BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 29, Day 3: Revelation 22:12-16

Summary of passage:  Jesus is coming to reward those according to what they’ve done.  He’s the Alpha, Omega, First and Last, Beginning, End.  Blessed are the righteous who have the tree of life.  Outside the gates of the city are the dogs who are immoral and practice falsehoods.  Jesus is the Root, Offspring of David, the Morning Star.

Questions:

6)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  He’s the Alpha, Omega, First and Last, Beginning, End, the Root, Offspring of David, the Morning Star.  The first and the last or alpha and omega because everything starts, ends, and everything in between is his.  He is the beginning, the middle, and the end for every Christian.

7a)  Blessed are those who accept Jesus as their Savior and not blessed are those who don’t.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Those who accept Jesus because he lives inside of me via the Holy Spirit.

8 )  Personal Question.  My answer:  Pray to be more like Jesus.

Conclusions:  All personal.  No meat.  I love how Jesus uses all his titles here.  We see most of them in Revelation and throughout the Bible.  It’s a culmination of who he is.

End Notes:  Be ready.  This is stated 3 times in this chapter (verses 7, 12, 20).  It’s meaning is not soon but when they come it will be in rapid succession.  The church and us are meant to be ready always.

“And My reward is with Me.”  The word for “reward” means to “pay for service—good or bad” (more literally, as a “wage”).  Jesus will compensate the saints (Revelation 11:18) as well as the unrighteous (2 Peter 2:12-13).  A believer shall be given the gift of life and rewarded for good works, whereas the unbeliever shall be given the wages of death (Romans 6:23).  There is no partiality with God.  He “will render to each one according to his deeds” (Romans 2:5-16).

What you do here matters.

Jesus uses titles normally associated with God.  Alpha and Omega is in Revelation 1:8; 21:6.  The First and the Last is in Isaiah 41:4.  Jesus wants to leave no doubt he is a Triune God.

There is debate about who speaks this last beatitude in Revelation:  John, an angel, or Jesus.

Some versions say blessed are those who do his commandments instead of who wash their robes. The difference stems from a Greek word:  HOIPLUNONTESTASSTOLAS (washed their robes) or
HOIPOIOUNTESTASENTOLAS (do His commandments).  This would be a copyist’s error.  Still, the meaning is clear.  This is the desire of our hearts.  Obviously, we all fail.  But our desire is to keep his commandments and wash our robes.  That is what matters.  The unbeliever has no such desire.

We saw washing of robes in Revelation 7:14 or washing in Jesus’s blood.  It means fully committing to the Lord Jesus Christ, our lives.

Being on the outside is not literal here.  There are not throngs of unbelievers standing outside the New Jerusalem.  It means they are not in the eternal city.  Jesus is making clear one last time who will stand with him and who will stand against him.

Dogs here is a derogatory term for the morally impure or unbelievers (Matthew 7:6; Philippians 3:2).  Dogs were considered unclean and despised.

Jesus assures us here the Book of Revelation is his word to us, the churches, to be known.

The Root is a Messianic title (Isaiah 11:1).  It shows that Jesus is both the Creator of King David and His descendent.  Jesus spoke this same idea in Matthew 22:41-46.

The Morning Star is another Messianic title from the Old Testament (Numbers 24:17) and the New Testament (Revelation 2:28).  Just as the Morning Star (generally held to be the planet Venus) shines and welcomes the new day, so does Jesus.

Fun Fact:  This is the first reference to the church since the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3.

BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 29, Day 3: Genesis 46:5-47:12

Summary of passage:  Jacob left Beersheba for Egypt, taking with him all his sons, their wives and children, his daughters and their families and all his possessions including his livestock.  They numbered 66 persons who went with Jacob that were direct descendants. Counting Joseph and his two sons and Jacob the total came to 70 in Egypt.

Joseph met his family at Goshen to escort them to Egypt and he threw his arms around his father and wept. Joseph said he will go to Pharaoh and ask for them to settle in Goshen as shepherds for all shepherds are detestable to Egyptians.  Pharaoh gave them the best land in Goshen and told Joseph to choose some to tend his flocks as well.

Jacob blessed Pharaoh and settled in Goshen in the best part of the land and had plenty to eat.

Questions:

5a)  66 that journeyed with Jacob, 70 including Joseph and his 2 kids and Jacob himself.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  To preserve the record to Jesus.  These sons are also going to be the 12 Nations of Israel, God’s chosen people, so it’s important to know who’s who.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Our names are written in heaven and those who accept Jesus as their Savior are written in the book of life and go to heaven.  Anyone else goes to the lake of fire.  It lets me know that I am saved, I am known, I am remembered, I am important, I am loved.

6a)  Personal Question.  My answer:  So as not to intermix with the locals.  To stay as a separate people and propagate the land as God commanded. To grow together and not separate.  And to obey God who told Jacob to go to Egypt where He would make them into a great nation.

b)  It kept the Israelites separate from the Egyptians, away from their influence and corruptible practices and kept God’s people from intermingling.  It was apparently a good land to graze animals on.

7)  Even though Pharaoh did not believe in the One, True God, he recognized God’s power and abilities and God’s will for Joseph.  He recognized competency and put Joseph in charge despite who he was and his background.  He was gracious to Joseph and Jacob, allowing them to come to Egypt and have the best land and whatever else they need.

He made every effort to assimilate Joseph and make him comfortable by giving him a prominent Egyptian wife.  He trusted Joseph implicitly with his empire.  He gave Joseph carts for Jacob to travel to Egypt.

Ultimately, Pharaoh was saving his people and was using whomever could do that for him.  He cared for the people by preparing for the famine instead of letting the poor die out.  He was preparing for the future, not the present.  He delegated where he needed to delegate and trusted those under him to do the job.  He rewarded those who served him well (such as Joseph).  Overall, Pharaoh saved his kingdom along with God’s people.

Conclusions:  Let’s not forget that Joseph is the whole reason Jacob and his family were saved.  “Joseph settled his father”.  “Joseph provided food”.  Pharaoh accepted Jacob and the family only because of Joseph.  If they had just been regular Hebrews looking for relief from the famine, they would have been turned away.  But because of Joseph (and God) they were saved–as was God’s will.

The Egyptians considered sheep unclean; hence, everyone who worked with sheep were unclean.

Goshen was what is basically the Sinai Peninsula today.  Today it is a desert land but in ancient times it was renown for it’s grazing of animals.  Succinct history on Goshen HERE.

Map of Goshen:  http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bc/images/03990_000_bible-map-9.pdf