BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 24, Day 5: Ephesians 5:22-6:9

Summary of passage:  Wives submit to your husbands for the husband is the head as Christ is the head of the church (his body) and Savior.  The church submits to Christ so wives submit to husbands in everything.

Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and died for it and made it holy through the word and his blood.  Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies (I’m not for sure this is a good analogy this day and age when many people detest their looks) and feed and care for it as Christ did the church.  He will be united to his wife in one flesh.  Husband love wife as self.  Wife respect husband.

Children, obey your parents.  Honor your father and mother.  Fathers, bring your children up in the Lord.  Slaves obey your earthly masters as you would obey Christ from the heart.  Serve as if you were serving the Lord for you will be rewarded for the good you do.

Masters treat slaves in the same way.  Do not threaten them for God is watching and He doesn’t play favorites.

Questions:

12)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Our goal in life is to be Christ-like.  Here, we learn Christ is the head of the Church so the Church must submit to him.  Christ, the leader, gave himself up for the Church (he died for us).  Christ fed and cared for the church (raised it essentially) and then sacrificed everything he had for it.

How we should live:  not for ourselves but for others.  Helping to raise up others in Christ and sacrificing for them.  We must submit to the leadership as they guide us and care for us.

13)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Respect is missing these days.  We let pride get in the way, thinking we know it all, when we don’t.  Respect hierarchy.  If every act was out of love, peace would reign

Conclusions:  I felt these two questions were vague.  I think BSF didn’t want to offend anyone but I would have preferred more specifics.  This is a hard passage to digest and I think we could have chewed on it more.  I hope we do so in the lecture.

Like the word submit.  When most people hear this word, they immediately rebel and turn the other way.  Yet we submit our will every day.  When the light turns red, we stop the car.  When we apply for a driver’s license, we are submitting our will not to have one. When we submit our taxes, we are acknowledging the government’s authority over us.

Submit according to Webster’s Dictionary means, “to yield to governance or authority; to defer or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another”.

We submit to God every day by recognizing his authority.  Submitting DOES NOT MEAN inferiority.  Just because we follow someone else’s authority, doesn’t mean they are better than us.  We follow our bosses at work because they have been placed above us.

Next, we submit “to your husbands” not to every man in society.  We unequivocally submit to God.  However, we do not to others.  We are honoring God when we submit to our husbands.

There is a defined role for the wife and a defined role for the husband.  He is the head.  In turn, he protects, shields, nourishes, cherishes, and loves us.  Forever.

That’s my take anyways.

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BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 24, Day 5 Isaiah 53:7-12

Summary of passage:  The Servant was oppressed and afflicted but he did not open his mouth like a lamb led to the slaughter.  He was taken away by oppression and judgment.  The Servant was cut off from the land of the living (died) for the transgression of his people.  The Servant had done no violence nor deceit (sinless) yet he was to be buried with the sinners.  In the end, he was with the rich in death.

It was the Lord’s will to have Jesus suffer and make him a guilt offering so God could see his offspring and the people will see the light of life.  God will be satisfied through the Servant’s suffering soul in order for the people to be reconciled.  Through bearing the people’s iniquities (sins), the Servant will justify many (absolve of sin). The Servant’s reward for his bearing of the sins of many and being numbered as a transgressor (sinner), he will be given a portion among the great.

Questions:

10a)  When Jesus was accused he gave no answers.  He remained silent and never answered the charges.

b)  Jesus didn’t need to defend himself or lower himself to answer to man.  God was in control the whole time.  Jesus was fulfilling His purpose here on Earth and He knew that.  Jesus willingly gave His life.  It wasn’t taken from Him.  No one had power over Jesus but God.  He was not a helpless victim.  At any time, He could have come down from the cross but it was not God’s will.

11)  Jesus was crucified with 2 robbers and was assigned a common grave with the wicked.  But God sent Joseph of Arimathea to retrieve Jesus’s body and be buried with the rich.  They wrapped his body and anointed it and Jesus was placed in a new tomb.  Thus, Jesus’s body was honored.

12)  Through doing God’s will, sacrificing His own life, and suffering for our sins, God gained victory by reconciling humanity to Himself that was satisfying.  The suffering of the Servant’s soul will be worth it to save us and see the light of life.  Jesus has no regrets.

13)  Justify–to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable; to absolve; to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation.  Jesus, through His death, makes man righteous, worthy of salvation, and absolved of sin before God.

