Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bible Study #737

The goal of Bible Study is not just learning, but living If you are saved, you will have a desire to be holy, a hunger for the Word, the inner witness of the Spirit, and a desire to share Jesus. These are the birthmarks of the believer. #737 21 July 15 Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 1 Cor. 11:4-7 Grateful for . . . . THE WORD OF GOD ! (\0/) (\0/) (\0/) (\0/) (\0/) (\0/) Greetings! [Depending on your age..] Do you remember ever seeing women wearing hats in church years ago? something on his head . . . disgraces: Literally "having down from head," is probably a reference to men wearing a head covering which seems to have been a local custom. Jews began wearing head coverings during the fourth century A.D., although some may already have been wearing them in NT times. Apparently, Corinthian men were doing the same, and Paul informs them that it is a disgrace. Paul is not stating a universal law from God, but acknowledging a local custom, which did reflect divine principle. In that society, a man's uncovered head was a sign of his authority over women, who were to have their heads covered. For a man to cover his head was to suggest a reversal of proper roles. woman . . . while praying or prophesying: Paul makes clear directives that women are not to lead or speak in the services of the church (cf. 14:34; 1 Tim 2:12), but they may pray and proclaim the truth to unbelievers, as well as teaching children and other women (cf. 1 Tim. 5:16; Titus 2:3,4). Wherever and whenever women do pray and proclaim the Word appropriately, they must do so maintaining a proper distinction from men. uncovered: In the culture of Corinth, a woman's covered head while ministering or worshiping was a symbol to signify a subordinate relationship to her husband. The apostle is not laying down an absolute law for women to wear veils or coverings in all churches for all time, but is declaring that the symbols of the divinely-established male and female roles are to be genuinely honored in every culture. As in the case of meat offered to idols (chaps. 8, 9), there is nothing spiritual about wearing or not wearing a covering. But manifesting rebellion against God's order was wrong. disgraceful . . . hair cut off: In that day only a prostitute or a feminist would shaver her head. If a Christian woman rejected the covering that symbolized her submission in that culture, she might as well have shaved her head--the shame was similar. image and glory of God: Though men and women were both created in God's image (Gen. 1:27), it is men who bears the glory of God uniquely by his role. Like God, he is given a sphere of sovereignty as the earthly sovereign over God's created order. [when you have the time, read the rest of chapter 11:1 to 16, you may find it interesting] Keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart! ♥ Memory verse for this week: Ps 37:28 This week's Trivia's: [answer's below . . ] 1. Who broke the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written? 2. How many gospels record the miraculous feeding of the 5,000? * * * * * * * * * To get saved .. it'll cost you nothing. To live for Christ .. it'll cost you everything * * * * * * * * * BIBLE MEDITATION: “And I will give him the morning star.” Rev. 2:28 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: I remember reading a story about a wealthy Roman who had a lavish estate, and he had a servant named Marcellus. When the wealthy Roman died, he wrote his will and left everything to his slave. The wealthy Roman also had a son, and for some reason he had had a disagreement with him, so in his will he said, “I have left my entire estate to my slave Marcellus. To my son, I leave him only one thing. He can choose any one thing from my estate he wants, but that's all.” The son said, “Very well, I choose Marcellus.” Here at the end of Revelation 2, our Lord gives another sweet promise to those who overcome (v. 28): "And I will give him," that is, the overcomer, "the morning star." Jesus is that morning star. What He's saying is, “You'll receive the greatest reward of all, you'll receive Me, the morning star.” Do you know what the morning star is? It’s the star that appears just after the darkest hour of the night. ACTION POINT: It's getting very dark. Praise God, it's getting gloriously dark, and before long that morning star is going to appear. Jesus is the morning star. If you choose Jesus, with Jesus comes all the Father's wealth. from the Ministries of Love Worth Finding . . . by Adrian Rogers * * * * * * * * * God will not spare present pain if it means eternal profit * * * * * * * * * We have begun another journey and will learn from the book "Hard To Believe" written by John MacArthur. In his book John helps us to understand the high cost and infinite value of following Jesus. GBY . . . . . . . . . . HARD TO BELIEVE . . . . . . . . . . . . BUT SOME WILL BELIEVE . . REWARD AND RETRIBUTION . . Second Thessalonians 1 gives a brief but very potent lesson in reward and retribution, beginning in verse 7: “The Lord Jesus [shall be] revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire.” This