Enjoy the Lord’s Creative beauty! He didn’t have to make it work like this!!
What would you wear
If you had no hair
And for your cure
Wore only fur?
A cat’s pajamas.
The Bible in 52 – Week 8
Leviticus 20 – Numbers 17
55. The word “holy” (Lev 19:1) includes the concept of “being separate.” Notice how many times “holy” is used in this section (Lev 17 – 23). Read it using “separate” for “holy”. How does this help your understanding of these rules?
56. What is the penalty for adultery? For beastiality? Homosexuality? Should we consider this as states approve homosexual marriages?
57. We measure time in multiples of ten (decades, centuries, millennia). How did God instruct Israel to measure time (Lev 25)? How might this effect your opinion of the belief that the prophetic end of the world will happen in 2012?
58. Why is this book called “Numbers?”
59. Numbers 10:11 begins a new section (back to God protective leading the people through the territory). How does the Lord respond to their ingratitude?
60. Summarize the report from those who explored the land. Why was Caleb so bold? See Num 14:5-9.
61. What was God’s will for these people? Why then were they rebelling against God’s plan? What was the result? What is God’s plan for you personally this year? The next five years?
The Bible in 52 – Week 7
How to Worship A Holy God
Exodus 38-40; Leviticus 1-19
48. Once complete, “the glory of God filled the tabernacle” (Exod 40:34). How does this mold your understanding of God’s glory? Does His glory have substance? Shape? What does it mean to “glorify the Lord?”
49. There are six offerings described in Leviticus. They are found in Chapters 1-5 and 16. What are they?
50. The first three offerings are worship offerings. What is the Lord’s response to these three offerings?
51. The fellowship offering (aka, “peace offering” from shalom) signified peace with God. Reconciliation (peace) is established ultimately by Christ. How does Romans 5:1-2 relate here?
52. The second three offerings are offerings for sin. Whose sin is the offering made for in Chapter 4?
53. What kind of sin is the offering for in Chapter 5? What does this say about the scope of God’s holiness?
54. The annual Day of Atonement was for what kind of sin? Intentional or unintentional. Personal or national?
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Questions for Week 6
Exodus 14 – 37
41. Why did the first born in every family belong to the Lord? What did parents have to do to get their child back? What would be different if you considered your children “on loan” from the Lord.
42. Some translate “Red Sea” as “Reed Sea,” indicating a shallow marsh rather than the Red Sea. What would you point out that indicates it really was the deep Red Sea rather than a shallow marsh through which Moses led the people? Why do some want to give naturalist explanations to the miracles in the Bible?
43. The Sabbath is instituted in Chapter 16. What reasons did God give for this practice? How would you feel if your business had to be closed one day a week, but your competitors’ didn’t.
44. What was the solution to Moses’ busy schedule (Ch. 18)? How may this principle apply to you!? Is delegation easy for you? What change in your thinking does it require?
45. The law for the new nation is given in Exodus 20. Which specific commandment do you think is unique to any other nation’s legal system? (Hint: It’s the last one!) How would they enforce a law that is broken only in the mind? What did this tell them about the Supreme Court “Judge” of the nation?
46. Our legal system is founded on these chapters. What happens if your dog bites your neighbor? See 21:28-29.
47. Explain 20:22-25 in your own words.
48. Write three principles of leadership drawn from Exodus 31-32?
Job 32 to the end, then Exodus 1-13
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32. The young man Elihu speaks to Job and the three friends. Describe his initial attitude. Write how his attitude changes as he wrestles with Job’s problems and his understanding of God. Does he gain compassion for Job?
33. List what Elihu knows about God, and creation, and the world (observe repeating words and themes). What he knows is remarkable since Job was written c. 1800 BC.
34. Summarize the Lord’s message to Job in 38-39. Include what God asks Job in 40:2.
35. What is Job’s reply? (40:3-5).
36. How does 40—42 compare with Romans 9:14-24? How it is the same? Different?
37. Super Bonus Question: now explain, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
38. What does God call Himself in Chapter 3? What does Jesus call Himself in John 8? Compare Exodus 6:1-3 and 7:1-5.
39. Who is responsible for Pharaoh’s unbelief, Pharaoh or the Lord? Notice what is said after several of the plagues, and compare Romans 9:14-18 (again!).
