BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1: Lesson 6, Day 4: Ruth 3

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Summary of Passage:

Naomi is now playing match-maker with Boaz. She tells Ruth to go to the winnowing party and look her best. Then, once Boaz is finished eating, Ruth is to uncover his feet and lie down. Ruth complied, and Boaz wakes up, realizing Ruth is lying at his feet. Ruth’s reputation as a noble woman has spread, and Boaz agrees to marry her if the other, closer kinsman-redeemer refuses.

Ruth leaves early, not wanting it to be known that she came to Boaz. Boaz gives her grain to take back to Naomi and heads off to see if he can marry Ruth or not.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1: Lesson 6, Day 4: Ruth 3:

9) Naomi feels like it’s her obligation to try and find Ruth a husband to care for her because she knows she will die at some point. She picks this plan because she knows Boaz is a kinsman-redeemer, she knows Boaz knows who Ruth is. Naomi probably knows Boaz likes Ruth as well. The pros is what happened: Boaz realizes Ruth wants to marry him, and he goes off to see what can be done about it. The cons are what didn’t happen: Boaz refuses Ruth or someone finds out a woman came to the threshing floor or Boaz mistreats her in some way.

10) Spreading of the wings is a sign of protection and refuge in ancient Israel. Ruth is asking for Boaz’s protection by marrying her. It’s similar to God’s protection.

11) Boaz always treated Ruth with respect and admiration as does Jesus. Boaz was Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer as Jesus is ours. Ruth and Boaz dipped their bread together in wine vinegar. The meal should remind us of our communion with Christ where the bread is symbolic of Christ’s flesh and the wine symbolic of His blood which is poured out for us (see Luke 22).  It is also significant that the narrative unfolds in the town of Bethlehem, the city where Christ was to be born many hundreds of years later.

Bethlehem means “house of bread.” Jesus declares Himself to be “the bread of life” (John 6:48).  Boaz loves Ruth; Christ loves us. Ruth as a Moabite is undeserving of Boaz; we are undeserving of Christ.

Conclusions: BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1 Lesson 6, Day 4: Ruth 3:

I love how it’s Naomi who prompts Ruth. She cares for Ruth and wants to take care of her. I love Boaz. He does everything right. He wants everything to be legal. He loves Ruth. Great example of how one must keep striving to overcome adversity with faith and God will reward us.

Read my original posting on Ruth HERE

Amazing video on the entire book of Ruth HERE

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1 Lesson 6, Day 4: Ruth 3:

It is now the end of the harvest and Ruth and Boaz have spent time together in the context of a group – the men and women who worked for Boaz in the harvest. There is no “dating” as we know it. They got to know each other pretty well – by seeing what kind of people the other was around a larger group.

What was the kinsman-redeemer?

The goel – sometimes translated kinsman-redeemer – had a specifically defined role in Israel’s family life.

  • The kinsman-redeemer was responsible to buy a fellow Israelite out of slavery (Leviticus 25:48).
  • The kinsman-redeemer  was responsible to be the “avenger of blood” to make sure the murderer of a family member answered to the crime (Numbers 35:19).
  • The kinsman-redeemer was responsible to buy back family land that had been forfeited (Leviticus 25:25).
  • The kinsman-redeemer was responsible to carry on the family name by marrying a childless widow (Deuteronomy 25:5-10).

In sum, the goel, the kinsman-redeemer, was responsible to safeguard the persons, the property, and the posterity of the family. “Words from the root g’l are used with a variety of meanings in the Old Testament, but the fundamental idea is that of fulfilling one’s obligations as a kinsman.” (Morris)

Since Boaz was a recognized goel for the family of Elimelech – the deceased husband of Naomi and father-in-law of Ruth – Ruth could appeal to him to safeguard the posterity of Elimelech’s family and take her in marriage. It may seem forward to us, but it was regarded as proper in that day.

If Boaz did not fulfill this duty towards Elimelech (though he was now deceased), then the direct family and name of Elimelech would perish. Perpetuating the family name of Elimelech (and every man in Israel) was thought to be an important duty. These protections showed how important it was to God to preserve the institution of the family in Israel – and that it is also important to Him today.

What does Ruth lying at Boaz’s feet show?

Image result for ruth 3Ruth’s actions were one of submitting. In that day, this was understood to be the role of a servant laying at a person’s feet was the role of a servant. It showed he or she was ready for any command of the master. So, when Naomi told Ruth to lie down at Boaz’s feet, she told her to come to him in a totally humble, submissive way.