is the Second Coming, the day Paul mentioned in Acts 17:31, on which God has appointed Jesus to be the judge. On that day, God will reveal the Lord Jesus from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire and furious final judgment. Notice an essential point in the next verse: “He will deal one retribution.” Retribution means judgment, payment, and punishment. For whom? For “those who do not know God, and [for] those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:8). In the original Greek, that passage is designed to be an explanation of those who do not know God. The word “and” would be better translated “even” because it’s a further description of the same people. The passage could read this way? “This flaming final judgment falls on those who do not know God, by virtue of the fact that they do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus, and these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction away from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.” If you don’t believe the gospel, you don’t know God. If you don’t know God, you’re going to be judged without regard for your human morality. Views of inclusivism, natural theology, or wider mercy are heresy. One writer called this perspective “later light,” suggesting that this is new revelation that says when you die and go to heaven, what you don’t know will get straightened out up there. Such a claim is frightening in its implications; it is a damning and deadly heresy, because God commanded us to reach people with the complete and true gospel. At any time, God may be using us as mouthpieces of His truth and a means by which others may hear and be saved. God Himself is the only source of knowledge with regard to His own being and a relationship with Him. God, as the only source, must disclose it to us, and He has done so by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit knows the deep things of God, revealing them to the writers who recorded them in the Scriptures. Thus, in the inspired word of the Bible, and only there, we have the mind of God and the mind of Christ. Natural theology reduces you to an ignorant idol worshipper, engaged with demons and headed for divine judgment. Natural revelation is sufficient to damn, but not to save. It makes man without excuse but not without condemnation. Our command and duty as responsible Christians is still in place: go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” next week: . . WHY BOTHER WITH THE TRUTH? . . [Coming soon: "Agents of the Apocalypse"] * * * * * * * * * Your goal need not be "sinless" - but to "sin - less" * * * * * * * * * PERILS OF THE DRAGNET, PART 2 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . . . and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matt. 13:50 CONTINUING FROM LAST WEEK, CONTINUING FROM LAST WEEK, we can learn several more biblical truths about hell, the dragnet’s ultimate peril. For example, the lost will suffer hell’s torments in varying degrees. Those who willfully reject Jesus Christ and blatantly scorn His sacrifice will receive far greater punishment than people who had only the light of the Old Testament. The author of Hebrews writes, “Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Heb. 10:28-29; cl. Matt. 11:22-23). Concerning the slaves who waited for their master’s return, Christ’s parable states that “that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready for act in accord with His will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few” (Lk 12:47-48). Finally, nothing will be a s horrible about hell’s torment as its endlessness. The Lord uses “eternal” to describe both heaven’s and hell’s duration: “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt. 25:46). Sadly, people who experience hell will realize a complete absence of hope for all eternity. But rejoice if you area a believer—you have a hope of heaven that will be validated for all eternity. ASK YOURSELF The sensitive person asks, “How can a loving God doom a person to hell?” what is your answer to this common question and complaint? How is justice involved? Why would some be spared? Know how to respond to this type of opinion ahead of time. * * * * * * * * * Our outward pain helps us accelerate inward progress * * * * * * * * * Why Did the Crowd Turn Against Jesus So Quickly? .. by Alfred Edersheim During the Passion Week, the crowd in Jerusalem seems to have had a major swing in opinion. Jesus entered the city to praise and adoration but, by the end of the week, faced a crowd shouting for His crucifixion. Can such a change really happen so quickly? We must consider first that the people shouting “Hosanna” when Christ arrived were not the residents of Jerusalem. Instead, He rode in the company of pilgrims coming to the city for Passover. Because of the news about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and hopes that the Messianic Kingdom would soon begin, these pilgrims took to shouting and praising in their enthusiasm. Singing on the road to Jerusalem was not uncommon, and with their false ideas about a Rome-conquering Messiah, the enthusiasm spilled over