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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 5: Matthew 6:25-34

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 6:25-34

Do not worry about life, food, your body, and clothes. God takes care of the birds, and you are more valuable to God than them. Will worrying add an hour to your life? (In fact, all it does is take away an hour or more from your life).

Don’t worry about your clothes. The lilies of the field are more splendid than Solomon’s clothes ever were. If God clothes the lilies as such, won’t he clothe you, too?

Do not worry about your basic needs; God knows you need them. If you seek God’s kingdom and righteousness, all things will be given to you. Thus, don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Focus on the day at hand.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 5: Matthew 6:25-34

13) Do not worry about life, food, your body, and clothes.

14a) God takes care of the birds’ needs and He clothes the lilies of the field.

b) Money and paying the bills.

15) If you seek God’s kingdom and righteousness, all things will be given to you.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 5: Matthew 6:25-34

Most of us know a worrier (or, that person may be you). God says to trust Him that He’s got it. If you think about all of the time you worry about “what ifs” (most of which never come true), that could be time you spent instead drawing nearer to God. We all have limited hours and days given to us: how are you spending yours?

For your kids:

For you:

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 5: Matthew 6:25-34

Life is more about your physical needs. Your spiritual needs should take precedence.

You have to work to eat so this passage is not saying sit around and hope God will feed you. Stress can kill you, so there is no point to worry. It’s about working and allowing God to do the rest.

You honor God and seek His kingdom when you do the right thing in the world, such as honoring others. We spend most of our time worrying about things we have no control over and that never come to fruition. Give it to God instead.

Live in the present and “worry” about today only.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 4: Matthew 6:19-24

SUMMARY MATTHEW 6:19-24

Don’t store up treasures on earth that will eventually disappear. Instead, store up treasures in heaven where nothing can destroy or steal them. Your heart is where your treasure is.

Your eyes are the light of your body. If you have good eyes, you’ll be full of light. If your eyes are bad, you’ll be full of darkness.

You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 4: Matthew 6:19-24

9a) Everything on earth can be collected and lost — material possessions, health, family, animals, etc.
b) The good they do in the world — helping others, doing God’s will, etc

10) Psalm 119:72: God’s word and laws are more important than silver or gold.
Luke 12:15-21: Life is not about how many possessions you can accumulate. Jesus tells a parable about a rich man who produced a good crop and wanted to store it all up for years to come. But God said to him he will die that night so he won’t get all that he prepared for himself. Instead, be rich for God, not yourself.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18: Fix your eyes on what is eternal, and all of your troubles will achieve an eternal glory that is far greater that material items.
Philippians 3:8: Everything is a loss in comparison to having and knowing Jesus who is your greatest possession.
1 Peter 1:4-5: Our inheritance is in heaven and it will never perish, spoil, or fade. It is shielded by God’s power until Jesus comes again.

11) God and money

12a) Probably material things. I work to pay the bills and have the things I want in this world. I work to raise my kids so they have everything good and easy in this world, too.

b) To treasure Him more. All things are from Him, so to recognize that when I get items I want, I’m getting them from God and a piece of Him as well.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 4: Matthew 6:19-24

Knowing who you work for and your motives is the first step towards working for God. It’s all too easy to work for things that, in the end, will never satisfy us. This is a slow process for many of us, but as our faith grows, so too will our treasure in heaven.

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 4: Matthew 6:19-24

Earthly treasures are temporary and fade away; heavenly ones are permanent.

It’s helpful to think that the work we do for others will be everlasting.

We need light to see by. By being generous, we bring light to others and to our lives, too. As you probably have experienced, you are more productive when you focus on one task, and not on multiple tasks.

An evil eye meant someone who was jealous and envious of his neighbor, loved money, and was not charitable.

Our body needs all of our parts to work well, so if your eyes are bad, so is the rest of your body.

You cannot worship two gods. Use your money to serve God and therefore others. Anyone can be greedy, even those who don’t have much.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 3: Matthew 6:5-13

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 6:5-13:

Pray to God unseen so you are not trying to impress men in order to give the impression you are righteous. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray the Lord’s prayer. Forgive those who sin against you, and God will forgive you for your sins.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 3: Matthew 6:5-13

6) Pray to God not to be seen or to please others, but instead isolate yourself so it’s just you and God alone together. Do not pray just to pray many words. God knows what you need. Honor God, pray for daily needs, forgiveness, and help with sin.

7) God is holy and sacred.

God’s sovereign will be done in my life.

Give us our needs for the day.

Forgive our sins and let us forgive others

Help us to resist the devil and overcome sin.

