Through the Bible – Week 9

Day 57: Deuteronomy 6:16-9:21

Q1. Deuteronomy 6:20; what is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the Lord our God has commanded you?

Note1. The Israelites are to devote all the nations in their land to complete destruction (Deuteronomy 7:1). These nations are descendants of Ham (Genesis 10:6, 15-18), the cursed son of Noah (Genesis 9:20-25).

Q2. Does Israel earn this Promised Land because of their righteousness?

A1. Deuteronomy 6:21 we were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

A2. Deuteronomy 9:4-12; none of the nations currently living in this land are innocent. Israel is God’s instrument of wrath on the people of this land. By no means did they earn this land. God is simply keeping His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel).

 

Day 58: Deuteronomy 9:22-12:32

Note1. Circumcision of the flesh was an outward sign of God’s covenant with Israel, but Moses is telling Israel that they need to circumcise their hearts. It seems to me, personally, that the outward sign of the covenant is of little use if their hearts are as stubborn as everyone else’s.

Q1. How would you reconcile the two different attitudes toward foreigners in Deuteronomy 7:3-4 and Deuteronomy 10:19?

Note2. Deuteronomy 11:2; Moses is speaking to the adults who were just children when they left Egypt. All of the adults from the Exodus have passed away.

A1. God wants Israel to love and care for foreigners in chapter 10, but he does not want Israel to let foreigners lead them away from Him in chapter 7. Romans 13:1–7 makes it abundantly clear that God expects us to obey the laws of the government (https://www.gotquestions.org/illegal-immigration.html). God expected the sojourner in Israel to obey God’s Law.

 

Day 59: Deuteronomy 13:1-16:8

Q1. If a prophet says a sign wonder will happen and it comes to pass, you should do whatever they say, right?

A1. Even if someone comes performing miracles, do not follow them if they command anything contrary to the Word of God.

 

Day 60: Deuteronomy 16:9-19:21

Note1. Deuteronomy 17:18; Do you see an advantage to having a nation’s leader write a copy of the Law for and being subject to approval by the priests?

Note2. Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Astrology and fortune-telling is considered an abomination.

Q1. What is the test of a true prophet?

A1. It’s pretty simple. If their prophecy comes true, their word is from the Lord.

 

Day 61: Deuteronomy 20:1-23:14

Note1. These passages list various laws that are mostly self-explanatory.

Note2. A few of the prohibitions listed are considered abominations. All of these prohibitions are wrong, but some have this special warning of being an abomination. Usually abominations were practices of pagans.

 

Day 62: Deuteronomy 23:15-27:10

Note1. Deuteronomy 23:21-23; vows must be kept because God keeps his promises and desires that His people imitate His moral character. (ESV Study Bible)

Q1. How long after a marriage was a man exempt from military service?

A1. Deuteronomy 24:5; 1 year

 

Day 63: Deuteronomy 27:11-28:68

Note1. The ceremony starting in Deuteronomy 27:11 was commanded back in chapter 11, verse 29.

Through the Bible – Week 8

Here we are in week 8. How’s it going? This week you’ll finish up Numbers and start Deuteronomy.

 

Day 50: Numbers 24:1-26:34

Q1. Who is Balaam talking about in Numbers 24:17-19?

Note1. Remember God’s warning in Exodus 34:12-16.

A1. It’s a prophecy about the rise of the Davidic dynasty, which conquered the surrounding peoples, including Moab (2 Samuel 8:2-12). (ESV Study Bible)

 

Day 51: Numbers 26:35-28:31

Q1. Only two men that were numbered by Moses and Aaron in the wilderness were alive to be numbered by Moses and Eleazer. Who were they?

Q2. Who will take over leading Israel after Moses dies?

A1. Numbers 14: 20-30; remember the 12 spies that Moses sent to spy out the land of Canaan. The two men were Caleb and Joshua.

A2. The same Joshua that was among the spies mentioned in Numbers 13, will take over for Moses. This Joshua is the same that will lead Israel in the Battle of Jericho, later.

 

Day 52: Numbers 29:1-31:47

Note1. Swearing a vow was a very serious decision. Breaking it was not an option.

Q1. Why were the Midianites marked for God’s vengeance?

A1. Numbers 25; The Midianites were the people who seduced Israel into Baal worship.

 

Day 53: Numbers 31:48-33:56

Q1. How many men did Israel lose in the battle against the Midianites?

Q2. Why was Moses hesitant about letting the tribe of Gad and Reuben stay in Gilead and not cross over the Jordan into the Promised Land?

Note1. God gave the Israelites one job when they crossed over into the Promised Land. They were to drive out all of the inhabitants of the land.

A1. Israel lost not a single man! Numbers 31:49

A2. Moses thought they were staying in their current location to avoid war. The tribe of Gad and Reuben agreed to leave their families and herds in Gilead and the fighting men would cross over the Jordan with the rest of Israel until all of their enemies had been defeated.

