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1. What does Matthew say about the city of Jerusalem when Jesus entered?

2. What happened when Jesus entered the temple according to Matthew 21:12-13?

3. Copy Isaiah 56:7. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

Going deeper: How was this not a description of the Temple (Sanctuary) at the time of Jesus? What was happening in the Temple (on the Temple grounds) that Jesus was objecting to? Why?

4. Who came to Jesus in the temple? What did He do?

5. What do you learn from Matthew 21:15-16?

6. Copy Psalm 8:1-2. Meditate on this. What was Jesus’ point in quoting this to the chief priests and scribes?

7. Where does Jesus go to spend the night? How far is that from the Temple?

8. What happens in the morning when Jesus returns to the city according to Matthew 21:18-20?

9. What does Jesus tell them in Matthew 21:21-22?

10. Who comes to Jesus as He was teaching according to Matthew 21:23? What do they ask?

11. How does Jesus respond according to Matthew 21:24-25?

12. What is the response of the chief priests and elders ? Why?

13. What parable does Jesus tell in Matthew 21:28-31?

14. What is the spiritual teaching of the parable?

15. How does Jesus apply the parable to the chief priest and elders in Matthew 21:32?

16. What parable to does Jesus tell in Matthew 21:33-41?

17. What is the spiritual teaching of the parable?

18. How does Jesus apply the parable to the chief priest and elders in Matthew 21:42-44?

19. What is the reaction of the chief priests and the Pharisees (elders) according to Matthew 21:45-46?

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  1. Consider Emmanuel–God with us. Compare this name for God to the names of God from the Old Testament and record your observations.
    El Roi
    Jehovah Shalom
    Jehovah Rapha
    Elohim
    Adonai

Read Matthew 1

  1. Note all the names that you recognize in the genealogy of Christ. Make a note of what you know about them.
  2. What does Joseph learn about Mary? What is his initial response? Why?
  3. What prophecy is given to Joseph in Matthew 1:18? Who delivers it?
  4. Consider Joseph. What would it feel like to find your fiancee is already pregnant and you have never been intimate with her? What would it take for you to be on board with God’s plan? Sometimes God asks us to trust Him–He doesn’t always send angels to convince us. Have you ever had a situation when God wanted you to believe Him and disregard everything and everyone else? Explain.

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Looking towards Christmas

Christmas is the season of hope and promise.

  • Jesus is seen throughout the Old and New Testaments.
  • Jesus is in the Old Testament predicted.
  • Jesus is in the gospels revealed.
  • Jesus is in the Acts preached.
  • Jesus is in the epistles (letters) explained.
  • Jesus is in the Revelation expected.

In the coming weeks as we prepare for Christmas and search the scriptures for what they tell about the coming Christ, we will see that much was promised and we have a great hope in Jesus, the Christ.

First Day of Advent

     I am reminded today–the first Sunday of Advent–of those advent wreaths of childhood. We had  wreath made of some fake evergreens that were nothing to write home about, but for us they represented the excitement and anticipation of the Advent season. We would light them and say the prayers in lieu of our regular pre-meal prayer. The evergreen wreath, had four candles, three were purple and one was pink, and we were four children. Each week of Advent, we would take turns lighting the candle(s) for the week.

     The first week would be our youngest member. He would have only one candle to light (purple). Then my next brother (two purple). Then me (two purple and one pink), and then my older sister (three purple and one pink). The prayers were written on a mimeographed (google that if you don’t know what it is) sheet which presumably came from the church.

     It was a special time. The candle was allowed to burn during the entirety of the meal, and with each bite of dinner, we looked forward, anticipating. Christmas was the time of year when the difficulties we faced as children growing up without a father would dissipate for awhile, and we would embrace the glory and magic of Christmas. The baby was coming, and He would be the Savior of the whole world. Glory to God!

Give thanks!

Matthew Chapter 21 (Part 1)

Read Matthew 21
1. Where are Jesus and the disciples in Matthew 21:1?

2. Where is Jerusalem in Israel?

3. Where was Bethphage located in relationship to the Mount of Olives? Bethany?

4. What instructions does Jesus give to two disciples in Matthew 21:2-3?

5. Why did Jesus do this according to Matthew 21:4-5?

6. Which prophet is being quoted in Matthew 21:5?

Going deeper: What is the significance of a King riding into a city on a donkey versus riding in on a horse?

7. What did the disciples do according to Matthew 21:6-7?

8. What happened next according to Matthew 21:8-9?

9. What were the people in the crowd shouting? What is the significance of these phrases?

Going deeper: What were the hallel psalms? When were they sung? How do they related to this story of Jesus entering Jerusalem?

It is our desire to help you grow in your knowledge of Adonai and His Word. If you are looking for additional information and/or materials, please visit our website at RootedinHisWord.org and our Facebook page. 

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Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will, Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that thirty years later, He might hang on a cross.
–J. I. Packer

  1. Some faith traditions begin the Christmas season with Advent. Look up the meaning of this term in a Bible Dictionary or other dictionary and record what you find.
    noun

2. Read the following scriptures and record how they bring hope:
□ Psalm 72:10-14

□ Isaiah 11:1-11

□ Isaiah 42:1-5

□ Isaiah 60:1-3

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