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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 4, Day 3: 1 Kings 17:7-24

SUMMARY OF 1 KINGS 17:7-24

When the brook dried up, God spoke to Elijah. God told him to go to Zarephath of Sidon where a widow will give him food. When he arrived, he spoke to a woman at the town gate gathering sticks. He asked her for food and water. She told him she hardly had any food for her and her son. Elijah told her to go home and make him a small cake of bread and then make something for her and her son. Her jar of flour will never be used up and her jug of oil will not run dry until it rains.

She did as commanded and it was so. She had flour and oil every day, as well as food.

The son of the woman grew ill and died. Elijah took him into a room and cried out to the Lord to give him his life back. The Lord heard Elijah’s cry and revived the boy. The woman believed in the Lord.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 4, Day 3: 1 Kings 17:7-24

6a) She did as Elijah had commanded and made him a cake of bread despite she and her son were starving. He asked her to have faith in God and she did.

b) They both received food and water while there was drought and famine in the land.

7a) The woman responded in anger, mad that God had punished her for her sin by taking her son. Elijah responded by turning to the Lord for help.

b) Probably some of both. I get angry and then I pray.

8 ) I know that there is a life outside of this earthly life that is infinitely better. This gives me hope in my troubles.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 4, Day 3: 1 Kings 17:7-24

I had forgotten this story! It’s been a while since I’ve studied Elijah, so this is great! I love: 1) When God conquers death 2) He answers our prayers. Great stuff!

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 4, Day 3: 1 Kings 17:7-24

Elijah moved around a lot, and here he’s ordered to go to the home of a povery-stricken widow in the territory of the evil Queen Jezebel, which is not a welcoming place for a prophet.

The woman had no idea she had been chosen by God based on her responses to Elijah.

She says “the Lord your God,” which shows she is a Gentile. Elijah makes a bold response to feed him first when they have only a small amount of food. The widow willingly obeys, and she is blessed by God for it.

The widow is angry when her son dies. Now, she has no one to provide for her in her old age as was the custom. She blames Elijah and her sin.

Elijah asked God to fix this tragedy. Out of faith, God answered. All of the widow’s needs were met.

Fun Fact: This is the first recording in the Bible of God raising the dead.

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Friday Digest BSF People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 3

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BSF PEOPLE OF THE PROMISE: KINGDOM DIVIDED LESSON 3

  • God uses challenges in our lives, so we’ll grow to depend on Him and His power
  • Rest allows us to develop strength in God for more difficult times
  • Respond in prayer and rely on Him
  • God accomplishes his work by his power
  • Cry out to him in faith; He will answer

TAKE AWAY: God is faithful to those who rely on Him.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 3, Day 2: 1 Kings 15:1-8 and 2 Chronicles 13

SUMMARY OF 1 KINGS 15:1-8

Abijah became king of Judah (Southern Kingdom). He reigned 3 years. He committed all the sins his father did. He was not fully devoted to the Lord, but God made Jerusalem strong anyway. There was war between the two kingdoms his entire lifetime.

SUMMARY OF 2 CHRONICLES 13

Abijah became king of Judah (Southern Kingdom), and there was war between him and Jeroboam. He gave a mighty speech to his troops about how Israel under Jeroboam has forsaken God but Judah, his kingdom, has not. Because of this, God helped Abijah win against Jeroboam. Abijah took land from Jeroboam. God struck him down and killed him.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 3, Day 2: 1 Kings 15:1-8 and 2 Chronicles 13

3) Abijah became king of Judah (Southern Kingdom). He reigned 3 years. He committed all the sins his father did. He was not fully devoted to the Lord, but God made Jerusalem strong anyway. There was war between the two kingdoms his entire lifetime.

4a) That God has given the kingship rightfully to him. They worship false idols. The Lord is their God, and they have not forsaken him. The Levites are the priests, and they make offerings to the Lord. God is with them and He is their leader. When you fight them, you fight the Lord.

b) God shows up when we ask Him to. He has our back when we have faith in Him. He makes us strong when we are weak. He can accomplish the impossible.

5) Your heart. Do you love God and are devoted to Him? Or, do you only pray when you need Him?

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 3, Day 2: 1 Kings 15:1-8 and 2 Chronicles 13

I love history, so I’m digging diving deep into the individual kings. It will be interesting to see as we go along how they abandon God, but He does not abandon Him.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 3, Day 2: 1 Kings 15:1-8 and 2 Chronicles 13

Note that the heart is the difference. David was always loyal to God and God was always first in his life. Abijah did not have a real relationship with God.

Abijah calls out Jeroboam for his lack of faith in God; yet, he has the same problem just not to the same extent.

