BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 24, Day 4: Ephesians 4:17-5:21

Summary of passage:  Paul tells the Ephesians they must no longer live in darkness and ignorance from the hardening of their hearts for this separates them from God.  These people indulge in impurity.  You (Ephesians) were taught the truth in Jesus.  You were told to put off your old self which is corrupted and put on your new self which is like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Put off falsehood and speak truthfully.  Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry which gives the devil a foothold.  You must work and not steal so you have something to share with the needy.

Do not speak unwholesome but only what builds others up.  Do not grieve, get rid of bitterness, rage and agner, slander, and every form of malice.  Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving.

Imitate God and live a life of love.  Now that you are holy you must not have any kind of immorality (sexual, etc) or impurity.  No obscenity but thankfulness.  No immoral person will inherit the Kingdom of God.  Do not disobey.

Live as children of light (goodness, righteousness, and truth) and do what pleases the Lord.  Expose darkness and disobedience.  For eventually light will expose it.

Live wisely, making the most of every opportunity.  Understand God’s will.  Do not fill yourself with drink but with the Spirit.  Speak to one another in songs and praise and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to Him.  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Questions:

10)  Put off:  Old Self.  Put on:  New self.  4:22-24

Put off:  falsehood.  Put on:  truth.  4:25

Put off:  Stealing  Put on:  Work.  4:28

Put off:  unwholesome talk.  Put on:  encouraging words that build others up.  4:29

Put off:  malice of any kind be it bitterness, rage, anger, slander.  Put on:  kindness, compassion and forgiveness.  4:31-32

Put off:  sexual immorality, impurity, greed.  Put on:  imitation of God, a life of love  5:1-3

Put off:  obscenity, foolish talk or coarse jokes  Put on:  Thanksgiving 5:4

Put off:  darkness and deeds whereof.  Put on:  light (goodness, righteousness, and truth) and expose deeds of darkness.  5:8-14

Put off:  unwise.  Put on:  wise.  5:15

Put off:  drunkenness.  Put on:  Fullness of the Spirit.  5:18

11)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I’m trying to be encouraging and thankful and not engage in gossip or hurtful words.  I did fail once yesterday but I apologized and moved on.  It’s a work in progress and I do see it improving.

Conclusions:  Great do’s and don’ts of the Bible and ways for living.  Sage advice we all need to hear and apply in our lives.  My favorites:  don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.  Be imitators of God.  Don’t let any unwholesome talk come out but only encouraging words that build rather than destroy.  Speak to one another with psalms.

I love the sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, which I think we all do when we do His purpose in our life.  It fills us with song which the Lord hears.

Always giving thanks to the Lord for everything in you life:  possessions, health, happiness, trials, and triumphs.

BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 24, Day 4 Isaiah 53:4-6

Summary of passage:  The Servant took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows yet we (humans) considered him stricken by God (we were unsure why).  But the Servant was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, punished for us, and we were healed by his wounds.  Like sheep we strayed but the Lord still laid on the Servant the sins of us all.

Questions:

8a) Everyone

b)  Transgression–infringement or violation of the law, command, or duty.  Iniquity–gross injustice, wickedness, vicious act, and sin

9a)  Literally, Jesus’s hands and feet were nailed to the cross and he died by the crushing weight of his body against his lungs.  He didn’t have the strength to hold himself up enough to continue breathing.  Figuratively, through Jesus’s suffering (mocking, scorn, insults, and physical) God delivered us.  He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our sins that made us whole and through his blood we are healed.

b)  Victory over our sins, salvation of the world.  He takes on pain for others’ sake

c)  Jesus took all of our pain, transgressions, iniquities, and sin and he suffered for us and in place of us.  By his wounds (blood, sacrifice) we are healed (cleansed) and can now meet God.  God laid on Jesus all of our sins.

Conclusions:  Not for sure what BSF is looking for on 9a in relation to Psalm 22.  In Matthew 27:46, Jesus cries out Psalm 22:1 while on the cross.  Psalm parallels Jesus’s suffering.  So I answered literally and figuratively.

It’s always great to remember why Jesus had to suffer and die for us, especially in this Easter Season.

End Note:  Great little article on the medical reasons of Jesus’s death on the cross here and just how torturous crucifixion actually was.  The whole manner of death was designed by the Romans as pure torture to discourage law-breakers.  Fascinating stuff.

http://charlydmiller.com/RA/crucify.html