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
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.
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.
God’s name, kingdom, and will above all else.
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).
Praise God. Many Bible scholars agree the last line of the Lord’s supper was added later on since most early transcribers omitted it.
Jacob gave each son the appropriate blessing. He requests to be buried in the same tomb as Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Leah. Then he died.
Joseph threw himself upon his father and wept. He was embalmed and mourned over for 70 days. Joseph asked Pharaoh for permission to bury his father in Canaan, which Pharaoh granted. So Joseph, all of Pharaoh’s officials, all the members of Joseph’s family, chariots, and horsemen journeyed to Canaan to bury Jacob. At Atad near the Jordan River, Joseph stopped and mourned 7 days for Jacob. Jacob was buried, and all returned to Egypt.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 3: Genesis 49:29-50:14
8 ) Because God had promised him the land.
9) He is faithful.
10) They abided by his wishes and got special permission to take his body back. They all went to Canaan (a long journey) to bury him, as did the dignitaries of Egypt.
11) Pharaoh gave Joseph permission to take his body back to be buried. The Egyptian officials accompanied Joseph and mourned. Chariots and horses were taken. The Canaanites knew it was a solemn cermony.
12a) If you believe in Jesus, you will have eternal life. If you do not believe, you will die in your sins. All those in Christ will live again. Man will die once and then face judgement and Christ will appear a second time and bring salvation to all.
b) I really don’t think about my death all that much.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 3: Genesis 49:29-50:14
I love the ceremony for Jacob. It is fitting. Wish the Bible did say more about death.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 3: Genesis 49:29-50:14
Jacob knew he would see Isaac and Abraham in heaven. He also wanted his eternal resting place for his body on earth to be in the Promised Land, although he could have been buried with riches and in a pyramid for all we know.
Jacob is repeated his death wishes to the rest of the brothers; he already told Joseph (Genesis 47:29-31)
This ends the life of the last patriarch: Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. Those who believe in Christ defy death.
The mourning of Jacob in Egypt shows how great he was. 70 days was almost a royal mourning.
It’s interesting that Jospeh did not make his request directly to Pharaoh in the beginning even though he was 2nd in command. This shows the proof of the truth of the Bible.
This burial must have been grand, indeed, and the fact that Jacob was embalmed. Only the wealthy were embalmed in ancient Egypt. This is rare in Scripture to see this detail of a burial (outside of Jesus) recorded.
Jacob prayed to God to save him from Esau. He praises God and admits how unworthy he is. Jacob then reminds God of His promise and covenant to preserve him and his family. He sent gifts of animals ahead to meet Esau in an effort to pacify him.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 21, Day 3: Genesis 32:9-21
6) He calls God the God of Abraham and Isaac. He praises God and admits how unworthy he is. Jacob then reminds God of His promise and covenant to preserve him and his family. I love reminding God of His promises in prayer.
7) He sent gifts of animals ahead to meet Esau in an effort to pacify him.
8 ) His prayer to God praises God, admits how unworthy he is, admits his fears, and reminds God of His promises to him. He also is giving Esau many gifts as well
9) Fear of the unknown. Praying and reading my Bible helps.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 21, Day 3: Genesis 32:9-21
I love Jacob’s prayer here. It’s an example for all of us to follow:
Humbly call upon God
Tell God how unworthy you are
Ask him for what you want in faith He will answer
Remind Him of his promises. Powerful stuff here.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 21, Day 3: Genesis 32:9-21
Jacob’s gifts can be seen as ways to earn favor or to bribe his brother not to harm him. Still, it’s a big improvement from stealing his brother’s birthright. Jacob is still trying to use human means to save himself here when it is always God who saves us. Instead of going out ahead to meet his brother, he waits, hoping his gifts will placate.
God tells Abraham that he and his descendants must keep His covenant. Every male must be circumcised, which is the sign of the covenant. This is to take place at 8 days old, and this applies to all male, whether adopted or not. If any male has not been circumcised, they are to be cut off from God’s people, as this will be a sign that the covenant has been broken.
Every male on that day was circumcised, including Abraham, his son, Ismael, and all in his household.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 11, Day 3: Genesis 17:9-14; 23-27
7) “It will be the sign of the covenant between you and me.”
8 ) That he/they are faithful.
9) Having faith is more important than works.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 11, Day 3: Genesis 17:9-14; 23-27
I love that Abraham obeyed immediately without delay. So, too, are we called to obey immediately as well.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 11, Day 3: Genesis 17:9-14; 23-27
The cutting of the foreskin represents how God is setting His people apart (cutting them off). It is a physical sign that they are His people. Since males were born into it, it was fitting to be associated with reproduction. This is a sign of faith. Circumcision also helped with cleanliness, which was important in a society where no one bathed. Also, it was a sign of cleansing as well.