God’s call  is for Abijah to be king. His kingdom worships God. Therefore, God is with them.

Note: 2 Chronicles only relates the events that happened to Judah, or the Southern Kingdom. Thsi is the only time we’ll see a Judean king’s reign mentioned in this book.

2 Chronicles 13 shows us that even a bad person can be shown grace, when they rely on the Lord.

Every day one must battle demons and strive for spiritual victory over our enemies.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BSF PEOPLE OF THE PROMISE: KINGDOM DIVIDED LESSON 2

  • God allows us to feel the consequences of rejecting Him
  • Every sin and its consequences can be used for our good
  • Our sin can and does impact others
  • Our choices matter
  • God’s will always prevails

TAKE AWAY: God blesses those who live obedient and faithful lives; those who don’t suffer consequences.

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Friday Digest BSF People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 1

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BSF PEOPLE OF THE PROMISE: KINGDOM DIVIDED LESSON 1

  • The Bible shows us how to walk with God
  • God provides us with direction
  • God equips us with a meaningful life
  • God wants a relationship with us

TAKE AWAY: Israel’s story is a story of grace and faithfulness of God.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 1, Day 5: 1 Kings 11

SUMMARY OF 1 KINGS 11

King Solomon had many foreign wives despite God’s order to not marry foreigner. They led him astray from God over time, causing him to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. He built shrines to foreign gods, and God became angry with him. As punishment, Solomon’s son will lose the kingdom he built. God raised up adversaries agains Solomon, Hadan the Edomite and Rezon son of Eliada. Jeroboam, one of Solomon’s officials, rebelled against him.

Ahijah, a prophet, told Jeroboam about the prophecy God made against Solomon. He also prophesied that Jeroboam would be king of Israel. If he followed God’s statues and did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, God would be with him. He would build him a dynasty and humble David’s descendants for a time. Solomon died and his son, Rehoboam, succeeded him as king.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 1, Day 5: 1 Kings 11

13) Solomon has begun to worship other gods. God had raised adversaries against Solomon because of this and caused trouble in the kingdom. Many had strayed away from the Lord due to Solomon’s example.

14) Solomon’s son will lose the kingdom Solomon built, and Jeroboam would be king of Israel and have ten tribes (all except one, which would be given to Solomon’s son).

15) If you follow God and His Word, you will be rewarded. If not, there are consequences.

16) He waits for an era to end in order to begin something new sometimes. We all go through transitions in life, some of which we understand and others we do not until down the road. In the end, every event in our lives is for God’s purpose whether we recognize it as such or not.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 1, Day 5: 1 Kings 11

Great example of the consequences of not following God. The consequences may not be immediate, and they may not even affect you, but it may affect those around you or future generations. Many of us forget that our actions can affect others.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 1, Day 5: 1 Kings 11

Note Solomon loved many women and they were foreign — both of which went against God’s laws. (Matthew 19:4-6Genesis 2:23-24). He wanted his wives more than he wanted the Lord. His heart turned from the Lord, too. David sinned, but his heart was always with the Lord.

God became angry with Solomon’s disobedience. The punishment is that God will divide the kingdom. 2 Chronicles 11:12) tell us that the southern kingdom was made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, even though it’s called only one tribe here.

God raised up adversaries against Solomon:

  1. Hadad the Edomite
  2. Rezone, son of Eliadah

Jeroboam was a fellow Israelite who rebelled against Solomon. Jeroboam means “may the people be great.”

The prophet Ahijah tells Jeroboam that he would be king of the ten tribes of Israel after Solomon dies as punishment for Solomon’s sin. God would be with Jeroboam and would give him a lasting dynasty if he would do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Solomon tried to kill him because of this prophecy.

Solomon dies, and his son, Rehoboam, succeeds him as king.

Fun Fact: This is the first mention of the divided kingdom.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 1, Day 2: Psalm 19:7-11; 119; 160 and John 6:63; 17:17

SUMMARY OF PSALM 19:7-11

God’s law, statues, precepts, and commands are perfect. The fear of the Lord is pure, the ordinances are righteous. They are more precious than gold. You will be rewarded by keeping them.

SUMMARY OF PSALM 119:160

“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”

SUMMARY OF JOHN 6:63

“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life.”

SUMMARY OF JOHN 17:17

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 1, Day 2: Psalm 19:7-11; 119; 160 and John 6:63; 17:17

4a) The Bible provides us with God’s commands on how we are to live and worship.

b) The Bible has comforted me many times in my trials. It has offered helpful advice in difficult relationships, and it’s been a beacon of light when I’m wandering lost.

