MENTORING CORNER/STUDY GUIDE, GOD IS SOVEREIGN, PT.2, 03.09.19

  1. In I Samuel 20, identify what David and Jonathan do. How does this correspond to the occurrences with Abraham and Sarah? 
  2. Interesting how such great men of faith can slip into such __________ – driven behaviour, isn’t it?
  3. 1 Samuel 21:4-6 is illustrative of another occasion where an exception to a rule is made. What is this exception, and what makes it acceptable?
  4. Connect the dots from the above instance (David) to that of Jesus’ disciples eating kernels of wheat on the Sabbath. Jesus was obviously connecting the two events. What do you understand from this? What legitimized the activities? Was it:
  1. The extreme need for sustenance at that point in time
  2. Exceptional circumstance
  3.      Exceptional status, that of being with the Master
  4. Special anointed individuals in a special situation
  5. All of the above
  6.      Something else altogether.
  1. What happened in 1 Samuel 21:12-15? What was behind David’s somewhat dramatic performance? What action was in common with Abraham’s previous behaviour?
  2.   Once again, we do not find any reprimand, discipline, or consequence for David’s outlandish and deceptive behaviour. What do you suppose accounts for that?
  3. In 2 Kings 20:1-7, we are presented with an interesting set of events: First Hezekiah is informed that he must get his house in order because he is going to die. After Hezekiah prays, God reverses His decision, promising to heal him & extend his life by 15 years. What do you suppose accounts for the change in God’s decision? Was it (v.3,5) Hezekiah’s reminder of his loyalty & faithfulness to God? Did it have something to do with God’s desire (v.6) to rescue His City from the hands of the Assyrians? Now because of Hezekiah’s response to his situation, did this make it acceptable for God to use this faithful servant to bring about their deliverance? Was it the case that He had tested Hezekiah’s faith in order to put him into this role? There are a variety of possibilities, and combinations of likelihoods here. The value of studying these is that they are all indicators of how God works.*
  4. In 2 Kings 10:8-11 we discover an entirely new dimension. Why do you suppose that God not only agreed to provide a sign to Hezekiah, but provided a sign which was essentially a supernatural happening/miracle in/of itself?
  5.   Study the passages from Isaiah 46, and fill in the blanks.

 

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