With Jesus, we are spiritually circumcised.
Why the 8th day? Childbirth is traumatic on a baby. After all, it goes from a water world to a world of air and newness. After 8 days, the baby’s body will recover faster, and some experts think that because the immune system is in place by now, that the baby will be less likely to get an infection. Doctors believe that a baby’s body can also blood-clot better on day 8 of life.
It’s important to note that the people were part of the covenant through faith. When they rejected circumcision, they were rejecting the covenant that God had granted through grace. Circumcision is not something you do that gets you to heaven, although the early Christians tried to make this so. (Galatians 5:1-15). Now, with the new covenant, you are free to circumcise or not.
Abraham’s immediacy speaks to his faith and his obedience to God’s commands. What does your response say when God tells you to move?
After God made the heavens and the earth but before plants had sprung and only streams had watered the earth, God made man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into his nostrils and man became living. He put the man in the garden of Eden. He made all kinds of trees for food and in the middle were the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. A river watered this garden.
God put man in charge of the garden to work it and take care of it. He warned the man not to eat from the tree of knowledge or he would die. He brought the animals to Adam to name. When God did so, He noticed no helper was found for man; so He created woman from Adam’s rib while he was sleeping so man would not be alone.
This is why man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife and become one flesh. They were naked and felt no shame.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 2, Day 4: Genesis 2:4-25
10) Personal Question. My answer: Man felt no shame; this is a consequence of sin. After all, what was to be ashamed about if you didn’t sin? God gave Adam a companion because it was for Adam’s good. God gives us companions and other things because it is for our good.
11) God put man in charge of the garden to work it and take care of it. He commanded the man not to eat from the tree of knowledge or he would die. He brought the animals to Adam to name. Man’s purpose is to care for the garden and everything in it, including the animals. He commanded man not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge because he would die. This was for man’s own good.
12) This is a loaded question, and the answers can be anything. Mine: You can know God’s care for us as He has given us everything we need to survive. You can see God’s attention to detail, and how He has given everything a purpose and a place. You can see and feel God’s love for us in His creation. You can see His goodness, His desire for us to have everything we need, and His purpose for our lives. You can see His supremacy, and you can see why He deserves nothing less than our complete devotion. In essence, you see God when you truly see nature.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 2, Day 4: Genesis 2:4-25
I love how what we think to be human emotions, such as shame, fear, and anxiety, were never God’s intention for us. He did not give those to us; we gave those to ourselves when sin entered the picture. God never meant for us to be afraid of anything, to want for anything, and to fear Him. He meant for us to always be with Him as we will be in heaven. God and everything He has made are good.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 2, Day 4: Genesis 2:4-25
And so ends the genealogy of the heavens and the earth, a history given directly by God to either Moses or Adam, recording the history of God’s 7 day creation that no human was present to witness.
FUN FACT: This is the first use of LORD (Yahweh) in the Bible. Our English word Lord comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for bread (as does our word loaf) because ancient English men of high stature would keep a continual open house, where all could come and get bread to eat. They gained the honorable title of lords, meaning “dispensers of bread.”
Man had not yet been created to care for the vegetation of the earth, and there was no rain. The thick blanket of water vapor in the outer atmosphere created on the second day of creation (Genesis 1:6-8) made for no rain. However, a system of evaporation and condensation formed heavy dew or ground-fog.
When God created man, He made him out of the most basic elements, the dust of the ground.
With this Divine breath, man became a living being, like other forms of animal life (the term chay nephesh is used in Genesis 1:20-21 and here). Yet only man is a living being made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
The word for breath in Hebrew is ruach is the same word for Spirit, as is the case in both ancient Greek (pneuma) and Latin (spiritus). God created man by putting His breath, His Spirit, within him.
The King James Version reads: man became a living soul. So is man a soul, or does man have a soul? This passage seems to indicate that man is a soul, while passages like 1 Thessalonians 5:23 and Hebrews 4:12 seem to indicate that man has a soul. It seems that the Scripture speaks in both ways.
The Garden of Eden
Eden was a garden specifically planted by God; it was a place God made to be a perfect habitation for Adam (and later, Eve).
Genesis chapter 2 is the history of creation from Adam’s perspective, which does not contradict the account of Genesis 1:1-2:7 .
The whole feel of this account gives the sense that it was written by an actual eyewitness of the rivers and surroundings. Adam probably wrote this himself.
These rivers used to exist. However, the names of these rivers can’t be used to determine where the Garden of Eden was located because the flood dramatically changed the earth’s landscape and reconfigured these rivers.
