Hi, this is Noel. Today Denise is going to summarize her portions of the last few lessons, and I will help you practice 4-Step Bible study with the 9th example. Here's Denise.
(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.)
Running from the Help(Lesson 7)
There is a baffling tendency in all of us to turn and run from help. We are so sure we know a better way. But our actions so often separate us from the help we need.
In fact, this tendency is at the root of all sin. In its essence, sin is not wrong doing. Rather, sin is independence from God. Independent thinking says, "I'm not going to be anyone's disciple," "I'm my own boss," and "I do, what I want to do."
God's Pattern for Helping(Lesson 8)
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.
This is the way God provides His help to us:
God takes us,
God blesses us,
God breaks us, and
God gives 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," our life stays in our tight fist.
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.
My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light(Lesson 9)
When you walk toward God, you are agreeing to put His yoke on, as it says in Matthew 11:28-30, so you won't have to carry the whole burden.
Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (NIV)
A yoke is a harness that helps two animals distribute the load between them. You will notice when God tells you to put His yoke on, you are still carrying some of the burden. You are in the yoke. But now you have help. You are not supposed to throw your burdens on God and try to forget them. You work as a team with God. Our burdens are not meant to be carried alone.
Desire Killer: Taking Offense(Lesson 10)
The third Desire Killer that can stall your desire for God is Taking Offense. We are vulnerable for Taking Offense because we don't have God's perspective. We don't have all the information. We should withhold judgment and take that thought captive.
In John 6 the disciples heard Jesus say they needed to "Eat my flesh and drink my blood" and went "Eww... That sounds like cannibalism." They got on their moral high horse pretty quickly, deciding they understood Jesus, and they concluded He was wrong. They were quick to Take Offense.
The answer to this challenge is not complex but it requires some patience. When we feel tempted to Take Offense, we should remember that we don't have all the information.
Instead of deciding that we see all the issues clearly and quickly judging God, we should remind ourselves of His love, character, and trustworthiness. Then we should take our judgmental thought captive.
Skill Time: 4-Step Bible Study(Example 9)
Here is the 9th example of 4-Step Bible study. Since this is a longer passage, don't be as detailed in your Fact gathering. Rather, follow the story and write down the main Facts of the story as it unfolds.
Exodus 16:1 Then they set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt.
Exodus 16:2 The whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
Exodus 16:3 The sons of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the LORD'S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
Exodus 16:4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.
Exodus 16:5 "On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily."
Exodus 16:6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the sons of Israel, "At evening you will know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt;
Exodus 16:7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, for He hears your grumblings against the LORD; and what are we, that you grumble against us?"
Exodus 16:8 Moses said, "[This will happen] when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for the LORD hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against the LORD." (NASB)
Step 1: Facts ~ What do you see in the passage?
Step 2: Lessons ~ What can you learn from the passage?
Step 3: Challenges ~ Restate each Lesson as a question that challenges you
Step 4: Response ~ Write out how you respond to what God is saying to you
Watch the video or check the answers below to compare your answers with what we came up with.
Next time, Denise will give her testimony about her time with God, and I will go over the assignment which is the 10th example of 4-Step Bible study.
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Skill Time: Bible Passage (Your list can be different and shorter. More are presented here to help you get the idea.)
They came to a spot in the wilderness after coming out of Egypt
The children of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron
Word "wilderness" is repeated, they're not happy about being in the wilderness
Their pain is so great they wished they were dead
They talk longingly about what it was like in Egypt
They worry that God is bringing them into the wilderness to kill them
God answers their complaint with a miracle--He rains bread from heaven
He gives them enough bread for the next day
He wants to see if they will obey Him
On the sixth day they will gather twice as much as they need for a day
Moses and Aaron tell them that the LORD hears their grumblings
God is going to give them meat in the evening and bread in the morning
Our prayers do not have to be perfect for God to answer them
Sometimes things look worse when you are following the Lord
Do I believe God will answer me even when my prayer is not perfect?
Am I OK with things getting worse when I follow God?
Thank you, Father, that you hear and answer our prayers even when we don't pray them
perfectly. Help me not be frustrated when I have to wait. I pray You would give me the
steadfastness to keep following You even when it looks like things are getting worse.