This is a Blog for those interested in following hard after His heart. Those willing to strive to live a moment by moment life as we go through the transformation process with Him. It is not an easy life but the Father expects each of us to become an offering for His pleasure. So, if this is you, then let’s journey together hand in hand. I am humbled that you have chosen to walk with me. Thanks!
Study 19 From The Book of Exodus Is: Exodus 26
1.Chapter 26. What four layers of
curtains covered the Tabernacle? What appearance would it have from without,
and what from within? Cf. the contrast between Christ seen from without (Is.
53:2), and seen from within (Phil. 3:8).
Note. It will prove helpful to draw a ground
plan of the Tabernacle so far as it has been described in these two chapters,
with the court, the holy place, and the most holy place, and the altar, table
of showbread, candlestick and ark in their proper positions.
1.What was the twofold purpose of
the Tabernacle? See verses 8, 22 in particular.
2.Notice the three articles of
furniture described in this chapter, but observe specially the ark and what is
said of it in verses 20, 22. What is the significance of the fact that only
above the mercy seat could God and man meet and commune together? Cf. 1.
Note. Verses 17-22.
The ‘mercy seat’ or proprietary covering was a slave of pure gold, with cherubim
at either end. This acted as a lid on the ark, covering the tables of testimony
inside. On it the high priest sprinkled blood to make atonement. Cf. Lv. 16:15, 16.
Study 17 From The Book of Exodus Is: Exodus 23:20-24:18
1.23:20 – 33. Consider the
promises God makes to the people and the demands He makes of them. Can you think of parallel spiritual promises
made to Christian and demands made of them in the Christian life?
2.24:1-18. Why was this a day of
significance and importance in the history of Israel? To what did the people commit themselves? Why
is this covenant called (in 2 Cor. 3:7, 9) a ‘dispensation of condemnation’ and
of ‘death’? What was God’s answer to the situation thus created? Cf. Lv. 17:11;
Study 16 From The Book of Exodus Is: Exodus
The laws in relate mainly to questions of property, and
the remainder of the portion contains miscellaneous precepts.
1.What instances of careless
neglect, leading to injury or loss for others, are given in ? And what does God demand of the offender in
such cases? Can you think of modern parallels to the careless neglect described
2.Gather out from illustrations of the
truth of the claims God makes here concerning Himself. For these claims see 23:27; 23:7. Against
what sin does He say that His wrath will wax hot?
Note. Some of these laws are similar to those
found in the famous code of Hamurabi, but the provisions are much more
merciful. Notice in
the reference to being ‘consecrated’ to God. Cf. Lv. 11:44, 45.
Although the twentieth chapter of the Exodus
divides it into two distinct parts, we must remember that the book is really
one. The narrative of the opening
chapters leads up to the law-giving of the later ones, and is bound to it with
an intimate connection. When our section opens, Israel is encamped at the foot of
Sinai. Behind them are the great experiences of God’s judgements upon journey.
‘Not a hoof’ was ‘left behind’ (Ex. ).
God had delivered Israel
from bondage and separated them from Egypt that He might call them to
himself and make known His will to them. In just the same way God has called us
from the bondage of sin and the world, redeemed us with the precious blood of
Christ, baptized us with His Holy Spirit, and separated us unto Himself. Israel met with God on Sanai. We have met with Him too, not only among the
thunders of the law, but also in the face of Jesus Christ. Holiness is His intention for us, as it was
This shows how relevant these chapters of the
Bible are. There are many pictures not
only of holiness and holy living which we can apply to our own lives, but also
pictures of the great principles and doctrines of atonement, and above all of
the suffering of our Saviour in redeeming us from sin.
The voice of God had proclaimed the Ten
Commandments from Sinai (Ex. 20:1-16). On account of the people’s fear they
fled from the mountain (,
19) and asked that Moses should tell them God’s commands. Moses therefore went up into the mountain (, 22), and the words of chapter
21 are the words of God spoken to Moses alone on the mountain, with the command
that he is to pass them on to the people.
Study 28 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans 16:17-27
With this study, we end the book of Romans. In the next study we will go through the book of Exodus and of course since we started it a while back, we’ll pick up where we left off, from Exodus 21-40.
