Fri 18/1/19

Isaiah 53:1-12 … THE HUMILIATION AND SUFFERING OF GOD’S SERVANT FOR SINNERS.

Q.1. Do people recognize the Saviour naturally? How was He treated by sinners generally? Why was the Messiah wounded? What made such treatment necessary? – (Isa.53:1-6) =

Q.2. How did the Servant of the Lord respond to this suffering for us? What would be unique about His death and burial? Did He deserve to die for His own sins? – (Isa.53:7-9) =

Q.3. What is the meaning of the Servant’s sacrifice? Who was responsible for His offering? How do we know this Servant was Jesus? Would His death be the end? – (Isa.53:10-12 c.f. Mk.15:28; Lk.22:37) =

Who has believed what he has heard from us?[a]
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected[b] by men,
    a man of sorrows[c] and acquainted with[d] grief;[e]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[f]
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
    and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;[g]
when his soul makes[h] an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,[j]
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,[k]
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Suggested Answers:

Q.1. Do people recognize the Saviour naturally? How was He treated by sinners generally? Why was the Messiah wounded? What made such treatment necessary? – (Isa.53:1-6) = Sinners do not naturally accept the gospel message any more than they accept the seriousness of sin. Believing the Good News and our new life in Christ comes by revelation of God – Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? (Isa.53:1 c.f. Jn.3:3-8). In His incarnation, God’s Son – emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and was made in the likeness of men (Phil.2:7). Isaiah revealed that there was nothing out of the ordinary about Him for – … He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him (Isa.53:2). That explains how it was that the Jews made such a monumental mistake – He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him (Isa.53:3 c.f. 1 Cor.2:8). Hundreds of years before Jesus came, Isaiah revealed that the Messiah would be a suffering Saviour, Sin-bearer, and Substitute for sinners – 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed (Isa.53:4-5). God then showed His prophet why such a sacrifice was needed – All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him (Isa.53:6). The reason the gospel is hard to accept, is that it is hard for fallen sinners to be honest about their sin, and hard to understand that God could be so gracious and wonderful.

Q.2. How did the Servant of the Lord respond to this suffering for us? What would be unique about His death and burial? Did He deserve to die for His own sins? – (Isa.53:7-9) = Like a sheep being shorn, Jesus meekly endured the ignominy of the cross – He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth … (Isa.53:7). In a remarkable prophecy about the generation of this Suffering Servant, God predicts that most of His own would reject Him – By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? (Isa.53:8 c.f. Jn.1:11-12). It also described what Jesus could not have orchestrated about His death and burial – His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death … (Isa.53:9 c.f. Mt.28:57-60; Lk.23:50-53; Jn.19:38-41). By inspiration of God, Isaiah revealed that the Suffering Servant was blameless of any offences – … Yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth (Isa.53:9). Moreover, His sinlessness was recognised by the owner of the burial tomb (c.f. Mt.28:57-60; Jn.19:38).

Q.3. What is the meaning of the Servant’s sacrifice? Who was responsible for His offering? How do we know this Servant was Jesus? Would His death be the end? – (Isa.53:10-12 c.f. Mk.15:28; Lk.22:37) = The Suffering Servant’s sacrifice is declared to be a ‘guilt offering’ (Isa.53:10 c.f. Heb.9:14). Though His death was inflicted by sinful people, it was ultimately God’s doing  – Yet we esteemed Him smitten of God and afflicted … the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief … as a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied (Isa.53:4, 10-11). It was revealed that His substitutionary death would bring justification to many – the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him … By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify many, as He will bear their iniquities … He Himself bore the sin of many and interceded for the transgressors (Isa.53:6, 11-12). This prophecy was clearly fulfilled by Jesus in His death upon the cross. He was – pierced through for our transgressions (Isa.53:5 c.f. 1 Pet.2:24-25). Speaking of Jesus, the Gospel writers claim that when Jesus died between two criminals at Calvary, that He fulfilled this prophecy – He was numbered with the transgressors (Isa.53:12 c.f. Mk.15:27-28; Lk.22:37). Jesus knew this would happen before Gethsemane, and it came to pass outside of His control. But Isaiah foretold that this Servant’s substitutionary atonement for sinners would not be the end – 10 … He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand … 12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong … (Isa.53:10 & 12).


