Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BIBLE STUDY: "The Prophecy of the Messiah" Week # 8

Answers to Questions:

1).        What is fulfillment in the Bible?

"To finish or reach the end of something." God's promises come to pass. It is proof that God has spoken it.

2).        Explain the situation with the fulfillment of Christ and the Jews.

Neither the Jews nor the disciples of Jesus understood at the time that Jesus was fulfilling the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament—even though at times He told them this was the case (Luke 18:31; Matthew 26:56).

3).        What took place after Jesus' resurrection concerning the fulfillment?

He began to help His disciples understand the Scriptures, and the disciples were inspired to declare that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. The proof they offered was the very Scriptures they had not previously understood.

 

4).        What scripture gives proof of the fulfillment of the prophecy?

Acts 3:18 "But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled."

 

5).        Explain how God doesn't do things by chance.

God doesn't do things by chance. He knew even from the foundation of the world that His Son would have to come to earth (1 Peter 1:20), and He foretold the events of His birth, life, and death, so we would have firm evidence on which to base our belief. "Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them" (Isaiah 42:9).

 

6).        Explain how God's promises is an amazing record in the Bible.

God's Word is amazing, and we can expect to be fulfilled because it's in His Word.

 

7).        Give another example of God fulfilling His promise in Bible.

11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

 

 

8).        Give some of God's promises that comes with clear guidance.

(Psalm 32:8) "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye." (Proverbs 3:5) "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Joshua 1:5-7) "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

 

9).        We should seek the Lord's ___ in times of ___ worship and ___on His Word.      

We should seek the Lord's guidance in times of personal worship and meditation on His Word.

 

10).      Changing our course from God's path indicates we ___ His promises.

Changing our course from God's path indicates we doubt His promises.

 

11).      The Lord renews His promises because He want us to do what?

The Lord renews His promises because He want us to follow Him (Genesis 15:1-7).

 

12).      Listening to ungodly or unwise counsel can cause us to do what?

Listening to ungodly or unwise counsel can cause us to ignore God's promises and veer from His will (Genesis 16:4)

 

13).      The____ of the Lord's promises may seem ___ from our perspective.

The fulfillment of the Lord's promises may seem impossible from our perspective.

 

14).      The fulfillment of God's promises may require us to do something that___.

The fulfillment of God's promises may require us to do something that appears contradictory.

 

 

15).      The fulfillment of the Lord's promises may require the___ of something very dear to us.

The fulfillment of the Lord's promises may require the surrender of something very dear to us.

 

16).      Give a few fulfilled prophecies of Jesus.

Prophesied……..Isaiah 7:14               Fulfilled…………Luke 2:7; Matthew 1:23

Prophesied……..Jeremiah 31:15        Fulfilled…………Matthew 2:16

Prophesied……..Zechariah 9:9           Fulfilled…………John 12:12-14

 

Application Question:   

From one of God's attributes explain a fulfillment that took place in your life.

I am in a situation now that God has always fulfilled His promise to me; I didn't know that my patient would go home to be with the Lord now, but she did. To give God all the glory! She didn't suffer in pain. I do not put my faith in man as to getting a job, but in God concerning my next assignment. God has promised me in His Word that He would provide for me, and He has always been there for me. It has been over fifteen years He has showed His love in fulfilling His promise to me, and,  that the just shall live by faith, amen (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38, Proverbs 28:20).

Who Prophesied This?           Week # 8        

"And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost." (Mark 1:7-8)

John the Baptist saw Jesus and knew He was the One, and prophesied this concerning Jesus.

 

Please share a short Review:

Fulfillment of prophecy is proof that God's Word is true, and the He is able to control all events in life. The Bible is an amazing record of God's promises. We can study it to discern the Lord's will for every situation in our lives. However, it can sometimes feel like God isn't answering our petitions. There are two possible reasons why. First, our requests may not be according to His will, and second, they might not have a true foundation. In other words, we can only expect God to give us something if we're asking according to His promises in Scripture.

The story of Abraham is a wonderful example of how God fulfills His promises. By examining this, we can learn the value of waiting on God and observe the negative consequences that come with jumping ahead of Him. Though the details and circumstances of our lives differ from Abraham's, the principles and lessons still apply. Bible prophecy is God's revelation to us about future events. Throughout Scripture God reveals to us things that are to happen. These prophetic passages are found throughout the Bible, but those of most interest to many are those found in Ezekiel, Daniel, Matthew 24, Matthew 25, and Revelation.  In many cases we can see the fulfillment of prophecies in the historical portions of the Bible and in man-kinds historical record. In other cases, the prophecies are yet to be fulfilled. "Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. [Isaiah 42:9]"

As we have seen, messianic prophecy are portions of scripture written far in advance, about the events of the birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and second coming of Jesus Christ. This is yet another distinguishing characteristic of the Christian faith. For anyone who wishes to seek God, messianic prophecy provides a wealth of hard evidence to support the credibility of the claims of Christ. These prophecies are not opaque, but can be understood by anyone who reads them. Some seem so clearly written about Christ that one might wonder if the early Christians wrote them after the fact. Yet no critic of scripture places the origin of any the Old Testament book after the birth of Christ. Consider again a few Suffering Servant passages of Isaiah the Prophet:
"See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. Many were amazed when they saw him – beaten and bloodied, so disfigured one would scarcely know he was a person. And he will again startle many nations. Kings will stand speechless in his presence. For they will see what they had not previously been told about; they will understand what they had not heard about. Who has believed our message? To whom will the LORD reveal his saving power? My servant grew up in the LORD's presence like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins – that he was suffering their punishment? He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man's grave. But it was the LORD's good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD's plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of what he has experienced, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of one who is mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among those who were sinners. He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners." (Isaiah 52:13-53:12 NLT)
Knowing that Isaiah wrote this over 700 years before Christ causes one to pause and consider the gravity of God's plan of redemption. The entire Old Covenant can be boiled down into two powerful messages. 1) God is Holy and we are failing sinners in a bad relationship with Him. 2) God loves us and is sending a Messiah, who is His Son, to redeem us back into a right relationship with Him. It's no wonder that the early disciples, walking in the power of God, were able to reason from the scriptures to prove that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the promised Messiah of Israel.

 

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