Discussion Sheet: Sarah

Sarah Journal Entry

Discussion Sheet

 

Biblical Personality: Sarah

Reference(s): Genesis 16:1-15; 18:1-15; 21:1-7

 

Sarah is a poster child for Doubt and unbelief.  What can you learn from her life with God and with a man like Abraham.

 

Inductive Questions:

 

Q. In Chapter 16, what do you suppose is driving Sarah to act as she does and say what she says?  How does she treat Abraham and how does Abraham treat her?

Q. In Chapter 18, what is at the root of Sarah’s laughter?  What is her internal heart condition?

Q. In chapter 21, Sarah’s attitude changes.  She is no longer hiding behind tent walls laughing cynically.  Why?  What has she learned?

Application Questions:

Q. Do you relate to Sarah in any of these passages?  In what way(s)?

Q. Have you ever had to deal with a cynical spirit?  How has God proved you wrong?

Q. In what ways has doubt and unbelief plagued you?  How has God moved you to a place of faith?

Q.  Is there a biblical promise that you are not experiencing in your life right now that you would like to believe God for more fully?  How might He be leading you into deeper relationship with Him through your present circumstances?

Discussion Sheet: Abraham

Abraham Journal Entry

Discussion Sheet

 

Biblical Personality: Abraham

Reference(s): Genesis 21:33-34 and surrounding verses

 

A Tamerisk Tree?

 

There are many, many lessons form the life of Abraham.  We could print reams of paper on Him alone.  I want us to concentrate a bit on two verses close to the end of Abraham’s life found in Genesis 21.  Abraham planted the slow growing Tamarisk Tree on a foreigner’s land.  Why in the world would he plant such a tree at his age?

Let’s look at what has happened.  Abraham is a very old man who has waited a very long time for God to provide him with his promised son- Issac.  Actually, the promise was for so much more than a son.  Abraham is promised that his descendants would be like the sand on the sea shore and the stars in the sky.  Abraham has developed a deep and abiding Faith that God is for him- loves him- has a plan and a purpose for him and his descendants.   God has always been with him.  He has wandered in the wilderness with God and knows His Father’s love is stronger than his tent pegs.  He has moved with the Father and is moving with the Father when he plants that Tamarisk Tree.

But Abraham will probably never benefit from the tree’s shade.  Who will benefit?  His descendants of course, but they do not have a land to call their own.  The land that Abraham plants that tree in does not belong to him or his descendants… yet.  And so the planting of the tree is one of great faith, but not great enough.

Genesis 21 begins account of the most audacious act of faith and obedience in all of scripture save Christ’s self sacrifice.  Abraham offers up the very answer to his prayers and the very fulfillment of God’s promises… his only son Issac.

So read and re-read this section of Abraham’s life.  Ask Holy Spirit not only to reveal the meaning of the text, but to also reveal His Word over you in this season of your life.  Here are some questions to help you.

Inductive Question:

Q. Why did Abraham plant a Tamerisk Tree inBeersheba?

Application Questions:

Q. What is your Issac?  What is yourBeersheba?  What is your Tamerisk Tree?  Who are you planting it for?  How bold are you about God’s promises for you in Christ Jesus?

Please answer these for yourself and send them (reply to all)!!  It will greatly increase our faith as we watch God do amazing things and recall what you have written!

Discussion Sheet: Enoch

Enoch Journal Entry

Discussion Sheet

 

Biblical Personality: Enoch

Reference(s): Genesis 5: 18-24; Hebrews 11:5-6

Inductive Questions:

Q. Enoch’s Father and Son are the oldest people in scripture, but Enoch has a much younger age than his closest male relatives.  What does this say if anything about Enoch and his life?  Is a longer life always a better life?

Q. Three things: Enoch walked with God, Enoch disappears, and we are told this is because God takes him. What do you think is the significance of these three facts stated in scripture about Enoch?

Q. In Hebrews, faith is seen as a contributing factor in Enoch’s disappearance.  What do you think it must have meant for Enoch to walk by faith or conversely, what do you think it does not mean for Enoch to walk by faith?

Q. How did Enoch walk with God before Christ?

Application Questions:

Q. What does it mean to be invisible?  Why did Enoch disappear?  Was is a reward?  Would you see it as a reward?

Q. What does it mean for us to walk with God today?  Is this just a matter of rules and activities?

Q. How does Christ make a way for us to have a more faithful and intimate walk than even Enoch?

Q. Why don’t we disappear like Enoch?  If that our goal… to disappear?

Q. Ask yourself with all honesty, How do you want others to perceive you after you have disappeared to be with Jesus?  What are you doing today that makes this a reality?