(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

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Thurs 17/1/19

Psalm 41:1-13 … DAVID EXPRESSES HIS CONFIDENCE IN THE MIDST OF HIS REJECTION.

Q.1. How will God care for those that consider the defenceless? How was David being treated by his enemies? Was his mistreatment undeserved? What was David’s cry to God? – (Ps.41:1-8) =

Q.2. How did David’s rejection prefigure the betrayal of the Messiah? What was David’s assurance in spite of his sin? How did he express this confidence? – (Ps.41:9-13 c.f. Jn.13:18-19) =

Lord, Be Gracious to Me

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

41 Blessed is the one who considers the poor![a]
    In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.[b]

As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
    heal me,[c] for I have sinned against you!”
My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die, and his name perish?”
And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,
    while his heart gathers iniquity;
    when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
    they imagine the worst for me.[d]

They say, “A deadly thing is poured out[e] on him;
    he will not rise again from where he lies.”
Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
    who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
    and raise me up, that I may repay them!

11 By this I know that you delight in me:
    my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12 But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
    and set me in your presence forever.

13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

Suggested Answers:

Q.1. How will God care for those that consider the defenceless? How was David being treated by his enemies? Was his mistreatment undeserved? What was David’s cry to God? – (Ps.41:1-8) = David declared – How blessed is the one who considers the poor and those that are defenceless (Ps.41:1). He testified to a number of blessings from God – deliverance in a day of trouble … protection from evil and evil people … sustenance upon his sickbed and … restoration to health (Ps.41:1-3). He was conscious of the wicked devices of his enemies. They couldn’t wait for him to be brought down and die, and spoke falsely as they – whisper together against me; Against me they devise my hurt (Ps.41:7 c.f. Ps.41:5-8). It is distressing to be treated this way by supposed friends who gang up against you. It hurt David deeply because he was conscious of his own failures, and the enemy of his soul was having a ‘field day’. So he cried out to God – … O Lord, be gracious to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You (Ps.41:4). Though David was struggling with the deceitful treatment he was receiving, he was honest and humble enough to acknowledge that he was far from perfect, and therefore in need of God’s mercy and grace himself.

Q.2. How did David’s rejection prefigure the betrayal of the Messiah? What was David’s assurance in spite of his sin? How did he express this confidence? – (Ps.41:9-13 c.f. Jn.13:18-19) = David was not just a godly man, but also a prophet of God. His cries mimic what Jesus would suffer at the hands of wicked men. He identified the most hurtful actions of his close friend whom he had trusted – Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me (Ps.41:9). This was taken up by Jesus in the Upper Room as He prophesied the betrayal of one of the chosen Twelve, who sold Him out for 30 pieces of silver (Jn.13:18-19 c.f. Mt.26:15-16). David could hardly have been brought lower. However, this is where he shone. He did not believe that God would abandon him to his enemies (Ps.31:11). He looked up and declared in faith – But You, O Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up … (Ps.41:10). From the depths of despair he remembered – 12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and You set me in Your presence forever. 13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting (Ps.41:12-13). So often, David captures our feelings of despair, but leads us to resolve our pain through faith in God.


(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

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Wed 16/1/19

1 Samuel 3:21-4:22 … THE ARK AND THE GLORY DEPARTS FROM ISRAEL.

Q.1. What was happening to Samuel and the nation? What steps did Israel take after their defeat at the hands of the Philistines? Did Eli and his sons agree with this use of the ark? – (1 Sam.3:21-4:4) =

Q.2. What difference did the ark of the covenant make to the battle? Why? What message did the Benjamite bring to Eli? What are we told about Eli? How did the news impact Eli? – (1 Sam.4:5-18) =

Q.3. What are we told about Eli’s daughter-in-law? What happened to her and her baby? Why did she name the baby ‘Ichabod’? What did it signify about the nation? – (1 Sam.4:19-22) =

21 And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

The Philistines Capture the Ark

And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.

Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. And when the people came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord here from Shiloh, that it[a] may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.” So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

As soon as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded. And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shouting, they said, “What does this great shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” And when they learned that the ark of the Lord had come to the camp, the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “A god has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before. Woe to us! Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with every sort of plague in the wilderness. Take courage, and be men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews as they have been to you; be men and fight.”