 

Day 54: Numbers 34-36; Deuteronomy 1:1-15

Note1. The southern border of Israel includes the wilderness of Zin. The wilderness of Zin includes Kadesh-barnea. Kadesh-barnea is the city they were in 40 years earlier while spying out the land (Numbers 13).

Note2. Numbers 34:17-19; Eleazar’s partner and the chief of the tribe of Judah should sound familiar. (Numbers 14:36-38)

 

Day 55: Deuteronomy 1:16-3:29

Q1. To whom did the land of Mount Seir belong?

Q2. To whom did the land of Moab belong?

Q3. Why couldn’t Moses enter into the Promised Land with the rest of Israel?

A1. The area of Mount Seir was given, by God, to the brother of Israel (Jacob), Esau.

A2. The area of Moab was given, by God, to Lot, Abraham’s nephew.

A3. Numbers 20:10-13

 

Day 56: Deuteronomy 4:1-6:15

Q1. What would have been the temptation to make idols?

Q2. What is the greatest commandment?

A1. Israel might have been tempted to make idols since they heard God’s voice, but had no visible form to worship.

A2. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37)

Through the Bible – Week 7

 

Day 43: Numbers 5:23-7:59

Q1. Was a Nazarite vow for life?

Q2. Why weren’t the sons of Kohath given any of the wagons when the rest of the Levites

A1. Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist were lifelong Nazarites, but usually a person took a vow to become a Nazarite for only a specific period of time. (ESV Study Bible)

A2. They were charged with the service of the holy things that had to be carried on the shoulder (Numbers 7:9). Bad things happen when these items are not carried as intended (1 Chronicles 13:3-7)

 

Day 44: Numbers 7:60-10:10

Q1. A chief from each tribe of Israel brought an offering, one tribe per day for 12 days. The offering from each tribe was exactly the same. What were these offerings for?

Note1: Numbers 9 is the second Passover celebrated. The first was celebrated in Egypt.

A1. Numbers 7:84; this was the dedication offering for the altar on the day when it was anointed…

 

Day 45: Numbers 10:11-13:16

Note1. The Israelites are complaining and they’ve only been out of Egypt for 2 years.

Q1. Why were some of the Israelites killed by plague?

Q2. Numbers 12:3; Now the man Moses was very meek… What does meek mean?

Note2. The Joshua mentioned in Numbers 11:28 and 13:8,16 is the same Joshua whose men defeated the Amalekites in Exodus 17. He is also the same man that will take over for Moses as the Israelites enter the Promised Land. Oh, and it’s the same Joshua who led the army at the battle of Jericho.

A1. At first glance, it appears they were killed because they wanted meat, but Numbers 11:5 shows that the people were craving the pleasures of Egypt, while grumbling against the Lord.

A2. The Hebrew term used for meek is ‘anaw and is translated as “humble, poor”. Merriam-Webster definition: having or showing a quiet, gentle, and humble nature. To me, meek seems to be someone who has power, under control. They don’t have to prove that they are powerful. Jesus reminds me of someone who is meek. Meekness, in today’s society, is usually tied to weakness. Pharaoh would’ve certainly disagreed with anyone calling Moses weak.

 

Day 46: Numbers 13:17-15:21

Note1. The Israelites are in a town called Kadesh-barnea, on the southern border of what will eventually become their land. Moses is sending spies to prepare Israel for what is to come.

Note2. Numbers 13:21,25; For 40 days the spies traveled throughout Canaan, from the Negeb to Rehob and back again – a distance of over 500 miles. (ESV Study Bible)

Q1. Which of the 12 spies had the faith to bring a good report?

Q2. What was Israel’s punishment for their grumbling?

Q3. What happened when the Israelites tried to make up for their sin?

A1. Caleb was from the tribe of Judah and Joshua from the tribe of Ephraim.

A2. The Israelites would wander the desert for 40 years until all of the men who were able to fight and wouldn’t, died. A year for each day the spies were sent out.

A3. The Israelites had already been forgiven through the intercession of Moses. Their attempts at redemption, through their own works were met with futility, suffering, and loss. Just as we have been forgiven for our sins, through the intercession of Jesus, our attempts at salvation through works are met with the same results (Romans 6:23). It reminds me of the old hymn that says, “What can wash away my sin?” The answer, of course is, “Nothing, but the blood of Jesus.”

 

Day 47: Numbers 15:22-16:50

Note1. The Sabbath breaker’s punishment seems harsh. His sin was deliberate and done in public. He also knew the punishment and committed the sin anyway.

Note2. Notice what happens when people try to take authority that isn’t theirs in Numbers 16:1-50.

 

Day 48: Numbers 17-20

Q1. Who was Miriam to Aaron and Moses?

