Solomon lays out proverbs for living and wisdom. Listen and learn. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Resist sin.
Summary of Proverbs 2
Look to wisdom and understanding to understand the fear of the Lord and find His knowledge. Then you’ll understand what is right and just. Wisdom will save you from wicked men and adulterous women. Then you will walk in the ways of the good.
Summary of Proverbs 3
Keep God’s teaching in your heart to prolong your life and bring you peace. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Trust in the Lord. Fear God. Honor God. Bring Him the first fruits. Don’t despite the Lord’s rebuke. Blessed are those who find wisdom. Preserve sound judgement and discretion. Have no fear of sudden disasters. Do not withhold good from your neighbor. Do not envy the violent or choose their ways. The wise inherit honor.
Questions for Proverbs 1-3
3 ) When you fear the Lord, your mindset is ripe to understand His knowledge, so He can teach you to walk in His ways.
4) Fathers and mothers have more wisdom they can impart to their children. Wisdom protects from evil and harm.
5) Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own decision. I am trying to make a major life decision and am praying it is from God. I want to teach my kids to keep God’s teaching in their hearts.
Conclusions to Wordgo Study of Wisdom Proverbs 1-3
We learn the importance of being prepared to receive God’s wisdom by trusting God, fearing Him, and following His commands.
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR PSALM 16:8
15) Those against the Lord will be judged; those for the Lord will be rewarded and saved. It’s a universal problem of sin that there is evil in the world, that bad things happen, and that there’s not a whole lot we can do about it except turn to God. God is the global solution. Trust in Him for all things, including for the state of the world.
16) This is a tough question because all of them had things that spoke to me. I’m gonna go with Psalm 22. I pray, Lord, that you guide my path and that it be your path. You know my heart’s desire, and I pray you help me make that come true. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 2 AND WORDGO’S STUDY OF THE PSALMS
Great readings in Psalms. Always there is doubt and evil, but God and Jesus win in the end, which is the greatest story ever told!
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.
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:
Go to others who need to know God’s word
Make disciples by sharing Christ with others
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.
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.
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.
SUMMARY OF 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-19
Paul is telling the Corinthians that they are saved by the Gospel. Christ died for our sins. He was raised on the third day. He appeared before the disciples, 500 people at the same time, James, and him. The dead rise again because Christ rose from the grave. If Christ had not risen, they you are still in sin.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 4: Matthew 28:1-15 with 1 Corinthians 15:1-19
9) The argument that Paul makes that if Jesus did not rise from the grave, then our faith is worthless. Jesus’s resurrection is the crux of our religion, and Paul makes a great logical argument here.
John 10:17-18: Jesus willingly laid down his life for us, and he rose with his own authority.
Acts 2:31 with Psalm 16:10: Christ’s body did not decay nor was it in the grave.
Acts 17:30-31: There will be a judgment day with the proof being Jesus’s resurrection.
Romans 6:4: With Christ’s resurrection, we live a new life, as we were baptized with Christ in death.
Ephesians 1:18-23: We have God’s power because he rose Christ from the grave and placed him ruler over everything.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14: Those who have died believing Jesus will rise again.
1 Peter 1:3-6: God has given us birth through a living hope and an eternal inheritance because of the resurrection of Christ.
11a) Jesus’s willingness to die for us. Unfathomable to me.
b) It’s helpful when times are tough and the world is turbulent to have hope in him.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 4: Matthew 28:1-15 with 1 Corinthians 15:1-19
If you get nothing else from the study of Matthew, get this: Christ died for you, and with faith, you will have eternal life.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 4: Matthew 28:1-15 with 1 Corinthians 15:1-19
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.
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.”
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.
1 Corinthians 15:1-19
You must receive the gospel (“good news”) that Paul received from Christ himself.
Christ died for our sins
He was buried
Jesus rose again
He rose again on the third day
Jesus was seen by Cephas
Jesus was seen by the twelve
He was seen by over 500 brethren
He was seen by James
Christ was seen by the apostles
He was seen by Paul
“According to the Scriptures”, meaning Jesus’s death fulfilled prophesy.
Paul calls himself the least, and by the grace of God, he is a new man who labored for Christ.
The first-century Corinthians denied our/their resurrection, not Jesus’s.
Jesus hung for three hours in this darkness. At the ninth hour, Jesus cries out to God, asking why He has forsaken him. Some who were there thought Jesus was crying for Elijah. They immediately ran to get a sponge and put wine vinegar on it. These people offered it to Jesus to drink. They waited to see if Elijah would come and save him. Jesus cried out again and then died. At that moment, the curtain in the temple was torn in two, the earth shook and the rocks split. Tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who were dead came to life. They came out of their tombs and appeared to many people after Jesus’s resurrection.
