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Read Zechariah Chapter 2
1. What is the vision Zechariah receives in Zechariah 2:1-5?

2. Who is the young man referred to in Zechariah 2:4?

3. Copy Zechariah 2:5 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

4. What does God tell His people to do in Zechariah 2:6-7?

5. What does God say about His people in Zechariah 2:8?

6. What promise does God make to the daughter of Zion in Zechariah 2:10?

7. Who else will join the daughter of Zion in that day according to Zechariah 2:11?

8. What is the promise in Zechariah 2:12?

9. Copy Zechariah 2:13 here. Mediate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

 

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Read Zechariah Chapter 1
1. When do the events of this first chapter take place according to Zechariah 1:1?

2. Review Haggai 1:1, what do you notice about the time line?

3. Who was Darius?

4. What do you learn of Zechariah in Zechariah 1:1?

5. What does the name “Berechiah” mean?

6. What is the message given to Zechariah according to Zechariah 1:1-6?

7. The first of the 8 visions of Zechariah is given in Zechariah 1:7-11. When does Zechariah receive this vision according to Zechariah 1:7?

8. Describe what Zechariah sees in Zechariah 1:7-11.

9. What question does the Angel of the Lord ask in Zechariah 1:12?

10. What is the Lord’s answer in Zechariah 1:13-17?

11. With whom does the Lord say He is angry in Zechariah 1:15? Why?

12. What does the Lord say of Jerusalem in Zechariah 1:13, 16?

13. What promise does God give His people in Zechariah 1:17?

14. The second vision is given in Zechariah 1:18-21. Describe what Zechariah sees.

15. What do horns represent in the Old Testament? What do they likely represent here?

16. What is the meaning of the vision?

 

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Read Esther Chapter 10

  1. Copy Esther 10:3 here. What do you see?

2. How did you see Esther exercise faith in the Book of Esther?

3. How do you see 1 Corinthians 1:27 in the story of Esther?

4. What application from the book of Esther can you make to your own life?

5. How is the salvation of man through Christ advanced through the Book of Esther?

Going deeper: How is the feast of Purim celebrated in Israel today?

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Background
1. Who is the author of the book of Zechariah?

2. When was this book written?

3. What does the name “Zechariah” mean?

4. What prophet was a contemporary of Zechariah?

5. What do you learn about Zechariah from Ezra 5:1?

6. What do you learn about Zechariah from Ezra 6:14?

7. What do you learn about Zechariah from Nehemiah 12:16?

 

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Read Esther Chapter 9
1. What happened in the 12th month, on the day the King’s command was to be executed?

2. Who helped the Jews at this time? Why?

3. What do you learn from Esther 9:5?

4. In verse 12, the King offers Esther another petition. What does she ask for?

5. What do you learn from verse 15? Verse 16?

6. What did the Jews do on the 13th and 14th days of the month of Adar?

7. What was to be celebrated yearly on the 14th and 15th days of Adar?

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Read Esther Chapter 8
1. What does the King give Esther?

2. What does the King give Mordecai?

3. What does Esther ask the King to do in Esther 8:3-6? How does the king respond?

4. What does the edict written by Mordecai in King Ahasuerus’s name give to the Jews?

5. How was the news delivered to the provinces?

6. How was Mordecai dressed according to Esther 8:15? Why is this important?

7. What was the response of the Jews to the news of the new decrees?

8. What was the reaction of the people in the land to the news?

 

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Jeremiah chapter 2 lays out the causes of an unfortunately all-to-familiar phenomenon in the life of a God-follower: Falling away. In modern church-speak it may be called apostasy or drifting. Those who fall away lose their taste for the things of God, His Word, His presence, and His people. They are often lacking self-awareness and personal accountability for their conduct. They may seek to blame others for their failures and for their own apostasy.

To “fall away” is really a misnomer. Falling suggests lack of control or choice. Make no mistake, falling away is a choice–a series of little, seemingly inconsequential choices. It may be simple things. For example, Psalm 1:1-3 outlines warns against bad company. Moses warned them about the choices in the wilderness, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

In Jeremiah chapter 2, we are given additional valuable insight into why Israel had fallen away from God, and how He viewed their apostasy.

Falling Away Occurs where there is Ungratefulness

Neither did they say, ‘Where is the Lord, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and pits, through a land of drought and the shadow of death, through a land that no one crossed and where no one dwelt?’ I brought you into a bountiful country, to eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land And made My heritage an abomination. Jeremiah 2:6-7 (NKJV)

God notes that His people either disregarded or forgotten all that God had done or them in bringing them out of Egypt and caring for them the forty years in the wilderness. They have so disregarded what He had given them as to defile it by their worship of idols and other related abominations. He accuses them of being ungrateful for His provision of the land of Israel with its bounty. This ungratefulness has contributed to their falling away.