Q2 Why was Moses and Aaron punished? Why was the punishment so harsh?

Note1. The descendants of Edom were the offspring of Esau, Jacob’s (Israel’s) twin brother.

A1. Miriam was a prophetess and sister to Aaron and Moses. Exodus 15:20, Numbers 26:59

A2. God told them to speak to the rock and it would bring forth water. Moses took the glory for himself by disobeying God and striking the rock twice, instead of speaking to it. The punishment was that neither Aaron nor Moses would enter the Promised Land. The punishment is harsh because Aaron and Moses were held to a higher standard.

 

Day 49: Numbers 21-23

Note1. The donkey talking is not enough of a shock to keep Balaam from arguing with it.

Note2. Balaam seems to be some sort of sorcerer

Through the Bible – Week 6

This week you’ll finish Leviticus and start Numbers!

Day 36: Leviticus 15:1-18:18

Note1. Remember “unclean” does not mean “sinful”

Note2. The priests’ sin must be atoned for first, before they make atonement for the rest of the nation.

Q1. Who or what or where is “Azazel”?

Note3. The Day of Atonement mentioned in Leviticus 16 is also called “Yom Kippur”.

A1. We don’t really know. In some Hebrew books outside of the Bible, Azazel is the name of a demon. Most theories support the idea that here, in Leviticus, in represents a place in the wilderness. The important thing is the concept illustrated here in Leviticus 16: the sins of Israel are to be atoned for through a sacrifice and also removed far away from the people, through a scape-goat. http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/azazel/

 

Day 37: Leviticus 18:19-21:24

Q1. How did God’s Law provide for the poor? Hint: Leviticus 19:9

Q2. How were the Israelites supposed to handle hard feelings toward a neighbor?

Note1. Leviticus 19:26-31; These are all practices of the Canaanites. Holiness requires Israel not to act like the pagans in any areas of life. (ESV Study Bible)

A1. The Israelites could not completely strip their fields during harvest. The poor could then come into the field and gather for themselves.

A2. Leviticus 19:17; Hard feelings were to be expressed and dealt with. Sin was to be confronted. This probably got rid of a lot of bitterness between neighbors.

 

Day 38: Leviticus 22-23

Q1. Why would you think the Israelites were not allowed to eat of animals that had died of natural causes or killed by another animal?

Note1. The Feast of Firstfruits actually took place during the week-long Passover celebration (Lev. 23:4–8). Fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits was the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost (from the Greek term pentekostos, or fiftieth), which was the grand celebration at the end of the grain harvest. http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/firstfruits-and-pentecost/

A1. “Natural causes” probably mean disease of some sort. The meat of an animal killed by another could have infection in it, from the other animal’s mouth or claws.

 

Day 39: Leviticus 24:1-26:13

Note1. Remember that there are different punishments for murder versus manslaughter. Murder is intentional, manslaughter is accidental. Deuteronomy 19

Q1. How long is seven weeks of years?

Note2. Israel didn’t really sell their land, they just leased it. They got their land back during the Year of Jubilee. Money and cattle were not reallocated. The Israelites were buying the crops that came from the land, not the land itself. (ESV Study Bible)

A1. A week is 7, so 7 x 7 = 49 years

 

Day 40: Leviticus 26:14-27:34; Numbers 1:1-46

Note1. Leviticus 27; In Israel, a man may make a vow to the Lord dedicating himself or a member of his family. This pledge entails service in the sanctuary. However, because non-Levites cannot serve on the temple grounds, a person may be freed from this service by making a payment to the sanctuary. These verses establish the payment scale, perhaps determined by the customary prices for slaves. (ESV Study Bible)

Q1. After 1 year out of Egypt, how large is the nation of Israel?

A1. Numbers 1:46; Israel’s nation is over 600,000 strong, not including their families! Remember that Jacob brought his family to Egypt numbering 70, approximately 400 years earlier.

 

Day 41: Numbers 1:47-3:39

Q1. Which tribe was left out of the census?

A1. The tribe of Levi was left out of the census. The census was to number the men able to go to war. The Levites were dedicated to taking care of the Tabernacle and did not go to war.

 

Day 42: Numbers 3:40-5:22

Note1. The census showed there were 273 fewer Levites than firstborn males in the other tribes. To redeem these 273 Israelites who had no Levite to take their place, five shekels (v. 47) per person had to be paid. This is the tariff prescribed in Lev. 27:6 for boys under five. Five shekels would have been about a year’s pay for a herdsman. (ESV Study Bible)

Note2. Numbers 5:11-31; This was the test for adultery if no one was caught in the act. The punishment for adultery, if caught in the act, was death for both the man and the woman.

Through the Bible – Week 5

This week you’ll finish Exodus and begin Leviticus!

Week 5

Day 29: Exodus 35:30-37:29

Note1. Not only did God provide the materials for the Tabernacle, by allowing the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians, He also provided the skills needed to build it.

