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  1. Q1. (1 Samuel 16:13; Psalm 51:11) What is the primary purpose of God putting his Spirit upon selectedindividuals in the Old Testament? What effect does the Spirit seem to have upon their relationship with God? The primary purpose of God forgiving selected individuals his spirit in the Old Testament is to enable them to do something special for the Lord God. The coming of the Holy Spirit upon the individuals appears to enhance their relationship with God, to make them more aware of God's presence and to enable them to do the work that God has asked them to do.
  2. Q3. (Malachi 2:1-9) In what ways do church pastors and teachers fall heir to the role of “teaching priests”? Which of the roles of teaching priests do you see as most vital in your situation? pastors and teachers can become teaching priest by performing The Following duties- Offering true instruction (verse 6a, 7b). Walking with God in peace and uprightness (verse 6b). Turning many from sin (verse 6c). Serving as messengers of Yahweh (verse 7b). Preserving and guarding knowledge (verse 7a). offering instruction is probably my chief importance
  3. Q2. (Malachi 2:5; 1 John 4:18) What does it mean to “fear God” in Old Testament days? Should we “fear God” now, as Christian believers? How does fear of God interface with our love for God? How does our love change the fear? to fear God in Old Testament days meant to have a loving fear off displeasing God and the consequence there off. Yes we should fear God nowadays for there can be consequences for displeasing God. If we love God then we will fear the consequences of not a pleasing him. Fearing God is about respecting God and his power and His glory.
  4. Q1. (Malachi 1:6-14) How were the people and priests disrespecting God with regard to offering sacrifices? In what ways do we today disrespect God in our attitudes toward worship, in giving to God, and in regard to holy things? What is God saying to you personally as you ponder this? The people were disrespecting God by offering sacrifices that were deficient in God's eyes. Possibly the animal was blind, deaf or lame. God does not want a sacrifice that is less than perfect. It is not a so much that's a sacrifice is in perfect but the attitude of the person who is offering at the sacrifice is very imperfect and repulsive to God. In this day and age we also must be careful in the way that we come before God and put other things before a God's things. We must serve God with all our heart and with all our mind and all our soul and our neighbor as ourselves. If we do not do this then we are disrespecting God, we are tarnished before God site and it is possible that he will not give us the cloak of righteousness so that we can stand before God and not show stains that we have obtained during our life on Earth. God is saying, " Do You Love more than these"?
  5. Q4. (Nehemiah 13:30-31) How should you respond when the people you are ministering to disappoint you? How must you treat them? What must you do to sustain your own faith and spiritual momentum in times of discouragement? when people disappoint us we should smile, pray and continue to serve God. They should be treated with dignity and respect. Our faith in our spiritual momentum in times of discouragement can the supplemented by praying to god for help and encouragement. In all this we continue to serve God.
  6. 2. (Nehemiah 9:7-35) Why is God's compassion emphasized so strongly in Israel's history? How can God's compassion be present even in times of tough discipline (Hebrews 12:7-11)? How does the compassionate God of the Old Testament relate to Jesus giving himself as a ransom for sinners (Mark 10:45)? It is important for the people to know off God's compassion for it helps them to understand they're past their present and their future. One of the main ways that we learn of God's compassion is by reading the scripture of those things that happened in Years Gone by. It is important to know that compassion can exist even in a discipline. People nearly always love their children, but it is still often necessary to discipline them. Not to discipline when a child has gone wrong is not to show love but contempt. The compassionate of God off the Old Testament send a Jesus his son to be ransomed for our sins. If God had not been and is not compassionate but to us people then he would not have sent his only son to be ransomed.
  7. Q3. (Nehemiah 13:1-5, 7-9) Does God set higher standards for leaders than for others? If so, why? What results in the people when leaders become corrupt? How can you keep this from happening to you? If God shows you corruption within, how can you recover from it? Yes, God does set higher standards for leaders because they are to be an example for the people. Often, When leaders are corrupt then the people will follow. But sometimes the people will cast of the leaders out. We can pray to God for strength to throw the corruption out! Quote th
  8. 2. (Nehemiah 9:7-35) Why is God’s compassion emphasized so strongly in Israel’s history? How can God’s compassion be present even in times of tough discipline (Hebrews 12:7-11)? How does the compassionate God of the Old Testament relate to Jesus giving himself as a ransom for sinners (Mark 10:45)? God emphasizes the compassion of God very explicitly as it appears in the history of Israel because a it is very important and would not have occurred if all Heather of being left to the Goodwill of the people. Salvation history is dependent upon God who is the founder of all mercy and compassion. It is only through this mercy and compassion of God that people are able to ascend to heaven to be with God for eternity. The why is this? The reason is that through God's grace he gave to us, Gentiles and Jews, the gracious gift of salvation by his son Jesus Christ who died on the cross that day 2000 years ago and in three days was raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven and now sits on the right hand of God the Father. From there he is our advocate, he covers off with a cloak of righteousness which he provides for us. It covers our ugliness of sin and we are closed in righteousness as we stand before a god of the father. Christ then speaks and recommends us to God, we are introduced to God and to an eternal relationship with him where no longer Satan has access to us to tempt us to do sinful and evil Deeds. No more will be have to bear the Barb of the evil one but we will stand forever in the presence of God singing his praise - Glory Hallelujah forever. because we are just some by God it does not mean that God does not love us and will not provide us with his grace if we can repent for those things that we have done. it seems that the only way, or the best way for our sins to be forgiven is 4 Jesus to have died on the cross for us. They're on the cross and when he descended into the Eternal Darkness he no doubt experienced sufficient pain and suffering so that I are penalties for our sins we're paid in full and that we could enter before God's presence with a cloak of righteousness and that we would be able to be in an eternal relationship with God forever and ever. Amen. A
  9. Q1. (Nehemiah 8:1-12) Why does the reading of Scripture bring such sorrow to the people? Why is Scripture reading so important in personal spiritual revival? What place does the Spirit have in this? What is the relationship between joy and faith in God’s compassion and love? as most of the people were illiterate and had no scriptures available to them as obviously there was no printing press. Hence many of them, actually most of them had never heard the scripture read before. Also on this occasion they were Levites going around the crowd helping the people to understand the word that they were hearing, explaining it to them and helping them to understand. The people therefore had no comprehension that they were in violation of God's law and upon hearing it they were placed in the depths of Sorrow for there were afraid of their souls. It is for this reason that scripture reading is so important to a person's individual Spiritual Development. the holy spirit is very important in all of this. It is the holy spirit that rests upon the people in a revival, open their hearts and bakes them assessable and accepting of the word of God. With this action of the Holy Spirit the word will roll off the people like the water off a duck's back. joy and faith is a response that people make to the opening of their hearts and minds and souls to the word and to the spirit. One can hardly be filled with the Holy Spirit and not also be filled with joy and faith.
