Prayer Psalm: 78
Prayer Point: “What our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.” Take some time to pray for parents, grandparents, teachers, youth workers and all those entrusted with the task of passing on the faith to the next generation. Pray that the gospel will take root in our children so that they in turn tell a generation that is “not yet born.”
Jesus predicts his own death and resurrection. The disciples were greatly distressed. Why do the disciples not understand what has to happen in order for the redemption of man to take place through the death and resurrection of Christ? Would you have understood? What are they still thinking about? Could it be that they are still looking for the great military conqueror to overthrow Israel’s oppressors?
The two-drachma tax was a special tax to support the temple in Jerusalem (see Exodus 30:11-16). Every person over the age of 30 in Israel was required to pay this tax.
Does Jesus consider himself and his disciples under obligation to pay the tax? Why or why not? Why does Jesus submit to the tax if he is free? Where does the money come from to pay the tax? When we give to God, where does the resources come from in the first place?
Paul, in verse 1 identified himself as an “apostle” and “set apart for the gospel”. Paul saw himself as one who was sent on mission by Jesus (an apostle) to proclaim the gospel, the message of Jesus to both Jews and Gentiles. The word gospel is quiet interesting. It was used frequently by the Romans to describe good news that would have lasting impact on the world. The Romans regarded the birthday of Caesar Augustus to be “gospel” or “good news” for the world because he had been appointed by the gods to bring peace and prosperity to the nations of the earth. It is not insignificant, that the church used this same word to refer to the life and message of Jesus. It is Jesus’ gospel that changes the course of human history.
What does the gospel have the power to do (verse 16)?
What is the content of this gospel (verse 17)? Think of righteousness as being “right” with God. Where does this righteousness come from? How do we receive it?
What is the root cause or root sin of human brokenness (verse 18-20)? Why is every human being held responsible for not recognizing God? What evidence for God surrounds us? What did the Gentiles trade God for?
Numbers 11:1-23 Fire and Quail from the LORD
What happens in the first three verses? (The Israelites complained (yet again!) about how hard life was but this time the Lord had had his fill with the bellyaching. He struck the outskirts of the camp with fire to soothe the whining.)
How was the fire put out? (The people cried out to Moses to pray to the LORD for them to remove the fire. – and he (both Moses and the LORD) did.)
What do the “rabble” incite the people to do? (The rabble wanted other food than the manna and got the people to complain to Moses for meat.)
What is the argument of the “rabble”? (The argument is the same one all the time: remember when we were in Egypt, how much we had?)
Describe the “manna”. (“The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin.” (Numbers 11:7 NIV))
Regarding all this complaining by the people, what pitiful prayer does Moses make to the LORD? (“I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now – if I have found favor in your eyes – and do not let me face my own ruin.” (Numbers 11:15 NIV) Actually the prayer has an element of brazenness to it. We’ve all heard the adage: be careful for what you ask for… Evidently all of this complaining was continual, perhaps non-stop.)
What is the LORD’s solution the Moses’ problem? (The LORD tells Moses to select 70 of the elders; they will meet with the LORD and he will take of his Spirit that was on Moses and put it on the 70 so that Moses would not have to carry the burden alone. (vv. 16-17))
Why does the LORD tell Moses to tell the people to consecrate themselves? What lesson is the LORD going to teach them again? (The LORD is going to rain quail on the people – enough for thirty days; enough so that the Israelites will have their fill – enough so that it is coming out of their ears so that they will loathe it. This is because they rejected the LORD and said: “Why did we ever leave Egypt.” (v. 20) How ungrateful the people must have appeared to the LORD.)
What is Moses’ doubt regarding the LORD’s command? (Moses thought that it would be difficult for the LORD to perform this feat. He questioned whether there would be enough fish in the sea to feed the six hundred thousand men.)
What is the LORD’s response to Moses? (“The LORD answered Moses, ‘Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.’” (Numbers 11:23 NIV))