Conclusions:  This passage lays out how every detail of Jesus’s death was orchestrated by God for His purposes (to reconcile us to Him).  We can see how painful Jesus’s death was not just for Jesus but to God as well.  Yet, God was satisfied in the end with His work and Jesus was rewarded.

My favorite part of this passage is how Jesus did not engage with man on his level.  He remained silent amidst the horrors He faced.  Often, I am drawn into non-productive arguments just to make a point that in the end seemed like a total waste of time.  I’m trying not to do so but this is very human.  Jesus was above the fracas around Him–a willing and obedient servant.  I pray I can grow in this area as well.

BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 24, Day 3 Isaiah 53:1-3

Summary of passage:  Who has believed Isaiah (that the Servant would suffer when the Lord is so mighty?)  The Servant grew before him like a tender shoot and out of dry ground.  He had no external beauty or majesty to attract us to him.  He was a man of sorrows, one whom men hide from, so he was despised and not esteemed.

Questions:

6a)  He grew up with the people like a tender shoot (weak and insignificant–not like a tall tree) and like a root out of dry ground (as opposed to living waters).  He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him and nothing in his appearance we should desire (he wasn’t People Magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year in essence or possess JFK’s charisma).  He was rejected and a man of suffering.

b)  Very important to our culture.  Models, actors, actresses make a lot of money and are coveted.  Even in politics you have to look the part.  Society’s values of beauty has led to anorexia, bulimia, plastic surgery, etc–all to look perfect.

It used to be very important to me.  I fell into the trap society lays for young women.  I battled overeating and anorexia.  Now, as I’m older, I’m not quite as concerned.  I still want to look good but it’s more emphasis on the health aspects of being fit and not for beauty reasons.

7a)  He was despised and rejected by men and not esteemed.  Jesus didn’t look like what people thought a Messiah should.

b)  Hebrews 2:5-18  “…God…should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering…since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity…because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Luke 24:26 “Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?”

In order to save man from himself, Jesus had to become man.  All people suffer.  Thus, Jesus had to suffer.  He physically took our sins, to be our path to the Father and eternal life.

c)  Utter gratitude, humility, something human emotions cannot express

Conclusions:  It’s unfathomable to think what God has done for us through Jesus.  I cannot adequately express my feelings and thoughts.  It’s beyond human comprehension.  God became man and suffered (when He Created us) out of His intimate love for us and His desire to have us always by His side forever.  Unfathomable.

End Note:  Admittedly, I had no idea where to find Question 7b. Here’s the best of what I found for those curious:

http://www.biblecourses.com/English/downloads/pdfs/CrossLessons/Why_Did_Jesus_Have_to_Suffer.pdf

BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 24, Day 2 Isaiah 52:13-15

Summary of passage:  God’s servant will act wisely and be raised up and exalted.  Despite the number of people who were appalled at his appearance which was so disfigured and marred by beatings, he will sprinkle (cleanse) many nations and kings will be silenced.  And the people will see and understand.

Questions:

3)  Because He will sprinkle (cleanse) many nations of sin.  He will act wisely.  He will triumph.

4)  He will appear glorious and exalted yet He will also appear suffering to the point where many were appalled at His appearance because He was beaten so badly.

5a)  His back was beaten, his beard pulled out.  He was mocked and spit upon.  He was beaten so much His appearance was unrecognizable.  They stripped Him, put a scarlet robe on him, a crown of thorns and a staff.  He was insulted and told to save himself if he were indeed God’s son.

b)  Acts 2:32:  God has raised Jesus to life and we are all witnesses

Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9:  Jesus blessed the people and was taken up to Heaven before them, disappearing behind a cloud

Acts 2:33; Philippians 2:9:  God exalted him to the highest place and give him a name above every name. He sits at God’s right hand and has received and poured out the Holy Spirit

Conclusions:  I like the contrasts here between the suffering Jesus endured yet His eternal reward.  Reading all Jesus endured for our sakes is heart-breaking and humbling but seeing His reward is uplifting and reassuring.

It’s comforting to us humans who go through various stages of suffering but know we will have our reward as well.  Most Americans and those in the developed word (and most of the developing world) won’t be physically tortured, paraded through the streets, and crucified.  But some face abuse (physical and sexual).  Just most crimes today are hidden behind closed doors.  Others are paralyzed by the fear of war and death.

The evils of the human heart are innumerable but Jesus saved us from them for all of Eternity.