Bible Proficiency Project
Week 22, 6/1 - 6/5, 2020

Holy Week - Thursday / April

I.     Monday —Matthew 25:1-46 Parables on Being Ready

1.     What made the wise wise and the foolish foolish in the Parable of the Ten Virgins?

2.    What determines if one is honored by the Master in the Parable of the Talents?

3.    What activity is Jesus calling His people to in the Parable of the Sheep and Goats?

4.    What do all of these Parables teach in common about the difference between the Christian and the non-

       Christian?

5.    What theological doctrine does this encourage in the life of the believer?

II.    Tuesday —  John 12:20-50   On Jesus’ Coming Death

1.     Who should we understand these Greeks who came to worship to be?

2.    What is Jesus’ lesson about the seed that is planted brings a multiplication of the seed? 

3.    Who is and in what way is the ruler of this world cast out (vv. 31-32)?

4.    According to verse 34, did the people understand that Jesus was predicting His death, and why does this

       surprise them?

5.    In light of all of the signs, wonders, and teachings of Jesus, why would the people still not believe in Him

       (vv. 37-40)?

6.    According to Jesus’ statement in verses 44-50, upon what basis will the people of the world be judged?

III.    Wednesday — Matthew 26:1-16, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 22:1-6   The Plot to Kill Jesus

1.     What does the fact that the religious leaders were plotting how to take Jesus and kill Him reveal about

       their character and quality?

2.    What was the value of the ointment poured out on Jesus?

3.    In light of Matthew 26:14, who do you think was most angered by the “waste” of the ointment?

4.    What does Jesus say her act was for and what would have led her to do this (see Jn 12:3)?

5.    What do you think motivated Judas to go to the chief priests?

IV.   Thursday – Matthew 26:17-20, Mark 14:12-17, Luke 22:7-14  The Last Supper

1.     How is it that Jesus disciples celebrate the Passover on Thursday, but then Jesus in John 19:14 that Jesus

       is crucified on the day of Preparation for the Passover?

2.    How are preparations made for keeping the Passover?

V.    Friday — Matthew 26:21-25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:15-23,  John 13:18-30  The Betrayer

1.     What does Jesus say during the Supper that worries all of the disciples?

2.    What do they all ask Jesus?

3.    What do you think Judas thought would happen when he asked Jesus?

4.    Who did Jesus tell would betray Him and how did He do it?

5.    After Jesus gave the bread to Judas what happened?

6.    Do you think Judas was dismissed before Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper?

7.    Why is Judas known as the son of perdition?

 

 

 

 Answers

 

I.     Monday —Matthew 25:1-46 Parables on Being Ready

1.     The wise provide for themselves ahead of time, while they have time, for the arrival of the bridegroom

       (Christ), but the foolish seek to go through their day without a thought for preparing for the upcoming event

       (the arrival of Christ) and when He comes it will be too late.

2.    Those servants who use what God gives them for the benefit of serving God will receive praise, but those

       who do nothing with God’s gifts bestowed upon them will be cast out.

3.    Jesus shows that one of the marks of the church is that they show compassion to their neighbor as an act

       of compassion in serving Christ. Essentially, we act toward others as though we are doing it unto the Lord.

4.    That the Christian lives their life as a continual service to Christ in preparation for His coming.

5.    Perseverance.

II.    Tuesday —  John 12:20-50   On Jesus’ Coming Death

1.     This is more than likely Jews who live in the region of Greece who have come to worship. Gentiles would

       not be allowed into the temple area, but Jews from all over the known the world would make this

       pilgrimage annually.

2.    Jesus alone is the proclaimer of truth during His ministry, but when He has died and risen again it will give

       way to a church greatly multiplied in the proclamation of the gospel. 

3.    Jesus refers to Satan here who up to this point has kept the Gentile world in darkness, but after His death

       and resurrection, the gospel will be embraced by all men from the whole world.

4.    Yes, but they understood rightly that the Christ would live forever. They simply did not know to connect

       Jesus’ sacrificial death with His resulting eternal rule.

5.    Isaiah prophesied that this would happen. It is evident that for one to believe requires the work of the Holy

       Spirit to change the heart of the sinner before they can repent and believe unto salvation.

6.    Jesus came into the world to bring salvation and not judgment (v. 47 / see John 3:17, 36). The world is not

       judged by Jesus but by the Word that He has spoken (v. 48).

III.   Wednesday — Matthew 26:1-16, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 22:1-6   The Plot to Kill Jesus

1.     While they assumed the mantle of serving God they showed no actual godly heart or compassion. That is

       they completely failed to understand the nature of their office as being in service to God.

2.    Mark values it at more than 300 denarii and Matthew describes it as a great price. A denarii in that day

       would be a day's wages for a skilled worker. Given it was worth at least 300 denarii that means a year’s

       worth of wages.

3.    From the two accounts, it appears that some expressed their anger between themselves as well as

       harboring these feelings in their heart. But from v. 14 and John 12:5-6 it can be concluded that Judas was

       behind this division and complaining because he wanted the money for himself.

4.    John 12:3 identifies her as Mary, Lazarus’ sister, who would be very aware of Jesus’ predicting His coming

       death, and so moved by His Word and the Holy Spirit, Jesus said she did this for His burial. For this act, she

       has been remembered through history (Mt 26:13, Mk 14:9)

5.    Given all that the Bible has said up to this moment in the final week, the disciples were well aware of the

       Scribes and Pharisee’s desire to capture Jesus. Peter aware of this, and unhappy that he was deprived of

       the value of the ointment seemed driven to get the money in another way, namely the betrayal of Jesus.

       The 30 pieces of silver had a value of roughly five weeks of wages.

IV.  Thursday – Matthew 26:17-20, Mark 14:12-17, Luke 22:7-14  The Last Supper

1.     In Jesus' day, there had arisen a custom among the Jews who returned from Babylon that if the Passover

       fell just before a Sabbath then the Passover would be observed on the Sabbath day (while Jesus was in

       the grave). But Jesus would have been careful to observe the OT observance which was common of the

       Galilean Jews. Because of the sheer numbers of sacrifices required there was little resistance to this by the

       priests who would gladly have favored the two days to perform all of the sacrifices.

2.    Jesus sends Peter and John to look for a man carrying a pitcher full of water. This is designed to affirm

       again Jesus' divine nature and control of all events. Every detail that Jesus had said to them was just as He

       said it.

V.    Friday — Matthew 26:21-25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:15-23,  John 13:18-30  The Betrayer

1.     That one of them at the table would betray Him.

2.    Is it I?

3.    Probably that Jesus would not know what He had done.

4.    He told John that the one He would give a piece of bread to would betray Him.

5.    Satan entered into Judas and Jesus sent Him out to work his betrayal.

6.    It appears that this takes place before the institution that during the meal, Judas would get up and leave,

       but they assumed he went to give money to the poor or take care of some expense for the feast since he

       had the money box.

7.    Jesus identifies him as such in John 17:12, but here in the synoptic Jesus pronounces woe to that man by

       whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It had been better if he had not been born. That indicates the horrible

       fate that awaits Judas in perdition  - which is that state of eternal punishment and damnation.