into palm branches. Most of the people in Jerusalem, to put it mildly, disagreed with the “unlearned” rabble from the country. Among these types we find the Pharisees, who urged Jesus to rein in the crowd. When Jesus refused and claimed the rocks would praise Him if the people didn’t, their animosity only grew. Between these two opposing currents, Jesus rode into town. We can envision a Jerusalem packed with outsiders pressing close to hear Jesus answer the challenges of Israel’s leaders who came to embarrass Him. But this only incited more anger. Jesus had at least the superficial support of the outsiders, but the insiders—though they feared the temporary crowds—only needed opportunity, which came soon enough. Thus, when those insiders arrested Jesus and brought Him to trial, the former supporters likely felt intimidated by the authority of the leaders. Supporting someone is much easier when there’s a reduced chance of being imprisoned for it (e.g., Peter’s denials). And perhaps some of those wrapped up in the enthusiasm for Jesus were just as quickly wrapped up in the fervor against Him. Not all those who supported Jesus turned against Him. Some, in fact, later wrote the accounts we have today. Adapted and updated from The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah . . . by Alfred Edersheim * * * * * * * * * God always gives the best to those who leave the choice to Him * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * To choose life is to love the LORD your God, obey Him, and stay close to Him. He is your life. . . Deut. 30:20 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Answers to this week's Trivia's: 1. Who broke the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written? A. Moses Exo. 32:19 2. How many gospels record the miraculous feeding of the 5,000? A. 4 Matt 14:15-21; Mk 6:35-44; Lk 9:10-17; Jn 6:1-14 * * * * * * * * * Answers to Questions about Heaven . . . David Jeremiah Q. Where does the term "Millennium" appear in the Bible? Before we can address this question, we must understand the term itself. Millennium is a Latin word which is made up of two root words: mille, which means “a thousand,” and annum, which means “years.” so the word Millennium means “a thousand years.” Revelation 20 is the only place in the Bible where that actual phrase appears; and it appears in the text six different times. Verse 2: “He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.” Verse 3: “That he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.” Verse 4: “… and they lived and reigned with Christ … a thousand years.” Verse 5: “The rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished.” Verse 6: “Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” Verse 7: “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison.” * * * * * * * * * Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God. Until next time remember, "Keep looking up!" God loves you and yours, He really does! Nancy <\\\>< Remember: A man may go to heaven….. Without health, without wealth; Without fame, without a great name; Without learning, without earnings; Without culture, without beauty; Without friends and without ten thousand other things---- But he can NEVER go to Heaven without Christ. ~ This is a FREE e-mailing ~ This Bible Study is sent to subscribers only according to our strict NO SP*M policy. If you appreciate the information contained in this letter, please forward it to your friends. If you have acquired this letter from a friend and want to subscribe: Send an e-mail with Subscribe on the subject line to: If you do not want to receive these Bible Studies, please send an email with 'unsubscribe' on the subject line to No hard feelings This week's Quiz: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection . . Galations 2:20 says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection are the most important events ever to happen in this world. What do you know about these crucial events? 1. The week before His crucifixion, Jesus entered Jerusalem and was greeted with: Matt. 21:8-9 a. hosannas c. branches of trees b. strewn garments d. all of the above 2. Jesus was betrayed with a: Matt. 26:49 a. handshake c. slap in the face b. pointing finger d. kiss 3. Jesus was tried before: Matt. 26:57; 27:11-13; Lk 23:7 a. Caiaphas c. Herod b. Pilate d. all of the above 4. Who helped Jesus to carry His cross? Matt. 27:32 a. Peter c. Simon of Cyrene b. a Roman soldier d. a slave 5. The sign Pilate put on Jesus’ cross said “The King of the Jews” in how many languages? Lk 23:38; Jn 19:19 a. 1 c. 3 b. 2 d. 4 6. Who gave his tomb for Jesus to be buried in? Matt. 27:57-60 a. Nicodemus c. Peter b. Joseph of Arimathea d. Lazarus 7. How many Marys were standing at the foot of the cross? Jn 19:25 a. 1 c. 3 b. 2 d. 4 8. Who came first to the tomb on the first day of the week? Jn 20:1 a. Peter c. Mary, Jesus’ mother b. John d. Mary Magdalene 9. Who rolled the stone away? Matt. 28:2 a. an angel c. Jesus’ disciples b. the women d. Roman soldiers 10. What was left in the tomb? Jn 10:6 a. nothing c. some spices b. the linen clothes d. an angel

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