10 So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and they fled, every man to his home. And there was a very great slaughter, for thirty thousand foot soldiers of Israel fell. 11 And the ark of God was captured, and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

The Death of Eli

12 A man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day, with his clothes torn and with dirt on his head. 13 When he arrived, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told the news, all the city cried out. 14 When Eli heard the sound of the outcry, he said, “What is this uproar?” Then the man hurried and came and told Eli. 15 Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes were set so that he could not see. 16 And the man said to Eli, “I am he who has come from the battle; I fled from the battle today.” And he said, “How did it go, my son?” 17 He who brought the news answered and said, “Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great defeat among the people. Your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.” 18 As soon as he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell over backward from his seat by the side of the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for the man was old and heavy. He had judged Israel forty years.

19 Now his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant, about to give birth. And when she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed and gave birth, for her pains came upon her. 20 And about the time of her death the women attending her said to her, “Do not be afraid, for you have borne a son.” But she did not answer or pay attention. 21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed[b] from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband. 22 And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”

Suggested Answers:

Q.1. What was happening to Samuel and the nation? What steps did Israel take after their defeat at the hands of the Philistines? Did Eli and his sons agree with this use of the ark? – (1 Sam.3:21-4:4) = In the previous chapter we are told that – a word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent (1 Sam.3:1). That all began to change when Hannah dedicated her boy to the Lord (c.f. 1 Sam.1:11, 27-28). Thus we read that – the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord. Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel (1 Sam.3:21-4:1 c.f. 1 Sam.7:5-17).   Eli and his sons had been an affront to God, and judgment would soon fall (1 Sam.2:30-35). This came about through war with the neighbouring Philistines – who killed about four thousand men on the battlefield (1 Sam.4:2). Israel had drifted far from God, because of the shocking example and abuses of Eli’s sons. After their defeat, Israel decided to use the ark of the covenant as a ‘lucky charm’, and had lost sight of Whom it represented, namely – the Lord of hosts who sits above the cherubim (1 Sam.4:4).

Q.2. What difference did the ark of the covenant make to the battle? Why? What message did the Benjamite bring to Eli? What are we told about Eli? How did the news impact Eli? – (1 Sam.4:5-18) = When Hophni and Phinehas brought the ark into the camp of Israel, there was great celebration (1 Sam.4:5). When the Philistines heard what brought the jubilation, they at first trembled at the news, as they recalled the amazing triumphs of Israel’s God in the past. However, they soon galvanised the troops together to fight courageously, lest they should fall into servitude (1 Sam.4:8-9). In the resultant battle, – 10 the Philistines fought and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent; and the slaughter was very great, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. 11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died (1 Sam.4:10-11). A Benjamite escaped, and brought the tragic news to Eli at Shiloh. Eli was almost blind at ninety-eight, and grossly obese (1 Sam.4:15-18). He was on edge because his sons had taken the ark into the battle. The Benjamite then conveyed the tragic news – 17 … “Israel has fled before the Philistines and there has also been a great slaughter among the people, and your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been taken.” 18 When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell off the seat backward beside the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for he was old and heavy (1 Sam.4:17-18). Eli had judged Israel forty years.

Q.3. What are we told about Eli’s daughter-in-law? What happened to her and her baby? Why did she name the baby ‘Ichabod’? What did it signify about the nation? – (1 Sam.4:19-22) = Phinehas’s wife was pregnant, and the shock of the news brought on the birth of a son (1 Sam.4:19). Before she died –  she called the boy Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel,” because the ark of God was taken and because of her father-in-law and her husband (1 Sam.4:21). This was a word from the Lord, because – the glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God was taken (1 Sam.4:22). She seemed to have a greater respect for Eli and the ark of the covenant. She was without doubt, the better half of the marriage! God’s covenant people had reached rock bottom.


(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

If you have any queries about your readings, check Bible Commentary via sonic light.com  or discuss it with your Real Life Group leader or email paulh@oakdenbaptist.org.au

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Tues 15/1/19

Genesis 47:13-31 … JOSEPH TAXES EGYPT & PROVIDES FOR ISRAEL

Q.1. Did Joseph allow the Egyptians to become socially dependent? How did he treat the religious leaders? What did the Egyptians think about Joseph? – (Gen.47:13-26) =

Q.2. How did Israel fare while in Egypt? Why did Jacob make Joseph promise to bury him in Canaan? What made the promise by Joseph sure? – (Gen.47:27-31) =

Joseph and the Famine

13 Now there was no food in all the land, for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished by reason of the famine. 14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, in exchange for the grain that they bought. And Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.15 And when the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? For our money is gone.” 16 And Joseph answered, “Give your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, if your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the herds, and the donkeys. He supplied them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year. 18 And when that year was ended, they came to him the following year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent. The herds of livestock are my lord’s. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh. And give us seed that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.”

