forgiven; Christ took care of that for us. We should never feel guilt after we’ve made atonement for those sins.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 9:1-10

I for one am super grateful I don’t have to slaughter animals to be near God. Great explanation of the imperfectness of the Old Covenant.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of James: Week 1, Day 5: James 1-2:

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR JAMES 1-2:

13) Unsure about “already” changed my thoughts and actions as I believe change — especially Godly change — takes time. Powerful chapters about perseverence, listening to others, and not playing favorites, as well as showing your faith through deeds. Remembering these is the key for me, and I try to every day.

14) Not much. I have studied this passage before so I understand you must put your beliefs into actions. Of course, this is easier said than done, so I strive to do so a little bit more each day.

CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 1 OF WORDGO’S STUDY OF JAMES

James seems like a very, very wise man whom I wish we had more of his writings. But what we do have are cherished nuggets to hold onto. That is my prayer for you all.

See ya next week for Week 2 of WordGo’s Study of James!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of James: Week 1, Day 4: James 2:14-26:

SUMMARY OF JAMES 2:14-26:

Faith requires deeds, or for you to live out the teachings of the Bible through your actions. It does not good to wish someone to be well fed if they have no food. Abraham’s faith was shown in his willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac, when asked to by God. Abraham was credited as righteous.

Rahab was credited as righteous when she sent the spies away. Faith without deeds is dead.

QUESTIONS FOR JAMES 2:14-26:

10) Since Christians are held to a higher standard, we are called to help others. You show your faith through your actions. Great reminder to be looking for ways to show God’s love always.

11) You can believe that God is real, but if you don’t show you believe it, it’s pointless. True faith is living as if Jesus will come again. Intellectural faith is where you don’t quite believe this in your heart.

12) I personally like the example of the brother or sister without food. We are called to help those in need, and this is a perfect example of how to help.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO JAMES 2:14-26:

This is a popular bible passage to study, and BSF has referred to it in many of their studies. Basically, live out your faith. Don’t just call yourself a Christian; show you have God’s heart for others.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 30

BSF Study Questions Lesson 30: Book of Genesis

Well, we made it. I usually just do one post for Lesson 30 since they are all personal questions. Plus, since I just lost my cat, I’m having a really hard time doing anything right now.

Day 1:

For me, I was impacted by how God can do anything he wants, from choosing who he wants to his punishments and consequences of sin. Unsure of his will for me. I just keep plugging along, hoping it is God’s will.

Day 2:

I always have loved Joseph. He faced so many challenges and struggles in his life, yet God had a plan to save the world (and us) through him. It’s one of the most hopeful stories in the Bible. If you can believe that God has a plan for your life and everything works together for your good, then life will be infintely easier.

Day 3:

I hate these questions. I don’t know. I always hope I’m a better person, but it’s truly hard to see that in my life.

Day 4:

Same as Day 3. I’m truly uncertain.

Day 5:

Keep on shining God’s light as best as I can as a flawed human. That’s all I can do.

Day 6:

Trust God.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 5: Genesis 50:22-26

Summary of Genesis 50:22-26:

Joseph died at age 110 and lived to see the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Joseph told his brothers that God will come to take them to the Promise Land. He made them swear to carry his bones out of Egypt and take him with them. He was embalmed in Egypt.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 5: Genesis 50:22-26

16) God will come to take them to the Promise Land.

17) Joseph never doubted God and His promises. He knew the Israelites would be taken back to the Promised Land when the time was right.

18) Both died in faith surrounded by their family. It was a long journey, but God and His ways brought them both to Him. They were both honored and embalmed, and both will be buried in the Promise Land.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 5: Genesis 50:22-26

Great ending to a life well lived.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 5: Genesis 50:22-26

Joseph was led and blessed by God his entire life. He was 56 when Jacob died, and none of the details of Joseph’s live is recorded in scripture. We can presume that Joseph continued to lead the people of Egypt and his family. He lived 93 of his 110 years in Egypt. He was foreigner most of his life, but he was faithful to God throughout, and was rewarded for it.

