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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 5: Matthew 28:16-20

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 28:16-20

The 11 disciples go to Galilee to the mountain Jesus told them to go. There, they met Jesus and worshipped him, but some doubted. He told them to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything he has commanded them. He will be with them always to the end of time.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 5: Matthew 28:16-20

12a) His claim: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him.

b) His command: Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything he has commanded them.

c) His promise: He will be with them always to the end of time.

13a) Authority here means power granted by one in authority, so God. It’s the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. Because if we are followers of Jesus, we follow his commands. He will give us everything we need to follow him.

b) Baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything he has commanded them

c) He will give me the strength to go forth and make disciples even when it’s hard or I’m discouraged.

d) Unsure. Right now, just struggling to make it through each day.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 5: Matthew 28:16-20

I love the comfort the last verse in Matthew brings: I am with you always to the very end of the age.

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 5: Matthew 28:16-20

This was not their first meeting with Jesus, but it’s all Matthew records. Some disciples doubted perhaps due to the fact that this was too good to be true, and they may have felt guilty still over having abandoned Jesus at the cross. Yet, they obeyed. They did not fully understand what was happening or probably even what Jesus’s resurrection fully meant. However, obedience does not require understanding; it simply requires faith.

Jesus has authority so the disciples must obey.

His authority sends us to make disciples (scholars or learners). Note that disciples are made, not born.

The Great Commission

Christians are to:

  1. Go to others who need to know God’s word
  2. Make disciples by sharing Christ with others
  3. Baptize them in the name of the Father by the finished work of the Son and through the power of the Holy Spirit

Here, Jesus includes the Gentiles with “all nations.” Before, it was mostly Jews (Matthew 15:24).

They were to be baptized, not circumcized, which was the sign that the Jews used that they followed God.

We see the Holy Trinity here (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).

Teach them all things, not leaving anything out.

His constant presence would strengthen them and guide them in their mission.

“Always” here means every second of every day, complete.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 2: Matthew 28:1-10

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 28:1-10

On Sunday after Jesus’s death, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to Jesus’s tomb. There was an earthquake and and angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled away the stone. He looked like lightning and wore white clothes. The guards were afraid, shook, and became like dead men.

The angel addressed the women, telling them that Jesus has risen like he said he would. He is not there. He tells them to come inside and see the empty tomb then to go and tell the disciples that Jesus has risen and is going to Galilee.

The women did as they were told, afraid but full of joy. Jesus met them on their way to the disciples. They clasped his feet and worshipped him. They he told them to go to his brothers and go to Galilee where they will see him.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 2: Matthew 28:1-10

3a)

On Sunday after Jesus’s death, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to Jesus’s tomb. There was an earthquake and and angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled away the stone. He looked like lightning and wore white clothes. The guards were afraid, shook, and became like dead men.

The angel addressed the women, telling them that Jesus has risen like he said he would. He is not there. He tells them to come inside and see the empty tomb then to go and tell the disciples that Jesus has risen and is going to Galilee.

Mark 16:1-8 adds that the women went to the tomb to properly prepare the body for burial since Jesus died during the Sabbath and no one could handle dead bodies then. The stone was rolled away when they arrived. Inside was a young man dressed in a white robe. He told them Jesus has risen and to go and alert the others.

Luke 24:1-8 adds that the women found two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning in the tomb.

b) The tomb is empty. The women witnessed it. They say him, touched his feet, and worshipped him. They also were the ones who saw Jesus being placed there.

4a) The angel addressed the women, telling them that Jesus has risen like he said he would. He is not there. He tells them to come inside and see the empty tomb then to go and tell the disciples that Jesus has risen and is going to Galilee.

b) The women did as they were told, afraid but full of joy

c) Jesus met them on their way to the disciples. They clasped his feet and worshipped him. They he told them to go to his brothers and go to Galilee where they will see him.

5) Anytime I’ve felt alone it’s good to know that Jesus is there.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 2: Matthew 28:1-10

I had not remembed this exact scene! It was great to read again!

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 2: Matthew 28:1-10

The women were headed to properly prepare Jesus’s body for burial since Jewish law forbade people from touching dead bodies.

Matthew is the only Gospel to record the earthquake. Bible scholars think the angel prompted the earthquake as he rolled the stone.

Jesus was the first one to be resurrected. Elijah 1 Kings 17:17-24) and Lazarus (John 11:38-44) were brought back from the dead in their old bodies. Resurrection entails getting a new body.

