Welcome to online Bible study for women as we continue working through Children of the Day by Beth Moore. If you have stuck with the program so far, then you are truly blessed by these lessons! If you are behind, don’t worry you have plenty of time to finish the reading assignments before our next online Bible study begins. Don’t give up now… these final weeks are filled with rich ideas. If you are participating in small groups then you will experience another amazing discussion this week. Beth Moore has prepared some awesome discussion questions on her blog and we’ve shared them here and also in our small groups.
While reading this week I accidentally reversed the numbers in the Scripture verse on the bottom of page 166, and so I found myself digging deeper into Matthew 15:16 and was not disappointed with my error. I stumbled upon these verses as I looked in different translations with my parallel Bible:
- “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked. (NLT)
- “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. (NIV)
- Jesus replied, “You, too? Are you being willfully stupid?” (Message)
In the passage Jesus was speaking to Pharisees and calling them hypocrites, yet He went on to teach them and correct their theology. His example for us as His disciples is to correct, not condemn. We are not called to be unforgiving and bitter servants; we are called to be like Christ.
Beth Moore gave many examples in her personal testimony this week, where she had an opportunity to be bitter towards those who wronged her. She took the higher road and did not give glory to her attackers by giving them more attention than they deserved. Sometimes our emotions will lead us on the wrong path: we might gossip, slander, shout angry rants and act very un-Christlike in our behavior. When you are on a path not walked by Christ, then you must stop your journey and break the strongholds before you move forward. Otherwise, you’ll be carrying the baggage of resentment and bitterness while wearing a name badge that says “Hello, my name is..and I’m a Christian.” Know your identity in Christ and walk the path that gives glory to the Father, even when you are wronged.
After completing a course on Revelation at Liberty University, I was delighted to see this book of the Bible mentioned here in our study. One word of caution though…on page 177 Beth Moore writes about the 42 months in Rev. 13:5-10, “Scholars throughout the centuries have argued over what this segment of time refers to and whether it should be taken literally or figuratively…if plain sense makes plain sense, seek no other sense.” What she doesn’t clarify is that there are several methods of interpretation for Revelation and while she might adopt the “dispensational premillennialism” method of interpretation, your local church may adopt a different approach. I highly recommend The Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation or The Book of Revelation Unlocking the Future by Ed Hindson. Both books present the different interpretation methods and are useful tools for understanding Revelation. I encourage you when learning Scripture to understand the different methods of interpretation and choose one in alignment with your local church theology. Beth Moore has a complete study on Revelation, DVD lecture series, available on her website. All of these tools are useful for understanding and then defending your position on Revelation! It’s a beautiful book to study.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK
- Join a small group this week!
- Register for the next online Bible study when you click here
- Visit Beth Moore’s blog for a Summer Bible Study update
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)
- 2 Thessalonians 2:3a, ESV, “Let no one deceive you in any way.” page 168 Have you ever been duped by someone who proved to be an impostor?
- Pages 180-181 – Choose one of those three sections that hit you the most personally and discuss why. For instance, have you experienced a sifting season (Question page 180 what do you think any process of sifting can be meant to accomplish?) Or a thorn in the flesh? Share something you filled in on pages 180-181.