Bible Proficiency Project
Week 13, 3/30 - 4/4, 2020

I.     Monday —Matthew 18:18-22, Luke 9:51-62   Samaria Stop

1.     In the Matthew passage, what instruction does Jesus give about following Him?

2.    What do you think Jesus meant by let the dead bury the dead?

3.    What do you know about the opposition of the Samaritans toward Jews traveling to Passover?

3.    Describe the difference in how the disciples wanted to respond to the hostility and how Jesus responded

       and what lesson there is for us when faced with opposition?

4.    In the Luke passage, what does Jesus say about turning back once you become a follower?

II.    Tuesday — Matthew 11:20-30  Woes to the Cities

1.     What does the word woe mean?

2.    Is Jesus teaching in the woe narratives that there will be greater degrees of judgment?

3.    When Jesus declares come unto Me does that mean that everyone can respond to the gospel call?

       Explain your answer from what Jesus says in verses 25-30.

III.   Wednesday — Luke 10:1-24  70 Sent Ahead

1.     What does the sending out of the 70 reveal about the number of disciples following Jesus?

2.    What is important about the number 70 and also the number 12?

4.    What was to be their message?

5.    What is the meaning of Jesus' statement I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven?

 

IV.  Thursday – Luke 10:25-37  Parable of the Good Samaritan

1.     In answer to Jesus’ question the lawyer (a Pharisee; see Mt 22:34)responded properly with the greatest

       commandment being love for God and neighbor. The issue here is one of who receives eternal life. So the

       lawyer follows up with who is my neighbor. Who are the possible neighbors here in the story of the good

       Samaritan?  

2.    What might be the reason why the Levite and Priest would pass by and not attend to the man?

3.    Why do you think Jesus employed a Samaritan as the one who aids the wounded man?

4.    Give some ways in which we should go and do likewise.

V.   Friday — Luke 10:38-42  Bethany Visit

1.     In what way is Martha fulfilling the expectation of the role of the woman in this episode in contrast to Mary?

2.    When Jesus favors Mary here, what is the lesson for the Church?

3.    How would you respond to someone who accuses the church of treating women as second class citizens?

VI.  Saturday —Luke 11:37-12:12  Hypocrisy of the Pharisees

1.     Do you think that Jesus purposely did not according to custom wash His hands before dinner and why?

2.    What would you see as the single most important positive teaching in Jesus’ instruction?

3.    What is the hypocrisy that Jesus accuses the Pharisees of being guilty of?

4.    What is the key of knowledge in verse 52?

5.    What three things does Jesus say we should be conscious of in how we live?

 

 

Answers

I.     Monday —Matthew 18:18-22, Luke 9:51-62   Samaria Stop

1.     Jesus begins by speaking of the cost of following Jesus as one of sacrifice. He then responded to another

       who said he would delay following Jesus until his father died and then would come and follow Him.

2.    Jesus is making a point that the pursuit of eternal life for those who desire should take precedence and not

       be put off. Let those who are of the world and dead spiritually take care of the physical matters of the

       world.

3.    The Samaritans were hostile toward Jewish travelers to Passover because of the rivalry between the two

       going back to the setting up of the golden calves. The whole purpose was to provide an alternative so that

       Israelites would not have to travel to the south to Jerusalem but could stay in the north to worship – false

       worship though.

3.    The disciples desired to call down fire from heaven and destroy these opponents, but Jesus shows the

       heart of the Christian is to respond with kindness toward one’s enemies and seek their salvation rather

       than desire evil upon them.

4.    Jesus makes the point that once one is born-again their heart will look and keep moving toward our

       heavenly prize.

II.    Tuesday — Matthew 11:20-30  Woes to the Cities

1.     How terrible or disastrous it will be for you.

2.    Yes, Jesus is making the point that when one has been the recipient of a greater revelation of God’s grace

       and they fail to repent then the judgment upon them will be greater. This is a warning to all those who are 

       part of the church but fail to embrace Christ in true faith. Their end will be greater judgment than those who

       were never part of the church.

3.    Jesus in verses 25-27 prays for the benefit of the hearers that God not only reveals Himself to those whom

       He chooses, but He also hides the course of salvation from others. This is a clear statement of the

       sovereign grace of God that is the determiner of who will and will not respond to the gospel call.

III.   Wednesday — Luke 10:1-24  70 Sent Ahead

1.     Luke is the only one who mentions the 70 being sent out but Jesus probably had many other followers of

       which the twelve were in the inner circle. After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples speak of a replacement for

       Judas from among those who had followed Jesus from the beginning. So there were more than the twelve.

2.    Under Moses 70 judges were appointed to be leaders to aid in the administration of the work which was

       too much for one man to handle. In later history, this became the basis for the Sanhedrin or ruling order

       within the church. Jesus here may well use the 70 as a reconstitution of the failed Sanhedrin. This would be

       consistent with the twelve disciples being the replacement for the twelve tribes under which the church

       was organized in the OT, but in the NT under the twelve apostles who would order the church.

4.    The Kingdom of God has come near to you (v. 9).

5.    Through the preaching of the kingdom, the power of God is revealed as overthrowing Satan’s kingdom

       through God’s Word.

IV.  Thursday – Luke 10:25-37  Parable of the Good Samaritan

1.     Obviously to the lawyer it would be the priest and the Levite. The man who would have been lying there is

       likely a Jew. The last person was a Samaritan who the Jews held in derision.

2.    In Jewish thought to come in contact with blood or a dead body would defile them so that they were not

       even willing to extend an act of mercy to maintain their purity. The point being that this is contrary to the

       concept of love for a neighbor and a selfish world view where one’s purity was more important than other

       people.

3.    The overall question is how to inherit eternal life. By associating the Samaritan as the one who loves his

       neighbor Jesus is emphasizing that eternal life is to include all nations in the people of God.

4.    With the Coronavirus threat, an example would be reaching out to help someone in need even if it might

       lead to a threat to ourselves.

V.   Friday — Luke 10:38-42  Bethany Visit

1.    Martha is busy with the normal female serving tasks while Mary assumes the role of a male who sits to listen

       to the Rabbi/teacher.

2.    While Jesus does not abrogate (do away with) gender distinction here, He does emphasize that women

       should be viewed in equal status in terms of their need as disciples to sit under instruction and to be

       committed to the pursuit of eternal life.

3.    The defense would be that Christianity has been the driving force behind better treatment for women. But

       that there are God-ordained distinctions in the office or roles of women and men designed to make society

       and the home function properly. And yet men and women are viewed as equally worthy in the kingdom of

       God of receiving the gift of eternal life and using their gifts in the church in proper ways.

VI.  Saturday —Luke 11:37-12:12  Hypocrisy of the Pharisees

1.    Jesus probably understands that the Pharisees invite Him to find occasion to fault Him. As such Jesus may

       well have purposely not done this simple custom so that He might use it as the occasion to correct the

       Pharisees regarding their misguided priorities that were leading them to destruction.

2.    That we make sure the heart (the inside of the cup) is pure in the things that we do with not only attention

       to the little things but a greater focus on primary acts of love toward God and our neighbor through

       righteousness/justice.

3.    That as leaders of the church they make all kinds of burdensome rules that cannot be kept all the while

       they are not keeping them either.

4.    The leaders of the church are entrusted with the keys of the kingdom. Here Christ says they took away the

       key of knowledge by which the gate of heaven is opened.

5.    First, we should guard the things we say believing others will not hear; second, He says that we should fear

       God and not man in deciding upon the things we choose to do; and third, that we should be quick to

       confess Christ and in no way act in a way that attributes to the Holy Spirit some evil work, but look to Him

       for guidance.