Bible Study May 9, 2019
Wednesday May 8, 2019
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Wednesday Evening Bible Study, May 8, 2019
Scripture: Mark 12:38-44
In Lev. 1:9 we read about the “Burnt Offering” that was to be offered unto the Lord. When properly prepared, this “Burnt Offering” produces an “aroma pleasing to the LORD."
Lev. 2:1-2 describes the “Grain Offering”. When properly prepared, this grain offering produces an “aroma pleasing to the LORD."
Lev. 3:3-5 tells us about the “Fellowship Offering”. When properly prepared, this fellowship offering produces an “aroma pleasing to the LORD."
Lev. 4:29-31 introduces the “Sin Offering”. When properly prepared, this sin offering would emit an “aroma pleasing to the LORD."
When Noah offered up his sacrifice after the flood, it says that “the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart [is] evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done."
1.Question: What are the main takeaways from the above Scriptures?
2. Question: What are the two things an offering to God must have? Why?
3. Question: What makes an offering to God smell good?
Read Mark 12:38-44
4. Question: How many times do you think each of these three topics is mentioned in the Bible? Try to match each topic on the left with the numbers on the right.
5. Something is happening in the Temple that was appealing to Jesus. Jesus is watching people put their offering into the temple treasury.
6. Question: Is it right that Jesus is watching people put their money in the offering? Why, or why not? (Remember the Old Testament passages as you answer this question)
7. Some people say, “God doesn’t even need my money, and He shouldn’t need my money to know how much I love Him. It’s the thought that counts.”
8. Question: Why should it matter to God what we give if it’s the thought that counts?
9. Question: Why is Jesus more impressed with the widow than with the wealthy?
10. Jesus did something else here. He tells us what pleases God. Notice that Jesus is more impressed with the widow than with the wealthy. This tells me God is more impressed with the q_________ of our gift than with q____________ of our gift.
11. This is a poor woman. Her offering is probably a day’s wages. It was a S____________ for her. It was ALL she had.
12. For the wealthy their offering was a C______________.
13. In Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers - what makes an offering to God “an aroma pleasing to the LORD”; it was a sacrifice. THE RICH – putting in their offering, were not sacrificing anything. That was what Jesus was pointing out here.
14. Question: What is it about sacrifice that pleases God?
A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it ’was too crowded.’ "I can’t go to Sunday School," she sobbed to the preacher as he walked by. The preacher looked on her shabby, unkempt appearance, and guessed the reason - taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday School class.
The child was so touched that she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus.
About two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings and the parents called for that preacher, to handle her final arrangements. They told him that just as her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump. Inside was found 57 cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting which read, "This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday school." For two years she had saved for this special offering. When the preacher read that note he was in tears… and he knew instantly what he wanted to do.
Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion. He challenged his church leaders to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building. And they did!
But the story didn’t end there! A newspaper learned of the story and published it. It was read by a Realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. And when he was told that the church could not pay so much, he offered it for a 57 cents.
Church members made large subscriptions. Checks came from far and wide. Within five years the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000.00 – a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.
When you are in the city of Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating capacity of 3,300, and Temple University, where hundreds of students are trained.
Visit Good Samaritan Hospital and view their Sunday School building which houses hundreds of Sunday scholars, so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.
In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind preacher, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of the book, "Acres of Diamonds"
15. Question: Why doesn’t God require the sacrifices of bulls, sheep and goats anymore? According to Romans 12:1-2, what type of sacrifice does God require of us today?
16. Question: What does atonement mean?
It is not easy to live a life that pleases God. One reason is that although we are at one with Him we are still living in a world that isn’t. Our daily environment, the atmosphere that we breathe so to speak, pushes us to live the old way. The pattern of living that we see all around us is not one in which lives are offered up to God – on the contrary, the world pressures us to live selfishly; to live materialistically; to live busily, cramming activity and work into every corner; in short, to live without God.
17. Question: How should a Christian live a life that pleases God in a world that doesn’t?
18. What advice would you give a new believer on how to live a life that is pleasing to God?