Don’t lose sight of the larger picture: Ruth came to claim a right. Boaz was her goel, her kinsman-redeemer, and she had the right to expect him to marry her and raise up a family to perpetuate the name of Elimelech. But Naomi wisely counseled Ruth to not come as a victim demanding her rights, but as a humble servant, trusting in the goodness of her kinsman-redeemer. She said to Boaz, “I respect you, I trust you, and I put my fate in your hands.”

Of course, this was a situation that had the potential for disaster if Boaz should mistreat Ruth in some way. But Naomi and Ruth had the chance to get to know Boaz, and they knew what kind of man he was – a good man, a godly man, one to whom Ruth could confidently submit.

What do we learn about marriage?

  • In the marriage relationship, many husbands wish they had a wife who submitted to them the way Ruth is being told to here. But do they provide the kind of godly leadership, care, and concern that Boaz showed towards Ruth and others?
  • In the marriage relationship, many wives wish they had a husband who loved, cared, and treated them the way Boaz did towards Ruth. But do they show the same kind of humble submission and respect Ruth showed to Boaz?

Why was Boaz sleeping on the threshing floor?

Boaz slept at the threshing floor to guard his crop against the kind of attacks described in 1 Samuel 23:1. In the days of the Judges where a lot of Israelites had turned their back on God, many turned to thievery and stole grain from farmers. Much political and social unrest was occurring as well.

He was startled waking up to Ruth, thinking it may be a robber. Again, she submitted, identifying herself as his servant.

“The spreading of a skirt over a widow as a way of claiming her as a wife is attested among Arabs of early days, and Jouon says it still exists among some modern Arabs.” (Morris)

“Even to the present day, when a Jew marries a woman, he throws the skirt or end of his talith over her, to signify that he has taken her under his protection.” (Clarke)

In Ezekiel 16:8, God uses the same terminology in relation to Israel: I spread my wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you and you became Mine, says the LORD God.

Was Ruth’s actions inappropriate?

This was not an inappropriate thing for Ruth to do towards Boaz. It was bold, but not inappropriate. Ruth understood this as she identified Boaz as her close relative (literally, you are a goel, a kinsman-redeemer).

Though deceased, Elimelech had the right to have his family name carried on and as goel, Boaz had the responsibility to do this for Elimelech. This could only happen through Boaz marrying Ruth and providing children to carry on the name of Elimelech. Ruth boldly, yet humbly and properly, sought her rights.Image result for ruth 3

Apparently, there was a considerable age difference between Ruth and Boaz. It also seems that because of this, Boaz considered himself unattractive to Ruth and had therefore ruled out any idea of a romance between them.

Boaz had the right to force himself upon Ruth as her goel, but he did not.

Ruth based her attraction to Boaz more on respect than on image or appearance.

Literally, Boaz called Ruth a hah-yil woman. The basic meaning behind this Hebrew word is “strength; moral strength, good quality, integrity, virtue.” This same word is used for heroes in the Bible: A mighty man of valor. Ruth showed courage and strength, shown in her virtue – make her a hero, on the Proverbs 31 kind of definition of a woman of virtue.

Boaz and Ruth were not trying to hide anything scandalous; it was just that Boaz didn’t want this nearer kinsman to learn that Ruth was now demanding her right to marriage to a goel before Boaz could tell him personally.

Fun Bible Fact: Jewish traditions say that the six measures of barley given as a gift to Ruth were a sign of six pious men who would descend from her, endowed with six spiritual gifts: David, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and the Messiah.

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BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 6, Day 4: Romans 3:29-30

Summary of passage:  God is the God of everyone.

Questions:

8 )  Gentiles are everyone who is not a Jew.  Because the Jewish rabbis had taught for generations that the Jewish people is special since they were chosen by God to be the bearer of faith and the keep of God’s laws.  They believed they were superior to others because they did believe in the One, True God in a world dominated by pagans.

9)  All throughout history people believed in the afterlife and in various gods.  Many think if they are good people they will get to heaven.  Many people worship other gods.  Many don’t even think.

10)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Easy:  There are not many ways to God.  It’s only Jesus.  The entire Bible says so.  Graciously?  Unsure.  You can’t convince someone with a hard heart to God to soften.  All you can do is speak the Truth.  God will (or will not) do the rest in His power.

