Saturday, December 30, 2017

Judges 4.11 - 5.31 - Deborah & Barak Part 2

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Judges
A Judge by Judge Bible Study -  31 December 2017
Archdale church of Christ – Russ McCullough
Lesson #6 – Judges 4.11 – 5.31

1.     When did Sisera call all his chariots? 
2.     How many chariots?  Of what were they made?  What came with them?
3.     Sisera’s men were from where to where?
4.     What does Deborah say to Barak?  The second sentence is a R______________ question.  What is the implied and imbedded answer?
5.     What does Barak then do?  Despite this hesitancy, how do we know he had great leadership skills of some kind?
6.     What 3 things does the Lord do here now?
7.     What does Barak now do?  How good is his chariot to him?
8.     How many men in Sisera’s army lived to tell the story?
9.     Where did Sisera flee and why did he flee there?
10. What did Jael say to Sisera that caused him to stop running?
11. What did she cover him with?
12. What did he ask of Jael?  What did she do instead?
13. What instructions did he give her?
14. What did Jael do once Sisera fell asleep?
15. What did Jael then tell Barak once he showed up?
16. What 3 things happened in verse 23?
17. Who sings a duet in 5.1?

18. The song…

 ANSWER GRID
1.     When did Sisera call all his chariots?
WHEN HE WAS TOLD THAT BARAK THE SON OF ABI-NO-AM HAD GONE OUT TO MT. TABOR
2.     How many chariots?  Of what were they made?  What came with them?
900.  IRON.  ALL THE MEN TO DRIVE THEM
3.     Sisera’s men were from where to where?
HAROSHETH-HAGOYIM TO THE RIVER KISHON
4.     What does Deborah say to Barak?  The second sentence is a R______________ question.  What is the implied and imbedded answer?
“UP!  FOR THIS IS THE DAY IN WHICH THE LORD HAS GIVEN SISERA INTO YOUR HAND.  DOES NOT THE LORD GO OUT BEFORE YOU?”  RHETORICAL.  YES!
5.     What does Barak then do?  Despite this hesitancy, how do we know he had great leadership skills of some kind?
HE WENT DOWN FROM MT. TABOR WITH 10,000 MEN FOLLOWING HIM.  10,000 MEN FOLLOWED HIM INTO BATTLE!
6.     What 3 things does the Lord do here now?
A.   HE ROUTED SISERA
B.    HE ROUTED ALL HIS CHARIOTS
C.    HE ROUTED ALL HIS ARMY BEFORE BARAK WITH THE EDGE OF THE SWOARD.
7.     What does Sisera now do?  How good is his chariot to him?
SISERA DISMOUNT HIS CHARIOT AND FLEES ON FOOT.  NO GOOD AT ALL!
8.     How many men in Sisera’s army lived to tell the story?
ZERO, ZIP, NADDA…
9.     Where did Sisera flee and why did he flee there?
HE FLED TO THE TENT OF JAEL, WIFE OF HEBER THE KENITE
10. What did Jael say to Sisera that caused him to stop running?
“TURN ASIDE, MY LORD; TURN ASIDE TO ME; DO NOT BE AFRAID.”
11. What did she cover him with?
A RUG (A BEDOIN SITTING PAD)
12. What did he ask of Jael?  What did she do instead?
“PLEASE GIVE ME A LITTLE WATER TO DRINK, FOR I AM THIRSTY.”  SHE OPENED A SKIN OF MILK, GAVE HIM A DRINK, AND COVERED HIM.
13. What instructions did he give her?
“STAND AT THE OPENING OF THE TENT, AND IF ANY MAN COMES AND ASKS YOU, “IS ANYONE HERE?” SAY, “NO.”
14. What did Jael do once Sisera fell asleep?
SHE TOOK A TENT PEG AND A HAMMER AND DROVE THE TENT PEG INTO HIS TEMPLE ALL THE WAY INTO THE GROUND.
15. What did Jael then tell Barak once he showed up?
“COME, AND I WILL SHOW YOU THE MAN WHOM YOU ARE SEEKING.”
16. What 3 things happened in verse 23 & 24?
A.   GOD SUBDUED JABIN THE KING OF CANAAN BEFORE THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
B.    THE HAND OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL PRESSED HARDER AND HARDER AGAINST JABIN, KING OF CANAAN.
C.    ISRAEL DESTROYED JABIN, KING OF CANAAN.
17. Who sings a duet in 5.1?
DEBORAH & BARAK, SON OF ABI-NO-AM
18. The song…

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Judges 3.31 - 4.10 - Deborah & Barak, Part 1