  10. Q4. (Nehemiah 6:1-14) Why do Nehemiah’s enemies want him to travel away from Jerusalem? Why do his enemies bribe the prophets? How are they hoping to hurt Nehemiah’s integrity, will, and authority? How is your enemy trying to make you stumble? the enemies of Nehemiah want him away from Jerusalem so that they can more easily assassinate him. the prophets are bribed so that the enemies of Nehemiah will be able to assault him with these new charges. if the enemy can make a Nehemiah stumble then they will be able to undermine his authority with the people and thus be able to stop the project of the rebuilding of the walls.
  11. Q3. (Nehemiah 5) Why doesn’t Nehemiah wait until he isn’t so busy to deal with the complaints of the poor who are being oppressed? What is the chief motivation of their oppressors? How does Nehemiah deal with the issue? Why are church leaders sometimes quicker to deal with the complaints of the wealthy than those of the poor? What motivates these leaders? hunger does not wait, does it? The chief motivation off the oppressors is profit and self-interest. Nehemiah demands in regulates that there be interest no higher than 1% per month and the people who are starving are provided for. because wealthy people are more ready to pay bribes Evan the poor then it is to our advantage to please the wealthy.
  12. Q2. (Nehemiah 4) How does Nehemiah respond to his enemies’ ridicule? How does Nehemiah respond to military threats? What effect does this have on construction? How does Nehemiah respond to discouragement and fear in the people? How do you respond to discouragement and fear? What “walls” need to be rebuilt in your life to protect you from temptation and sin? Nehemiah response to the ridicule of the enemy bye encouraging and preparing his people for anything that the enemy might do. He divides the workmen in to pairs, one to work and one to bear arms. He also encourages each worker to keep his sword by his side as he works. Thirdly he organized a response that when he blew his trumpet the workers were to Rally who it to him to repel any attack. This preparation encouraged the people and kept them working on the project. Nehemiah also encourage the people to trust and pray to God. We must often respond to our fears in the same way as nehemiah's people did .
  13. Q1. (Nehemiah 3) Why does Nehemiah need to build the walls quickly? Why does he assign so many teams? What motivates these teams? What kinds of problems would Nehemiah need to solve with so many teams working simultaneously. it is necessary for Nehemiah to build the walls quickly so that the enemy will not be able to organize a resistance to destroy his work as they had done before. This was done by organizing a number of teams, 41 and all, so that these could work simultaneously in support of each other. the motivations off this teams would be for their religious spirit. Jerusalem is a center part of their religion and in order to develop that religion properly it is necessary to have the temple building secured. In order to do this it is necessary to build a wall. Nehemiah would have many problems to overcome. He would have to organize instruct and enthused of the population to work on the project. The really the total number of people in New Jerusalem was actually quite small in comparison to a modern city of today. There would be problems in disputes that would need to be ironed out, Nehemiah must have been a good organizer. It would be necessary to have the teams all working at the same time so that one the work could be done faster and secondly to enable the city to have protection from its enemies.
  14. Q2. (Nehemiah 1:7-11) What is the basis of Nehemiah’s appeal? How does he argue his case before God? What do we learn from this about intercession? the base off nehemiah's appeal is that God has given a promise or a covenant to the people of Israel and that God keeps his promises. The people of Israel in nehemiah's opinion have reformed and are living according to God's word he therefore appeals to God that he must therefore keep his word. when we are serious in approaching God In Prayer we must first magnify praise and glorify God and then stay our supplication with the expectation that God will keep his promise to the people.
  15. Q1. (Nehemiah 1:1-6) Why does Nehemiah pray day and night for four months? Why does he fast and weep? Isn’t that excessive? Nehemiah prays day and night because he sees his fellow man in Jerusalem are suffering in their situation with a ruined City hidden very little hope for the future. He fasts and Weeps because he wants to purify himself before God so that God will be willing to hear his supplications.
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