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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 2: 2 Kings 6:8-8:6

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 6:8-8:6

Elisha keeps telling the king of Israel where the Arameans are at, so they can avoid them. The King of Aram decides to go and try and capture Elisha who is at Dothan. The king surrounds the city, but the king is surrounded by an unseen army of God with chariots of fire. Elisha asks God to blind the Arameans, which He does. Elisha led the army of Arameans to Samaria where he fed them and sent them home. After this, the raids upon Israel stopped.

The king of Aram then laid seige to Samaria. There was a famine in the land, and the people were so hungry they were resorting to cannabalism. The king of Israel blamed God and Elisha for this. Elisha foretold that the seige would end. The Lord has scared the Aramean army by creating sounds of chariots, horses, and an army. They fled, leaving everything behind, including riches and food. Now, the people of Israel could eat once again.

Elisha has told the woman whose son he had restored that there would be a famine in the land for seven years and they should flee. They stayed in the land of the Philistines for seven years, and when they returned, they asked for their land back. The king granted them their request.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 2: 2 Kings 6:8-8:6

3a) Elisha keeps telling the king of Israel where the Arameans are at, so they can avoid them. The King of Aram decides to go and try and capture Elisha who is at Dothan. The king surrounds the city, but the king is surrounded by an unseen army of God with chariots of fire. Elisha asks God to blind the Arameans, which He does. Elisha led the army of Arameans to Samaria where he fed them and sent them home. After this, the raids upon Israel stopped.

Elisha made sure the army got sent away without anyone losing their lives, as God made noises to mimic an army. He used his unseen army to keep them safe.

b) I think I do this every day to be honest. I wish I could learn to do things His way, instead of mine.

4) There was a famine in Samaria and they were beseigned by the Arameans. The king of Israel blamed God and Elisha. The seige lifted in God’s timing, which Elisha foretold.

5) God is good. He teaches His people a lesson, but He ultimately provides them with everything they need.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 2: 2 Kings 6:8-8:6

I love how God has resources to help us that we can’t see. I wonder at the invisible chareiots of fire that surround and protect me each and every day.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 2: 2 Kings 6:8-8:6

Elisha saves Israel because they are God’s people, not because he approves of the kings of Israel.

God sends an invisible army to protect Elisha and his people.

Because Elisha met evil with good, the army left and did not invade again.

Cannabalism is something God never approves of. This seige was punishment because Israel disobeyed God, rejected Him, and rejected the covenant He had made with them.

Once again, in God’s wisdom, He would relent and turn the famine around for the kingdom of Israel. Elisha is allowed to foretell this.

The king’s officer doubted Elisha’s prophecy and, ultimately, God, which is why he paid the ultimate price of death.

The leprous men were probably going to die in their minds, so they decided to take their chances with the Syrians. They discovered that God has caused the Syrians to flee, and the Israelites were now free.

The lepers did the right thing: they nourished themselves, but then they told the Good News. This should be us today.

The doubting officer did, indeed, die as foretold by Elisha once the promise by God was realized to be true.

2 Kings 4 describes Elisha’s relationship with the woman who cared for him. Her land was restored.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 2: Matthew 9:1-8

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 9:1-8

Jesus arrived in Capernaum. Some brought to him a paralytic. Jesus told the man his sins were forgiven. Some teachers of the law took this as blaspheming God. Jesus said these words so that they would know that the Son of Man had power on earth to forgive sins. He then told the man to get up and walk, which he did. The crowd then praised God for such authority.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 2: Matthew 9:1-8

3) The men who brought the paralytic to Jesus. Mark adds the details that the men made a hole in the roof and lowered the man down to Jesus because the crowd was so thick they could not get through. God can help others through your faith alone.

4a) Jesus healed the paralytic first off. Then, he forgave the man’s sins, saying he is the Son of Man who has authority to do so.

b) The teachers of the law were offended. They thought Jesus was blaspheming God and they said only God has the power to forgive sins. The man who was healed did as Jesus instructed: he got up and walked out, carrying his mat. The watching crowd was absolutely amazed. They praised God for His goodness.

5) Everything. It gives me hope everyday despite my sins.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 2: Matthew 9:1-8

I love this story. So dramatic with the lowering of the roof. Now that would have been cool to see. It shows the faith of the men that they will do anything to get their friend help. It also shows the power of friendship. Do you have friends like this — who would do anything for you?

