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WAVE102 ~ Lesson 8: Do you have to be Smart? (video)
Hi, this is Noel. Today Denise is going to talk about God's Pattern for Helping and I will wrapup how to answer your Bible study questions.
(You can either read the Lesson or watch the video. To take notes either print out the Lesson, follow along in the book, or use a separate piece of paper to write out the answers to the questions below.)
God's Pattern for Helping
In the last days of His ministry on earth, Jesus gave an object lesson during a meal that described how God was going to provide His help to us. Jesus wanted His disciples to understand what was going to happen the next few days. The object lesson is described in Mark 14:22ff.
Mark 14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. (KJV)
As you may recognize, this was the last supper they had together and Jesus was describing how God was going to provide help for them. In the object lesson...
  • Jesus took the bread,
  • Jesus blessed the bread,
  • Jesus broke the bread, and
  • Jesus gave the bread.
3. Jesus...


____________________________________ the bread


____________________________________ the bread


____________________________________ the bread


____________________________________ the bread
This pattern describes the way God worked with Jesus’ life in that...
  • God took Jesus,
  • God blessed Jesus,
  • God broke Jesus, and
  • God gave Jesus.
4. God...


____________________________________ Jesus


____________________________________ Jesus


____________________________________ Jesus


____________________________________ Jesus
This is the way God provides His help to us--He broke Jesus by placing our sin upon Him and gave Jesus over to receive the punishment that we deserve. This is also the way God works in our life and through our life to help others...
  • God takes us,
  • God blesses us,
  • God breaks us, and
  • God gives us.
5. God...


____________________________________ us


____________________________________ us


____________________________________ us


____________________________________ us
We like the "taking us" part and the "blessing us" part. But we cry foul at the "breaking us" part. "He that loveth his life shall lose it." (John 12:25 KJV) If we clutch at our life and say, "No, this is my life you can't have it," then our life stays in our tight fist.
John 12:24-28 "I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again." (NIV)
If we are not "broken" like that kernel of wheat falling to the ground and dying, our life remains a single seed, never leaving our clutches, never breaking away, never producing many seeds, and never being given to many.
Jesus wasn't crazy about the "breaking" process either. He said, "My heart is troubled." But He was willing to go through it.
I [D] remember watching the movie Horse Whisperer several years ago. If you didn't see the movie, it is about a young teenage girl who gets hit by a truck while riding her horse. The horse was badly injured and scared. The veterinarian and those who loved the horse kept trying to approach the horse to help him, but the horse kept bucking and rearing up and fighting the helpers because he was hurt and scared.
As I watched the movie, I realized I was like that horse. We had been going through a difficult time too and I found myself hurt, scared, and bucking around. But, just like the horse, I couldn't get the help I needed if I kept fighting the situation.
When you are struggling, fighting, and bucking, the thing that helps is to stop fighting, accept that you are in a difficult situation, and walk toward the help. Sometimes the help is confiding in a friend. Sometimes it is asking help from a pastor or professional. But it always includes walking toward God for help.
Skill Time: Answering the Rest of the Questions
Can Anyone Do This?
When it comes to answering your own questions, some people worry they are not smart enough to answer their questions properly. In devotional Bible study, smartness is not the issue. Let me illustrate.
There was a popular eschatological scholar who went from town to town giving lectures on the end time events described in the Bible. He made a living untangling the complex imagery described in the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Revelation and explaining them to church congregations.
He arrived at a certain city to hold a week long conference on end time prophecy. During the week he had an appointment to meet someone at a local High School. As he walked through the school to find his appointment location, he passed by an open door that caught his attention. He had some time, so he stepped into the doorway to investigate.
He found himself in a large gymnasium. The gymnasium was empty except for an old humble janitor sitting on a bleacher on the other side of the room. What caught the conference speaker's attention was what the janitor had in his lap. It looked like he had a Bible.
The conference speaker crossed the room and came to the janitor and sat down. As he did, he was interested to notice the man was reading from the book of Revelation.
The speaker said to him, "I notice you are reading the book of Revelation. Do you understand what you are reading?"
The elderly janitor replied, "Well, yes sir, I think so." Intrigued, the scholar asked, "So tell me, what does it mean?" The janitor thought for a second then replied, "God wins in the end."
You don't have to be smart to understand the Bible. What God wants you to understand is simple enough for a child to understand (Matthew 19:14).
The Rest of the Answers?
Another worry that some people have about devotional Bible study, is how they will ever get the bulk of their questions answered if they don't focus on the things they don't understand. That is best explained by the following true illustration.
An experiment was conducted in a college level pottery class. The students were split into two groups. One group was told it would be graded solely on how many pots they made. The more they made, the higher their grade, regardless of the quality of the pots. The other group was told it would be graded solely on the quality of the pots it made.
At the end of the course the best pots from both groups were compared. Can you guess which group produced the highest quality pots? Logically you would expect the group that was graded on the quality of their pots to have the highest quality pots. However, the group that was graded on how many pots they made, was found to have the highest quality pots--practice makes perfect.
The more you study the Bible, the more you come across the answers to your questions. Also, the more you grow, the fewer questions you will need answered and the more things you will trust God about. The more you study the Bible and grow in your walk with the Lord, the more your questions will be resolved.
Watch the video or check the answers below to compare your answers with what we came up with.
Next time, Denise will talk about Jesus' words, "My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light," and I will go over the 7th example of 4-Step Bible study.

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The Lesson is taken from How to Read the Bible So God Speaks to You , by Drs. Noel and Denise Enete, Wave Study Bible, 2010, 293pp.
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