8 ) It teaches me to honor God and acknowledge all of the good he does in my life and to ask for forgiveness of my sins.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 3: Matthew 6:5-13

I love how Jesus instructs us, and we aren’t left to our own devices. The Lord’s prayer is a great prayer example given to us to follow, so you don’t have to guess. On those days when you don’t know what to pray, this is a wonderful go-to.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 3: Matthew 6:5-13

PRAYING

You should not pray to be seen. They insult God. Praying on street corners and in public without the right heart is not what Jesus wants.

Instead, pray in your room. This Greek word for “room” was a storeroom where treasures were kept.

Pray with meaning and not with words to impress God. Instead, let your words be few Ecclesiastes 5:2:

God knows our wants and our prayers before we speak them. We pray not to communicate these to Him, but instead to show God our hearts and desires and increase our faith in God.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

It’s important to remember that the Lord’s prayer is just a model that shows relationship, reverence, trust, and dependence on God.

  1. Recognize who you are praying to (Our Father in Heaven). Jews of the day rarely used “Father” for God as it was too intimate for them. God is in heaven, holy and glorious. Our Father includes everyone.
  2. God’s name, kingdom, and will above all else.
  3. List your needs — bread, forgiveness, and strength to resist temptation. Debts here refers to our sins. We all face temptation (James 1:13),, but we all have ways out.(1 Corinthians 10:13).
  4. Praise God. Many Bible scholars agree the last line of the Lord’s supper was added later on since most early transcribers omitted it.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 2: Matthew 6:1-18

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 6:1-18

Be careful to not do acts of righteousness before men; if you do, you won’t have any rewards from your Father in heaven. Instead, all you will have is man’s applause and recognition, when you really want/need God’s. Do not give to the needy for yourself and for recognition (let your left hand know what your right hand is doing). Instead, give in secret. The Father will know and will reward you.

Pray to God unseen so you are not trying to impress men in order to give the impression you are righteous. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray the Lord’s prayer. Forgive those who sin against you, and God will forgive you for your sins.

Do not fast in order to appear pious for men. Instead, don’t let others know you are fasting and look good while fasting. Your Father will see you and reward you.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 2: Matthew 6:1-18

3a) Be careful to not do acts of righteousness before men; if you do, you won’t have any rewards from your Father in heaven.

b) About giving to the needy: Do not give to the needy for yourself and for recognition (let your left hand know what your right hand is doing). Instead, give in secret. The Father will know and will reward you.

About prayer: Pray to God unseen so you are not trying to impress men in order to give the impression you are righteous. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray the Lord’s prayer.

About fasting: Do not fast in order to appear pious for men. Instead, don’t let others know you are fasting and look good while fasting. Your Father will see you and reward you.

All of Jesus’s examples teach to do these things for God and not for man’s recognition.

4) Jesus says to shine God’s light in Matthew 5:14-16. In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus says to not parade your good deeds around in order to seek man’s approval. Instead, God knows what you do, and you will be rewarded. Christians are to do good works so others can see God, but these works are not to be done in order to be seen doing these good works by others.

5) I tend to not care at all what others think. It can be easy to fall into the trap of putting up appearances, however. God and His opinion are all that matter.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 2: Matthew 6:1-18

Good lesson ensuring you are working for God and not others. We can fall into this trap just because we aren’t cognizant of it.

Great reminder of God’s grace!

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 7, Day 2: Matthew 6:1-18

This passage is warning us of worrying too much about your image, rather than who you truly are. Don’t do things for appearances; do them for the right reasons.

Applause and attention of men fade away quickly; God’s rewards are eternal.

Jesus speaks to giving, praying, and fasting since they were and still are so central to the Jewish faith and now Christians as well.

GIVING

Giving alms to the poor was expected of people, and it was counted as righteous. Doing so makes you a hypocrite if they are acting pious when they truly are not.

Hypocrite has ancient Greek origins of meaning “an actor.” However, its meaning changed to playing roles on a stage instead. Instead, give and not know you are giving because you are generous.

PRAYING

You should not pray to be seen. They insult God. Praying on street corners and in public without the right heart is not what Jesus wants.

Instead, pray in your room. This Greek word for “room” was a storeroom where treasures were kept.

Pray with meaning and not with words to impress God. Instead, let your words be few Ecclesiastes 5:2:

God knows our wants and our prayers before we speak them. We pray not to communicate these to Him, but instead to show God our hearts and desires and increase our faith in God.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

It’s important to remember that the Lord’s prayer is just a model that shows relationship, reverence, trust, and dependence on God.