Conclusions:  Question 8 is repetitive.  We’ve already studied why the Jews thought they were special.  Again, nit-picking this passage about only one way to heaven.  All Christians know this and accept this (or they’re not Christians).  We all know how others think.  What is the value in discussing it?  I would rather meditate on how much God loves me, the sinner, than waste time debating the fallacies of others.

End Notes:  God is the God of all and He justifies all the same–through faith.

BSF Study Questions John Lesson 6, Day 4: John 4:39-42

Summary of passage:  Many Samaritans were converted due to the woman’s testimony at first and then because of Jesus himself.

Questions:

7)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  1) Because of the woman’s testimony.  2)  They came with an open heart and mind and listened.  3)  Because of Jesus’ words many more became believers.  Family and friends.

8 )  Part personal Question.  My answer:  John the Baptist testified to what he saw.  He told Andrew and John the Apostle to come and see and hear for themselves.  They did.  They believed.  Just like the Samaritans.  Come with an open heart and mind and God can do anything.

9a) Very similar.  Philip went to Samaria, proclaimed Christ, performed miraculous signs which got the people’s attention, believed and were baptized.  Same thing in this passage.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  As the days pass and trials and joys come and go, I think our faith grows as well.  My family’s has grown significantly.

Conclusions: Amazing how belief is entered into!  It’s a very simple process and has been since Abraham.  Someone testifies or encounters Jesus, they come with open hearts and minds, they listen and see miracles, and then they believe and commit their lives to Christ.  We must remember this as we’re inviting others to church and to events that have Jesus as the center.  It’s easy on our part.  God does the rest.

End Notes:  It’s important to note that Jesus loved the Samaritan woman despite everything she did.  He chose her to reveal the secret to eternal life!  Can you imagine?

It’s remarkable at this time in history that Jesus stayed two days with the Samaritans.  Samaria remember was a place to avoid by Jews at all cost and to enter and exit as quickly as possible.  That the people wanted a Jew to stay and that Jesus agreed broke all social bounds!  This shows just what an impression Jesus made on people.  Oh, to have been there!

Listening to Jesus deepened their faith.  We can do the same thing through reading the Word, praying, and listening for God to speak to us.

Note John records Jesus as the Savior of the world.  Jews, Samaritans, Gentiles, everyone!

BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 6, Day 4: Revelation 3:14-18

Summary of passage:  To the church in Laodicea Jesus says he knows the church’s deeds which are only lukewarm or mediocre.  They believe they are rich and have everything they need, but they are poor and lacking in God.  He wants them to see their spiritual blindness, become righteous, and obtain his riches.

Questions:

10)  Personal Question.  My answer:  “The words of the Amen” which is the complete and wholeness and final word.  It is done.  Jesus is the finisher.

11)  They are neither hot nor cold.  He wishes they were one or the other and he spits them out of his mouth.

12a)  They think they are rich and don’t need a thing.  Jesus says they are poor, wretched, pitiful, blind and naked.

b)  They think they are rich and don’t need a thing (including God).  God reprimands them because although they aren’t bad, they aren’t good.  They are indifferent and complacent in their works.  They can do better and should do better for God.  Either do it whole-heartedly or not at all God is saying here.

c)  Part-personal question.  My answer:  Through prayer.  I think most people do know in their hearts if they are not on God’s path.  If not, ask God to show you.  Not sure myself where I am struggling.  I know I’m a bit clouded cause I’ve been a bit depressed lately due to the failure of my writings.  I have been praying nothing specific, just “Lord, you know what ails me.  Heal me.”

Conclusions:  I like how Jesus speaks to people who aren’t using their full potential for him and are just doing enough to get by.  I see this in our young people today.  God wants your all, your best, 100%.  If your heart is not in it, why do it?

End Notes:  Laodicea is the last stop for our messenger.  Like the other cities, Laodicea was an important commercial and trading town.  It’s name means “rule of the people”.  It was well off and held a good number of Jews.  However, Roman temples abounded to Caesar, Asklepios, and others.  Laodicea was wealthy enough to rebuild after an earthquake in 60 AD.  History with pictures of ruins HERE

Laodicea had no significant water supply.  Water traveled on an aqueduct from a hot springs via Hierapolis and it arrived lukewarm or it traveled from Collasae where the water was cold but it still arrived lukewarm.  Hence, Laodicea was vulnerable to attack and siege and often negotiated with invaders rather than face death from lack of water.