1.(a) How may perverters of the gospel be recognized? Cf. 1 Tim. 6:3; Mt. 7:15-20. (b) How may we be safeguarded from them? Cf. 2 Jn. 10; 2 Tim. 2:14-16; 1 Thes. (c) What encouragement have we in the conflict?
2.How is God described? How does the present age differ from all that went before? What is the one all-important end to be achieved? Cf. 1:5. What is the method to be adopted?
Note. Verses 25, 26. The mystery spoken of is fully expounded in the Epistle to the Ephesians. Cf., e.g., Eph. 3:3-6.
Study 27 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans 16:1-16
1.What may we learn about Phoebe
from her name and the place where she lived (see Note 1); from the description
of her as ‘sister’ and ‘deaconess of the church’, and from the service which
she rendered? What did Paul ask for her from the Christians at Rome, and on what grounds?
2.Looking down the list of names,
note the references to (a) diligent service; (b) sufferings borne for Christ;
and (c) Christian character. Cf. 2 Cor.
3.How often do you find the
phrase ‘in the Lord’ or ‘in Christ Jesus’ or ‘in Christ’? Notice also the
different connections in which it is used. What significance do you attach to
1.Verse 1. The name Phoebe, being
that of a goddess, suggests that Phoebe had a heathen background. But now she is a sister in the Lord, one of
the household of faith. Cenchreae, the
eastern port of Corinth, was not an easy place in which
to live as a Christian.
2.Verse 7. ‘My kinsmen’: this
probably means ‘fellow countrymen’, fellow prisoners’; they may at the time
have been imprisoned with Paul because of the gospel.
3.Verse 13. Rufus, possibly the same as in Mk. 15:21.
Study 26 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans 15:14-33
The Epistle from onwards has been more like a treatise than
a letter. Paul now resumes the epistolary form, and there are many links
between this closing section and 1:1-15.
1.How does Paul in verses 15-21
describe his work—in relation to its nature, scope, power and results? How far
is the description applicable to our own work in connection with the gospel?
2.What matters lay nearest to
Paul’s heart at this time, as shown in verses 20-25? Also, what may we learn
about the importance which he attached to intercessory prayer? Have we kindred
spirit and outlook?
1.Verse 16. The figure here is
that of the sacrifices of the Old Testament ritual. Paul’s work was to bring
the Gentiles to God as an offering, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
2.The contributions of the
Gentile churches to the poor of the church in Jerusalem were the result of much labour on
Paul’s part, and he looked for important results in the drawing together of
Jewish and gentile believers Cf. 2 Cor. 8 and 9, especially -15.
1.‘A Christian man is a most free
Lord of all, subject to none’ (Luther). What do verses 1-12 teach about
2.‘A Christian is a most dutiful
servant of all, subject to all’ (Luther). For what reasons should Christian
liberty be qualified? What are the most important things to be preserved at all
cost, in the Christian community?
3.If in doubt ourselves about the
lawfulness of a thing, can we do it because we see other true Christian people
doing it? If not, why not?
1.Verse 1. Cf.NEB:
‘Accept him without attempting to settle doubtful points.’
2.Verse 5. There is no need
to suppose that Paul was thinking of the weekly Sabbath here, but rather of
Jewish holy days?
3.Verse 6. There is an
important principle here, akin to that of verse 23b. It is that if we can thank
God in what we do, receiving it as His gift, it is right to do it; otherwise
1.What three main reasons does
Paul give in verses 1-7 why it is right to submit to the civil power? How will this submission express itself in
2.What single guiding principle
should control the Christian’s life in society? See verse 8-10.
3.Verses 11-14. Paul gave in 12:1
one powerful motive for living the life set forth in these chapters, namely,
‘the mercies of God’. What further
motive does he present here? What will
wearing the armour of light mean for you, both negatively and positively?
Verse 2. “ The state can rightly command obedience only within the
limits of the purposes for which it has been divinely instituted—in particular
the state not only may, but must be
resisted when it demands the allegiance due to God’s alone”
In the second part of his letter now shows
what quality of life should characterize those who believe in the gospel as set
out in chapters 1-11. The close connection between belief and conduct in
emphasized by the significant word ‘therefore’ in 12:1.
1.What should be the believers’
attitude (a) to God, and (b) to the world? What results should such a right
2.It has been suggested that the
teaching of verse 3-8 might be summed up in the word ‘humility’ and that of
verses 9-21 in the word of ‘love’. How
far is this true? At what points do I particularly come short of these
1.Verse 2. ‘Transformed’: the same Greek word is used three other
times in the New Testament, in Mt. 17:2
and Mk. 9:2 (‘transfigured’); and in 2 Corinthian 3:18 (‘changed’).
