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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 8

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 7 BSF LESSON 8

  • Trials are what strengthens us
  • God knows your motives and intentions of your heart
  • There is hope for all, but God does it through His will, not ours
  • God gives us what we need, not necessarily what we ask for
  • God rewards persistant prayer — we are not to give up
  • Love God and loving others will follow
  • God gives good things to those who ask
  • Ask God to help you love
  • Without Jesus, you have nothing
  • Your life enriches others’
  • Expect to think and live differently than others
  • Live a life built on Jesus

TAKE AWAY: We are to love God. Everything else flows from there.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 3: Matthew 7:7-12

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 7:7-12

“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.” If you ask God, He will give you good gifts like we would our kids.

Do unto others what you want done to you. This is the Law.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 3: Matthew 7:7-12

6) “Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.” He promises that you will receive, you will find, and doors will be opened.

7a) That God cares for us more than anything even though we are evil.

b) Romans 8:28 says that God works through all things for our good. After all, God gave us His only Son and gives us all things in His grace.

8a) Be very gentle, listen, offer advice, help, be caring and compassionate.

b) Matthew 22:34-40 teaches us that the greatest commands are to love God and love your neighbor. God gave us the to show us how to live and to point to Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross for us. God gave us all of this out of His great love. When we love, we have God’s heart.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 3: Matthew 7:7-12

This is one of my favorite verses of the Bible. God makes things so simple, yet we humans complicate them so much. Ask, seek, and knock. Then love. That’s all it takes to be God’s.

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 3: Matthew 7:7-12

Jesus takes more time to teach us how to pray. When we ask, we receive, which is the reward of asking. When we seek God, we’ll find Him. He doesn’t hide from us. We knock at God’s door (heaven) to be let in. God opens the door in response to us knocking.

You enter into the Gospel like you enter an open door. While it is there, you have to ask for it and seek it out.

Sometimes you must keep asking, seeking, and knocking; God does not answer immediately. Prayer shows our dependence on God.

God wants to give us what we ask for and more.

The Golden Rule

The negative form of this was a popular saying in Jewish culture at the time. “You should not do to your neighbor what you would not want him to do to you.” Jesus turned a negative into a positive. Many cultures have a similar saying to the Golden Rule. Jesus wants us to take action.

You cannot break any of God’s laws by treating others as we want to be treated.

None of us can maintain this high standard except Jesus, but it is a worthy goal.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 6, Day 2: Matthew 5:17-20

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 5:17-20

Jesus is still on the mountain, preaching. He says that he has come to fulfill the Law of the Prophets, not to abolish it. The Law will remain until God’s plan is accomplished. Those who preach and follow these commands will be called great in heaven; those who break the command will be called least. Only those righteous will enter the kingdom of heaven.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 6, Day 2: Matthew 5:17-20

3a) The Old Testament is still relevant, and its laws need to be followed.

b) Jesus echoes my belief. I’ve never disregarded the Old Testament. As long as you keep in mind that Jesus is greater, you’re good.

4a) Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus was tempted as we are but remained perfect. Jesus’ example is to stay true to God’s word

b) Jesus’s death and sacrifice on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice to cleanse us from our sins. In the Old Testament times, God’s people sacrificied animals for their cleansing blood. Here, Jesus finished it once and for all.

c) Jesus preached how he fulfilled all of the prophecies in the Old Testament — how his life, death, and resurrection were all God’s work.

5) The Pharisees and the teachers of the law believed they were better than others when they upheld the law. It was not a heart change for them. To be right with God, you must follow His will and ways whole-heartedly, and not just go through the motions.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 6, Day 2: Matthew 5:17-20

Although the Bible does not record Jesus’s every word, we can probably imagine that these 4 verses were repeated a lot. Jesus coming to be the Messiah and fulfill the Law was the crux of what God’s people needed to believe. One of Jesus’s goals was to proving this to the people. One can imagine that the people asked Jesus how he fulfilled the law repeatedly. Great summary here of what Jesus probably repeated a lot.

