Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday School Week 5

WEEK 5 HOMEWORK: Copy and paste in a word doc if you would like to follow along in the readings. I pray God blesses you richly as you study His Word
Day 1:
Micah 7:18-19 – Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
If ever there was a passage to write on a notecard and memorize, this is it (actually, one of many). The words have been rolling around in my mind for days, bringing peace to the turbulence of my hectic life.
God delights to show you mercy. Exhibiting mercy, grace, and compassion brings your Father delight. What sin are you struggling with? What areas of your life need work? What is that thing that, no matter how hard you try, you cannot seem to get the upper-hand on?
Friend, your Father takes those iniquities and hurls them into the depths of the sea. The word hurl insinuates a forced eviction, or casting something off with strength that could border on violence.
With this in the forefront of your mind, what would you like to say to God this morning?
Write out Micah 7:18-19 in your journal, and open in prayer as the Lord leads.
If you have been following along in the readings, Genesis 3 is familiar to you by now. The serpent shows up in verse one, and we understand that the serpent is Satan. Today let’s get to know our adversary a bit.
Reread Genesis 3:1-4; Job 1:6-12, and Revelation 12:7-9.
List all of the enemy’s characteristics that you can glean from these texts
• What is his nature?
• What are his abilities?
• What are the limits to his power?
Let’s end on a high note. Read Revelation 12:10-12.
• What does the text say?
• What does the text mean?
• How does this apply to your life today?
End by rewriting out Micah 7:18-19, and thank God for five things.

Day 2:
Start your morning by rewriting Micah 7:18-19 in your journal. Before you start, ask God to write these truths on your heart as you write them on the page.
Begin your journal time by thanking God for who He is and everything He has blessed you with. Is anything burdening you? Take time to lay anything and everything at His feet. Nothing is too small or too big. You can’t wear Him out with your requests. Take all the time that you need, for your Father is waiting to speak with you.
Reread Genesis 3:1-7, then read Ezekiel 28:11-19.
• Based on the text in Ezekiel, who is this passage about?
• What is this passage about?
• What type of angel was Satan?
• Describe his appearance.
• What was his sin?
• How did Satan try to play to Eve’s pride in Genesis 3?
• What did Satan promise Eve?
In Colossians 2:6-8, Paul is telling us how to live in Christ, thus safe from the enemy.
• What do verses 6 and 7 say, in your own words?
• What do they mean?
• How does this apply to your life today?
• Read verse 8 in light of Genesis 3:1-4. What is Paul telling us in Colossians 2:8?
• What does this mean?
• How does this apply to us today?
End in your journal by rewriting Micah 7:18-19, and thank God for five (new) things.

Day 3:

Write out Micah 7:18-19. These words are familiar to you by now. What do they mean to you? Open in your journal with thanks and praise, and by bringing your cares and concerns to your Heavenly Father.
Read all of Genesis 3. I know you are ready to move on (so am I), but read through the text slowly, asking God to point out anything He wants you to see.
• What strikes you about the exchange between the serpent and Eve?
• What strikes you about Adam’s role in the transgression?
• What do you notice about the way God addresses man and woman?
• Do you notice any differences in the way God addresses the serpent?
• Reread verse 3:20 – does anything strike you?
• What does verse 21 mean for Adam and Eve? What does it mean for us?
• Pick your way through verses 22-24 slowly, and do some cross-referencing on any of the verses that strike you.

Remember, you get out of Bible study what you put in. God loves it when you come to Him with your questions about His Word. He is a God who reveals Himself; a God who longs to dwell among His creation. End your time this morning by writing out Micah 7:18-19 again, and thank God for 5 things.


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