Paul mentions Laodicea in Colossians 2:1 and 4:16.  It is also the only church Jesus addresses the people (Laodiceans) instead of the city (e.g. Ephesus).  However, some translations have Laodicea only.

Laodicea is also the only church Christ did not praise for anything!  He only condemns.  How tragic!

Lukewarm is apathy, indifference, complacency, and even uselessness–never giving their hearts fully over to Jesus.  Results:  unhappiness in world and in heaven.  Lukewarmness is comfortable; God wants us outside our comfort zone.

Jesus wants you hot for him or cold so you’d be more likely to turn to him (cold is also refreshing like ice water on a hot, summer day).  If you are lukewarm, it’s harder to reach you because you have a bit of him already and think that’s enough.  You are useless in the sense that you’re not doing enough and don’t care enough to bring others to him.  Spurgeon has great commentary on the idea of lukewarmness to God.

We are in Jesus’ mouth as he prays for us and we spread his word.  “Spit you out of my mouth” does not mean they will be kicked out of the kingdom.  What it means is that the people are in danger of being far from him and his presence.

Laodicea was famous for healing and textiles.  Yet the people were blind and naked.

They had the opposite problem of Smyrna who thought they were poor but were rich.  Very similar to the church at Sardis.

Jesus tells them to heal their eyes so they can see their spiritual blindness.  He wanted them to buy his gold (his riches–spiritual not material) and his righteous garments (white clothes).

Literally:  Gold is Laodicea’s financial wealth.  Clothes is the textile industry Laodicea is known for.  Eye salve is another product Laodiceans were known for.  Jesus knows all!

Map of Laodicea, showing its proximity to Hierapolis, a town with hot springs and its main water supplier and Colossae, a town with cold springs:  http://www.padfield.com/2005/images/laodicea-map.gif

My Favorite Map of Region with Laodicea:  https://bleon1.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/38-seven-churches-of-asia.png

BSF Study Questions The Life of Moses Lesson 6, Day 4: Exodus 13:17-14:31

Summary of passage:  God did not lead the Israelites out of Egypt on the quickest path for God did not want them to encounter enemies of Egypt and flee back to Egypt.  So He lead them around a desert road to the Red Sea.  Moses took the bones of Joseph with him as Joseph had requested.  From Succoth they camped at Etham and then God led them always either in a pillar of cloud or fire.

Moses by Michelangelo
Moses by Michelangelo

The Lord orders the Israelites to turn back so that Pharaoh will think they are lost and pursue them.  Then the Lord will show Pharaoh once again that He is the Lord.  Pharaoh did pursue them with all of his chariots.  When the people saw the Egyptians pursuing them, they complained to Moses “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert.”  Moses told the people God will fight for them if they are still.

God tells Moses to part the Red Sea, which he does.  The angel of God and the cloud separated the two and allowed the Israelites a chance to escape.  The Egyptians followed the Israelites across and God made the chariot wheels come off.  Then He told Moses to close the sea again and the entire army of Pharaoh was lost at sea.  Afterwards, the Israelites faith was strengthened and they trusted the Lord and Moses.

Questions:

8a)  Everything God instructed the Israelites to do was to strengthen their faith or to keep them safe or to keep them moving towards the Promised Land.  He showed them He was in control and even the mightiest army in the world was no match for Him.

b)  They would fear Him and put their trust in Him and in His servant, Moses.

c)  Killing all of Pharaoh’s best troops, chariots, and horsemen showed the Egyptians and the world who was boss and would bring God glory.  Remember at this time, the Egyptians were unbeatable, supposedly protected by their many gods.  Being brought down by the God of Israel would bring him much praise and glory and converts perhaps.

d)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I personally feel none of my circumstances have been “impossible”.  With God, there is always a way.  In my difficult circumstances, God has been by my side every step of the way and in my faith I hope I have brought glory to Him for others to see.  Even in doubt, I have prayed.  Even when I don’t feel like praying, I manage something.  And I believe that to be the key.

9a)  “The people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”  Humility and praise.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I believe the same as the Israelites–stronger faith in Him to do it all.  Greater reliance on Him.  Greater praise and credit.  Greater love towards all.

Conclusions:  Thought 8 was a bit repetitive and the personal questions too close as well.  For one of the most important and famous scenes in the Bible I would have liked to have spent more time on it and diving deeper.  There are a lot of nuggets here to explore that we didn’t touch on.  My favorite:  the importance of being still, especially in this crazy, insane world.  How encouraging to know if you are still, God will fight for you and don’t worry about the details–God’s got it.  I would also have liked to explore Pharaoh and his connection with Satan more.