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Judges
A Judge by Judge Bible Study -  24 December 2017
Archdale church of Christ – Russ McCullough
Lesson #5 – Judges 3.31 – 4.10

1.     How many unimportant sentences are in God’s Word?
2.     Judges 3.31 mentions a “one verse” judge.  Who is he?  His name means D_________________.
3.     NOTE: We will render a new sermon very soon on this man.
4.     What did the people of Israel don once more?  What triggered this event?
5.     The Hebrew word for “sold” is MAKAR which means to “sell and / or to be given over to D______________.”   God did not sell Israel in order to make a P______________but to P________________ them at any C_________ regardless of the “R_____________ on I _______________.”
A.   Judges 2.14 __________________________________________
B.    Judges 3.8 ___________________________________________
C.    Judges 4.2 ___________________________________________
D.   Judges 4.9 ___________________________________________
E.    Judges 10.7 __________________________________________
F.     Deuteronomy 31.17 ____________________________________
G.   Psalms 106.34 – 46 ____________________________________
6.     Who did God next sell Israel to?
7.     His name means “I_______________” and may have been a continuous royal title like P__________ or C_____________.
8.     Jabin reigned in H_______________ which is about a 1/3 of the way from Haifa to D______________________.
9.     The commander of Jabin’s army was a man named S___________.  What his name actually meant is U__________________.  It may mean M_________________ or S____________ H______________.
10. He lived in H_________________ - h______________ which means “F__________________.”  A recent dig discovered a metallic relief picturing a woman with ear rings in the shape of C___________ W_____________.  It was located WSW of the Sea of G______________ very close to the Mediterranean Sea.
11. Why did Israel cry out to the Lord?
12.  How long did he oppress Israel?
13.  Who was judging Israel at this time?  Her name means B_______.  She was a P___________________.  Her husband’s name was L______________ whose name means T______________.
14. Where did Deborah sit and judge Israel?  Why did the people come up to her?
15. Who did she summon?  B__________ which means L_____________.  Who son was he?  A____________ which means F_____________ of P________________.  Where did he live?  K_____________________ which is located on the SSW coast of the Sea of G___________ and means roughly “H_________ C_____________.”
16. What is the answer to the rhetorical question of verse 6?  How does this reflect on the fact that Deborah was judge and not Barak?
17. Where was Barak to gather his army of _____________?  Mt. T___________ which is located about __________ miles WSW of the Sea of G______________.
18. From what 2 tribes was he to gather his army?
19. God promised to D__________ O_______ the enemy army by what river?  K______________.  The battle was fought in the J____________ Valley between M________________ and Mt. T____________.
20. What condition of going did Barak demand of Deborah?  Her reply?
21. The victory will not be credited to him but to whom? 




ANSWER CODE:

1.     None, Shamgar, Destroyer
2.     We will render a new lesson soon on the life of this man.
3.     Shamgar, Destroyer
4.     Evil, Death of Ehud
5.     Death, Profit, Preserve, Cost, Return, Investment
6.     Same word, “sold” is used 5 times in 5 verses in Judges, Prediction, Explanation
7.     Jabin
8.     Intelligent One, Pharaoh, Caesar
9.     Hazor, Damascus
10. Sisera, Unclear, Mediator, Swift Horse
11. Harosheth-hagoyim, Fortress, Chariot Wheels, Galilee
12. 900 Iron Chariots
13. Twenty years
14. Bee, Prophetess, Lappidoth, Torches
15. Between Ramah and Bethel, to render judgements between disputants
16. Barak, Lightning or Lightning Flash
17. Abinoam, Father of Pleasantness, Kedesh-naphtali, Galilee, Holy City
18. Has not God already asked Barak to go out?  Yes., Poorly
19. 10,000, Tabor, 10, Galilee
20. Zebulon & Naphtali
21. Draw Out, Kishon, Jezreel, Megiddo, Mt. Tabor
22. I won’t go unless you go with me, She did
23. The glory won’t go to him but to a woman

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Paul's Letter to the Ephesians - An Introduction

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       Ephesians
Paul’s Greatest Church Planting Success
 20 December 2017
Archdale church of Christ – Russ McCullough
Lesson #2 – Introduction