Q1. How did the Israelites know who had been given these craftsman skills?

Note2. The lampstand is called the menorah, a form of which is used today during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. They use a nine-lamp lampstand because the seven-lamp lampstand can only be used in the Temple. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menorah_(Temple)

A1. Exodus 36:2 – God stirred the hearts of everyone who He had gifted. Has God given you a skill or talent? Is He stirring your heart to use it for His Glory?

 

Day 30: Exodus 38:1-40:16

Note1. As you read about how much gold, silver, and bronze were used for the sanctuary, remember a talent is about 75 pounds and a shekel is about 2/5 ounce.

Note2. To see an artist’s representation of all of the work of the tabernacle: http://www.bibleplaces.com/tabernaclemore/

 

Day 31: Exodus 40:17-38; Leviticus 1-4

Q1. What are the 4 of the 5 types of offering in Leviticus 1-4?

A1.

  • Burnt Offering – underscores prayers of petition or praise
  • Grain Offering – pleasing aroma; often mirrors emphasis of the offering it accompanies
  • Peace Offering – fellowship with the Lord by having a communion meal
  • Sin Offering – atonement of a committed sin; metaphor of purification

The fifth type is found in Leviticus 5

  • Guilt Offering – atonement of a committed sin; metaphor of compensation for wrongdoing

(ESV Study Bible)

 

Day 32: Leviticus 5-7

Note1. Leviticus 5:1 – It was a sin to witness something and not speak up when witnesses were asked for.

Q1. How did God atone for the sin of the poor? (Hint: Lev 5:7-13)

Q2. Was an offering to the Lord the only requirement when a person wronged their neighbor?

Q3. Why did the priests receive a portion of certain sacrifices?

A1. The sin offering was adjusted for the individual’s economic situation.

A2. The person must also make reparations to their neighbor.

A3. The priests, who were always of the tribe of Levi, will not be given an inheritance of land when the Israelites reach the Promised Land. These portions are their due.

 

Day 33: Leviticus 8:1-11:8

Note1. Urim and Thummim: https://www.gotquestions.org/urim-thummim.html

Q1. Why did Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu die?

Note2. We know that the unclean animals listed here are things like scavengers. Through science today, we know that these animals can contain many parasites. It is not a sin, today, for us to eat any of these animals (see Romans 14), but can we assume that God was trying to protect His people by only allowing them to eat the animals He created for food (Deuteronomy 7:15)?

A1. God will not allow His holiness to be violated. Their mistake was trying to do things their own way instead of God’s (ESV Study Bible). Aaron’s sons were held to a high standard as priests and the punishment was death.

 

Day 34: Leviticus 11:9-13:39

Note1. God, as Creator of all things, knows how quickly carcasses decompose and He also knows how quickly disease can be produced from a decaying animal.

Note2. Leviticus 12 doesn’t seem to make much sense and scholars still don’t truly understand this passage. We must remember that being ceremonially unclean did not always mean that a sin had been committed. So why was a sin offering required? Again, we don’t really know. One theory is that the sin offering is for the child that was just born into the world inheriting the sin nature of Adam. I must be honest; some things I won’t know until I get to heaven. I also know that just because I don’t understand something, it doesn’t mean there is an error in God’s word or character. The Israelites trusted that God’s laws were to prosper them and not to harm them (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

Day 35: Leviticus 13:40-14:57

Q1. Why did lepers have to be quarantined?

Q2. How can a house have a leprous disease?

A1. They had no knowledge of germs back then, but God knew how contagious leprosy was. These laws protected the Israelites from outbreaks of disease.

A2. “Leprous disease” may refer to mold, mildew, and fungus. Today, we know how dangerous some of these are. God protected the Israelites with these laws.

Through the Bible – Week 4

How’s it going? Don’t worry if you’re a little behind. Reading the entire Bible is definitely a marathon, not a sprint. Hang in there. You can do it!

Day 22: Exodus 14:21-17:16

Note1: Exodus 15:24 – How many times does God have to show His power before Israel will trust Him? How many times does God have to show you?

Q1. Why did the manna spoil so easily?

Note2: Exodus 17:7 – Satan wants us to ask this very question, even today.

Note3: Amalek is father of the Amalekites. This is not Israel’s last encounter with them.

A1. God wanted them to depend on Him every day for their daily bread. It’s easy to drift from the Lord when you have your storehouses full.

 

Day 23: Exodus 18:1-21:21

Q1. What was the consequence of Moses trying to judge all of Israel?

Note1: Exodus 21:5–6 – Debt was the most common reason that people became slaves. To employ a destitute person as a slave could be seen as a benevolent act, as it guaranteed him food and shelter and some income (Gen. 47:23–25). The security provided by a good employer could lead some slaves to choose to remain in that status permanently. (ESV Study Bible)

A1. Not only was this wearing Moses out, but also all of the people.