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 6, Day 2: Matthew 5:17-20

Jesus did not oppose God’s law, but instead came to fulfill it. The phrase “the Law and the Prophets” was used repeatedly in the Old Testament as a way to refer to God’s law.  (Matthew 7:1211:1322:40Luke 16:16John 1:45Acts 13:1528:23Romans 3:21); (Luke 24:44); or (Matthew 5:18John 10:3412:3415:251 Corinthians 14:21).

“For assuredly” or “I tell you the truth” are signature phrases of Jesus that no other prophet used. It means “truly” or “amen.”

Jesus came to fulfill the law, not contradict it. He did so perfectly. He completed the law and never contradicted it.

The words and the letters of these words are important (other translations use “jot” and “little”, which are marks in the Hebrew language). Everything God says is important.

The Old Testament shows us we cannot please God without Jesus. We are to obey the commands of the Old Testament, but not in a legalistic mindset like the Pharisees had. Righteousness is only through Christ Galatians 2:21For if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.

The law teaches us God’s heart; Jesus shows us and gives us God’s heart.

The Pharisees took everything to the extreme, even tithing herbs (Matthew 23:23). Paul is a good example of the rigidity of the Pharisees before his conversion. Acts 23:626:5Philippians 3:5.  Philippians 3:6-9: explains the righteousness of Christ versus the Pharisees. Righteousness is from faith in Christ.

Fun Fact: There are 613 stipulations in God’s law.

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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 5

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 5

  • Through God’s power, we can be like Jesus
  • We receive strength and hope in Christ
  • Seek God’s way instead of your own
  • Often trials and failure teaches us the Beatitudes’ qualities
  • Be what God made you to be
  • The greatness of Christ lives in us
  • Use your circumstances to bring beauty to the world.

Take Away: God works within us and through us to create His will.

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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 4

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 4

  • God’s Word is our weapon and our shield
  • Jesus’s temptation proved his worthiness as the perfect substitute for sin
  • Jesus is our example
  • God’s truth is stronger than Satan’s lies
  • Jesus’s power lies within you to resist sin
  • The call to follow Jesus involves a cost, but a reward far greater

Take Away: It’s simple: As Jesus says, “Follow me.”

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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 3

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 3

  • Repent and turn to Jesus
  • God prepares you in your alone time
  • Baptism shows you are ready and willing to follow God’s ways
  • The story of the Bible is the story of Jesus
  • When you confess, you take responsibility

Take Away: Turn from old ways to God’s ways.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 3, Day 2: Matthew 3:1-4

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 3:1-4

John the Baptist came preaching in the Desert of Judea, saying repent for the kingdom of heaven is near. He quoted Isaiah, saying to prepare the way for the Lord. He wore clothes of camel’s hair, had a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.

BSF STUDY QUESTIONS LESSON 3, DAY 2: MATTHEW 3:1-4

3a) Jesus identifies John the Baptist as the one predicted by Malachi in Matthew 11:14; 17:9-13.

Luke 1:17 repeats almost exactly that verse, saying he will go before the Lord in the spirit of Elijah to turn the hearts of the father to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

2 Kings 1:8 says that he was a man with a garment of hair and a leather belt around his waist.

Mark 1:6 repeats Matthew, saying John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

Matthew 17:9-13: Jesus says that Elijah has already come but no one recognized him as such.

b) John identified himself as the voice calling in the desert for God’s glorious arrival, preparing the way for repentance from sin and turning to Jesus.

4) Nothing happens without God’s will and way. God uses people and others to carry out His will. It’s all perfection.

5a) God has been extremely good. He has given me this forum and the knowledge to share with you all. He has always provided for me and my family, and I try to do His will and help others, too. It all comes together in God’s perfect plan for your life and mine.

b) Tell others that Jesus is coming. Pray for others. Prepare myself and my family.

