Jesus tells the disciples more about his impending death after they arrive back in Galilee. He tells them he will be betrayed, killed, and then he will be raised on the third day. His disciples are filled with grief at this news.
Jesus arrives in Capernaum. He is questioned if he has paid the temple tax. Peter (of all people) is asked if Jesus paid the temple tax. He replies yes. When Jesus sees him again, he asks Peter who does the kings collect their taxes from? Peter answers from others. Jesus says he (the Son) is exempt from paying the temple tax, but he tells Peter to go and catch a fish, open its mouth, and there he will find four-drachma coins to pay the tax so as to not offend anyone.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 5: Matthew 17:22-27
13a) That he would die.
b) They grieved. Jesus’s death should be a cause of joy for all.
c) I’ve grieved most of my moves to other locations, mainly because I did not want to move in the first place. Yet, there was a plan in all things, even in death.
14) Sometimes it’s best to not rock the boat and go along with what is asked of you.
15) So many. Every day, my needs are met. I’m encouraged in my job and my life
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 5: Matthew 17:22-27
I don’t remember the temple tax story, so I liked that best of all. Sometimes you just have to do the right thing. Period.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 5: Matthew 17:22-27
Jesus usually paired his death with the hope his resurrection brought. The disciples were so grieved that they couldn’t comprehend the meaning of Jesus’s death until much later.
The temple tax is a tax every Jewish man paid. Jesus was not obligated to pay the tax since he was a priest (the Most High Priest in fact).
Jesus did not want to rock the boat, so he paid it. Plus, he wanted to set a good example for others. It’ good to think about and serve others, rather than ourselves.
Jesus used this tax to once again explain his deity to his disciples.
Obviously, the very fish that Peter caught that had money in its mouth would be a miracle from God.
Trying to catch one fish was something Peter, a fisherman, never did in that day. Instead, fishermen used nets to catch a lot of fish, so he was probably baffled by Jesus’s instructions. Still, you obey. I mean, it’s Jesus.
Jesus paid the price for all of us, as he does here for Peter in this example. Cool, isn’t it? It’s like Jesus never gives away an opportunity to foreshadow his true purpose on earth.
A man approached Jesus and asked him to heal his son who often has seizures and falls into fires or water. The disciples could not heal him. Jesus rebuked the demon, which left the boy and healed the boy. Jesus rebuked his disciples for being unbelieving.
The disciples later asked Jesus why they couldn’t heal the boy (even though earlier they had been granted healing powers). Jesus told them it was because they had so little faith. All they need is faith as small as a mustard seed, and nothing will be impossible.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 4: Matthew 17:14-21
9a) The boy’s father knelt before Jesus, showing he respected who he was. He called Jesus “Lord” and asked for mercy first.
b) Jesus told them it was because they had so little faith. All they need is faith as small as a mustard seed, and nothing will be impossible. Mark 9:28-29 says the demon would come out only by prayer and fasting.
10a) All you need is faith as small as a mustard seed, and nothing will be impossible.
b) It inspires me to have more faith that things I want and desire in this world is possible if I have faith — even just little faith.
11) The little faith is you just don’t believe enough. Small faith is you believe with the right heart, and it will grow. Our faith depends on what kind of faith, not how much we have.
12a) Everything. My move. My desire to live in a new place. For God to make that happen one way or another
b) Have more faith that God will move.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 4: Matthew 17:14-21
Great lesson on faith. It’s encouraging that it’s simple and we overcomplicate it.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 4: Matthew 17:14-21
This demon worked by causing seizures in the boy. We learn the severity of this demon in Mark 9:14-29 where the boy was made deaf and dumb. The boy was “moonstruck” according to translations of the verb used.
The disciples were given the authority to cast out demons (Matthew 10:8), but this one they could not cast out. There are ranks of demonic powers as we learn in (Ephesians 6:12), and this one was particularly stubborn.
Jesus is a bit frustrated here with the faith of his disciples. Each day brings Jesus closer to his death, so he is probably feeling the pressure now to ensure his disciples are prepared for when he is gone.
Note Jesus easily defeats this demon. He is King.
The question here is: what is your faith in?
Prayer and fasting show you are earnest in your faith and belief.
Jesus went up a mountain with Peter, James, and John. Jesus was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus. Peter offers to build three shelters for them — one for each of them. Then, a bright cloud enveloped all of them and God spoke, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 2: Matthew 17:1-5
3a) They saw Jesus’s face that shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus.
b) Peter says he was an eyewitness of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God when God spoke at the Transfiguration.
4) Both Moses and Elijah were dead, so this shows God’s power to raise the dead. This shows how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament prophecy, and it’s where Jesus can shine his glory, too.
5) Peter offers to build three shelters for them — one for each of them. This is a culture where hospitality rules, so Peter probably thought Moses and Elijah might stay awhile and would need a comfortable place to sit and talk.
6a) This moment was not about meeting earthly needs, like shelter, but instead was about shining God’s glory on and through Jesus. God did not want Peter to distract anyone or taper the message at all.
b) Listen to Jesus’s calling on my life.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 2: Matthew 17:1-5
I wonder why Jesus chose only these three disciples to go with him. This would be something I wouldn’t want to miss!