Discussion Sheet: Noah

Noah Journal Entry

Discussion Sheet

 

Biblical Personality: Noah

 

Reference(s): Genesis Chapters 6-9

 

Inductive Questions:

 

Q. Why does Noah find Favor with God?

Q. God is grieved and regretted that He had made man?  Why exactly?

Q. How is Noah compared to Enoch here?

Q. In the Bible, numbers are not arbitrary.  Look at the numbers in these verses.  What could be their significance?  What can we learn about God from the his relationship with Noah here?

Q. Who shut the door to theArk?  Why is this significant?

Q. All flesh with the breath of life perished in the flood.  Why is this significant?

Q. The wind (or pneuma – breath) of God causes the waters to recede.  Why is this important?

Q.  Why is Noah’s choice of a Dove to seek out dry land significant when compared to the previous two questions?

Q. God makes a covenant with Noah- what is significant about this?

Q. Noah is fruitful.  He is the first to discover wine.  Why is this significant?

Q.  In this story, does Noah show any concern for those who perished in the flood.

Application Questions:

Q. Walking with God seems to be a theme in Genesis (see Enoch).  How do Enoch and Noah’s circumstances differ?

Q. Can we walk like Noah did?  Can we walk even better than Noah did?  In what ways?

Q.  How are our times and seasons similar and/or different than Noah’s?  What is your response to God’s decrees about the future of creation and all flesh and how does this compare to Noah’s?

Q. Noah was faithful to build theArk, but God shut the door.  How is this fact significant and how does this significance relate to your life?

Q. The role of the “Breath of God” and the dove (both nod to the Holy Spirit) are important to this story from Noah’s life.  What is the role of the “Breath of God” and the dove in your life?  Is the Holy Spirit leaving or is He coming?

Q. Did God’s command and blessing on Noah’s life change from the command and blessing originally given to man inEden?  Has it changed for us?  What is your response to God’s command and blessing in this regard?  In what ways are you believing God for multiplication, fruitfulness, and blessing?

Discussion Sheet: Abel

Abel Journal Entry

Discussion Sheet

 

Biblical Personality: Abel

Reference(s): Genesis 4:1-18 and 25; 2 Sam 20:18; Matthew 23:35 etc. and Luke 11:51; Hebrews 11:4- 12:24

 

Additional Supportive Reference: Galatians 5:19-26

19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,

20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,

21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit thekingdom ofGod.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

New American Standard Bible

Inductive Questions:

Q. The name Abel is very old and so the exact meaning in Hebrew is difficult to ascertain.  It could mean “a breath” or “vanity” or it could also mean “shepherd” or “herdsman.”  How does these meanings fit your understanding of Abel form these scriptures?

Q. Why do you think the Lord had favor on Abel and Abel’s offering over Cain’s?  What does scripture say? (hint: see Hebrews).

Q.  Can God have favor on a person and not their offering? Can God have favor on a person’s offering but not them?  Why or why not for both of these questions?

Q. Abel lived for a short time but his life made n impact (a town named after him, Jesus mentions him, and the writer of Hebrews mentions him.) What makes Abel so special?

Q. Compare Abel’s blood and Jesus’ blood.  What are the differences?

Q. Cain screwed up- we know that, but why?  Look at the verses from Galatians 5 above and compare Cain and Abel using the flesh versus Spirit discussion found there.  What have you discovered?

Application Questions:

Q. What makes our worship acceptable to God?  Do you feel that your worship is abel or Cain worship?

Q. We are asked to worship in Spirit and Truth.  Do you?

Q.  What if you knew that your worship of God could lead your brother or sister to murder you?  Would you still worship?

Q.  In what ways to you take the risk to worship like Abel?

Q. How is Galatians 5 speaking to you?

Discussion Sheet: Eve

Eve Journal Entry

Discussion Sheet

 

Biblical Personality: Eve

Reference(s): Genesis 2:18 through 3:24

Inductive Questions:

Q. Why do you think that Eve was created from Adam’s rib?  What is significant about a rib?

Q. Adam says that Eve is “Bone of my Bone and Flesh of my Flesh.”  What is he saying?  This is Hebrew poetry.  What is the heart of the statement?

Q. The serpent is a wild animal, one of those creatures that Adam and Eve are told to subdue.  How do they fail in this task with the serpent?  What was Eve’s weakness?  What was Adam’s weakness?

Q.  Read the serpent’s words closely.  What exactly is he saying to Eve?

Q. Adam and Eve were immediately ashamed of their nakedness.  What is the significance of this?

Q. Adam and Eve heard God when He came onto the Garden to meet with them and they hid.  Why do you think this is significant?

Q.  God announce the consequences of the fall (sin) to the serpent, Adam and Eve.  What are these consequences exactly, how are they related, and how are these consequences present today?

Q. In Christ, we are new creatures.  As Christians, how do you suppose our perspective of this story is different than those who do not believe in Christ or heard it told before Christ came?