CONCLUSIONS BSF STUDY QUESTIONS LESSON 3, DAY 2: MATTHEW 3:1-4

Matthew skips over all of Jesus’s youth. We go from the baby Jesus to Jesus’s baptism. It jarred me a bit, but then I love a good story. I also love how Jesus is not alone in his task to save humanity. God has given him help, guidance, and companions. Great stuff!

From Jordan to Wilderness. Wilderness Wilderness of Judea: The desolate region between Judah and the Dead Sea. John the Baptist preached here. (Matt 3:1-3)

END NOTES BSF STUDY QUESTIONS LESSON 3, DAY 2: MATTHEW 3:1-4

John the Baptist is son to Zacharias and Elizabeth, whom we met in Luke and how the couple had John by God’s miracle, too. John’s purpose is to prepare the hearts of God’s people for Jesus by telling them to turn to God.

Note the importance of the word “repent.”

John wanted everyone to know that the Messiah was coming so be ready!

Note that kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God is used interchangeably in the Bible. Both refer to God’s kingdome. Scholars believe that kingdom of heaven was used by Matthew since he was writing to Jews who did not like direct references to God. You’ll see kingdom of God used more in Mark and Luke.

It is super important to prepare for Jesus, which is why you all are here in Bible Study Fellowship’s study of Matthew! We must learn about Jesus, draw closer to him, and prepare for his Second Coming. Thus, John’s work is huge for believers.

A straight path to Jesus makes sense. Truthfully, is there any other way?

WHAT’S UP WITH THE CAMEL HAIR AND LEATHER BELT?

It doesn’t matter what John the Baptist wears; the point of this is that it was predicted that someone looking like John the Baptist would arise and point the way to the Messiah. Secondary is the fact that John the Baptist led a very simple life, and he made a powerful impact. We can do the same, too. We don’t need a lot to shine God’s light to the world. Contact me with questions!

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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 2

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 2

  • The world can be divided into those who follow Christ and those that do not — it truly is that simple
  • God uses the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary
  • Jesus would die but at the right time
  • God is faithful in your struggles
  • Obedience to him is what life’s about

Take Away: God’s power is all we need.

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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 1

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 1

  • Jesus was born fully human and fully God
  • God’s ways are perfect
  • Jesus had to be human and divine to covver our sins with his death
  • God keeps his promises

Take Away: Jesus’s miraculous conception and birth saves the world from sin forever.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 4: Genesis 50:15-21

Summary of Genesis 50:15-21:

Now with Jacob dead, the brothers feared retribution from Joseph over what they did. They lied (presumably again), saying that Jacob told them to tell Joseph to forgive them. Joseph wept at the message. The brothers threw themselves at Joseph’s feet, calling themselves his slaves. Joseph told them to not be afraid (much like God would). God intended their actions for good so that he can save many lives. Joseph told them he would provide for them and their families.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 4: Genesis 50:15-21

13) The brothers feared retribution from Joseph over what they did. They lied (again), saying that Jacob told them to tell Joseph to forgive them. Joseph wept at the message. The brothers threw themselves at Joseph’s feet, calling themselves his slaves.

14) “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Joseph forgives his brothers and promises to take care of them and their children.

15) There is good in every situation, and you have to have faith that God intends everything (even the bad) for good. With time, you can see it.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 4: Genesis 50:15-21

The brothers lie again. Is there no end here? Joseph echoes his words from before that God intended their actions for good to save lives (Genesis 45:5).

End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 29, Day 4: Genesis 50:15-21

Joseph’s tears are probably because the brothers are showing no faith in him and his forgiveness from years before.

Josepth rightly put retribution into God’s hands. God uses all things for our good.

Our lives are in God’s hands. God saved the lives of Jacob’s family to save all of us.

Joseph provided for his brothers out of love and compassion. He had the love of God in him, which he shared with his brothers.