Those who were there with Jesus when he died, including the Roman centurion believed he was the Son of God. Many women were there who had followed Jesus from Galilee. These included Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zedebee’s sons.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 4: Matthew 27:45-56
8 ) Isaiah 13:9-10 tells us that the day of the Lord is coming to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within. Acts 2:20 says the darkness will foreshadow the coming of the Lord.
9) This was the first time God had ever been separated from Jesus as he bore our sins on the cross. It must have been agonizing for both. Plus, Jesus is in physical pain and spiritual pain.
10a) At that moment, the curtain in the temple was torn in two, the earth shook and the rocks split. Tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who were dead came to life. They came out of their tombs and appeared to many people after Jesus’s resurrection.
b) When the curtain tore upon Jesus’s death, we all immediately had access to God. There would be no need for a priest to be the only one who could be with God. The earth shook and the rocks split signify Jesus will come again. Those were were raised signify their ascension to heaven and Jesus’s power to conquer death.
b) Many women were there who had followed Jesus from Galilee. These included Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zedebee’s sons. God’s inclusion of everyone in his plan for redemption.
12) Every action has a price we must pay and the cost can be severe. We are to try to walk like Jesus, repent of our sins, and be truly grateful Christ stood in our place.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 4: Matthew 27:45-56
So many people sugar coat Christ’s death, not thinking about the reality of death — the pain, the agony, the suffering that Christ endured for us. If we had any idea how much Christ suffered for our sins, we’d all be on our knees.
Just for fun!
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 4: Matthew 27:45-56
An unusual darkness descended from noon to 3 pm. It is estimated that Jesus hung on the cross for 9 hours, beginning around 9 am. This showed how the entire world was in agony as Jesus was dying.
People come out of the darkness into light. In this moment, the entire world was black as Jesus was dying.
Fun Fact: This is the only time it is recorded that Jesus cried out to God without calling him “Father.”
Jesus quotes Psalm 22, as his fulfillment of the prophecy.
For the first time, Jesus is separate from God. You get the sense that that’s all that truly matters. Is that what truly matters to you, too? Yet, God was still with Jesus since they are irrevocably tied together.
Jesus was separated from God so we never have to be.
Those who heard Jesus mistakenly thought he was calling down Elijah.
With one word, “telelestai” meaning “it is finished” in Greek, Jesus paid the price for our sin and saved us for all of eternity.
Note that Jesus had to choose to give up his life. Since he was not a sinner, he could not die like the rest of us. (John 10:17-18)
When the curtain tore upon Jesus’s death, we all immediately had access to God. There would be no need for a priest to be the only one who could be with God.
The earth cried out in agony at Jesus’s death even if man did not.
Jesus was the only person who willingly gave up his life. Humans have no choice; we all die.
Earthquakes frequently represent God’s judgment in the Bible. Note that those who came out of the grave did so on the day Jesus was resurrected, not at this moment. This is the only Gospel that records this event so this is all that we know about it.
The Roman centurion noted the uniqueness of Jesus’s death. Women came, as did all social classes and faiths. All sinners were there; all sinners were saved.
Peter denied knowing Jesus three times when two servant girls and others asked him if he were with Jesus. A rooster crowed, and Peter remembered what Jesus had predicted. Peter then wept bitterly.
The chief priests and elders decided to kill Jesus. They bound him and handed him over to Pilate. Judas had remorse when he saw Jesus would be killed. He returned the 30 silver coins to the chief priests and elders, saying he had sinned and betrayed innocent blood. He threw the money in the temple and then hanged himself. The chief priests could not put blood money into the treasury, so they used Judas’s 30 silver coins he had returned to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. This fulfilled Jeremiah’s prophecy.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 27, Day 4: Matthew 26:69-27:10
10a) Peter denied knowing Jesus three times when two servant girls and others asked him if he were with Jesus. His sin progressed each time, first denial and then he took an oath. The last time, he got angry and called down curses on himself, swearing he did not know Jesus.
b) He knew/forgot Jesus’s prophecy that he would deny him three times.
11a) Judas had remorse when he saw Jesus would be killed. He knew he had sinned and betrayed innocent blood. He returned the 30 pieces of silver and then hanged himself.
b) They didn’t care about Judas or that Jesus was an innocent man about to be killed. They were in it for themselves.
c) All men have free will, and it’s a choice to sin or not. You are always responsible for your actions because you could have decided differently.
