Bible Proficiency Project
Week 20, 5/18 - 5/22, 2020

Holy Week - Wednesday / April

I.     Monday — Matthew 22:34--46, Mark 12:28-37, Luke 20:41-44   The Great Command

1.     Was this Pharisee sympathetic and sincere in his question or did he challenge Jesus?

2.    What characteristic does Jesus say is at the heart of true obedience?

3.    In Mark 12:34 Jesus says that he is not far from the kingdom of heaven. What are two reasons for this

       conclusion on Jesus’ part?

4.    In Matthew, what point does Jesus make about Himself to the Pharisees about His lineage?

II.    Tuesday — Matthew 23:1-39 Woe to the Scribes

1.     Why does Jesus instruct the multitudes to observe the scribes and Pharisees’ teaching?

2.    What does Jesus say not to do and why?

3.    What is the application for the believer?  

4.    What is Jesus’ emphasis in verse 8-11?

5.    How many Woes does Jesus pronounce on the scribes and Pharisees and what are they for?

III.   Wednesday — Mark 12:38-44, Luke 20:45-21:4  The Widow’s Mites

1.     This is closely related to yesterday’s passage in that is condemns the scribes. By extension, what warning

       is Jesus’ giving about those who are in positions of religious authority?

2.    How does Jesus challenge our view of others in the teaching of the widow giving her two mites?

3.    Is Jesus condemning the giving of the rich in this passage?

IV.  Thursday – Matthew 24:1-14, Mark 13:1-13, Luke 21:5-19   On Christ’s Return

1.     What prophecy does Jesus make about the Temple that prompts further questions by the disciples?

2.    What three questions do the disciples ask Jesus?

3.    Which question does Jesus answer first and in what verses?

4.    Who does Jesus say will be saved in Matthew 24:13 and what do we call this doctrine?

V.   Friday — Daniel 12

1.    Before proceeding further with Matthew 24, why is it good to review Daniel 12?

2.   What is the subject spoken of in verse 1 that sets the tone for this chapter?

3.   What is meant in verse 4 and 9 that Daniel is to shut up the words, and seal the book?

4.   What is connected to the abomination of desolation?

5.   How are the times to be understood in verses 7, 11, and 12?

6.   What encouragement is ultimately set before the elect in verse 13 by this vision?



I.     Monday —Matthew 22:34--46, Mark 12:28-37, Luke 20:41-44   The Great Command

1.     The Pharisee’s sympathies seem to be momentarily aroused in favor of Jesus because of how He handled

       the Sadducees over the resurrection question – the key doctrine that divided them from each other. Based

       on Jesus handling that question biblically, the question seems to be posed out of sincerity.

2.    Love.

3.    First, he was conscious of the nature of his duty, and second, that he understood the primacy of a heart for

       God over the outward worship of God in sacrifices.

4.    The first is His connection to David as the earthly king and that the Christ would be his descendant. To this,

       the Pharisees agree. The connection though is that David acknowledged the One who would be Christ as

       his LORD (Yahweh) while David was alive showing the divine or eternal nature of the Christ as the Son of


II.    Tuesday — Matthew 23:1-39 Woe to the Scribes

1.     Because they occupy Moses’ seat which means they hold a position of authority with regards to the

       observance of the Law of God and how the people are to live.

2.    He tells the people to listen to their instruction but not to follow their pattern of life which requires of others

       that which they were unwilling to follow. Those who sat in Moses’ seat were driven by the importance of

       their human position in terms of being seen by men, not service to God.

3.    As God’s people, we are to listen to biblical teaching in a discerning way so that we act according to the

       Law of God but not according to human intrusions into God’s Law. There is a tendency to discount the

       teaching when we see hypocrisy in the teacher. But the Word of God remains in force regardless of the

       genuineness of those in places of authority.   

4.    Our commitments to the Church must be seen first and foremost as a commitment to God as our primary

       teacher and heavenly Father who is in control of all things and acts with purpose. The Word of God is to be

       received in the church by its members coming through the teachers as being the teaching of God and

       Christ. The authority and force of the Word taught are to be received as coming from God.

5.    1.  They shut up the kingdom of heaven by taking away the knowledge of how one enters into heaven.

       2. They devour widows’ houses by stealing their estates under the pretense of caring for them.

       3. They were active in the evangelism of the foreigner but to make disciples to themselves.

       4. They were blind guides in the sense that they led the people into false worship and improper oaths.

       5. They focused on secondary things but failed to seek justice, mercy, and faith as primary and essential.

       6. They were inside full of extortion and self-indulgence even though they outwardly presented themselves

            as being righteous and devoted to religion.

       7.  They appeared outwardly as righteous while in their hearts were full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

       8.  They pretended affection for the prophets but followed the pattern of their fathers in rejecting their

            teaching and murdering them. Ultimately in murdering the Christ and His followers.

III.   Wednesday — Mark 12:38-44, Luke 20:45-21:4  The Widow’s Mites

1.     The Church should be cautious about those in leadership who seem to love to be the center of attention.

2.    Often we judge the importance of some by the amount they give, the rich being viewed highly because

       they are important to making the church budget work. Jesus challenges that view by pointing to God’s

       perspective as one in which the extent of the giving is sacrificial. The rich here gave a great amount but

       they could easily do that. This widow who had very little gave all she had to God as a sacrifice.  

3.    Not at all. He makes the point that the rich give out of their abundance, and we should assume at least

       according to biblical requirements. His point is that the widow is commended because, though she gave

       what to the world would seem an insignificant amount, yet in truth, she gave her whole livelihood, that is

       beyond biblical requirement, she gave sacrificially.

IV.  Thursday – Matthew 24:1-14, Mark 13:1-13, Luke 21:5-19   On Christ’s Return

1.     Jesus predicts the complete and utter destruction of the Temple.

2.    1) When will the Temple be destroyed? 2) What will be the sign of Your coming again? 3) When is the end

       of the age (world)?

3.    Jesus answers the last question regarding the end of the world first in verses  4-14. The essence of the

       answer is that the gospel will be preached in all of the world in the face of continuing persecution, but also

       amid world chaos.

4.    Those who endure hardships and persecutions until the end. Perseverance of the faith.

V.   Friday — Daniel 12

1.    Because this is the origin of the prophecy of the abomination of desolation referred to by Matthew.

2.    This is a description of the great tribulation that is to come upon the church.

3.    That the meaning and how to understand what Daniel is hearing is not to be understood until the

       appointed time.

4.    In verse 11 this is connected to the end of the daily sacrifices in the temple.   

5.    Probably the best way to understand this is that these are seemingly long periods where the church

       endures persecution but ultimately will be delivered.

5.    That regardless of the difficulties that may come upon the church, we are to proceed forward in the

       knowledge that we will ultimately enter into our inheritance at the end of days.