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 2: Matthew 9:1-8

We see Jesus as healer of the sick as prophesied by Isaiah. Isaiah 35:5-6

Note that Jesus heals for need, not show. Bible scholars speculate that there’s a lot of need at this time due to a lot of unfaithfulness. Exodus 15:26

Reasons for “Your Sins Are Forgiven”

  • The friends’ faith is strong. By saying “your sins are forgiven,” Jesus is also strengthening the paralytic’s faith as he is most likely depressed with his lot in life.
  • Note that with Jesus’ words, he is taking care of the man’s soul more so than his body. This shows us that your heart is more important than your physical condition.
  • Sin takes precedence over anything else.
  • The Pharisees see this too.
  • This emphasizes that Jesus is here to forgive sins first and foremost.
  • Jesus is claiming to be God with these words.

The Pharisees

  • Note that is the “well-educated” who always object first to what is new.
  • Note the Pharisees do not object outloud, yet Jesus “hears” them. God knows everything.
  • This should have proved to the Pharisees Jesus was God since he read their thoughts.
  • The Pharisees are correct in the fact that it is blasphemous to claim to do something only God can do; they missed the point that Jesus is God by doing this.
  • Jesus heals and forgives  Psalm 103:3.

Fun Fact: This is the first mention in the Bible of opposition to Jesus.

Note God gets the glory here. Jesus is not out for himself, which false prophets are.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 10, Day 2: Skim Genesis 1-5

Summary of passages:  Please see previous posts.

Questions:

3a)  Physical Needs:  God clothed them.  Food:  now man must sow the ground for his food.  The garden had provided shelter for man.

Spiritual Needs:  A Father (God) to lead man.

Man thought he needed the knowledge of good and evil (or of God and what God knows) but in all actuality man doesn’t.

b)  3:15  “…and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.”  Matthew and Luke recounts how God provided Mary a child through the Holy Spirit.

4)  Faith is believing in what we cannot see and being sure of it despite this.  The writer uses the example that we believe God made the universe even though no one saw this happen and believing God made all we see from what we do not see.

5a)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Abel knew God demanded the best from him so he brought the best.  Just like God demands the best from us so we must give Him our best.  Whatever that looks like for each of us.

b)  Faith.  Hebrews 11:5:  “By faith Enoch was taken from this life…”

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I must keep the faith.  Hebrews 11:13:  “…They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them…”  Hebrews 11:39-40:  “…yet none of them received what had been promised.  God had planned something better for us…”

Even though I cannot see it, it is there.  God’s promises for me.  In Him.  And when I feel like this life sucks I must keep moving towards Him.  Through faith.  For He has a better plan.

Conclusion:  Interesting how 2 obscure men in the Bible (Enoch and Abel) who maybe have a dozen verses between them (that’s being generous) made such an impact on others who remembered their faith.  For we are not told much about what they did.  Only Enoch walked with God and Abel brought the fat.  That’s about it.  Then they die.

This gives me hope.  Currently, I am struggling with my life and its meaning.  I feel like God has so much more for me and here I am languishing.

For who am I?  Who was Abel?  Just a guy who had faith and got killed for it.  Who was Enoch?  Just a guy who walked with God and because of it was spared a physical death. Who will remember me?  No one will read about me when I die.  Yet there is something out there for me that will make an impact.  I just feel I’m not there yet.

End Note:  Admittedly, I skimmed this Lesson (a review lesson) and was dreading it.  I skimmed today’s passages and thought Not again!  I mean, how many times do I have to read Hebrews.  Seriously?

So I thought God must have something here for me.  So I read all of Hebrews 11.  And sure enough I came up with the answer to question 5c and the conclusion.

That even though I am only one person out of 7 billion people or however many people are on the planet now I can make a difference and an impact.  If I have the faith in God and trust Him to do it.  Not me.  But Him.  Just like all the people mentioned in Hebrews 11.  All had one thing in common:  faith in God.  And all accomplished His mission in their lives.

This is my prayer for me and you:  keep the faith and accomplish His purpose in our lives.

Fun Fact:  Check out this website with cool charts on the world population throughout history:

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/