12a) Both were remorseful for what they had done. Judas tried to make his sin right, but his sorrow was not one of repentance. Peter wept bitterly, truly repentant of what he did, while Judas took his own life.
b) I feel like I’m cleansed, but sometimes I don’t and I still harbor guilt.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 27, Day 4: Matthew 26:69-27:10
Such sad passages, yet this could have happened to any of us. We all let our Savior down, just in different ways. It’s important to seek forgiveness whenever possible.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 27, Day 4: Matthew 26:69-27:10
It’s scary that Peter caved to a little girl. He finally remembered Jesus’s words, but it was too late. Here, we see the beginnings of Peter. He will be restored, and Luke says just after the rooster crowed, the Lord turned and looked at Peter (Luke 22:61).
This is the next morning when it was legal to pronouce a death upon Jesus. All the Sanhedrin are present Luke 22:66-71.
In order to kill someone, Pontius Pilate had to agree. He was the prefect appointed by Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar over Judea. He was a cruel man according to history, and the priests brought three charges against Jesus in order to justify his death sentence:
He was a revolutionary
He told people not to pay taxes
He claimed to be King, which was punishable by death in Roman times (Luke 23:2).
Judas was filled with remorse, not repentance. He felt sorry for the outcome, not that he did it.
When he threw the money back into the temple, he tried to put the blame onto the priests, rather than himself. Judas probably thought Jesus would redeem himself here.
The money was now unclean as blood money and could not go back to the temple. The priests didn’t want to touch the money although they had the innocent blood of Jesus on their hands.
Most Bible scholars agree Judas went to hell (the son of perdition (John 17:12).
Acts 1:18-19, tells us that Judas’ body burst open. Most Bible scholars agree this was caused by Judas’ dead body being left in the open since no burials could take place during Passover.
Although Matthew tells us this quote was spoken by Jeremiah, it is actually recorded in Zechariah 11:12-13. Some think it’s a transcribing error. Some think it was spoken by Jeremiah but recorded by Zechariah. Others think Matthew is referring to the scroll of Jeremiah, which included the book of Zechariah.
Jesus tells his disciples he will be handed over to be crucified in two days. The chief priests and the elders assembled at the palace of the high priest named Caiaphas to plot to arrest Jesus and kill him. But they didn’t want to do it during the Feast.
A woman anointed Jesus at Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper. She poured very expensive perfume on his head. The disciples upbraided the woman, saying they could have sold the perfume for a high price and given the money to the poor. Jesus chastized the disciples, saying he will not always be with them. She is preparing him for burial. She will be remembered for what she has done.
Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests to ask how much they would give him to betray Jesus. They said 30 silver coins. He agreed to do so when the opportunity rose.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 2: Matthew 26:1-16
3) In many ways. She gave Jesus her most precious possession freely. The woman sacrificed a lot to do so. She did so herself as a woman. She endured scorn by the disciples to do so. It is very inspiring to remember to give Jesus my best, too.
4a) They did not see the heart of the woman; all they saw was monetary value, not eternal value.
b) Jesus saw the woman’s heart, her love, and her intentions. He made sure she would be remembered forever for what she did.
c) Unsure. Sometimes I think nothing at all.
5) 30 silver coins. Exodus 21:32 says that 20 skekles of silver is to paid for the life of a slave who had been killed by another’s bull (or at the fault of another). The bull would be put to death. Zechariah 11:12-13 says the pay of a shepherd was 30 pieces of silver, as well as the pay for the potter. Jesus lowers himself to what a slave is worth. Zechariah the prophet foretold this moment, so 30 pieces of silver fulfills prophecy.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 2: Matthew 26:1-16
Great, great lesson. Love how we see the love for Jesus with the most precious possession, adjacent to the intense hatred of him and the wish for his death.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 2: Matthew 26:1-16
Jesus is done instructing. He now will focus on finishing his work on Earth.
This is the fourth and last time Jesus announces his own death that is recorded in the book of Matthew.
The high priest was appointed for life. Caiapas ruled until his death in A.D. 36
While the high priests did not want to kill Jesus during Passover, God had other plans. God was in control, and He would save humanity on His own time.
The Anointing of Jesus
John (John 12) tells us that this woman was Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha. (Luke 10:39),
If you read all of the Bible passages for this event, the majority of Bible scholars believe that Matthew, Mark, and John record this event, while Luke records a separate event.
This is the only time Simon the leper is mentioned in the Bible. Many Bible scholars believe Jesus healed him since a leper was considered unclean and could not host others in their home.
We are told by John that the disciple who criticized was Judas (no shock since he seems to have money on the mind). (John 12:4-6). Mark 14:5 tells us that the perfume was worth a year’s wages.
The woman did a good work for Jesus. She gave her most prized possession, as should we. Jesus was comforted in these heavy hours.
Nothing is wasted for Jesus. Nothing is too good for Jesus.