Jesus is risen. He reigns in heaven. There is no tomb of Jesus to go and visit here on earth.

The women should not have been surprised as Jesus said this is what would happen.

Note that Jesus had passed through the stone barrier John 20:19. The stone was only rolled away so others could see and testify to Jesus’s resurrection.

These women saw Jesus’s body go into the tomb and now they say it missing.

Jesus’s resurrection proves God accepted Jesus as a substitute for us.

Note that women were chosen to be the first to tell of Jesus’s resurrection. The responded properly with worship to Jesus’s appearance, recognizing him for who he was.

“Do not be afraid” is often repeated in Scripture as this is a normal human response to things we do not understand. Jesus repeated the command by the angel as oftentimes we forget in moments of unexpectedness and shock what we were told.

King James has “rejoice” as “all hail,” which was a normal Greek greeting.

Fun Fact: this is the first time Jesus calls his disciples “brothers.”

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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 28

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 27:32-66 BSF LESSON 28

  • We can live a new life with a glorious future home in heaven because of Jesus
  • Jesus died willingly and clothed us in righteousness as he did
  • Jesus was separated from God so we never have to be
  • God is at work in every part of human history

TAKE AWAY: The greatest moment in human history was when Jesus died and rose for us.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 5: Matthew 27:57-66

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 27:57-66

When evening approached, a rich man named Joseph of Arimathea who had become a disciple of Jesus asked Pilate for Jesus’s body. He wrapped Jesus’s body in clean linen cloth and put him in his tomb. He rolled a big stone in front of it. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary sat outside the tomb.

The Romans made the tomb secure so that the disciples could not come and take Jesus’s body and tell people he had been raised from the dead as Jesus preached he would do on the third day. So Pilate ordered a guard to secure Jesus’s tomb by putting a seal on the stone and posting a guard.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 5: Matthew 27:57-66

13) Joseph prepared Jesus’s body in rich clothes and placed in a nice tomb. Joseph used his best for Jesus.

14a) The Romans made the tomb secure so that the disciples could not come and take Jesus’s body and tell people he had been raised from the dead as Jesus preached he would do on the third day.

b) It proves that Jesus did indeed rise from the dead without any help or dark magic. No one entered or exited the tomb after Joseph placed his body there. There is no doubt that Jesus rose on the 3rd day.

15) Finding a new job. Moving states in the midst of uncertainty. Living a God-centered life always.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 5: Matthew 27:57-66

I love how God thinks of everything. Jesus’s body has to be guarded so there is no doubt that he rose from the dead. Amazing!

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 5: Matthew 27:57-66

Normally, the Romans left the bodies of those who were crucified to rot. But since it was Passover, no one wanted the bodies left. Plus, the fact that a rich person asked for Jesus’s body helped.

Joseph had little time to prepare Jesus’s body before the Sabbath arrived where he could not touch a dead body.

Having a huge stone seal the tomb was the custom of the day for the rich. Several men had to work together to move it, which ensured nothing happened to the body. This tomb was made from solid rock and was near where Jesus died (John 19:41). These tombs had a small entrance. The bodies would be laid out so that they could mummify, rot, and decay to bones. Once they bodies were bones, they would be collected and placed in ossuaries or small boxes that then remained in the tomb with loved ones.

The priests and Pharisees approached Pilate on the Sabbath, breaking Jewish law again. They were not afraid of the disciples; they were afraid of Jesus’s power of resurrection. The chief priests were probably wondering if Jesus would rise again and wanted to make sure there were no doubts.

The Romans sent their best men to guard the tomb of Jesus.

The Roman seal is significant. First, if anyone broke the seal, they would be facing death since it would be a defyment of the Roman Empire. The seal was a rope that was secured by wax. If the stone moved, the seal would break.

The Roman guard was not just one man. This was at least four men. Then, two men could watch while the other two slept. However, in this case, there may have been more. All these soldiers cared about was ensuring the seal was not broken, for then their lives would be at risk if it were.

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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 27

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 26:47-27:31 BSF LESSON 27

  • God’s sovereign plans always prevail
  • Every human is responsible for their actions
  • Jesus always offers grace and mercy
  • Jesus died for us out of love, grace, and mercy
  • No one stood up for Jesus. In the end, he was abandoned, but he never abandoned us.
  • God’s plan for your life can be trusted

TAKE AWAY: You are either for Jesus or against him.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 25, Day 3: Matthew 25:14-30

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 25:14-30

Jesus tells the Parable of the Talents. A man calls his servants and gives them talents each according to his ability. He gives one man five talents, another two, and another one. The men who received five and two gained more. The man who received one hid his master’s money.