Application Questions:

Q. Adam and Eve were created for intimacy.  How can you personally apply the answers (or discussion) rekated the questions about Eve’s creation listed above?

Q. How are you subduing the serpent? Are you consistent?  What can you put into your life to have dominion over the enemy as you were intended form the beginning?

Q. How is shame a motivating factor in your life?  Should it have any influence over a believer in Christ?

Q. How is God “rustling the leaves” in your garden to let you know He is present?  What is your response to Him?  How can you be more aware of His presence and eliminate any tendency to hide from Him?

Q. What you believe about yourself is second in importance only to what you believe about God.  What do you believe about yourself in relation to this story and in light of Christ’s triumph over sin?  Do you think that your beliefs line up with what the Word of God says about you?

Discussion Sheet:Adam

Adam Journal Entry

Discussion Sheet

 

Biblical Personality: Adam

Reference(s): Genesis 1:26 through 2:17

Inductive Questions:

Q. What do you suppose it means to be created in the image of God?

Q. What do you suppose it means to have the purpose of ruling all living things?

Q. Why do you suppose that God’s first acts after creating Adam were to bless him and then give him a command?  Is the command a blessing in and of itself?

Q. Are God’s commands on us restricting?

Q. What do you suppose God meant when he looked at Adam at the end of the day and said “It is good”?

Q. If the Sabbath is created in the context of work, how then should we work?

Q. What is the significance of Adam being created out of the dust (dirt) of the ground?

Q.  Why do you suppose God has Adam till the very dirt that he was made from?

Q. In Eden, Adam “Works and Watches.” What exactly do you suppose this is and why is it significant?

Q. The first and only thing that God says is not good in His creation of the universe is that Adam was alone.  Why do you suppose God makes this pronouncement?

Application Questions:

Q. If you were created in the image of God what would that mean about how you should see yourself?  Do you really believe that you are created in the image of God and do you see yourself as God sees you?

Q. What areas of your life seem out of hand or without order?  If you were created for righteous rule, how can you come into alignment with your foundational purpose?

Q.  Do you feel that you have been blessed by God’s commands?  How are you listening for His blessing and His direction?  Are you intentional?

Q. Do you feel restricted by God or free?  Why or why not?

Q. How should we work?  Is your attitude toward work Godly?

Q. Are you working and watching like Adam?

Q. Is your work full of Pride or Humility?

Q. Do you feel alone in your work?  Why or why not?

Biographical Bible Reading Schedule

Friends,

Just to let you know, below is the bible reading schedule/guide I am for these posts this year.  I am focusing on two personalities per week.  This bible reading schedule can also be found on BibleGateway.com.

Biographical BibleReadingPlan (121 Days)

Want to read Bible highlights from Adam to Zechariah? It’s easy! The advantages of this approach include ease in seeing the story of the Bible and becoming acquainted with the entire Who’s Who of the Bible. As you read, be sure to thank God for what he’s going to do in and through you during the months ahead!