No doubt the woman probably did not know the significance of her unbridled gift to Jesus. The same holds true for us. The smallest act done in Jesus’s name can make all the difference in others’ lives.
Some Bible scholars believe that because Judas’s betrayal is recorded directly after this “waste” that Judas saw, he then made up his mind to betray Jesus.
Judas’ only clear motive in betraying Christ is greed. Bible scholars have debated for centuries what motivated this betrayal, from disillusionment of who Jesus was to he was a Judean. It’s clear that this simple motive was enough.
30 pieces of silver is only worth about $25 in today’s money — not a lot of money to betray someone who you’ve followed for the last two years. This shows Judas never cared for Jesus. He rejected repentance, and he would pay the ultimate price.
Jesus tells the Parable of the Ten Virgins. He tells his disciples that the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five were foolish and forgot to take oil with them for their lamps. Five were wise and took oil in jars. All of them fell asleep waiting on the bridegroom. When the bridegroom arrived, all woke up. The foolish ones asked for oil, and the wise ones told them to buy your own.
The foolish ones left to buy oil. When they did, the bridegroom came and only took the virgins who were ready to the wedding banquet. The bridegroom refused the late comers when they arrived. Thus, be ready because you don’t know when the bridegroom will come.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 25, Day 2: Matthew 25:1-13
3a) They were the same except the wise virgins prepared ahead of time for what they would need; the foolish ones did not.
b) Wise virgins are Christians and are prepared for Jesus’s Second Coming; foolish ones are non-Christians or Christians who are not prepared for Jesus’s return.
Matthew 7:24-27: You must be prepared by laying a firm foundation to survive life’s storms.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-8: You must be alert and self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24: God himself will sanctify you through and through. May your spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless for Jesus’s coming.
John 3:5-8: No one can enter the kingdom of heaven unless he has the Holy Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, and the spirit gives birth to spirit. You must be born again.
Romans 8:9: The Spirit of God lives inside of you and controls you. You belong to Christ if you have the Spirit of Christ.
Ephesians 1:13-14: When you heard the word of truth and believed, you were marked with a seal, the Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance until the redemption.
5) It assures me because I am ready, and because of that, I will be taken to the banquet.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 25, Day 2: Matthew 25:1-13
I love the picture of Jesus as our bridegroom. Weddings are such festive and happy occasions that it brings me joy to think of this when he takes me.
Great kids’ read as Easter is fast approaching!
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 25, Day 2: Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus is still on the Mount of Olives teaching his disciples. Matthew 24 ended with a warning to be ready for Jesus’s Second Coming, and here we see the same theme.
In Jewish tradition of the times, a bride got engaged, went through a betroyal, or a wedding ceremony, and then got married about a year later at an unexpected time. Usually, there were about 10 bridesmaids who went forth to meet the bridegroom with lamps. He usually arrived at night to pick her up, hence the need for the lamps.
Jesus is presenting the idea as himself as the bridegroom as an extension of God since God is pictured as the bridegroom in the Old Testament, and Israel as the bride (Isaiah 54:4-5; 62:5; Jeremiah 2:2; Hosea 1-3,)
Five were prepared for the bridegroom; five were not. Note that the five that were not prepared appeared to be so, but, in reality, they were not, which is many people today.
The torches were most likely a wooden staff with a dish at the top with a cloth soaked in oil to light it.
Jesus continues describing the End Times to his disciples on the Mount of Olives. He describes what will happen and says that those in Judea should flee. Don’t take anything with you. If their flight takes place in winter or on the Sabbath, there will be great distress. However, those days will be cut short for the sake of the elect. False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive you.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 24, Day 3: Matthew 24:15-26
6a) The destruction of the Jewish temple
c) Jesus will confirm a covenant with many. Forces will desecrate the temple and abolish daily sacrifices. There will be 1,290 days from the time the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up.
7a) “Unequaled from the beginning of the world till now — and never to be equaled again.” “No one would survive” “How dreadful it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers.” “Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.”
b) You should take the warnings very seriously. They should respond with prayer.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 24, Day 3: Matthew 24:15-26
I’m wondering how the disciples felt hearing from this. I would have been afraid.
An interesting read on the Olivet Discourse.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 24, Day 3: Matthew 24:15-26
The abomination of desolation is when the Jewish temple will be destroyed and an idolatrous image will be set up in the holy place. This act brings desolation.
Daniel describes the complete desecration of the temple, and Paul discusses this event more in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
There will be 3.5 years after the sign is set up before the consummation of all things.
When the abomination appears, you (the Jewish people) must flee immediately.
Bible scholars believe that the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 AD and the subsequent fleeing of God’s people was a foreshadowing of the coming End Times.