Falling Away Occurs under Poor Leadership

The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me; the rulers also transgressed against Me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. Jeremiah 2:8 (NKJV)

God, through the prophet, describes the situation where the priests, those responsible to teach and guide the people in spiritual things, did not have a relationship with Him. He goes on to say those entrusted with political leadership sinned against His law, and finally, the prophets, who were to speak the word of the Lord to the people, failed and turned to idols. The Israelites didn’t have elections to choose their leaders as we do today in state and federal government, but they did have the ability to speak out against corrupt and ungodly leadership, especially in the house of God. Leaders can be wrong and misleading. It may be intentional or a drifting away from the truth. We must be diligent to always test what is being said from the pulpit or the lectern against the absolute truth of God’s Word.

Falling Away means forsaking God for false Gods and Self-reliance

“Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit. Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be very desolate,” says the Lord. “For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:11-13 (NKJV)

This passage is so sad. God counts apostasy as a two-fold offense. First Israel rejects the true and living God, who has been faithful to them–who has given life and sustained life as the fountain of living water. Instead of living water, they choose polluted water, the kind that comes from broken cisterns which cannot even hold the rain water but allow it to be defiled by mixing with the dirt around it. Non-potable, unuseable, unable to sustain life. It is a choice to die, and God says as much through the prophet Jeremiah.

Self-reliance and self-confidence are two enemies of the believer today. It is easy to build up your personal strength rather than your reliance on God. It is a subtle difference, but one which can lead to less trust in God and more on one’s own abilities and resources. Life comes from living water. The living water comes from God–He is the source of living water–the water that brings with it life. We need to come to that fountain and forsake the broken cisterns of our own making.

Falling Away occurs where there is Resistance to God’s Correction

“Why will you plead with Me? You all have transgressed against Me,” says the Lord. “In vain I have chastened your children; they received no correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets like a destroying lion.” Jeremiah 2:29-30 (NKJV)

Correction is an essential part of being a child of God. It speaks of a close and ongoing relationship between each of us and God. We know we are loved because He corrects and teaches us. Moreover, one who receives correction is wise. (Proverbs 15:5) When we refuse God’s correction and ignore His discipline, we become distanced from Him and apostasy consequence.

Throughout the writings of the Major and Minor Prophets, God warns Israel about apostasy and falling away from Him. He gives them opportunities to come back and be restored to relationship with Him, but in the end, judgment falls in Israel and they go into captivity because they fail and refuse to return to God. May we learn the lessons taught in the pages of the Hebrew Bible. God is not mocked. What a man sows, that will he reap.

Let us consider ourselves: the company we keep, the hardness of our hearts, our resistance to God’s correction, the weakness of the leaders we follow, and the tendency in our hearts towards self-reliance. Be warned that such attitudes and conduct lead to a falling away from God. Beloved, choose life! Return to your first love.

 

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Read Esther Chapter 7
1. What does Esther ask for at the 2nd banquet?

2. What does the King ask?

3. Who does Esther accuse?

4. What happened after Esther accused him?

5. What was the King’s response when he returned?

6. What happened to Haman?

7. What do the following verses teach?
□ Proverbs 26:10

□ Romans 2:5-6

□ Galatians 6:7-8

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Read Esther Chapter 6
1. When do the events of Chapter 6 take place according to Esther 6:1?

2. What does the King request when he cannot sleep?

3. What does the King learn about Mordecai from the reading of the chronicles?

4. What does the King ask his servant in Esther 6:3? What is his response?

5. What does the King seek in Esther 6:4? Who is found?

6. What question does the King ask Haman?

7. What are we told about Haman’s motives in giving his answer in Esther 6:6?

8. What does Haman answer the King?

9. What does the King tell Haman to do as a result?

10.What do you learn from Esther 6:12 about Haman’s reaction to King’s decision to honor Mordecai?

11. What is the response of his friends and his wife when Haman goes home and tells them what happened?

12. How does the chapter end?

13. What does the Bible teach about pride in the following verses?
□ Psalm 31:23

□ Psalm 101:5

□ Proverbs 15:25

□ Proverbs 16:5, 18

□ Proverbs 28: 25

□ Proverbs 29:23

□ James 4:6

□ 1 Peter 5:5-6

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Read Esther Chapter 5
1. When do the events of this chapter occur according to verse 1?

2. What is Esther seeking to do? Why is it dangerous?

3. What happened when Esther appeared in King Ahasuerus’ court?

4. Copy Proverbs 21:1 here. Are you surprised the King extended his scepter?

5. What did Esther ask for?

6. What happened at the banquet?

7. What happened to Haman on his way home?

5. Who does he call for counsel? What advice to they give Haman?

6. What does Haman do?

7. What does the Bible teach about advice and counselors?
□ Psalm 1:1

□ Proverbs 11:14

□ Psalm 119?

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