1.     Both the author and the recipient are clearly S______________ in 1.1.
2.     This Letter to the Ephesians was actually the _______ letter of Paul as we know from 3.1 – 4.  The referenced letter is lost to history by the W_____ of the H__________ S______________.
3.     The city of Ephesus was likely the _______ largest city in the Roman Empire and had an estimated population of _______________ or more based upon the _______________ seat capacity theater.
4.     Ephesus was the capital of the Roman province of A___________.
5.     Many early manuscripts do not contain the name of “Ephesus,” and is a likely an indication of the fact that the book, like others, was ENCYLICAL which literally means: __________________________________________.
6.     Our English word “encyclical” was first used in ca. ___________ and originates from both the Latin and Greek languages.  Latin: encyclicus.  Greek: enkyklios.  Both words mean the same: en (in) + cyclicus / kyklios (circle).  Our common English usage means: “a letter written to each member of a singular group by rotation one to another.”
7.     We know from history that it was common practice that once a letter was R__________ to the congregation, it would be C__________ before the A__________________ was sent to the next congregation.  This constant “passing around” wore the original A____________ out almost immediately.
8.     By the “encyclical method,” each congregation over time would have a L____________ of all the New Testament books.
9.     This “encyclical” model was adopted on the American Frontier by the practice of C______________ R____________ P_________________.
10. This was “standard operating procedure” in the 1st century church of Christ as we see from Colossians 4.16 and also seen in Paul’s letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.  It is most clearly stated in the Book of R_____________ where the E____________ List is stated precisely.
11. From Acts 28 we know that Paul was imprisoned in Rome ca. 0060.  From here in prison Paul wrote what have come to be known as the P_________ E____________, one of which is Ephesians.  We know this from 6.18 – 20.
12. The first mention of the church of Christ in Ephesus was in Acts 18 while A__________ and P_____________.  There they converted A____________.  It is only after this in Acts 19 that P ______ comes to the great city.
13. Ephesus was a great S____________ on the C___________River.  (Centuries later Ephesus was abandoned when silt filled the harbor.)  She was of great economic prowess and competed with the great cities of R___________, A_____________ of P___________, A_____________ , A___________ of S__________, C__________________and C_______________for prominence in the ancient world.
14.  Ephesus as renowned as a great religious center and was home to the temple to the goddess A____________ or as the Romans called here, D____________.  This temple was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.  There was a booming tourist trade where S__________ artisans sold S_______________ of the goddess for the gullible to take back home.
15.  Paul met with such success in Ephesus that he stayed here about ______ years.  For the first ______ months he preached at the J____________ S_______________.  After being “asked to leave” he spoke daily for 2 years at the L______________ Hall of T___________________.
16. The letter to the Ephesians is a didactic book in New Testament genre.  A didactic book is one centered in D____________.  “Didactic” means “…designed or intended to T__________.”  The English form of this word was first used ca. 1658 and comes to us from the Greek word didakticos which means “A_____ to T____________.”
17. After Paul’s 3-year service, T______________ was sent by Paul for “perhaps a year and a half” to deal with F_________ D_____________ being taught primarily by H______________ and A________________
(I Timothy 1.3, 20) During Timothy’s tenure the congregation was burdened with “F____________ and endless G_______________.”              (I Timothy 1.4)
18. The Ephesians also wrestled with “forbidding of M______________ and A________________ from certain F____________.” (I Timothy 4.3)
19. The letter to the Ephesians has two distinct parts.  The first 3 chapters deal almost exclusively with D_____________ while the last 3 deals almost exclusively with C________________ L____________.
20. These issues came about as these former P______________ and worshippers of A_________________ came into the faith and practice of Christianity.
21. In the ongoing years the congregation O__________________ and became so doctrinally rigid that 36 years later Christ Himself said in Revelation 2 that they had “L__________ their F___________ L___________.”
22. Two key doctrines covered by Paul in this letter are: 1) The M_____________ of the church, and, 2) The B___________ of Jesus Christ.  The book also has much to say about God’s C________________.

Reference: MacArthur, John (The MacArthur Bible Handbook, Thomas Nelson & Co)., 2003, pg. 399 - 402


                                   ANSWER GRID:


1                                                              1.   Stated
2.     2nd, Will of the Holy Spirit
3.     2nd, 250,000 / 25,000
4.     Asia
5.     “In wheel”
6.     1656
7.     Read, Copied, Autograph, Autograph
8.     Library
9.     Circuit Rider Preachers
10. Revelation, Entire
11. Prison Epistles
12. Aquilla & Priscilla, Apollos, Paul
13. Seaport, Cayster, Rome, Antioch, Pisidia, Alexandria, Antioch, Syria, Carthage, Corinth
14. Artimes, Diana, Silver, Statuettes
15. Three, Six, Jewish Synagogue, Lecture, Tyrannus
16. Doctrine, Teaching, Apt, Teach
17. Timothy, False Doctrine, Hymenaeus, Alexander, Fables, Geneologies
18. Marriage, Abstinence, Foods
19. Doctrine, Christian Living
20. Pagan, Artimes
21. Overcompensated, Lost, First Love
22. Mystery, Blessings, Character

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