20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for all the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine was severe on them. The land became Pharaoh’s. 21 As for the people, he made servants of them[a]from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had a fixed allowance from Pharaoh and lived on the allowance that Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their land.

23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. 24 And at the harvests you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and as food for yourselves and your households, and as food for your little ones.” 25 And they said, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh.” 26 So Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt, and it stands to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; the land of the priests alone did not become Pharaoh’s.

27 Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were 147 years.

29 And when the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and promise to deal kindly and truly with me. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but let me lie with my fathers. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place.” He answered, “I will do as you have said.” 31 And he said, “Swear to me”; and he swore to him. Then Israel bowed himself upon the head of his bed.[b]

Suggested Answers:

Q.1. Did Joseph allow the Egyptians to become socially dependent? How did he treat the religious leaders? What did the Egyptians think about Joseph? – (Gen.47:13-26) = What are we to make of Joseph’s policies during the times of famine? During the years of plenty, Joseph had acted with wisdom, leading the Egyptians to store their grain like ants (Gen.41:33-36’ 47-49 c.f. Prov.30:24-25). As the famine struck Egypt and the surrounding nations, Joseph collected all the money and livestock as people paid for the food from the granaries and – … brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for their horses, flocks, herds, and their donkeys, and he fed them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year (Gen.47:17). They then offered their land and themselves as slaves, so they could stay alive and – Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh’s (Gen.47:20). He established a policy – At the harvest you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four-fifths shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and as food for your little ones (Gen.47:24). The people gratefully responded – … “You have saved our lives! Let us find favour in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.” (Gen.47:25). The only exceptions were those who represented God. They kept the title deeds of their land and were exempted from paying taxes (Gen.47:22 & 26). By demanding something for the benefits provided, Joseph gave the people a sustainable future.

Q.2. How did Israel fare while in Egypt? Why did Jacob make Joseph promise to bury him in Canaan? What made the promise by Joseph sure? – (Gen.47:27-31) = The family of Israel thrived in Egypt – Now Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in Goshen, and they acquired property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous (Gen.47:27). Just like the early church in Jerusalem was scattered after persecution, Israel too would eventually go out as a nation under the rod of slavery (c.f. Acts 8:1-4; 11:19-21). As Jacob neared the end of his life – 29 … he called his son Joseph and said to him, “Please, if I have found favour in your sight, place now your hand under my thigh and deal with me in kindness and faithfulness. Please do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I lie down with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” And he said, “I will do as you have said.” (Gen.47:29-30). God had prophesied to Abraham years before that his descendants would become slaves in a foreign land for 400 years and then return to the Promised Land (Gen.15:13-14). When God led Jacob down to Egypt He promised Jacob that his children would return to the Promised Land again (Gen.46:2-4). This was not an ‘off the cuff conversation’, but a solemn oath, when Jacob asked Joseph to place his hand next to his thigh, and swear to bring his remains back to the Promised Land (Gen.47:29-31). Joseph was true to his word, and we read that in due time – his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field for a burial site from Ephron the Hittite (Gen.50:13).


(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

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Mon 14/1/19

Matthew 24:36-51 … JESUS WARNS HIS FOLLOWERS TO KEEP HIS SECOND COMING A PRIORITY.

Q.1. How are we to respond to those that set dates for Christ’s return? Will people be prepared when Christ comes? What will conditions be like? How will people be impacted? – (Mt.24:36-41) =

Q.2. Why is vigilance needed to be ready for Christ’s coming? What kind of servants should we be? What is the danger of forgetting about His return? How will the careless be treated? – (Mt.24:42-51) =

No One Knows That Day and Hour

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,[a] but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant,[b] whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’49 and begins to beat his fellow servants[c] and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Suggested Answers:

