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Study – Luke 18:31-34 – Filled Out

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S = ScriptureLuke 18:31-34 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

31Jesus took the twelve apostles aside and said to them, “We’re going to Jerusalem. Everything that the prophets wrote about the Son of Man will come true. 32He will be handed over to foreigners. They will make fun of him, insult him, spit on him, 33whip him, and kill him. But on the third day he will come back to life.”  34But they didn’t understand any of this. What he said was a mystery to them, and they didn’t know what he meant.

E = Explanation:

Jesus is explaining to his closest followers what is about to happen.  He is telling them basically:  It’s time for us to go.  I can’t be late to be captured by non-Jewish people who will (along with our own people) insult me, spit on me and kill me.  I am going voluntarily because it is what is supposed to happen, but don’t worry, three days later I will come back from death and all of this beating and spittong on stuff just fine.

All of this sounded far fetched and made no sense to the Apostles as they thought of Jesus as a great deliverer and had seen the great miracles he was capable of with their own eyes.  Turning yourself over to be tortured, embarrased and killed doesn’t seem like the best way to deliver an entire people group.

A = Application:

I need to understand that sometimes The way God does things may look like it makes no sense, but he may have a deeper plan that I do not understand.  I need to trust Him and go along with anything that He clearly has directed or desires for me to do.

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This Weeks Study – Luke 18:31-34

Jesus Calls Disciples-Theme Slide

S = ScriptureLuke 18:31-34 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

 

34But they didn’t understand any of this. What he said
was a mystery to them, and they didn’t know what he meant.

E = Explanation:

A = Application:

John 10:10-18 – Filled Out

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S = Scripture:  John 10:10-18  (GOD’S WORD Translation)

10A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need.

 11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. 12A hired hand isn’t a shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep. When he sees a wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and quickly runs away. So the wolf drags the sheep away and scatters the flock. 13The hired hand is concerned about what he’s going to get paid and not about the sheep.

 14“I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep as the Father knows me. My sheep know me as I know the Father. 15So I give my life for my sheep. 16I also have other sheep that are not from this pen. I must lead them. They, too, will respond to my voice. So they will be one flock with one shepherd. 17The Father loves me because I give my life in order to take it back again. 18No one takes my life from me. I give my life of my own free will. I have the authority to give my life, and I have the authority to take my life back again. This is what my Father ordered me to do.”

E = Explanation

The way we know who it is we need to follow is by their motives evidenced by his or her actions.  Satan and evil come to steal kill and destroy.  Jesus not only came to give us life but to be willing to die a terrible and miserable death to give us eternal life.  It was not even taken from him, but he gave it up willingly for all of us.

The true followers of Jesus know his calling out to us and what he wants each of us to do.  We know his divine voice. 

A = Application:

I must be appreciative and thankful for what Jesus did for me and listen for his voice (whatever that sounds like) speaking to me in various ways to learn his voice.  I also must focus on obeying his voice as I hear it.

Next Study – John 10:10-18

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S = Scripture:  John 10:10-18  (GOD’S WORD Translation)

10A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need.

 11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. 12A hired hand isn’t a shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep. When he sees a wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and quickly runs away. So the wolf drags the sheep away and scatters the flock. 13The hired hand is concerned about what he’s going to get paid and not about the sheep.

 14“I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep as the Father knows me.[a] My sheep know me as I know the Father. 15So I give my life for my sheep. 16I also have other sheep that are not from this pen. I must lead them. They, too, will respond to my voice. So they will be one flock with one shepherd. 17The Father loves me because I give my life in order to take it back again. 18No one takes my life from me. I give my life of my own free will. I have the authority to give my life, and I have the authority to take my life back again. This is what my Father ordered me to do.”

 E = Explanation

A = Application:

Study – Philippians 1:5-11

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S = Scripture:  Philippians 1:5-11 (God’s Word Translation)

5I can do this because of the partnership we’ve had with you in the Good News from the first day you believed until now. 6I’m convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus. 7You have a special place in my heart. So it’s right for me to think this way about all of you. All of you are my partners. Together we share God’s favor, whether I’m in prison or defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. 8God is my witness that, with all the compassion of Christ Jesus, I long to see every one of you.

 9I pray that your love will keep on growing because of your knowledge and insight. 10That way you will be able to determine what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. 11Jesus Christ will fill your lives with everything that God’s approval produces. Your lives will then bring glory and praise to God.

E = Explanation

A = Application:

Bible Study filled out on John 1:25-34

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Scripture:   

John 1:25-34 

Explanation:

The general subject of the passage seems to be authority and power.

John himself is the initial focus of the conversation at first, but he redirects the focus to the one who was coming who would be greater in power and authority.  That person was a person God had told him would come and who turned out to be Jesus.

The first point John makes is that there is importance in water baptism as he has been sent by God to do.  He then describes a more important baptism of the Holy Spirit that the one who was coming after him was going to do.

John describes seeing Jesus and feeling that he was “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  For those listening to John at the time, this description would bring up thoughts of the scapegoats, the yearly sacrifices done on the Day of Atonement by the High Priest for the whole nation.  John is describing Jesus as that sacrifice for the whole planet. (info about Scapegoating)

Then John progresses to the idea that Jesus is not only a person greater than him with a greater baptism, but that he is an eternal being.  John says:  “A man who comes after me was before me because he existed before I did” and goes on to show how this was both foretold by God to him and verified publically when Jesus was baptized by John through the Holy Spirit’s coming to rest on Jesus.

John completes the thought with the clear statement that Jesus is the “Son of God”

So John was given authority to baptize and was sent into his ministry By God, But God had told him that one greater was to come later to baptize with the Holy Spirit and that God would show him who this person was.  This person, who turned out to be Jesus was to actually be the Son of God revealed.

Application:

The passage is making clear who Jesus was (is) and how that he brings us a deep relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.  A relationship with God different than anything that people had before Jesus came.  It is also making the bigger point that Jesus is the Son of God.

 This understanding and belief in this is foundational to calling yourself a Christian.

 The message for me personally through this passage seems to be to focus on what Jesus is doing beyond what I am doing and even beyond what He is doing through me.  Remember there is always a bigger picture in God’s eyes.