God put Adam into the most spectacular paradise the world has seen, but God put Adam there to do work. Work is something good for man and was part of Adam’s perfect existence and our purpose before the fall.
If there is never a command or never something forbidden there can then never be choice. God wants our love and obedience to Him to be the love and obedience of choice.
The Creation of Eve
For the first time, God saw something that was not good – the aloneness of man.
God gives man the responsibility (and the accountability) to be the leader in the home and gives women the responsibility and the accountability to help him.
We only see “helping” as a position of inferiority when we think like the world thinks. God considers positions of service as most important in His sight (Matthew 20:25-28).
COOL FACT: Here, Adam’s intellect had not yet suffered from the fall, so he was probably the most brilliant man who ever lived.
ANOTHER COOL FACT: This is the first surgery recorded in history. God even used a proper anesthetic on Adam.
God used Adam’s own body to create Eve to forever remind him of their essential oneness. Man and woman are more alike than they are different.
We also know the Bride of Christ comes from the wound made in the side of the second Adam, Jesus Christ.
“She was taken from under his arm that he might protect her and from next to his heart that he might love her” (Barnhouse).
Note that the subordinate relationship of wives to husbands is found before the curse, not only after it.
Man and Wife Are One Flesh
A man and wife can truly come together in a one-flesh relationship, yet they must be joined. It is a spiritual fact, but the benefits of that oneness are not gained by accident or by chance.
This passage forms the foundation for the Bible’s understanding of marriage and family. Both Jesus (Matthew 19: 5) and Paul (Ephesians 5:31) quoted it in reference to marriage.
Husband and wife become one flesh under God’s blessing. In extramarital sex, the partners become “one flesh” under God’s curse.
The fullness of what God wants to do in the one flesh relationship takes time. It has to become.
Adam understood the essential oneness in his relationship with Eve. This point is so important that it is referred to several times in the New Testament, including the great marriage passage in Ephesians 5:28-29
Being naked shows being open and exposed as a person before God and man. To be naked… and not ashamed means you have no sin, nothing to be rightly ashamed of, and nothing to hide.
God made man in His image to rule over all of His creation on the earth. He created male and female and blessed them to be fruitful and multiple. He gave them every seed-bearing plant and every tree with fruit with seed for food. God gave every green plant to everything else that has life in it. This was the sixth day, and God saw that it was very good. Thus, heaven and earth were complete.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 2, Day 2: Genesis 1:26-31
3) Humanity rules over everything in creation, and humanity is made in the image of God.
4) Created how God is, although our image has been distorted by the Fall and sin. Being in the image of God is what makes us human and redeemable. Thus, even as sinners, we bear God’s image. We are in some sense like God. For an AMAZING discourse on this, click HERE
5) Part personal Question. My answer: Man is to rule over everything in creation, and God provides them with food. He exercises dominion by having children to continue to care for the earth. My job as a parent is to help my children understand their role in the universe. While I believe we all have additional purposes God has given us, we can’t forget about the original purpose of caring for the earth.
6) God made man in His image to rule over all of His creation on the earth. He gave them every seed-bearing plant and every tree with fruit with seed for food. It is our responsibility to ensure the earth stays healthy and that everything in creation is provided for.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 2, Day 2: Genesis 1:26-31
Not until the Fall did God give man animals to eat (Genesis 9:3).
In 2012, BSF focused on how this passage reveals that God gives man everything he needs to survive and sent us to Psalms and Acts that reminded us that we are wonderful and that we belong here. That’s what I miss most about the old BSF with the new is the cross passages we were sent to look up within the questions. For me, this showed me the connections the Bible has and how God’s story is all intertwined with life. I feel this is a shame BSF does not do that now and that we are truly missing out and not learning as much because of it.
With the predominance of personal questions, I’m afraid this is gone by the wayside. A travesty, indeed.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 2, Day 2: Genesis 1:26-31
Again, we see God as the Triune God since the plural is used here (we).
Man is made in God’s image. This means:
The resurrection is possible
We are above angels since they are not made in the image of God
We are distinct in moral and intelletual capabilities
All human life matters
This does not mean God has a physical body.
Evolution has no Biblical backup when Adam was created fully-formed.
Man was created separate from female, meaning God meant there to be differences between us.
Note that the first thing God did was bless us. Remember that in the midst of your heartaches and struggles; you are blessed!
Man’s purpose is to exercise dominion over the earth. He can only do this if he is fruitful and multiplies. Yet, the primary purpose of sex is bonding, not procreation. This is a huge difference between man and animals who only have sex for reproduction.
Note that before the flood, man was vegetarian. After the flood, animals were allowed to be eaten (Genesis 9:3).