 

Day 24: Exodus 21:22-25:9

Q1. What was the penalty for killing an unborn baby, even on accident?

Note1. Exodus 22:28; cursing leaders was obviously a problem back then, and still is today.

Q2. What are the three feasts that the Israelites must observe each year?

Q3. Where was a nation of former slaves supposed to get all of this gold, silver, etc. in Exodus 25:1-9 for the sanctuary? (Hint: Exodus 12:36)

A1. The penalty was the same as the one for murder: death.

A2. Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover), Feast of Harvest, Feast of Ingathering

A3. The Lord allowed the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians before they left.

 

Day 25: Exodus 25:10-27:21

Q1. How was the Ark of the Covenant supposed to be moved?

Note1: A cubit is about 18 inches.

A1. Wooden poles were placed through gold rings and the people could carry it by lifting the poles. This is the only way the Ark was allowed to be moved. Remember this when we get to 2 Samuel 6:1–7.

 

Day 26: Exodus 28-29

Q1. Why did God spell out every single little detail?

A1. One possibility is, He didn’t want any of the Israelites to let their own personal preferences become doctrine. Letting personal preferences become doctrine is a good definition of legalism.

 

Day 27: Exodus 30-32

Note1. God gives Moses some very complicated and exact instructions, but He also gives the people the gifts and talents that they will need to accomplish God’s tasks. This applies even today!

Q1. The Sabbath is a sign of what?

Q2. Did Aaron use his God-given gifts to bring glory to Him?

Note1. Moses had to stand between God and his peoples’ sin, as a mediator. This is a foreshadowing of the great mediator, Jesus. Jesus came to take God’s entire wrath away from us. We deserved this wrath because of our sin, but Jesus took it away forever!

A1. It is to remind us of the week of Creation.

A2. Aaron used his gifts to make the idol. What are you using your gifts for?

 

Day 28: Exodus 33:1-35:29

Q1. Why did God send an angel to go before Israel instead of Himself?

Q2. Why can’t man see God’s face and live?

Q3. In this renewed covenant, the Israelites were not allowed to make covenants with the people that God was about to drive out of the Promised Land. Why?

A1. Because they are a stiff-necked people, God will not go with to avoid destroying them.

A2. Our physical bodies, with its sin nature cannot survive a face-to-face encounter with Holy God. We would be totally consumed. God doesn’t want to destroy us any more than a flame wants to destroy a moth. God’s Glory is just too much for our earthly bodies to handle. If we have accepted God’s salvation, God rids us of our sin nature and we receive glorified bodies in heaven. Of course, this salvation offered to us is God’s own Son, Jesus! Only then, can we hope to see all of God’s Glory.

A3. Exodus 34:12 – The people of that land would become a snare to them. Israel would be tempted to follow their gods instead of Him.

Through the Bible – Week 3

Week 3 is here and I hope you’re enjoying Genesis. You’ll finish up this week and start Exodus.

Day 15: Genesis 42:29-45:15

Note1. Jacob favors Benjamin so much; he is willing to leave Simeon in Egypt’s custody.

Q1. How does Joseph feel about what his brothers did to him, after he told them who he was?

A1. He comforts his brothers and shows them that it was not them who sent him to Egypt, but God (Gen 45:7-8). The names that Joseph gives his sons reflect these thoughts (Gen 41:51-52).

 

Day 16: Genesis 45:16-48:7

Q1. What are the apparent discrepancies between Gen 46:26 and Gen 46:27?

Q2. How much time has passed between creation and Jacob moving to Egypt?

Note1: The elevation of Jacob’s grandsons to his sons is important.  Ephraim and Manasseh will each receive the same portion as all of Jacob’s other sons. This means that Joseph receives a double portion indicating his designation at the “firstborn” (ESV Study Bible).

A1. See Barnes’ Notes on the Bible:

 http://biblehub.com/commentaries/acts/7-14.htm

A2. 2106 (from creation to the birth of Jacob) + 130 = 2236 years

 

Day 17: Genesis 48:8-50:26; Exodus 1

Q1. During Jacob’s blessing to his sons, his seems to favor Joseph, particularly, Ephraim. Why does Judah’s blessing seem so favorable?

Q2. How did Joseph get even with his brothers after their father died?

Q3. How much time has passed between creation and Joseph’s death?

A1. Judah will be the tribe that David comes from and furthermore, Jesus.

A2. TRICK QUESTION! We see another beautiful picture of grace as Joseph shows his brother great favor, even though it is unmerited. Joseph gives all glory to God, for the good and the bad!

