Saturday, January 30, 2016

BIBLE STUDY: "The Prophecy of the Messiah" Week # 6

Scriptures References:

 Psalm 68:5

"A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation."

Isaiah 64:8

"But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Matthew 6:9

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Matthew 7:11

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

John 1:12

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Romans 8:15

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

2 Corinthians 6:18

And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Galatians 4:5

To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Galatians 4:6

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

I Peter 1:17

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

 

Questions:

1).        What is a natural father?

A man in relation to his natural child or children, which was born from him or adopted by him.

synonyms:

dad; daddy, pop, pa, dada, papa; old man, "his mother and father"

A biological father is the male genetic contributor to the creation of the baby, through sexual intercourse. 

2).        How many titles for Jesus is in Isaiah 9:6?

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (5)

3).        What does the title Wonderful Counselor remind us of?

"Wonderful Counselor" was a title that reminded us of the Savior's incredible wisdom and competency.

4).        What does the title Mighty God remind us of?

"Mighty God" reminded us of our Savior's power and His ability to fulfill His promises and meet our needs, and in this title we see the compassion and love of our Savior.

5).        What does the title Everlasting Father remind us of?

The Everlasting Father remind us of His father-like qualities.  He is still God the Son, but His love and grace is like that of a Father with his children. 

6).        Explain the doctrine of the Trinity.

Scripture affirms that there is one God who is manifest in three distinct and separate "persons" or personalities: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit and the Spirit is not the Father. But they are all one God! 

7).        Why is Jesus called the Everlasting Father?

Jesus is called the everlasting Father because of His father-like qualities.

8).        What are the four things from this title (Everlasting Father).

He has given us life, He provides for us, He cares about us, and He is always making intercession for us.

9).        Explain why Jesus gave us life.

He gave us life, and He gave us spiritual life, so we can have a new life-giving relationship with the Father.

10).      As a Good Father, our Lord provides for us in what ways?

He provide for us in our every need (Philippians 4:19);

11).      Name some of these provisions.

Some of those needs are the Word, guidance, comfort, clothing, food, healing, to make a real difference in life, He open our minds to spiritual truth, and he provide strength when we feel we can't go on, (amen).

12).      Read I Peter 5:7, then give references.          

God watches over us with infinite care (Divine Care) Psalm 115:12; Matthew 6:32; Luke 12:7

13).      Explain an uncaring parent.

An uncaring parent provides no boundaries.  They don't know where their children are, or care what their children are doing.

14).      Explain a good parent.

A good parent will set limits and will help a child learn to budget their time and their resources and will also help them to manage their desires. A good parent will seek to teach a child about decisions and consequences while those decisions and consequences are small. A good parent will teach a child about appropriate and inappropriate behaviors.

15).      Explain Hebrews 12:5-11

This is a teaching from Paul on how to train up our children just as God does. Chastisement is a mark of sonship, it's a father's caring heart that will reproof and rebuke the child, just as God. This teaches us the purpose and importance of chastisement of our Heavenly Father.  This is an exhortation for a good parent to follow, (v.) "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."        

16).      What are we supposed to see in Hebrews 7:25?

"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." I like this answer!  Quote. . . . "I think we are supposed to see that our Lord has that same kind of intense concern for our lives that a parent shows in their prayers."  

Thank You, Jesus!

17).      Who or what shall separate us from the love of Christ?

(((((NOTHING!))))) Romans 8:35-39 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

18).      Why are some called the children of the devil?

The Bible tells us quite clearly that those who will not trust God are enemies of God.  They are called children of the Devil and not children of the Everlasting Father. 

19).      Because of the Christmas story, how should we build our lives?

He still lives!  He is the "everlasting father". Other religions have a faith built on a past relationship . . . we build our faith on a present relationship with Christ. He is not just our Savior in the past but He is also the one who guides us and cares for us in the present.

 

 

Application Question: 

 

Explain your relationship with the Everlasting Father.

 

I am His child! I have been born into His family. My heart is truly blessed when I think about, and I experience His Father's love to me. I didn't experience a father's love with my natural father. I admire a man that is truly a father to their children. Don't get me wrong, my father loved me, but I just didn't feel that fatherly love from him, not like I do from my Heavenly Father. My Heavenly Father picked up where my earthly father left off when he died. We had a large family too, so in my mind all these years I have blamed that on the lack of love he showed to me; there were twenty two of us born to this man by two wives, of course. There were so many before me, and so many after me.  LOL, I always said it just was not enough love in him for me.  But, my Heavenly Father has made up for all the lost love and times I missed having an earthly father. I didn't know what it was to love a father as I have come to love my Heavenly Father. I have experienced His love for many years now. I talk with Him all the time and I know He hears me. Thank You, Father!  I love You, Father!

 

Who Prophesied this?  Week # 6         

". . . He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken."(Psalm 34:20)

 

King David prophesied this when he was praying to God, and he wrote it as a song.

 

Please share a short Review:

 

We have discussed the natural relationship of an earthly father, and the relationship of a Heavenly Father. The natural relationship cannot be as our Heavenly Father's relationship unless we have a born-again heart. It's our hearts that matter! Our Heavenly Father chastise us because He loves us. When a earthly parents let their child do anything without chastisement, they are not displaying love. Chastisement is discipline. Hebrews 12:5-11 says, "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Dads tend to be tough on the outside but are almost always tender on the inside when it comes to their kids. Dads ache when their children ache, they feel a sense of pride when their children excel and will do anything in their power to help their kids accomplish what they want to accomplish. Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled by others and became slaves to many wicked desires and evil pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy. We hated others, and they hated us. But then God our Savior showed us his kindness and love. He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did. He declared us not guilty because of his great kindness. And now we know that we will inherit eternal life. The Bible reminds us that those the Lord loves, He disciplines. (See Hebrews 12:5-11). Discipline is too often seen as synonymous with punishment.  However it is better to see discipline as synonymous with involvement and love. God cares enough about us to get involved in leading and directing our lives.  He takes an interest in developing our character.  We may see God's delays as indifference but God may be simply waiting for the right time. We may see the trials of life as proof that everything happens by chance but in reality those trials may be God's attempt to teach us to stand by faith. We may see the struggles of our lives as a sign that God doesn't love us, when it is more likely that God is weaning our hearts from the things of the world so that we can enjoy His love more fully. I got so much out of this statement!  When we find ourselves questioning the events in our lives we need to remember that He is the Everlasting Father.  He may allow us to struggle because He knows it is for our good.  He may stand back on occasion to see how we will handle certain situations.  But He will never abandon us. He will never allow us to be destroyed.  He is our shield, He is our Rock, and He loves us like only a Father can.  

 

Reading Assignment:             Week # 6          Isaiah 42-49    Monday through Sunday


I will finish my reading assignment on Sunday!

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