End Notes:  The Red Sea here in the Bible is the modern day Gulf of Suez.  It is not the thick part of the Sea but the beginning.

From Genesis, you may remember that Joseph was never buried.  God had revealed to him that Egypt was not the Promised Land. Hence, it would have been relatively easy to carry Joseph’s bones back.

Pillar in Hebrew means ‘something standing’.  Scholars say it was most likely a column.  God was constantly present with His people and still they doubted.

God set a trap for Pharaoh for His glory and Pharaoh went for it.

How quickly Pharaoh forgets God’s power.  How quickly do we?

This can apply to the devil as well.  He pursues us just like Pharaoh does and we must be always wary.

Chariots at the time were the most advanced weaponry for fighting.  Most battles involved chariots and foot soldiers and maybe some archers.  That’s it.  Charioters were valuable and were seen with honor in Egypt.  Destroying them would hit both Pharaoh and his people a major blow.

God’s people were hemmed in–Pharaoh on one side, Red Sea on another.  It was natural to be scared.  But not natural to lack faith in God (whom you could see in a cloud by the way).  Yet note they cried out to God–exactly what we are supposed to do when fear overwhelms us.  And He answered.  In a BIG way.

Man’s cruel nature is revealed here:  Egypt, the king of burial grounds, and the Israelites use this to mock Moses.  Sad, really.  I see this in man all the time.  People are mean and cruel and it saddens me.

What short-term memories!  Not one week out of Egypt and the Israelites want to go back!

Moses responds in faith!  He has no idea how God is going to save them, but he knows God will.  He encourages the people and soothes them–the mark of a great leader.

When God is the only rescuer in a situation, we trust Him more.  Like with an illness or addiction.  Where we need faith is the daily little things in life.  That is my prayer this week.

Note Moses incredible connection with God and advice:  Be still.  Don’t do anything hasty.  Don’t panic.  Just wait on Him.

Saying the Egyptians would not be seen again is both literal and figurative–not here or in heaven.

God answers “Why are you crying out to me?”  Prayer and then action!  By having Moses perform the miracle, God is strengthening the people’s faith in God’s chosen leader.

Who is the Lord? Pharaoh asked.  God is still answering.  God answers this question with everything in our lives.  When we triumph, God’s enemy falls.  We are a testament to His power every day.

God shielded the Israelites from their enemies.  How often does God do the same for us?

The Egyptians could have submitted then and been spared.  But they chose the dark side and judgment.

The Hebrew is “Reed Sea” so identifying the exact spot of crossing has been impossible.  Modern scholars say modern-day Lake Sirbonis but recent research says Gulf of Aqaba.  For me, this is a mute point.  All that matters is God’s delivery of His people.

Nice Map showing Map of Exodus with crossing on Gulf of Aqaba:  http://headwatersresources.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ExodusColorNotesFramedCC.jpg

Just to be clear:  no one is for sure the exact route that Moses took or where the crossing of the Reed Sea took place.  Every map I find online is different.  I provide these so you can have a rough idea of what the Israelites went through and what land they crossed.  God is behind it all.  The details are left for when we get to heaven.

Psalm 77:16-20 gives more detail on the actual crossing.  One of the “remembering” psalms, the author begins in despair, but remembers God’s great deeds and is strengthened in his faith.  Powerful psalm for when we are lost and low.

God slows the chariots while Moses closes the Sea–again, using Moses as His chosen instrument.

Egypt with relation to Israel is now no more.  Egypt does not bother with Canaan for most of the rest of the Bible.  Seeing the dead bodies would have been final to the Israelites–no more slavery.

Interesting tid-bit:  one scholar speculates that the Israelites may have pillaged the dead bodies and stolen weapons to be used against their enemies in Canaan.

God delivers us out of both love and glory for Him.  The Passover and the Red Sea must happen just like the cross and the Redemption.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 6, Day 4: Matthew 5:27-32; Mark 10:1-12

Summary of passages:  Matthew 5:27-32:  Jesus says do not commit adultery and this includes anyone who looks at another lustfully is adultery in your heart.  If what causes you to sin is your eye or your hand, then get rid of it for it is better for you to lose one part of your body than your whole self to hell.

Jesus says except for marital unfaithfulness, you commit adultery when you divorce or marry someone who has been divorced.