A3. This one is a little complicated. We know that Joseph was 30 years old when he started working for Pharaoh (Gen 41:46). The 7 years of plenty happened, so Joseph is now 37 years old and then the famine hits. The famine has been going on for 2 years when Joseph reunites with his brothers (Gen 45:6), so Joseph is 39 years old, at this point. Assuming Jacob brought his family to Egypt the same year, Joseph is still 39 and Jacob tells Pharaoh that he is 130 years old, when Jacob arrives (Gen 47:9). So Jacob was 91 when Joseph was born (130-39). From creation to the birth of Jacob was 2106 (from Day 8 of this study).

2106 + 91(Joseph is born) + 110(Joseph age when he died) = 2307 years.

 

Day 18: Exodus 2:1-5:9

Q1. Why was Moses’ mom hiding him?

Q2. Why did Moses leave Egypt?

Note1: We might expect God to use Moses and free the Hebrews instantly. Here we see God starts the process with Moses just asking for 3 days to worship in the wilderness. God seems to like working His will through a process (e.g. Creation, etc.).

Q3. What did God think of Moses’ excuses in Ex. 4:10?

Note2. Pharaoh does not know the Lord (Ex 5:2), but he will!

A1. See Gen 1:22

A2. Pharaoh heard that Moses killed an Egyptian and wanted Moses dead.

A3. God was well aware of Moses’ speech problems. Why? God made Moses! What excuses are you giving God, today?

 

Day 19: Exodus 5:10-8:15

Note1: Like us, the Israelites wanted instant results in Exodus 5.

Note2: Each of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, were not just 10 nuisances. Each plague was meant to cause a complete loss of faith in some of their most cherished gods. See: http://www.stat.rice.edu/~dobelman/Dinotech/10_Eqyptian_gods_10_Plagues.pdf

 

Day 20: Exodus 8:16-11:10

Note1: After the third plague, even some of the Egyptians are starting to give glory to God (Exodus 8:19).

Q1. How do we know it was the God of the Israelites bringing these plagues and they weren’t random events? Hint: Exodus 8:22

Q2. Did Pharaoh have a choice in hardening his heart? Hint (Exodus 3:19)

A1. The flies filled the land except for the land of Goshen, where God’s people dwelt.

A2. We are all responsible for our own actions. Exodus 3:19 suggests that Pharaoh was never going to let the Hebrews go, even before the Lord started hardening his heart.

 

Day 21: Exodus 12:1-14:20

Q1. What is one reason the Israelites must keep the Passover Feast every year?

Note1: The Israelites have been in Egypt for 430 years and started out with 70 people belonging to Jacob. They now leave with about 600,000 men, not counting women and children!

Q2. Exodus 12:40 says Israel was in Egypt for 430 years. Why does Genesis 15:13 say 400 years?

Note2: Exodus 12:46 – Passover sacrifices were to be free from any broken bones. You will see this again in John 19:14-37.

Note3: Exodus 14:12 – God was going to fulfill his promises with this journey and Israel was ready to give it all up at the first sign of difficulty and return to something familiar, even though it was bondage. Have you ever been here?

A1. Exodus 12:26-27. Remembrance and to teach all future generations what God has done for them.

A2. Here is one explanation: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/how-long-were-the-israelites-in-egypt/

Through the Bible in a Year: Week 2

We hope you enjoyed week one and are ready for week two. Here it is!

Day 8: Gen 24:28-26:35

Q1. How many years have passed between creation and the birth of Jacob?

Q2. What is unusual about the prophecy in Gen 25:23?

Q3. How did Esau feel about his position as first born?

Note1: Isaac is using the same lie that his father, Abraham, did.

A1. 2046 (creation to birth of Isaac) + 60 = 2106 years

A2. The oldest sibling was usually given authority over younger siblings.

A3. Esau despised his birthright.

 

Day 9: Genesis 27-29

Note1. In chapter 27, we continue to see how lying and deceit are common traits in the family from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob.

Q1. Rebekah probably remembers the prophecy about her son Jacob, being served by Esau (Gen 25:23). Did that give her and Jacob the right to deceive Isaac?

Q2. Why did Esau take a wife from the Canaanites?

Note1: Isn’t it ironic that Jacob is surprised that he was deceived, after he deceived his father and brother.

A1.  I have to believe there was any number of ways that God could have made Jacob head of the family. I also have to think that God would have done it peacefully, but since Rebekah took matters into her own hands (like Sarah), Jacob’s life is now in danger. Of course, this is all speculation but nevertheless, God used all of these events to accomplish His will.

A2. Esau’s main intent was to spite his father, Isaac.

 

Day 10: Gen 30:1-31:42

Q1. What’s the difference between how Jacob dealt with Rachel (Gen 30:2) and how his father dealt with his mother (Gen 25:21-22)?

Q2. What is going on with Jacob’s speckled and spotted livestock?

A1. Isaac prayed to God for Rebekah.

