Bible Proficiency Project
Week 10, 3/9 - 3/14, 2020

I.     Monday —Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15  5,000 fed

1.     In all four Gospels it speaks of 5,000 being fed, but is that all that were fed?

2.    What Old Testament story should the miraculous feeding of 5,000 bring to mind?

3.    Based on John’s account what feast was coming up and what year would this have been?

4.    What should we glean about Philip and Andrew from John’s account?

II.    Tuesday — Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:16-21  Jesus walks on water

1.     What was the common theme in Jesus’ last three miracles (calming the storm, feeding the 5,000, and His

       walking on the water)?

2.    What do you think we learn about the relation between faith and doubt from this account?

3.    What lesson is to be learned in Peter’s walking on the water that we can apply generally to our own walk

       with God?

III.   Wednesday — Matthew 14:34-36, Mark 6:53-56

1.     Why was Jesus so popular at this point in His ministry?

2.    What was the problem with His popularity and how does that serve as a waring for how we view Jesus?

IV.  Thursday – John 6:22-71  The Heavenly Bread

1.     Why did Jesus say the crowds followed Him?

2.    What is the work that Jesus says is necessary for us to do? Who does He say actually does the work?

3.    What does Jesus tell them when they seek a sign from Him that they might believe in Him?

 

4.    What does Jesus’ teaching about the will of the Father and all He gives to the Son say about who will be

       saved and what is guaranteed?

5.    What was the Jews complaint in verse 52?

6.    What does Jesus mean in verse 53-58 about eating His flesh?

7.    How does verse 63 give us a principle for interpreting the eating of Jesus’ body?

8.    What crucial truth does Peter base His following Jesus on?

              

V.   Friday — Matthew 15:1-20, Mark 7:24-37

1.     Explain what the “tradition of the elders” referred to in Matthew 15:2.

2.    What practice is Jesus referring to in Matthew 15:5-6 & Mark 7:10?

3.    If the evil of a man comes out of his heart, what about that which is pure?

VI.   Saturday —Matthew 15:21-31, Mark 7:24-37  Outreach to the Gentiles

1.     Where is the region of Tyre and Sidon and what does it have in common with Decapolis?

2.    Why did Jesus at first refuse to hear the woman’s cry to heal her daughter?

3.    In what way does the woman’s plea for “crumbs” make Israel’s rejection more atrocious?

4.    What is meant in Mark 7:37 by the words “He has done all things well”?

ANSWERS

I.     Monday

1.     No, Matthew said there were women and children in addition to the 5,000.

2.    The Manna in the Wilderness.

3.    Passover – v. 4.

4.    It says Jesus knew what He would do and that He asked to test them. Their response seems to indicate

       they had an idea that Jesus would do a miracle.

II.    Tuesday

1.     A demonstration of His power over the creation.

2.    That when we trust Jesus wholly we can do incredible things, but that we have a hard time overcoming our

       perception of the world and the laws of nature.

3.    That we need to keep our focus on the Savior and not let the world distract us and cause us to doubt.

III.   Wednesday

1.     Because Jesus was seen as the healer and miracle worker.

2.    The people were quick to receive and witness the miracles and get the bread from Him, but not to receive

       His word.

IV.   Thursday

1.     6:26 because they saw Him feed the 5,000 with a handful of bread and fish.

2.    To labor for the food which endures to everlasting life (v. 27). / V. 28 says the Son of Man will give you this

       bread of life.

3.    That His body is the living bread come down from heaven which they must eat to have life.

4.    It says that Jesus knew exactly who He was coming to die for and that God is the One who appoints those

       who are to receive eternal life.

5.    Cannibalism?

6.    That the believer must become so united to the Savior that it is as if our bodies are joined together.

7.    This is the explanation that His words are not to be taken literally as eating human flesh but that we receive

       Him spiritually.

8.    In v. 68 Peter rightly understands that Jesus alone has the words of eternal life, or in other words that

       salvation is to be found only in Him.        

V.    Friday

1.     There were hundreds of rules which Jewish teachers had developed over hundreds of years to direct the

       people in how to keep God’s law.

2.    The priests said that for a certain donation the children could place their parents under the care of the

       priesthood and be free from their duty to care for their parents. It would be the same as turning our parents

       over to the welfare state to care for our parents.

3.    Jesus is making a point that a person’s action are signs as to where their heart is at.

VI.   Saturday

1.     Tyre and Sidon are coastal cities and were Gentile enclaves like Decapolis.

2.    Because she was not of the household of Israel and Jesus made a point of showing that He came first to

       the Jews and that it would be only after their rejection of Him that the gospel would turn to the Gentiles.

3.    She was willing to settle for as much or any of what she could have from Jesus, while the Jews who were

       the full recipients of the covenant blessing turned away from and refused it.

4.    That when Jesus healed He did so with a complete restoration. This is to give us confidence that when

       Jesus saves us He saves wholly to what God intends us to be.