Love this book with this lesson! God calls us to listen to Jesus; Jesus listens to us!
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 2: Matthew 17:1-5
The Transfiguration takes place approximately three years into Jesus’s three and a half years of ministry. It is about one week after Jesus first tells his disciples he will be killed. The whole point is to reinforce to these three disciples who he really is. Transfiguration comes from the Latin “trans,” which means across and “figura,” which means shape or form. Thus, a change in shape.
Why did Jesus only take these three disciples? No one knows, as we are not told. Some say Jesus only took three because he wanted the Transfiguration to remain a secret (Matthew 17:9). Others say he only needed a few witnesses.
No one knows which mountain the Transfiguration took place on. There are guesses:
Jesus was transformed both inside and outside. Many Bible scholars point out that the real miracle was that Jesus appeared an ordinary man for so long and hid his glory from all. The disciples see Jesus’s true glory.
Moses and Elijah
Moses was the first great lawgiver, and Elijah was the first great prophet. In addition, Moses had been dead 1400 years and Elijah 900 years.
Here, we have the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah) represent the Old Testament at this moment. They appeared in order to show the two institutions that Jesus had come to fulfill.
They spoke of the cross. How cool!
The Greek word for departure is “exodos,” where we get Exodus from. Thus, Jesus delivers as he departs. Cool!
Peter (of course) is the one to speak. The problem is he didn’t know what he was saying (Mark 9:6 and Luke 9:33 His words put Jesus at an equal level as Moses and Elijah — not good.
God appears in a cloud to save Peter from himself essentially. This is the same cloud of Glory God appears in in the Old Testament known as shekinah. As you know, no one can see God’s face and live, so this is fitting since the disciples are there.
Here, we clearly see Jesus above all else and everyone else.
Jacob awakes the next day, declaring that this place is the house of God. He poured oil on top of the stone he was sleeping on and called the place Bethel, which means House of God. Jacob vows the Lord will be his God if God is with him and watches over him and gives him food and clothes so that he can return safely home. He declares he will give God a tenth as well.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 5: Genesis 28:16-22
12) It’s as if Jacob finally realized that God is with him here. I don’t like how it seems like God will be God to Jacob only if God is with him and watches over him and gives him food and clothes so that he can return safely home. It seems like Jacob’s promise is conditional; whereas, God’s promises are not.
13) Every day.
14) Just to trust that I am where I need to be at this time in my life and doing what He wants me to do even though I’d like to be doing something else.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 5: Genesis 28:16-22
I like how Jacob has completely changed after this encounter with God. So it is for Christians, but we need to hold onto that when life does get us down.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 5: Genesis 28:16-22
Fun Fact: Bethel is mentioned more times in the Old Testament than any other place except Jerusalem.
God grasps its significance to Jacob by calling himself the God of Bethel. (Genesis 31:13).
You can translate this as “Since God is will be with me.” However, most Bible scholars believe if is accurate. Jacob is still not confident God will be with him, which is why he puts condition on God being His God. He had to see God do what he said he would before he would believe. Sadly, many are like this instead of just believing God. (Philippians 4:19) (Nahum 1:7).
Laban will help teach Jacob submission.
God did not back down from His promises despite Jacob’s response. He still is the God of Jacob (Exodus 3:6).
God’s promises were not good enough for Jacob. Are His promises good enough for you?
When Jacob stopped to sleep, he had a dream of a stairway to heaven that angels traversed. God appeared and told Jacob He would give him the land on which he was lying. His descendents will be numerous and fill the earth. All people will be blessed through him. God is with him and will watch over him no matter where he goes. God will bring him back and not leave until He has done what He has promised He will do.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 4: Genesis 28:12-15
9) When Jacob stopped to sleep, he had a dream of a stairway to heaven that angels traversed. God appeared and told Jacob He would give him the land on which he was lying. His descendents will be numerous and fill the earth. All people will be blessed through him. God is with him and will watch over him no matter where he goes. God will bring him back and not leave until He has done what He has promised He will do. John 14:6 is where Jesus says he is the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to God except through him. Hebrews 10:19-20 tells us that we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus. The stairwell is the way to heaven, namely Jesus, a descendent of Jacob’s. Jesus is the stairway.
10a) God would give him the land on which he was lying
b) His descendents will be numerous and fill the earth.
c) All people will be blessed through him
d) God is with him and will watch over him no matter where he goes. God will bring him back and not leave until He has done what He has promised He will do.
11) I love how God tells Jacob He is with him and will watch over him no matter where he goes. God will not leave him until His work has been completed. This is very comforting to know God is with you always as I still struggle to follow His will for me.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 4: Genesis 28:12-15
Love how God appears here and promises never to leave. I think He does this for us in subtle ways every day that we need to capture and hold on to when life does not go our way.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 4: Genesis 28:12-15
(John 1:51) is where we see Jesus speak of the angels going back and forth on the Son of Man. Jesus is the only way to heaven. Jacob sees access to Heaven but not yet that it is Jesus.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 3: Genesis 28:10-11
7) He was leaving his family for the first time. I’m sure he was scared. After all, travel was hard and scary in a time when no one traveled. He was leaving all he knew.