  1. Recognize who you are praying to (Our Father in Heaven). Jews of the day rarely used “Father” for God as it was too intimate for them. God is in heaven, holy and glorious. Our Father includes everyone.
  2. God’s name, kingdom, and will above all else.
  3. List your needs — bread, forgiveness, and strength to resist temptation. Debts here refers to our sins. We all face temptation (James 1:13),, but we all have ways out.(1 Corinthians 10:13).
  4. Praise God. (Many Bible scholars agree the last line of the Lord’s supper was added later on since it was omitted by most early transcribers.

FORGIVENESS

You must forgive if you are to be forgiven by God. It is not an option.

For more on forgiveness by Jesus, read here: (Matthew 9:2-618:21-35, and Luke 17:3-4).

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 5: Genesis 11:1-9

Summary of Genesis 11:1-9:

In the beginning, every human spoke the same language. Then, they began to build the Tower of Babel that would reach the heavens and make a name for themselves. The Lord came down to see what they were up to. Instead, the Lord scattered them and confused their languages so they couldn’t come together and do this building again.

BSF STUDY QUESTIONS GENESIS: LESSON 7, DAY 5: GENESIS 11:1-9

13) They were building the tower to make a name for themselves, not make a name for God.

14a) Power, greed, self-worth, acknowledgement, and to be equal with God.

b) Personal Question. My answer: Everywhere.

15) God redirects, like a parent would. He doesn’t destory mankind, but He does what is best for them and that is in this instance to break them up so they would be more likely to rely on Him rather than themselves.

16) Personal Question. My answer: That man would not be about self-aggrandisement, but instead seek God and credit God in all things. God wants us to work together for His glory, not for ours.

Conclusions BSF STUDY QUESTIONS GENESIS: LESSON 7, DAY 5: GENESIS 11:1-9

God scatters the people for their own good. Our culture always talks about brining everyone together; yet, here we see what happens when we do come together in such a manner. Perhaps God knows what’s good for us after all and maybe separate is not such a bad thing.

End Notes BSF STUDY QUESTIONS GENESIS: LESSON 7, DAY 5: GENESIS 11:1-9

God commanded everyone to spread out and populate the land in Genesis 9:1 Instead, they build a city in Shinar (Babylon) in this passage.

Brick making was a common building material in ancient times. Tar was and still is used for waterproofing, such as in Noah’s ark an Moses’ basket (Exodus 2:3). Some scholars believe that the tar indicates the people still thought they would be killed again by another flood. However, this is speculation as tar is a common building product.

 

Were the People Really Reaching for Heaven?

Bible Scholars believe they were trying to reach the heavens, and most believe this tower was real.

God may have came down to earth as Jesus. The “us” is the Holy Trinity. God scattered the people for our good out of mercy. He could have killed us all again if He had wanted.

I find it interesting that God acknowledges that man can do anythien when they come together. This is powerful for us today. Although we’re divided, it appears God wants it so.

Language is unique to man that it can only be explained as a gift from God. As man scattered, differences in the people slowly developed due to the limited gene pool. Yet, the world is incredibly diverse — just as God wanted it to be.

Man is still man — a sinner at heart. Only a perfect man, Jesus, can save.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 4: Genesis 10

sUMMARY OF Genesis 10

Genealogy of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Noah’s sons).

The sons of Japheth were maritime peoples and spread out with their own language.

Cush was the son of Ham who was the father of Nimrod who grew to be a mighty warrior and hunter on earth.  The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh in Shinar.  Then Cush went to Assyria to build Ninevah, Rehoboth, Ir, Calah, and Resen.

Later, the Canaanites scattered, pushing out the borders from Sidon to Gaza and Lasha.

Shem’s ancestors lived in the eastern hill country from Mesha to Sephar.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 4: Genesis 10

10a) Personal Question. My answer: We’re seeing the nations as they spread out over the earth. Jonah was called to preach to Ninevah but ignored God instead and got swallowed by the whale. Babylon, of course, will enslave all of Israel. The Tower of Babel was supposed to have been erected in Babylon as well.

b) They are all interconnected.

11) A mighty hunter on earth before the Lord. He was power hunger. It is widely believed that Nimrod was the leader of those who built the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar, although the Bible never outright says this. Nimrod’s kingdom included many cities, including Babel, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh.

12) Personal Question. My answer: Nothing.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 4: Genesis 10

I got nothing here.