It is said that Joseph was never buried in Egypt. His bones/coffin stood as a testament to the Israelites of the future of the Promise Land. Joseph would be taken out of Egypt by Moses to the Promise Land for burial in 400 years time. (Exodus 13:19)

Some promises of God take a long time to fulfill. The book of Genesis concludes with Joseph’s death — a death that looks forward to the future.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 4: Genesis 50:15-21

Summary of Genesis 50:15-21:

Now with Jacob dead, the brothers feared retribution from Joseph over what they did. They lied (presumably again), saying that Jacob told them to tell Joseph to forgive them. Joseph wept at the message. The brothers threw themselves at Joseph’s feet, calling themselves his slaves. Joseph told them to not be afraid (much like God would). God intended their actions for good so that he can save many lives. Joseph told them he would provide for them and their families.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 4: Genesis 50:15-21

13) The brothers feared retribution from Joseph over what they did. They lied (again), saying that Jacob told them to tell Joseph to forgive them. Joseph wept at the message. The brothers threw themselves at Joseph’s feet, calling themselves his slaves.

14) “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Joseph forgives his brothers and promises to take care of them and their children.

15) There is good in every situation, and you have to have faith that God intends everything (even the bad) for good. With time, you can see it.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 4: Genesis 50:15-21

The brothers lie again. Is there no end here? Joseph echoes his words from before that God intended their actions for good to save lives (Genesis 45:5).

End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 4: Genesis 50:15-21

Joseph’s tears are probably because the brothers are showing no faith in him and his forgiveness from years before.

Josepth rightly put retribution into God’s hands. God uses all things for our good.

Our lives are in God’s hands. God saved the lives of Jacob’s family to save all of us.

Joseph provided for his brothers out of love and compassion. He had the love of God in him, which he shared with his brothers.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 3: Genesis 49:29-50:14

Summary of Genesis 49:29-50:14:

Jacob gave each son the appropriate blessing. He requests to be buried in the same tomb as Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Leah.  Then he died.

Joseph threw himself upon his father and wept. He was embalmed and mourned over for 70 days. Joseph asked Pharaoh for permission to bury his father in Canaan, which Pharaoh granted. So Joseph, all of Pharaoh’s officials, all the members of Joseph’s family, chariots, and horsemen journeyed to Canaan to bury Jacob. At Atad near the Jordan River, Joseph stopped and mourned 7 days for Jacob. Jacob was buried, and all returned to Egypt.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 3: Genesis 49:29-50:14

8 ) Because God had promised him the land.

9) He is faithful.

10) They abided by his wishes and got special permission to take his body back. They all went to Canaan (a long journey) to bury him, as did the dignitaries of Egypt.

11) Pharaoh gave Joseph permission to take his body back to be buried. The Egyptian officials accompanied Joseph and mourned. Chariots and horses were taken. The Canaanites knew it was a solemn cermony.

12a) If you believe in Jesus, you will have eternal life. If you do not believe, you will die in your sins. All those in Christ will live again. Man will die once and then face judgement and Christ will appear a second time and bring salvation to all.

b) I really don’t think about my death all that much.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 3: Genesis 49:29-50:14

I love the ceremony for Jacob. It is fitting. Wish the Bible did say more about death.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 3: Genesis 49:29-50:14

Jacob knew he would see Isaac and Abraham in heaven. He also wanted his eternal resting place for his body on earth to be in the Promised Land, although he could have been buried with riches and in a pyramid for all we know.

Jacob is repeated his death wishes to the rest of the brothers; he already told Joseph (Genesis 47:29-31)

This ends the life of the last patriarch: Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. Those who believe in Christ defy death.

The mourning of Jacob in Egypt shows how great he was. 70 days was almost a royal mourning.

It’s interesting that Jospeh did not make his request directly to Pharaoh in the beginning even though he was 2nd in command. This shows the proof of the truth of the Bible.

This burial must have been grand, indeed, and the fact that Jacob was embalmed. Only the wealthy were embalmed in ancient Egypt. This is rare in Scripture to see this detail of a burial (outside of Jesus) recorded.

Remember that Abraham purchased this cave (Genesis 23:9), which was the only part of the Promised Land he actually owned (Genesis 23:17). Sarah  (Genesis 23:19), Abraham (Genesis 25:9), Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, (Genesis 49:31) and now Jacob are buried here.