8a) Every time we’ve had to move.
b) James tells us to consider trials as joy because they produce perseverence, which then grows our faith. 1 Peter tells us to submit to rulers and masters for God’s sake. We must endure suffering as Christ suffered for us. You are blessed for suffering and doing what is right. Jesus cleansed us with his suffering and death. Pain allows us to grow in our walk with God. God can and will use our pain and suffering for His glory and for good.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 3: Genesis 28:10-11
Very short passage where we see how even when we move, God moves with us.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 3: Genesis 28:10-11
Isaac blesses Jacob and tells him to find a wife amongst the house of his mother in Paddan Aram (Northern Mesopotamia) among the daughters of Laban, Abraham’s brother. He blesses Jacob, giving him the blessing of Abraham to inhabit the land and increase in number. Esau learned that Isaac had been sent to find a wife that was not a Canaanite. So he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath in addition to his current wives.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 2: Genesis 28:1-9
3) This blessing was to become fruitful and multiply so that they could inherit the Promised land. Previously, the blessing had consisted of blessing the land with richness, having nations serve him, and being lord over his brothers. He also cursed those who cursed him and blessed those who blessed him. (Genesis 27:27:29)
4) Isaac encouraged him to find a wife that was not a Canaanite.
5) Haven’t recently.
6) Esau learned that Isaac had been sent to find a wife that was not a Canaanite. So he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath in addition to his current wives. This doesn’t make sense. It’s an act that is too little, too late. Esau should have sought God to avoid all these mistakes in the first place.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 2: Genesis 28:1-9
We see how little amount of godly people actually exist since Jacob has to go to the same place Isaac did to find a wife.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 18, Day 2: Genesis 28:1-9
Since Jacob was the one who would inherit the birthright, he had to have a godly wife.
God Almighty here is El Shaddai, first used in Genesis 17:1 where God was talking to Abraham. This shows the blessing of God and the covenant being passed.
Summary of passage: God calls Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac as a burnt offering in the mountains of Moriah. So Abraham faithfully takes Isaac to where God calls him, bounds his son, and prepares to kill him. On the journey, Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide the burnt offering.
An angel of the Lord stopped Abraham before he killed Isaac, saying he has proved he fears God because he didn’t withhold his son from Him. God provided a ram instead to sacrifice. The angel says because of Abraham’s faithfulness the Lord will bless him and make his descendants as numerous as the stars and will rule over the cities of their enemies.
All nations on earth will be blessed because of Abraham’s obedience. Then Abraham went to Beersheba.
Sarah lived to be 127 years old. She died in Hebron. Abraham offered to buy a burial plot from the Hittites and they told him he could pick any plot to bury her in. He approached Ephron and offered to buy his cave. Ephron offered to give it to Abraham. Abraham refused and offered to pay for the land. Ephron reluctantly agrees and the land is deeded to Abraham.
Abraham then buries Sarah.
11a) Honestly, I wouldn’t connect the two if you hadn’t of told me to. In Abraham’s mind, he has sacrificed Isaac. His mind was tested and he knew what God’s will was. He offered Isaac’s body as an act of worship.
b) Being a living sacrifice is denying ourself and being God’s instead. We yield our body, mind, and will to God. It’s reading the Bible instead of watching TV. It’s helping others instead of ourselves. It’s giving of our time and money when we’d rather not. It’s changing your poor attitude, giving up destructive addictions, and changing your thinking to be more in tune with Christ’s.
It is a daily death to self. We must understand and know the will of God and walk that path every day. We must change our thoughts by obeying God and God’s word and in turn our hearts will change as well. We must find God’s will for our life and live it and go where HE directs, not where you direct.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Today I will do my utmost to listen and obey Him and His will for my life. That includes teaching my children, taking care of my family, doing laundry and dishes, and loving others as myself. I will try to live and breathe Him as much as humanly possible and at the end of the day hopefully I will find rest in what I have done, which I did for Him, through Him and by Him AND according to His will. Amen.
12a) On the surface, he purchased it as a place to bury Sarah. But really he purchased it to set a precedent of an alien owning land in Canaan. As a landowner in ancient times, you were accorded certain rights others were not. Now, Abraham could claim those rights.
b) God promised Abraham he would take possession of Canaan and Abraham now owns a piece of it.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Good question. God promises to provide for all of my needs and He has. I purchase food, clothing, and shelter. We also own cars to transport us to do His work and care for others. He also has given more.
Conclusions: I couldn’t help the flippancy in 11a but my haunches raised when I’m told to read a passage and then told to go somewhere else.
I’m conflicted on this lesson as well like yesterday’s. It was interesting how Abraham used Sarah’s death as a means to own land. Not sure if I approve of this. I did like the living sacrifice example. It brought out the importance of obeying God not only in word and deed but also in heart and mind.
The exchange between Ephron and Abraham is an example of how bargaining was done in that time and in that culture. Ephron had no intention of giving Abraham the land but that is how the bargaining started off. Kindness took precedent and is still predominant in the Middle East today when bargaining.
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