When the master returned, he settled accounts with them. The man who had five talents and gained five more and the man who had two talents and gained two more were praised and called “good and faithful servant.” Since they was faithful with a few things, Jesus put them in charge of many things and shared in their master’s happiness.

The man who hid the talent was called wicked and lazy. He was chastized for not putting the money on deposit at least to earn interest. The one talent was taken from the man and given to the man who has 10 talents. Everyone who has will be given more in abundance. Whoever does not have will lose what little he has. The lazy servant was thrown out into the darkness and the weeping and gnashing of teeth.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 25, Day 3: Matthew 25:14-30

6a) A man calls his servants and gives them talents each according to his ability. He it entrusting them to use their talents to grow his money while he is away.

b) When the master returned, he settled accounts with them. The man who had five talents and gained five more and the man who had two talents and gained two more were praised and called “good and faithful servant.” Since they was faithful with a few things, Jesus put them in charge of many things and shared in their master’s happiness.

The man who hid the talent was called wicked and lazy. He was chastized for not putting the money on deposit at least to earn interest. The one talent was taken from the man and given to the man who has 10 talents. Everyone who has will be given more in abundance. Whoever does not have will lose what little he has. The lazy servant was thrown out into the darkness and the weeping and gnashing of teeth.

c) He was chastized for not putting the money on deposit at least to earn interest. The one talent was taken from the man and given to the man who has 10 talents. Everyone who has will be given more in abundance. Whoever does not have will lose what little he has. He basically did not try or do anything while the man was away.

7) Don’t waste what God has given you. Use your talents to grow His kingdom.

8 ) Unsure. I always ask myself this, as I do think I have gifts. Writing is one of them. Perseverance. Drive. Tenacity.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 25, Day 3: Matthew 25:14-30

Such a harsh penalty is you don’t use the gifts and talents that God has given you in order to do His work. Something to think about in your own life, that’s for sure. The Olivet Discourse is so rich that it’s great to dive into.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 25, Day 3: Matthew 25:14-30

A talent was worth about $1,200 in today’s terms, which was a lot for back then. We get our word “talent” from this parable, which is a gift given to you by others.

Each person in the kingdom of heaven is given a certain number of gifts and talents to serve God. We can either waste those opportunities or talents or use them to further His kingdom.

The good servants used what they had to gain more. The other servant did absolutely nothing with the money.

The reward matched what they were given. He called them good and faithful because of it. There is also a place of joy — some Bible scholars say even heaven — as a reward.

Note the lazy servant tried to come up with excuses as to why he didn’t grow the money. He thought his master didn’t need his help and would be pleased that he did not lose the money.

The lazy servant faced condemnation. He could have done something, but instead he chose to do nothing.

The Old Testament did not allow Israelites to charge interest when money was leant to other Israelites  (Exodus 22:25Leviticus 25:35-37Deuteronomy 23:19; cf. Psalm 15:5. However, if the money involved Gentiles, it was permitted.(Deuteronomy 23:20)

The servant was not a true servant and thus was thrown out of the master’s house.

The master represents Jesus. The time between his departure and return may represent the time between his First and Second Coming. The different amounts represents how humans today are given different talents and abilities for Jesus.

We are all called to invest the treasure God has entrusted to us to build his kingdom and bear fruit. Jesus will return to accomplish his plan. Everything that happens is purposeful and good.

Theme of the Parable of the Talents:  our readiness for Jesus’ return is seen by our stewardship of the resources and talents He has given us.

Readiness is doing God’s work. So, are you ready?

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 23, Day 3: Matthew 22:34-40

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 22:34-40

A Pharisee asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment in the Law. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The second is love your neighbor as yourself.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 23, Day 3: Matthew 22:34-40

7a) Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The second is love your neighbor as yourself.

b) Complete and total sacrifice of your life for God and His purpose; utter devotion to God. Having God first in everything you do. Praying and asking for God’s guidance every day and for every major decision.

c) To treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself. Care for them like you do yourself. Put their needs first.

