Bible Study Guide

 

Hopefully I will be able to post commentary regularly along with the links to our Bible study passages, but if not, here is the guide just in case!

360 Days Life of Jesus Bible Study Guide

 

Blessings,
Diane

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Life of Jesus – Day Four

Preparing The Way

Please Read: Matthew 3:1-12

Something about John the Baptist strikes us. He is odd… O-D-D. Yet, that is what drew people to him more than likely. He wore strange clothes and ate strange things (v.4) but something about him probably just seemed right.  John taught repentance and the Jews were listening. John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus Christ and he is not ashamed to let the people know this (v.11-12) and when he sees the Pharisees and Sadducees, the men that were supposedly above reproach, he rebukes them (v. 7-10). These men thought that their good deeds and their family tree saved them. They believed that because they were children of Abraham and that they counted themselves more worthy than the rest of the “vile sinners”, that they had a special claim on God but John warned them that unless they were repentant and produced fruit in keeping with repentance, they would be “cut down and thrown into the fire” (v.10)
John reminds the religious elite and the commoners alike that repentance will pave the way to forgiveness of sin and closeness with God.

*Further Reading:

John the Baptist was prophesied about: Isaiah 40:3Malachi 3:1

To read more about John the Baptist’s interesting conception and birth, read Luke 1:5-25, 57-80

John the Baptist denies being Elijah and the Messiah, proclaims Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God: John 1:15-35

 

 

Life of Jesus – Day Three

Out of Egypt
Please Read: Matthew 2:13-23

Joseph was obedient to God. His obedience even led to the fulfillment of a prophecy (Hosea 11:1). Once, many hundreds of years before the events of Jesus’ boyhood took place, God called Moses to lead His children out of Egypt but before Moses finally could, an equally horrifying scene took place there as the one that is happening in verses 16-18 (Exodus 11). Now God was calling Joseph to take His Son and flee to Egypt to be kept safe from King Herod’s orders. Once again an angel appeared in a dream to Joseph and Joseph obeyed God as He calls him out of Egypt with Mary and Jesus. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus settle into a town called Nazareth in the district of Galilee. Once again Joseph obeys and thus fulfills the prophecy: “He will be called a Nazarene.” (v.23)

Obedience is important to God. Faith and trust are equally important for without them it is very hard to be obedient.

**Extra Reading**
For inspiration and encouragement in faith, trust, and obedience you may want to read Hebrews 11.

Blessings,
Diane