A2. http://www.nature.com/news/2003/030728/full/news030728-12.html : It seems that certain genetic traits can be influenced by the dietary habits of the mother. Is it possible that certain chemicals from the branches leeched into the water that livestock were drinking? Did God reveal this trick to Jacob suddenly or did he learn it after decades of breeding animals? Either way mankind has known about genetics long before it discovered DNA.

 

Day 11: Gen 31:43-34:31

Note1: Jacob’s name change is important in Gen 32:28. He is no longer supplanter or one who trips up. His new name is Israel or “he strives with God”. We have seen Jacob’s physical strength before when he moved the stone from the well in Gen 29:10. Maybe you’ve never had a name change but can you think of a time that God changed you.

Note2: All of the possessions Jacob gave Esau were nothing compared to Esau’s acceptance of him. This is a beautiful picture of grace. Jacob did nothing to earn Esau’s favor, but Esau gave it to him anyway.

 

Day 12: Genesis 35:1-37:24

Note1. Anytime you read about the country of Edom, you are reading about Esau’s descendants.

Q1. What effect does Jacob’s favoritism have on his family?

Q2. Why would Reuben not want to kill Joseph?

A1. His favoritism created a lot of animosity and division among his sons.

A2. We can’t be sure, but remember Reuben lay with his father’s concubine (Gen 35:22-23). Reuben may have thought that he could get back in his father’s good graces by rescuing Jacob’s favorite son.

 

Day 13: Genesis 37:25-40:8

Note1. How quickly did Judah go from judgmental to humbled in Gen 38?

Note2. Even though God was prospering Joseph in everything he did, Joseph still has to endure the hardship of being wrongly imprisoned. But the story isn’t over yet.

 

Day 14: Genesis 40:9-42:28

Q1. How did the chief baker feel about his dream after hearing the cupbearer’s dream interpreted?

Q2. How long did it take the cupbearer to remember what Joseph had done for him?

Q3. Did the great famine affect Egypt only?

Q4. Why did Benjamin stay behind when his brothers went to Egypt to buy food?

A1. He thought his interpretation would be as favorable as the cupbearer’s.

A2. It took 2 years (Gen 41:1)

A3. The famine came over all the earth (Gen 41:57).

A4. Remember, Joseph was Jacob’s favorite because he loved his mother Rachel so much. Jacob thought Joseph was dead and Benjamin was all he had left to remember Rachel by. Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin (Gen 35:18).

 

Through the Bible in a Year: Week 1

Okay, here we go! This is week 1. I’m using the ESV Bible.

Day 1: Genesis 1-3

Q1. “And there was evening and there was morning…” Why is this repeated or emphasized (Hint: Gen 1:14)

Q2. Did God really need 6 days to create our universe?

Q3. If “holy” means “set apart or dedicated”, why did God make the day He rested holy? Why is this day different than the others?

Q4. What is the answer to the serpent’s question in Gen. 3:1?

Q5. After God cursed the Earth in Gen. 3:17, why did He not want Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of life (Gen. 3:22)?

A1: God wants us to know that when He mentions a day, it is the same period of time that we consider a day.

A2: God works His will according to many different processes. He wants us to realize that not everything in life will happen instantaneously. Don’t be surprised when God works in your life over a period of time.

A3: God wants to set an example for us of resting. It is in our best interest to take a day each week to rest from our work. It appears that this day is also supposed to be a day that we use for spending time with God.

A4. The serpent is trying to twist words to confuse Man. Even today, He constantly tries to make God’s commandments sound nonsensical or ridiculous.

A5. At first, it seems to be a punishment, but was God being merciful by not letting Adam and Eve live in this cursed world forever?

 

Day 2: Gen 4-7

Q1. Why did Cain’s offering “have no regard”(Gen 4:5)? (Hint: 1 John 3:12)

Q2. In Gen 4:10, why did God ask “Where is Abel your brother?”

Q3. How much time passed between the creation of Adam and the birth of Noah?

Q4. God tells us why the flood happened in Gen 6:5. In Gen 6:6, God’s heart was grieved. Did God not see this coming?

Q5. Why did Noah have to take 7 pairs of each clean animal? (Hint: Gen 8:20, 9:3)

A1. The sacrifice was not as important as Cain’s heart. God sees the heart! (1 Samuel 16:7)

A2. God was giving Cain an opportunity to confess.

A3. 130+105+90+70+65+162+65+187+182 = 1056 years

A4. From question 3, we see that God gave man over 1000 years to turn back to him. God gave man free will to accept Him or reject Him and time, it appears, has run out.

A5. Some of the animals were to be used as sacrifices and some were to be used as food.

 

Day 3: Gen 8-11:9

Q1. What does God say about the regularity of our seasons?

Q2. Why was Noah’s youngest son, Ham, cursed by his father? (Side note: Anytime you read about the Canaanites, you reading about some of Ham’s children that populated Canaan.