8 ) Too many to list. It’s a tall order to do everything with God first, praying and listening. Same for putting your neighbor equal with yourself. The only thing you can do is take small steps every day to be more like Jesus and to help others in your life. Pray when you think of it. Read the Bible. Take an interest in others.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 23, Day 3: Matthew 22:34-40

Aren’t you glad this question was asked? Even though it as a trick, it helps all of us. Some of my favorite verses in all of the Bible.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 23, Day 3: Matthew 22:34-40

Another question meant to trap Jesus. All laws were equal in the Old Testament and were meant to be obeyed. By putting one above the over 600 others, this would show Jesus did not value the laws as he should.

We can never be perfect in these commandments; but, we can do our best and improve every day.

We go from the 10 Commandments to two — seemingly easy ones, but so difficult to implement in our selfish human lives.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 23, Day 2: Matthew 22:15-33

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 22:15-33

The Pharisees continue to try to trip Jesus up with words. They ask him if it is right to pay taxes to Caesar. Of course, Jesus knows they are trying to trip him up. Instead, he asks for a denarius. On the denarius is a portrait of Caesar, so Jesus said give to Caesar what is his and give to God what is His.

Next, the Sadducees try to trip up Jesus. They ask him that at the resurrection, whose wife will a woman be who married all of the brothers because it was their duty to marry her. The Sadducees believe there is no resurrection. Jesus said at the resurrection there is no marriage. They will be like angels in heaven and be living.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 23, Day 2: Matthew 22:15-33

3) The Pharisees continue to try to trip Jesus up with words. They ask him if it is right to pay taxes to Caesar. They think that if Jesus answers to pay the taxes, he will alienate many Jews. If he advocates to not pay taxes, he could go to jail for breaking Roman law.

4a) Jesus knows they are trying to trip him up, so he won’t satisfy them.

b) We must submit ourselves to governing authorities, so we must pay taxes since they are our elected officials chosen by God. To God, we owe our lives, but more than that, our service and our love.

5a) The Sadducees ask Jesus that at the resurrection, whose wife will a woman be who married all of the brothers because it was their duty to marry her.

b) They don’t know the Scriptures or the Power of God. At the resurrection, we will all be living and marriage won’t exist.

6) It reveals how Jesus knows our hearts and intentions and talks about the deeper issues. He knows the Pharisees and the Sadducees are trying to trip him up, so he responds appropriately. I was not really surprised or amazed. Jesus is all-knowing, so his actions make sense to me.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 23, Day 2: Matthew 22:15-33

You can tell the Pharisees and the Sadducees don’t understand who Jesus is; if they did, they would know he wouldn’t fall into their trap. Jesus gives them many opportunities to repent. They do not.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 23, Day 2: Matthew 22:15-33

You know it’s serious when the Pharisees are working together with the Herodians (most likely pagan Romans).

Note they compliment Jesus first, hoping to take his guard down.

They think that if Jesus answers to pay the taxes, Jesus could be accused of denying God’s sovereignty. If he advocates to not pay taxes, he would be an enemy of Rome.

There were many taxes in Judea imposed by Rome. This scene is referring to the poll tax, which is a denarius a year that everyone has to pay.

Jesus shows he is in control. God is superior over all, but government handles local and national affairs.

Fear God. Honor the king. (1 Peter 2:17)

Christians have the image of God stamped on them. We belong to God, so we are to give ourselves to Him. We belong to Him. Jesus makes it clear that there is a separation between church and state here.

The Sadducees

The Sadducees were a small group of wealthy, aristocratic elite who only believed in the first five books of Moses and even then they picked and choose what to believe in. They were more politial than religious, and with the demise of the temple in 70 AD, they disappeared as a political party. They are only mentioned by name in the New Testament about a dozen times, but when chief priests are mentioned, this referred to them, too.

The Sadducees did not believe in resurrection, as the ridiculousness of this question shows. While the premise is true that if a married man died childless, it fell to his brother to marry the widow  Deuteronomy 25:5-10, which is known as levirate marriage. Levir is a Latin word meaning “brother-in-law.”

These highly learned men did not know the Scriptures or the Power of God. God can raise people from the dead, and as Paul says, you can have Biblical knowledge, but not understand the Bible. (2 Timothy 1:13).

Jesus tells them that life in resurrection is now what we know life on earth. Jesus says angels are in heaven, meaning they are real, which the Sadducees do not believe.

In the Bible, angles are always male. (Genesis 18:216Genesis 19:1-11)

Jesus uses the patriarches of the Old Testament since that is the only part of the Bible that the Sadducees believed in. Jesus quotes God as saying, “I am,” not “I was.” This shows they are still living and God is the God of the living.

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