2.Verse 20. ‘Burning coals’: a
figurative emblem of severe pain, here the pain of shame and contrition.
Study 21 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans 11:25-36
1.What is God’s ultimate purpose
and how do the scriptures cited confirm that purpose?
2.Consider the plan of God as
revealed in chapters 9-11. By what
successive steps has God acted, and will He still act, to bring about the
result stated in verse 32? Does the argument of these chapters lead you as
naturally as it led Paul to the doxology of verses 33-36?
Study 20 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans 11:11-24
1. If a man trips and stumbles, he may either
rise again or fall and perish. What
reasons does Paul give here for his confidence that Israel’s rejection is not final?
2.Against what spirit does he
warn Gentile believers? What lessons ought we to learn for ourselves from God’s
dealings with Israel?
3.How does this passage encourage
the vigorous prosecution of Christian mission to the Jews?
Verse 16. Cf. Nu. 15: 17-21. As the offering of the first-fruits was regarded
as consecrating the whole harvest, so in the choice of the patriarchs the whole
nation became set apart for God. Cd.
Study 17 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans 9:14-29
1.How does Paul show that in His
election of men God retains absolute liberty of action (a) without compromising
His own righteousness, and (b) without giving man any just ground for
complaint? See verses 14-22. At the same
time, observe how Paul lays emphasis upon God’s mercy. See verse 15, 16, 23-26.
2.What is the purpose of God’s
election, and how do the scriptures which Paul quotes illuminate that purpose?
How does this truth concern me?
Study 16 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans
In chapters 9-11 Paul deals with the great
problem of the rejection of their Messiah by the bulk of the Jewish nation, and
God’s consequent rejection of them. Two questions arise: (a) ‘Has God broken
His promises? And (b) if not, how are they to be fulfilled?’ Paul answers the
first question in chapters 9 and 10, and the second in chapter 11.
1.Chapter 8 is full of triumphant
joy. How, then, can Paul speak of having great sorrow and unceasing pain in his
heart? See especially 9:3. What made him sorrowful? How much of this Christian Joy and how much
of this Christian sorrow do we ourselves know?
2.Verses 9-13. The question with
which Paul is here dealing is: ‘If God reject those Jews who reject Jesus as
Messiah, has not His word come to nought? For were not the promises (verse 4)
made to the Jews? How does Paul answer
this question? And what two principles of God’s election does he find in the
Old Testament stories of the births of (a) Isaac and (b) Jacob and Esau?
Study 15 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans 8:18-39
1.What threefold ground of
confidence does Paul give in verses 18-27 that the present time of suffering
will issue in glory? See verses 18-22, 23-25 and 26, 27, nothing the words,
‘groan’, or ‘sighs.’ Cf. Ex. 2:23-25; Rom. 5:3-5.
2.In verses 28-39 how many
distinct reasons does Paul give for the Christian to rejoice, though everything
in this world should seem against him?
Note. Verse 28. Cf.NEB:
‘In everything, as we know, he (the spirit, verse 27) co-operates for good with
those who love God.’ Cf. 1 Cor. 2:9
Study 14 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans 8:1-17
1.Verses 1-4. What is the happy
condition of those who are ‘in (union with) Christ Jesus’? How has their deliverance been brought about,
and what is God’s purpose in effecting it?
2.Verses 5-17. Life according to the flesh, and life
according to the Spirit, are here contrasted.
What is it that effects the change from one to the other? How do we know
that life in the Spirit carries with it also ultimate victory over death? If this life is ours what is our present duty
and why? And what are your present privileges?
1.Verse 1. ‘Condemnation’
probably means ‘the punishment following sentence’ i.e penal servitude.
2.Verse 2. The Spirit, sin and
death are regarded as powers exercising authority, and the Spirit proves the
stronger. Cf. Gal. 5:16-17.
3.Verse 3. ‘In the death of His
own Son, who has come in our nature to make atonement for sin, God has
pronounced the doom of sin, and brought its claims and authority over men to an
4.Verses 5-8, 12, 13. ‘Flesh’ here denotes our corrupt human