End Notes BSF STUDY QUESTIONS GENESIS: LESSON 7, DAY 4: GENESIS 10

  • Japheth is believed to be the father of the Indo-European peoples, which is Western Europe to India.
  • Gomer is believed to be the Germans, French, Spanish, and Celts.
  • Mogog, Tubal, and Meshech is believed to be the Russians.
  • Madai is the people of India, Iran and Iraq.
  • Javan is believed to be the ancient Greeks.
  • Gomer would be Mesopotamia.
  • Togarmah would be Armenians.
  • Sons of Javan are the ancient Greeks.
  • Sons of Ham, Cush, and Mizraim come the Africans.
  • Sons of Canaan would be the Lebanese.
  • Sinites are believed to be the peoples of Asia.
  • Shem is believed to be the people of Persia and Assyria, Armenians, and the Hebrews.
  • Job is from Uz.

Like most lists of names and genealogies in the Bible, it is used to chronicle the line of Jesus and collaborate God’s words to man (who always seems to need evidence).  Also, it explains how the world was re-populated after the flood and who and how founded the nations of the earth.

Fun fact:  Nimrod’s name means “let us rebel.”

Fun fact: This is the first use of the word “kingdom” in the bible.

Map of Table of Nations Here

In general:

Japheth-Europe

Ham-Africa

Shem-Asia

Good map of Fertile Crescent, showing Nimrod’s kingdom here

 

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

Summary of Genesis 9:24-29:

Noah cursed his youngest son, Ham, after he found out what has been done to him (whatever that was). He curses Canaan ot be a slave to his brothers. He blesses God and asks for Japheth’s terrritory to be extended and may Japheth live in the tents of Shem. Noah lived to be 950 years old and then he died.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

7) “May Canaan be the slave of Shem. May God extend the territory of Japheth. May Japheth live in the tents of Shem, may Canaan be his slave.”

8 ) Part personal question. My answer: God is in control. Unsure about when I learned this.

9) Personal question. My answer: Since we are all descended from Noah, he’s responsible for our existence. Unsure on the rest.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

As you can tell from my answers, I’m not gleaning a whole lot out of these lessons. I apologize in advance if I’m not all that helpful. Please leave your answers in the comment to help others.

End notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

Apparently something had happened to Noah that warranted a curse for all of eternity and posterity.

Ham sinned by Canaan, Ham’s son, was cursed. This is the prophecy Noah reveals. We know God does not punish the son for the sins of the father (although we are all punished by Adam’s sin). We each are personally responsible for our sins and will stand before God to answer for them one day.

Apparently nothing is noteworthy after this incident in Noah’s life to record. Still, Noah is a man of faith by the Hebrew writer in Hebrews 11:7.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

Summary of Genesis 9:18-23:

Noah had three sons with him in the Ark: Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Ham was the father of Canaan) who then populated the earth. Noah became drunk from wine one day, and he was naked in his tent. Ham told his two brothers of their father’s nakedness, both of whom covered up his father’s nakedness.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

3) Noah became drunk from wine one day, and he was naked in his tent. Ham told his two brothers of their father’s nakedness, both of whom covered up his father’s nakedness.

4) Personal question. My answer: Sin is pervasive.

5) Personal question. My answer: Avoid sin.

6a) Personal question. My answer: I’d say we’ve all been affected by our parents in some way. We learn from them how to be successful, or sometimes we repeat their mistakes.

b) Personal Question. My answer: It’s hard to say since it’s probably just my children who are affected. I’d like to think they don’t repeat my faults and they learn from my successes, but who knows. It’s hard to teach what only experience can teach you. In truth, it’s hard to say how anyone is being affected, even the persom themselves, without hindsight.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

I’m not totally sure I see the big deal in this passage. This happens all the time where people get drunk and others walk in on them. I’m also not sure about these questions either.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

We see the world being repopulated from the three sons mentioned here. For a complete list of descendants, stay tuned. It’s coming up in Genesis 10.

Fun Fact: We see the first recorded person drunk here — Noah, a giant of the Bible.

So what’s the big deal here? For me, it was hard to see since the Bible gives very little information but the facts. We’ll see in our next lesson that something was a big deal because Noah curses his youngest son, Ham, the land of Canaan.

Theories of the Big deal:

  • Noah was sexually abused by someone, perhaps his son, Ham. This is derived from a different translation that says “became uncovered,” which is associated with sex here: (Leviticus 18:6-20).
  • Ham made fun of Noah for being drunk

In truth, there is so little information here that we just don’t know. It’s up to interpretation. I find it strange the other two brothers walked in backwards. Being naked is nothing to be ashamed of. This is weird to me.