MENTORING CORNER/STUDY GUIDE, “BIRTH OF JESUS/YESHUA,” 13.12.19

    1. Although it is true that Jesus/Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, born to a young Jewish virgin, came as the Saviour of the world, did He come to bring “peace on earth good will to all“ (Lk.2:14) as an automatic download?  And would this play out as humans expected?
    2. What do you understand about how the shepherds (Lk.2:8-17) would have understood about this event?
    3. How do you imagine according to their understanding of God’s Prophets, that they formed expectations on this little Messiah?  Can you get a glimpse of how they must have perceived what this meant for Israel, politically, economically?
    4. Can you capture the most intriguing aspects from Luke 2:17-20? (at least 3 or 4 things should jump out at you). 
    5. Differentiate between the PEACE/SHALOM that Jesus/Yeshua brought in His first arrival on earth and His Second Coming. (a) During His time on earth, He said, John 14: 27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. That is an inner PEACE that each ______________ who believes in Him can have; (b) But when He comes to set up His Kingdom, then there will be a ________________  PEACE/SHALOM. 
    6. Connect the dots from the statements about PEACE/SHALOM to the misinterpretations of what this birth meant: (a) at the time, as well as (b) throughout the ages the expectations of the occurrence of PEACE on earth with the contradiction that this has not been experienced on this earth – yet.
    7. Connect the dots from the prophecies quoted in Isaiah 9:6,7 to what the average person then would have interpreted this to mean, considering that they may have in fact believed that this was Messiah.
    8. Imagine what a stirring this occasion/news must have created . …  ..  
    9. What was Isaiah talking about in chapter 9,25, & 65?
    10. Can you CONNECT THE DOTS from that initial partial fulfillment with the ultimate fulfillment in Isaiah’s prophetic words.
    11. Identify the gaps in understanding of these prophecies which have blinded the eyes of many for generations/centuries, regarding their fulfillment and life-application.
    12. Identify the blocks in your mind, heart, and/or life that interfere with your own understanding.
    13. Re-read the quotes from Isaiah 9, 25 and 65 and identify that this will be the ultimate fulfillment of that which Jesus/Yeshua’s second coming will bring. The _____________ Kingdom will be the realization of the perfect rule of Messiah, the completion of PEACE/SHALOM & JUSTICE, when all will live in UNITY, PEACE, HARMONY.

 

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