Q3. How many years have passed from creation to Noah’s death?

Q4. Of Noah’s three sons, from which one did the Philistines descend from?

Q5. What was wrong with the people not wanting to be dispersed over the face of the earth? (Hint: Gen 1:22,28; 9:1,7)

A1. While the earth remains, they shall not cease.

A2. Ham dishonored his father by leaving him naked and furthermore invited his brothers to come see. His brothers, of course, would not participate in the humiliation.

A3. 1056 years from creation to the birth of Noah + 950 = 2006 years

A4. Gen 10:14: Casluhim was son of Egypt, Egypt was son of Ham (the son Noah cursed)

A5. God’s commandment was to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth, not stay in one place. Pride was taking over and the people were turning from God and wanted to make a name for themselves (Gen 11:4)

 

Day 4: Gen 11:10-14:13

Q1. How much time has passed between creation and the birth of Abraham?

Q2. How were Abram and Lot related?

Note1. Review the promise God makes with Abram in Gen 12:2-3

A1. 1056 (Creation to Noah) + 500 (Noah’s age when he fathered Shem) + 100 + 35 + 30 + 34 + 30 + 32 + 30 + 29 + 70 = 1946 years

A2. Lot was Abram’s nephew.

 

Day 5: Gen 14:14-18:8

Q1. Why didn’t Abram take anything from the king of Sodom?

Note1. Gen 15:6 is a key verse that we will see again in Hebrews 11.

Q2. God promised Abram that his family would be great, but did God promise his family wouldn’t see adversity? (Hint: Gen 15:13)

Q3. So many difficulties appear in Abram’s family in chapter 16. What was the main cause of these complications?

Q4. Why does Abraham’s laugh at God’s promise of a son?

A1. Maybe Abram didn’t want anyone to be able to say that they made Abram what he is. He didn’t want anyone but God to get the glory from his life.

A2. This is prophecy of the time Abram’s family will spend enslaved in Egypt. Notice that God never says this is a punishment. It’s just something that has to happen according to God’s plan for His people.

A3. When we get impatient and try to force things to happen before their time, it rarely goes well.

A4. Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 90 years old. He had faith in God but Abraham still thought this was highly unlikely.

 

Day 6: Gen 18:9-21:21

Q1. Why was Abraham so concerned about God wiping out Sodom and Gomorrah?

Q2. What do you think about Lot offering his daughters to the gang instead of the visitors under his roof?

Q3. Why is Abraham constantly lying about his wife being his sister?

Q4. How much time has passed between creation and the birth of Isaac?

Note1. In Gen 21:9-16, did you notice how many people were hurt because Abraham and Sarah tried to take matters into their own hands, instead of relying on God’s promises? Have you ever seen this in your life?

A1. Remember Abraham’s nephew, Lot, was living in this area. Also, Abraham couldn’t imagine God sweeping away the righteous with the evil. It’s hard to believe that there was no more than Lot’s family, who were not wicked in this city. See Romans 3:10 which quotes from Psalms 14 and 53.

A2. Obviously, this is a horrible, inexcusable act, even if it was a bluff. Note that the Bible never condones this act. The offer doesn’t help anything and now Lot also needs saving.

A3. It seems that he is trying to save his own neck. He feels lying is the only thing that can protect him despite all of the promises and blessings that God has given him.

A4. 1946 (creation to birth of Abram) + 100 (Gen 21:5) = 2046 years

 

Day 7: Gen 21:22-24:27

Note1. The well, named Beersheba, later becomes a famous town in Israel (Judges 20:1, 1 Samuel 3:20).

Note2. Earlier, we saw Abraham laughing at God and lying about his wife to protect his life. Now we see his trust in God so strong, that he is willing to sacrifice his own son.

Q1. Why doesn’t Abraham want a wife from the Canaanites for his son?

A1. Abraham doesn’t want Isaac’s wife to draw him away from God.

A Challenge to You: In the beginning was the Word…

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 ESV)

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

How well do you know the Bible? Would you like to know it better? God gave us the scriptures so that we could get a sense of His character. Through the Holy Spirit, the Word becomes our filter for the world, separating what is from Him and what is not from Him. Unfortunately, so many of us are unaware of how the Scriptures can guide us through everyday life.

Celebration Church would like to challenge you to read the entire Bible in a year.

If you’re like me, it’s easy to get distracted and while your eyes see each word on the page, your mind can’t remember a thing you’ve just read. That’s why each week we will provide the Scripture references for each day (usually 2-4 chapters), as well as a short list of questions and answers that will provoke thought and meditation. Together, we will see how God strings together all of time, into one glorious testimony of His greatness and love for us.

We will start this challenge Sunday, January 8, and I will try to post the guide every Saturday night. I’m so excited to hear how God will speak to you, through His Word, this year!

Please, prayerfully, consider joining us.

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