Q.1. How are we to respond to those that set dates for Christ’s return? Will people be prepared when Christ comes? What will conditions be like? How will people be impacted? – (Mt.24:36-41) = Jesus clearly stated about the coming of the Son of Man – of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone (Mt.24:36). Since not even He knew the exact day and hour, anyone who claims to know is a false prophet. Jesus clearly implied that most people will be pre-occupied with their own lives and give little thought for God … just like in the days of Noah – they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be (Mt.24:39 c.f. Mt.24:37-38). Jesus certainly believed in a literal Noah and a literal flood! His coming will also bring division and separation between friends and family members, as Jesus taught (Mt.24:40-41 c.f. Mt.10:34-36). The unexpected nature of Christ’s PRIVATE return for His own as in the Rapture, and His PUBLIC Second Coming, applies to both these events equally (c.f. Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thes.4:13-18; Rev.19:11-16). Following the Rapture, the world will be plunged into a time of Great Tribulation that will last for two periods of 3 ½ years i.e. 7 years (c.f. Dan.7:25; 12:7; Rev.11:2-3; 12:6; 13:5). Jesus described this event, which has never yet happened, and declared – 21 there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short (Mt.24:21-22). Christ’s PRIVATE return for His own as in the Rapture, and His PUBLIC Second Coming will be only seven years apart.

Q.2. Why is vigilance needed to be ready for Christ’s coming? What kind of servants should we be? What is the danger of forgetting about His return? How will the careless be treated? – (Mt.24:42-51) = In Noah’s day, only he and his family were prepared and spared, and the rest perished (c.f. 1 Pet.3:20; 2 Pet.2:5). By contrast Jesus warned us – be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming … you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will (Mt.24:42 & 44). He illustrated this by describing a watchful head of the house who would prevent theft and loss by being prepared for a robber. He applied this to us His servants, and advised us to be faithful stewards with that which has been entrusted to us (Mt.24:45-46). He compared this with an evil slave who presumes that he can live selfishly live for himself. He warned – 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mt.24:50-51). However, faithful servants will be rewarded, for – 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions (Mt.24:46-47).


(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

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Sat 12/1/19

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 … THE ORDER AND PRINCIPLES FOR BELIEVERS IN THE CHURCH.

Q.1. What role of Jesus did Paul urge us to imitate? How does he apply God’s order to believers? What principle is he endorsing regarding praying and prophesying? Why? – (1 Cor.11:1-7) =

Q.2. What order should we demonstrate within the ministry? Does this display the superiority of men over women? What point is Paul making about long hair? – (1 Cor.11:8-16 c.f. 1 Cor.10:32-33) =

11 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Head Coverings

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife[a]is her husband,[b] and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife[c] who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.[d]11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.


(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

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Fri 11/1/19

Isaiah 52:1-15 … THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SUFFERING SERVANT BEFORE EXALTATION.

Q.1. Why is Israel’s oppression pointless? How had they been treated by God? What makes His promise of restoration amazing? How would it come to pass? Who will be impacted? – (Isa.52:1-12) =

Q.2. What will God do for His Servant at a future time? How will He be treated before His exaltation? Of whom does Isaiah speak? Who will benefit? Why is this surprising? – (Isa.52:13-15) =

The Lord‘s Coming Salvation

52 Awake, awake,
    put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments,
    O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for there shall no more come into you
    the uncircumcised and the unclean.
Shake yourself from the dust and arise;
    be seated, O Jerusalem;
loose the bonds from your neck,
    O captive daughter of Zion.

For thus says the Lord: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” For thus says the Lord God: “My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing.[a] Now therefore what have I here,” declares the Lord, “seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail,” declares the Lord, “and continually all the day my name is despised. Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here I am.”

How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
    who publishes salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
    together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
    the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
    you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
    he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared his holy arm
    before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
    the salvation of our God.

11 Depart, depart, go out from there;
    touch no unclean thing;
go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,
    you who bear the vessels of the Lord.
12 For you shall not go out in haste,
    and you shall not go in flight,
for the Lord will go before you,
    and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

He Was Pierced for Our Transgressions

13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely;[b]
    he shall be high and lifted up,
    and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you—
    his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
    and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
15 so shall he sprinkle[c] many nations.
    Kings shall shut their mouths because of him,
for that which has not been told them they see,
    and that which they have not heard they understand.


(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

If you have any queries about your readings, check Bible Commentary via sonic light.com  or discuss it with your Real Life Group leader or email paulh@oakdenbaptist.org.au

©PaulHoogenraad2009