5a)

Creation — The Bible tells of how the earth, heavens, mankind, and life on earth was created and offers guidance on how they are to live. God provides everything all life needs to survive and thrive.

Rebellion — Much of the Old Testament is about how mankind repeatedly rebels against God, his judgment upon them, and his care and love for them despite their rebellion. We learn how God always pulls us back to him no matter how far we wander.

Redemption — What the entire Bible is about, as well as the New Testament. It’s also the purpose of Jesus Christ. It’s the story of the Fall of Man and how God sent his Son to redeem all of humanity and bring them back to Him.

Restoration — When Jesus was crucified on the cross and died for our sins, all of humanity was redeemed and able to live forever with God in heaven. As long as you accept Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross for your sins.

b) It’s the story of God’s creation of the world, man’s perpetual rebellion against him, God’s plan to redeem humanity through his Son, Jesus Christ, and our final restoration with God upon acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

6) Lord, guide me this year in my challenges, open my heart to you through this study and in daily life, and let your will be done in my life and in the lives of those around me. Give me the strength to persevere in all things, especially those for you. Let the dreams of my heart be from you, as you open the door to make them come true. Amen.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 1, Day 2: Psalm 19:7-11; 119; 160 and John 6:63; 17:17

Great opening lesson! I loved the introductory notes and the overview of the Bible. I’m definitely looking forward to this year’s study!

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 1, Day 2: Psalm 19:7-11; 119; 160 and John 6:63; 17:17

David’s point in Psalm 19:7-11 is to praise God for revealing himself through his Word and not just through Creation. He chooses his words wisely: law, testimony, precepts, commands, fear, and ordinances.

God’s Word is never wrong, it’s reliable, it’s right, it’s pure, it’s enduring, and it’s true and righteous. And King David didn’t even have all of the Bible!

God’s Word is more valuable than gold and sweeter than honey. It warns us, and it rewards us.

We are set apart (sanctified) for God’s purpose and pleasure. The more truth we believe and understand, the more sanctified (or the more we will be God’s) we will be.

Powerful stuff as we begin this study!

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Bible Study Fellowship, or BSF, takes a four-fold approach to its Bible study:

  1. Answer. You begin with a Bible lesson that covers a particular passage. This features questions that will help you to understand the passage better and explore what it means to you.
  2. Discuss. You will then meet with your group, going over the questions and gathering further insight to the passage based on what others have discovered.
  3. Listen. You will then listen to a lecture prepared by the teaching leader of your class that will further dive into the meaning of the passage and pose questions that may help you dive deeper into the Bible passage’s meaning to you.
  4. Explore. Finally, you’ll read about the passage and read Bible commentary for other great insights into the Bible passages’ meaning.

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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 29

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 28 BSF LESSON 29

  • God gives us what we need to grow us to new levels of faith
  • We live because Jesus lives
  • Jesus conquered what conquers us
  • Death is sad, but we are given a message of life
  • Jesus’s resurrection gives us power in our lives
  • Jesus’s resurrection gives us hope
  • Jesus’s resurrection gives us eternal life
  • Share the Good News with all
  • You are never alone

TAKE AWAY: Christ’s resurrection offers us unbelievable hope, forgiveness of our sins, and the power to spread the Good News.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 3: Matthew 28:11-15

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 28:11-15

The women went to report to the disciples. Some of the guards went to report to the chief priests what had happened. The chief priests, wanting to hide this news, bribed the soldiers to lie and say that during the night, the disciples came and took the body. They offered to protect the soldiers from consequences of falling asleep.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 3: Matthew 28:11-15

6) The guards: They were greedy and took money from the chief priests to lie about Jesus’s resurrection.

The Jewish leaders: They wanted to hide the news of Jesus’s resurrection so they bribed the guards to lie.

The Jewish people: The story of the lies was widely told amongst the Jewish people even to today.

7) They will go to any measures to hide the truth. You always have to seek God first and not believe what you are told.

8 ) Unsure. I’ve probably tried to be in charge more often than not rather than let God take control. The result is never good. You have to let God decide and lead, and you follow.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 3: Matthew 28:11-15

One cannot underestimate the power of the enemy. We must always be vigilant to lies.

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 3: Matthew 28:11-15

If the guards were asleep, how would they know it was the disciples who stole the body? Obviously, the chief priests aren’t as smart as they think they are. It would have been a loud noise to roll away the stone. There’s no way all those guards would have slept through that.

All of the lies about the denial of Jesus’s resurrection is just that — lies.

All of the forces of evil tried to cover up Jesus’s resurrection. No one can defeat God and His plan.

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