Joe Duke | 3/26/17
Series Part No: 6
It’s easy to be intimidated by the Bible. Some things are hard to understand. It takes diligence to mine out the rich truths on page after page of the Scriptures. It seems especially intimidating to peer into the pages of the Old Testament, the first 39 books of the Bible. But the older testament tells us The Story from the very beginning and leads us right up to the anticipation of a coming Messiah. What’s more, it carefully highlights God’s involvement with people a lot like you.
The plans of God can be mysterious and confusing. But it’s possible, no matter the circumstances, to have hope that God is working out His good purposes. Sometimes pain and unpleasant seasons are the result of God’s discipline and sometimes they remind us that we live in a broken world. Regardless of your circumstances, you can be a person of hope. And you can know that ultimately it’s all designed to point you toward Jesus.
For further thought and discussion:
- Why is it so important for you to have hope? What happens when you begin to lose hope? Describe an occasion when you lost hope and how you may have gotten it back.
- The Kingdom was divided and the people were increasingly divided in their loyalty to their God. God describes Himself as being a jealous God (Exodus 20:4-5). In what sense is God jealous?
- God allows both Israel in the north and Judah in the south to be carried away into captivity (2 Kings 17:6, 23; 1 Chronicles 9:1). Why did God allow His people to be taken out of the land He promised to them? Read Jeremiah 33:7 and find the hopeful promise in that verse.
- Read Psalm 137. Imagine the feelings of the Israelites who were captives of the Babylonians. What feelings would you have if you were forcibly removed from your homeland? What would you feel toward God?
- God reminds the Israelites that His plan is bigger than they might have imagined. What are some specifics of God’s plan for you that you find encouraging and hope filled? What promises or truths about God can you hold onto?
- Read Hebrews 12:3-11. What is God’s discipline? Can you recall times of God’s discipline in your life? How is God’s discipline part of His plan for your life?
- Your Love Never Fails by Chris McClarney and Anthony Skinner
- Let It Echo (Heaven Fall) by Chris Quilala, Jacob Sooter, and Sarah Reeves
- Chain Breaker by Jonathan Smith, Mia Fieldes, and Zach Williams
- No One Higher by Heath Balltzglier, Seth Condrey, and Steve Fee
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