Bible Proficiency Project
Week 16, 4/20 - 4/25, 2020

I.     Monday — Luke 17:11-19 On Gratitude

1.     What is the main theme of this story of Jesus healing ten lepers?

2.    The one who returned is specifically identified as a Samaritan. What is implied about the other nine?

3.    Why do you think Jesus does not heal immediately here but sends them to the priests?

4.    What do you think is the overall message that Jesus is portraying through this story?

II.    Tuesday — Luke 17:20-37 The Son of Man

1.     What does Jesus mean by the Kingdom does not come with observation?

2.    In what way does Jesus say Noah was a Type (shadowy picture pointing forward to Jesus) of the Son of

       Man?

3.    In verses 31-37 what is the life that Jesus is referring to?

III.   Wednesday — Luke 18:1-14  Parable of the Persistent Widow

1.     According to Jesus how often should we pray?

2.    Why does Jesus say people may stop praying?

3.    What is the point of Jesus’ teaching about the persistent widow?

4.    In the illustration of the Pharisee and the tax collector what are the characteristics that mark one who is

       justified and one who is not?

IV.  Thursday – Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 10:1-12  On Marriage

1.     What is the purpose of the Pharisees in asking Jesus about marriage?

2.    What is the foundation for Jesus’ teaching on marriage?

3.    How does Jesus explain Moses allowing for divorce?

4.    How does Jesus respond to the disciples’ statement that it is better not to marry than to be stuck in a

       marriage for life?

V.   Friday — Matthew 19:13-15, Mk 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17  Receiving the Kingdom as a Child

1.     Why were these little children (probably infants) brought to Jesus?

2.    What did it mean that Jesus might put His hands on them and pray?

3.    What possibly could be the motivation for the disciples trying to stop these parents from bringing their

       children to Jesus?

VI.  Saturday —Matthew 19:16-30, Mk 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30  Being Rich & the Kingdom

1.     What do the various passages tell us about who this person who came to Jesus was?

2.    What misconception is revealed in his asking about receiving eternal life?

3.    How does Jesus make the young man’s misconception evident to him?

4.    When Peter asked Jesus what they would receive since they had left all, Jesus answers differently.

       What is the difference between how Jesus answered the rich young man verses the disciples?

5.    Explain what the first shall be last and the last first means.

 

ANSWERS

I.       Monday —Luke 17:11-19 On Gratitude

1.       Gratitude.

2.      That the other nine were Jews and thus Jesus sends them to the priests.

3.      This was a test by which it would become evident where there was a true response of gratitude that marks saving faith. Jesus had

         healed a leper in this area early in His ministry (Mark 8:1) and so this would be well known in the Leper Colony. This may well be

         designed to show how some simply expect and take for granted God’s mercy while those who recognize that God does not owe

         mercy respond in extreme gratitude.

4.      Jesus has been in many different ways been pointing to the inclusion of the Gentiles into the church. Here again, the Jews are

         portrayed as failing to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah and giving glory to God. Thus, the falling away of the Jews Paul will speak

         of later is evidenced by the conversion of the Gentiles.

II.      Tuesday — Luke 17:20-37 The Son of Man

1.       The understanding is found in the following words that it is not seen with the physical eye but can only be sensed with the inner spirit.

         This is also consistent with the teaching that after Pentecost the Holy Spirit would not be with you but in you.

2.      It is important to keep in mind that this was the end of Jesus’ ministry and soon the Jews would put Him to death.  Jesus has for the

         most part been dismissed by His own people and continued to live and seek to protect the lifestyle they had. But that life-style was in

         rebellion to God or else they would have received Jesus. Instead, like in Noah’s day, they rejected His preaching and warning them to

         repent and prepare for the coming of the kingdom. Jesus is among them and they simply keep on living for the present. This is still

         true today, but when the day of the Son of Man comes in judgment they will be destroyed because they did not heed God’s warning.

3.      It is the present life in this world. The Christian is to be in the world but not of or belonging to the world. Those who are willing to

         sacrifice the comforts or things of this world to serve God, in the end, will be the ones who obtain life – eternal.  

III.     Wednesday — Luke 18:1-14  Parable of the Persistent Widow

1.       We ought always to pray.

2.      Because they lose heart, that is because they do not see an answer to their prayer quickly.

3.      To continue to seek God’s face with the faith that God will and does answer our prayers according to His will and plan.

4.      The Pharisee is rejected because he had a faulty view of his righteousness. He saw his works as giving him standing with God and so

         he was guilty of presumption and arrogance before God. The tax collector reveals a spirit that was humble and confessed his sin and

         need for God’s mercy as the only path by which he might be received in God’s presence.

IV.    Thursday – Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 10:1-12  On Marriage

1.      They are seeking to get Jesus to trip up and say something wrong.

2.      Jesus defines marriage as a creational institution and that marriage is to be viewed in terms of God’s providence.  Notice He says

         what God has joined together.

3.      Jesus said it was allowed beginning in Moses' day because of the hardness or sinfulness of one’s heart. But He makes clear that this

         is inconsistent with God’s will and not a part of the design for marriage.

4.      This is an interesting revelation of the attitude of the culture which allowed a man to divorce his wife because he was simply

         dissatisfied with her.  Jesus continues to focus on the area of sexual desire saying that God’s normal design for humans comes with a

         desire for sexual intimacy. He says that it is rare for a person to not have this desire. Adultery as the only exception for divorce is

         because that is the fundamental breaking of the marriage vow which binds the couple to a commitment to the one-flesh union for life.

V.     Friday — Matthew 19:13-15, Mk 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17  Receiving the Kingdom as a Child

1.      The parents brought their children to Jesus that He might bless them and dedicate them to God.

2.      This was an act of anointing and in terms of upon the child, it was that God’s grace would be imparted to them as well as some gift of

         the Spirit. When we bring our children for baptism this is essentially what we are doing: we are extending the promise of the gifts of

         the Spirit be poured out upon our children.

3.      It might appear here that the disciples viewed Jesus as being too important to be bothered with blessing little children. This shows

         how they still don’t comprehend Jesus’ office as the Christ. Jesus, as God, resists the proud but extends grace to the humble and who

         is more humble than a little child. So Jesus takes advantage of this episode to teach on the nature of the spirit that must be in us to be

         received as a child in God’s kingdom.

VI.    Saturday —Matthew 19:16-30, Mk 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30  Being Rich & the Kingdom

1.      He is identified as a young man, who was a ruler (probably a Pharisee), who was very careful in his religious life, and who had a great

         deal of possessions/riches.

2.      He asks what good thing he needs to do that he may obtain eternal life. In so doing he reveals that he thinks he has to earn his way

         into heaven.

3.      First Jesus seeks to correct his view of the Law. He says, keep the commandments knowing the man will say I do. But then Jesus

         goes beyond the outward keeping of the Law to bring out how far we fail in terms of our willingness to sacrifice all in serving God first

         and foremost. So Jesus says, “sell all that you have and give it to the poor.” In other words, Jesus says do you really have no other

         gods before you? Will you choose God first in your life or your things – this present life, and with that, the young man went away

         understanding perhaps for the first time in his life that he was a sinner.

4.      The rich young man is addressed as one who needed to be saved, the disciples as those who had been saved.

5.      Jesus here speaks regarding how many who appear to be first in this life because of wealth, power or prestige will be last in the

         kingdom. That those who give up the preeminence in this life and become last (or viewed as least in this life) to serve God and their

         neighbor will be ahead of those viewed highly in this life. God looks upon the heart and not the outward appearance of people

         (1Sam. 16:7).