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As we approach the celebration of Yeshua’s arrest, trial(s), passion, burial and resurrection, evaluate your Bible Literacy–take the Easter Quiz and then check your results against the Answer Key

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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Remembering Yeshua

As we look forward to celebrating and remembering the passion, trial, burial and resurrection of Yeshuah, the Messiah, I will be giving you links to some of the helpful blog posts we did on related topics.

For today, I offer  you https://rootedandgrounded.me/2021/02/24/crucified-with-christ/ which discusses the importance of being crucified with Christ.

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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Sabbath Blessing

Read Matthew Chapter 5:1-12
1. Where was Jesus at the end of Matthew chapter 4? Beginning of chapter 5?

2. From where is Jesus speaking?

3. Before beginning to speak, what does Jesus do?

4. Who is “blessed” according to Matthew 5:3? Why?

5. What do the following verses teach about being poor in spirit?
Psalm 51:17

Proverbs 16:9

Proverbs 29:23

Isaiah 57:15

Isaiah 66:1-2

Going deeper: What does “blessed” mean in the context of this chapter?

 

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Sh’ma Yisra’el

Majesty of God

Read Matthew Chapter 4

1. What causes Jesus to go to Galilee according to Matthew 4:12?

2. To what town does he travel first in the Galilee according to Matthew 4:13? What is the significance of this town to Jesus?

3. To what town does Jesus travel next? Where is this town located in relationship to the Sea of Galilee?

4. What do you learn from Matthew 4:14 about Jesus going to Capernaum?

5. What was Jesus’ message from this time forward according to Matthew 4:17?

6. What do you learn about Simon and Andrew in Matthew 4:18?

7. What does Jesus ask them to do in Matthew 4:19-20? What is their response?

8. What do you learn of James and John from Matthew 4:21-22?

9. Copy Matthew 4:23-24 here. Meditate on this. Try to picture what this would have looked like for Jesus and the disciples.

10. Find a map of Israel and locate the following: Galilee, Capernaum, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordan river.

11. What application can you make from Matthew chapter 4 to your life and relationship with God?

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Brothers, I, for my part, do not think of myself as having yet gotten hold of it; but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind me and straining forward toward what lies ahead, I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua. Philippians 3:13-14 CJB

I love that he calls them brothers. Despite having just finished giving his credentials in Judaism to them, he reflects his renewed priorities in Messiah Yeshua. He doesn’t think of them as talmadim (disciples) as a Rabbi would, but rather he calls them (us) brothers–suggesting an equality unheard of in his culture and religious system prior to his meeting Yeshua the Messiah on the road to Damascus.

He gives us three things in this short passage that are worthy of comment and meditation:

Forgetting what is behind me
In making this statement, Paul is telling us that his past is no longer going to be in the center of his thoughts and focus. This is important to think on for a moment. Our past grows in size and importance often as we age. It can loom as a great disappointment–failed relationships, failure in career, failure in faith and pleasing God. It can also loom large a great point of success as it did with Paul. He lists in Philippians 3:5-6, his claims to religious fame–these are things of considerable importance in Jewish culture. We may also have great accomplishments in career, academia or even in religious circles. What Paul is saying is to work on forgetting those things, both good and bad, and move forward with God. It is true that our past forms us, it carves us and imprints on us–but Paul is letting us know that it is not the end of the story in our relationship with God. He is telling us to work to forget what came before and who we were before we met the Messiah and live with God in the now by the power of the Spirit. (Galatians 2:20)

Straining forward toward what lies ahead
The verb “straining” is a strong action verb. It suggests intentionality and going beyond oneself, going beyond one’s current location. We are not to be pew-sitters or Youtube watchers only, we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling–get out of our chairs, get out of our houses, get out of our normal routine, seek the kingdom of God. To strain for what lies ahead means to be longing for God’s coming kingdom as well as for opportunities to share the love God, the beauty of His majesty, the comfort of His close presence. Straining implies I am making an effort to see God’s kingdom come. Life with Adonai is not a spectator sport.

Keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize
To keep pursuing requires steadfastness, determination and diligence. We must decide to follow Yeshua as the example of righteous living. We must continue steadfastly and with determination in Adonai’s commands, and we must use diligence to follow the dictates of Torah–the instructions for righteous living.

What is the goal? The goal is to live righteous lives as true witnesses of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob–Adonai. The goal is to keep Torah by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must be the witnesses that God’s word is true and that His ways are pure and holy. This life of righteousness will impact the world around us–it will show us to be different. It will cause us to stand out, which is exactly what it was intended to do. “Be holy as I am holy,” says the Lord God Almighty.

What is the prize? Eternal life with God. To rule and reign with Yeshua. To be forever in the presence of Adonai–never separated from Him. Eternally His.

 

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Read Matthew Chapter 4
1. What happened after Jesus’ baptism according to Matthew 4:1?

2. How long had Jesus been fasting when Satan (the devil/tempter) came to Him?

3. What do you think was His physical state?

4. Why would the devil wait and come to Jesus at this time?

5. What application can you make from this timing to your own struggles? When is spiritual warfare (battles against the flesh and temptation) most likely to come?

6. What is the tempter’s question to Jesus in Matthew 4:3?

7. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 4:4?

8. Where does the tempter take Jesus next according to Matthew 4:5?

9. What does he ask of Jesus in Matthew 4:6?

10. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 4:7?

11. What does the devil show Jesus according to Matthew 4:8?

12. What does he say to Jesus according to Matthew 4:9?

13. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 4:10?

14. Copy Matthew 4:11 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions here.

15. What did Jesus use to “battle” the enemy in this passage? Explain how he did this.

16. Read and meditate on 1 John 2:15-17. How does the passage in 1 John relate to the temptation of Jesus. What further insight into Jesus’ temptation does it give us?

17. What do you learn from the following verses?
Psalm 18:30

John 1:1-3

Ephesians 6:17

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 11:3

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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