Day Key Figure Today’s Scripture Reading
Day 1 Adam Genesis 1:26-2:17
Day 2 Eve Genesis 2:18-3:24
Day 3 Abel Genesis 4:1-18
Day 4 Enoch Genesis 5:18-24
Day 5 Noah Genesis 6:1-9:17
Day 6 Abraham Genesis 15, 17, 22; Romans 4:1-5, 9-25
Day 7 Sarah Genesis 16:1-15, 18:1-15, 21:1-7
Day 8 Isaac Genesis 24, 26
Day 9 Esau Genesis 25:27-34
Day 10 Rebekah Genesis 27
Day 11 Jacob Genesis 31-32
Day 12 Joseph Genesis 39, 41, 43, 45
Day 13 Moses’ Parents Exodus 1:1-2:10
Day 14 Moses Exodus 5:1-6:13, 14:5-31
Day 15 Miriam Exodus 15:1-21
Day 16 Aaron Exodus 32
Day 17 Rahab Joshua 2, 6
Day 18 Caleb Joshua 14:6-15:19
Day 19 Joshua Joshua 23-24
Day 20 Deborah Judges 4-5
Day 21 Gideon Judges 6-8
Day 22 Jephthah Judges 11:1-12:7
Day 23 Samson Judges 13-16
Day 24 Ruth Ruth 1-4
Day 25 Hannah 1 Samuel 1:1-2:21
Day 26 Eli 1 Samuel 2:27-4:22
Day 27 Samuel 1 Samuel 7:3-8:22;12:1-25
Day 28 Jonathan 1 Samuel 14, 20
Day 29 Saul 1 Samuel 18-19
Day 30 Abigail 1 Samuel 25
Day 31 Amnon 2 Samuel 13
Day 32 Absalom 2 Samuel 15, 17-18
Day 33 Rehoboam 1 Kings 12:1-20, 14:21-31
Day 34 Jeroboam 1 Kings 11:26-40, 12:25-14:20
Day 35 Ahab 1 Kings 16:29-34, 20:1-21:29
Day 36 Elijah 1 Kings 17:1-19:18
Day 37 Elisha 2 Kings 2, 4, 6
Day 38 Gehazi 2 Kings 5
Day 39 Josiah 2 Kings 23
Day 40 Jabez 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Day 41 Asa 2 Chronicles 14-16
Day 42 Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 17-20
Day 43 Uzziah 2 Chronicles 26
Day 44 Manasseh 2 Chronicles 33:1-20
Day 45 Hilkiah 2 Chronicles 34:14-33
Day 46 Ezra Ezra 7-9
Day 47 Nehemiah Nehemiah 1-2
Day 48 Esther Esther 2:1-23, 4:1-5:8, 7:1-8:8
Day 49 Mordecai Esther 3:1-15, 5:9-6:14, 10:1-3
Day 50 Job Job 1-2
Day 51 Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar Job 4-7
Day 52 Elihu Job 32-37
Day 53 David Psalms 3-8, 32; Romans 4:6-8
Day 54 Asaph Psalms 73-77
Day 55 Phinehas Psalms 106; Joshua 22:10-34
Day 56 Solomon Proverbs 2-4
Day 57 Isaiah Isaiah 6, 40, 53
Day 58 Hezekiah Isaiah 36-37
Day 59 Jeremiah Jeremiah 1, 18, 32
Day 60 Jehonadab Jeremiah 35
Day 61 Baruch Jeremiah 36, 43, 45
Day 62 Ezekiel Ezekiel 1-3
Day 63 Daniel Daniel 1-2, 6
Day 64 Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego Daniel 3
Day 65 Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 4
Day 66 Belshazzar Daniel 5
Day 67 Hosea Hosea 1-3
Day 68 Jonah Jonah 1-4
Day 69 Habakkuk Habakkuk 1-3
Day 70 Joseph Matthew 1:18-25, 2:13-23
Day 71 The Magi Matthew 2
Day 72 Matthew Matthew 9:10-13
Day 73 The Pharisees Matthew 12:1-45
Day 74 The Sadducees Matthew 22:23-46
Day 75 Peter Matthew 26:20-75; 1 Peter 1-2
Day 76 Joseph of Arimathea Matthew 27:32-61
Day 77 John the Baptist Mark 1:1-11, 2:18-22, 6:14-29
Day 78 Judas Mark 3:19, 14:3-11, 43-49
Day 79 Jairus Mark 5:21-43
Day 80 The Gentile Woman Mark 7:24-30
Day 81 The Rich Young Man Mark 10:17-31
Day 82 Blind Bartimaeus Mark 10:46-52
Day 83 The Poor Widow Mark 12:41-44
Day 84 Zechariah Luke 1:1-25, 57-80
Day 85 Mary Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-7
Day 86 The Shepherds Luke 2:8-20
Day 87 Simeon and Anna Luke 2:21-38
Day 88 Mary Magdalene Luke 7:36-8:3
Day 89 The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
Day 90 Mary and Martha Luke 10:38-42
Day 91 The Rich Fool Luke 12:13-34
Day 92 The Lost Son Luke 15
Day 93 Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10
Day 94 The Dying Thief Luke 23:26-43
Day 95 Cleopas Luke 24
Day 96 Andrew John 1:35-42, 6:1-13, 12:20-36
Day 97 Nathanael John 1:43-2:11, 21:1-13
Day 98 Nicodemus John 3:1-21
Day 99 The Samaritan Woman John 4:1-42
Day 100 The Adulterous Woman John 8:1-11
Day 101 Lazarus John 11:1-12:36
Day 102 Pilate John 18:28-19:16
Day 103 Thomas John 20:1-29
Day 104 Ananias and Sapphira Acts 4:32-5:11
Day 105 Stephen Acts 6-7
Day 106 Philip Acts 8:4-12, 26-40
Day 107 Simon the Sorcerer Acts 8:9-25
Day 108 Ananias Acts 9:1-18
Day 109 Cornelius Acts 10:1-11:18
Day 110 Barnabas Acts 11:19-30, 13:1-14:28
Day 111 John Mark Acts 13:1-13
Day 112 Priscilla andAquila Acts 18
Day 113 Agrippa Acts 25-26
Day 114 Paul Galatians 1-2; Acts 22
Day 115 Epaphroditus Philippians 1-2
Day 116 Timothy 1 Timothy 3-4
Day 117 Luke 2 Timothy 3:10-4:22
Day 118 Titus Titus 1-3
Day 119 Philemon Philemon 1
Day 120 James James 1-2
Day 121 John 1 John 1-2; Revelation 1
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