Mark 10: 1-12:  Jesus answers the question is divorce lawful.  In the Old Testament, Moses permitted a man to divorce a woman.  Jesus said this was only because your hearts were hard. God intended for man and woman to be united in one flesh and to not have man separate what God has put together.

Jesus continues by saying if you divorce, then you are committing adultery against that person.

Questions:

9)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Pray.  Remove yourself from the situation where the impure thoughts happen like a work environment or what have you.  Read the Bible.  Quote scripture. Purposely replace those thoughts with quotes from the Bible.  Use God’s word as a shield against the devil and the thoughts he puts in your head.  Read another book or do a different activity to occupy the mind until the thoughts stop.

10)  Personal Question.  My answer:  1 Corinthians 10:13:  “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you  are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up against it.

Matthew 26:41:  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Galatians 5:16:  “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

Psalm 119:11:  “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

11a)  Marital unfaithfulness.  Mark adds because man’s hearts were hard.

b)  Essentially, that God never intended for divorce to exist.  That divorce is man’s institution and a supposed way around God’s law.  God made man and woman to be together and once together to join as one and to never be parted.

Conclusions:  I love how we are digesting Jesus’ teachings in little chunks and then looking in the Bible elsewhere for supporting themes.  Great study of the Bible and how to apply it in our daily lives.  Thank you BSF!

We are given the Deuteronomy verse here because this is the law the Pharisees had been using to justify divorce.  The problem was the word “Displeases” or “indecent” or “uncleanness” was ill-defined and subjective at best.  In Moses’ time, it was understood to mean unfaithful but by Roman times, it had been interpreted as any old excuse.   Hence, Jesus here clarifies it unequivocally by defining it as “marital unfaithfulness.”

Many of us fall into sin because of the situation around us.  It’s why your parents didn’t want you hanging out with kids who were bad influences because then you’d be more likely to sin because of it.  Good call by BSF to highlight that fact.  For it is up to us (especially as adults) to insulate ourselves if you will from sin by turning our backs on situations where we know we will be more likely to sin.

If you are an alcoholic, avoid places that serve alcohol.  If you are tempted to drugs, find different friends.  If you are attracted to someone you shouldn’t be, don’t be around that person.  For God always provides a way out.  Just many of us don’t chose it.

End Notes:  Again, Jesus is applying adultery to the heart, not merely to the actions.  You sin when you have lustful thoughts not just when you act on that lust.  They are not the same, but they are both sin.  You can extrapolate this to anything else you covet as well as evinced by the Ten Commandments and outlawed.

We are in charge of our thoughts and we must gain control if we are to win against the devil.  You must be willing to sacrifice in order to be more like Jesus.  And no one said it was easy.

2 Corinthians 10:5:  “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

God does not recognize divorce.  It is an institution of man, not of God.  Hence, if you divorce and marry again, you are committing adultery because you are still married to your first spouse in God’s eyes.

It was commonplace for Romans to marry and then sleep around with others.  Extramarital affairs was not condoned  and divorce was rampant.  Hence, it was (and still is) very important for people to hear these words from Jesus to know the Truth when they were surrounded by society’s lies.

BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 6, Day 4: Genesis 5:18-24

Summary of passage:  Jared had Enoch and then he died.  Enoch had Methuselah.  Enoch walked with God and was taken up to heaven.

Questions:

8 )  Jude says Enoch prophesied.  Hebrews says he was commended as one who pleased God.  Genesis says Enoch walked with God.

9)  No.  He was taken up to heaven but did not experience a physical death.

10a)  Enoch was just taken up to heaven as those of us who are living in Christ (the faithful) shall be taken up to heaven when the Lord comes.

b)  We will all rise and be changed and given a new body.  The Lord will come down from heaven and with a loud command and trumpet call the dead in Christ will rise.  Then the living in Christ will rise and be with the Lord forever.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Rising again to be with Christ forever.  Gives me hope.

Conclusions:  I’m REALLY not liking this lesson.  I just feel like BSF is spending way too much time on Genesis 5 and an obscure guy named Enoch.  Furthermore, we discussed all of this in Acts last year.  We read Hebrews, 1 Corinthians, and 1 Thessalonians and discussed Enoch as well.  I just don’t see his importance like BSF does.

Question 8 had no specifics.  We don’t know why Enoch was commended with God or how he exactly walked with God.  We just know he did something to be taken up to heaven by God.  I just don’t see how this applies to my life.

For me, I didn’t get anything out of this lesson and am ready to move on to Lesson 7.