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The Bible in 52 Weeks! Week 4: Job 4 — 31
25. The Book of Job wrestles with the difficult question, “Why do the righteous suffer” (or, “why do bad things happen to good people?”). The dialog with Job’s friends begins with Eliphaz (Ch. 4). Summarize in your own words what he first says about Job (4:1-6).
26. Eliphaz as an answer for Job’s suffering. Write it or describe it in your own words (focus especially on 4:7-8 and 4:17-18). How does he ultimately explain why Job is
27. Explain Job’s answer. What is he saying about himself I 6:24-30? Explain the end of Chapter 7.
28. Bildad’s explanation of Job’s condition is captured in 3:3 and 20. What is he telling Job to do?
29. Notice how Job responds in 10:6-7. Is Job lying to himself? How does the introduction to the book (chapters 1-3) help you evaluate Job’s response?
30. Even after all this, where is Job’s trust (see Chapters 13 and 19)?
31. Is Job correct to maintain his (relative) innocence (see Chapter 31)? If so, what is this book all about? Why do bad things happen to good people?
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Genesis Chapters 33—50 and Job 1–3
17. Describe Jacob’s attitude which fueled his reconciliation with his brother Esau. (chapter 33). What is stopping you to adopt this attitude to be reconciled with a friend or loved one this week? Take the step!
18. The narrative of Joseph’s coat and dreams (Ch. 37) tell us that he is the next heir of the Abrahamic Covenant (ch. 15). An heir would normally be the first born. Was Joseph the first born? Was Jacob (his father)? Was Isaac (Jacob’s father)? What does this tell you about God? Who do you have to be for God to bless you?
19. Joseph seems to get in trouble for being good (chapters 37-40). How does he view all these events horrific (see 45:3-9, and 50:20).
20. What does Joseph’s request to have his bones carried out of Egypt (50:25) say to future generations living in Egypt? Will the Lord be equally faithful to you?
The Book of Job (quasi-historical order)
21. Observe and describe several aspects Job’s spiritual leadership of his family (1:1-5).
22. Why does the Lord ask Satan “where have you been?” Doesn’t God know where Satan has been? Evaluate Satan’s answer? Does this sound like your teenager? You?
23. Restate Satan’s two objections to the Lord’s complement about Job. What is Satan asserting about Job’s motivation? This is not true of Job. Is it true of you?
24. Did Job sin in the heat of his mourning (Ch. 3)? See 1:22 and 2:10. Write down how he felt in your own words.
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Questions for Genesis Chapters 9 – 31
9. In Chapter 9 is instruction and a promise from God. List three things God instructed Noah about, and one promise:
Instruction in verse 1 about where they were to __________________
Instruction in verses 2-4 about what they could __________________
Instruction in verses 6-7 about consequences for ________________
Promise in verses 8-17 about _______________________________________.
10. In chapters 10 and 11 which of the above instructions did they violate? What did God do to force them to follow through with His instruction? Does the Lord still do this regarding other matters? How about in your life!
11. The major figure in the Old Testament in introduced in Chapter 12. What four things did God promise him?
God would show (give) him a __________.
He would become a __________ _________
His __________ would become great.
He would be a _____________
These themes (the Abrahamic Covenant) can be followed through the rest of the Bible!
12. Which land in Chapter 13did Lot pick; the best or worst land? If you visit the Dead Sea and where Sodom was located it is desolate where nothing grows. What happened? Does chapter 18 solve this?
13. Notice the same promises in Chapter 17 as in Chapter 12. Even though Abraham has lied had sex with his housekeeper God still blesses him. Is there hope for you?
14. Even though Abraham lies to Pharaoh (Chapter 12), and to Abimelech (Chapter 20) and gives his wife over to be part of their harems (!), how does God treat those promises now in Chapter 21? Who is being portrayed as the faithful one in Genesis (Abraham or God?)
15. In Genesis 22 Abraham is willing to sacrifice his promised son, Isaac. Why? (See Hebrews 11:19). Notice how Abraham has now become an active participant in God’s promised blessings (Genesis 22:16, 18). Is the same true for you?
16. Who was the scoundrel, Esau or Jacob? Who was the first born? However, which one received the blessing from his father Isaac, and from God (Chapter 31).
Last Week’s Reading and Questions!
- Bible in 52 Weeks: Week 1 (yourlifemattersinc.com)