M&M – Meditate & Memorize

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) John 15

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) John 15

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) John 15

John 15:1-11  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches

15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

M&M October 2015

John 15:1-11

 

Repeating words/phrases

Abide

Vine

Branch

Fruit

You

Me/My

If

And

Words

Will

Love

What a passage! It’s full of encouragement and admonition. This is truly a passage where we need to sit and soak. This is a portion of Scripture we need to just take our time, to sit and read over and over, to listen to the Spirit through. This passage complements the I John study that I’ve posted here. The same John, the cousin of Jesus, wrote this book, 1, 2, and 3 John and Revelation. John and Jesus’s mothers were sisters.

John is unique from the other three gospels-Matthew, Mark and Luke-which are chronological in organization. John’s gospel was written much later than the others and is much more reflective in nature. John was referred to as the ‘beloved’ disciple. He was also the only disciple at the cross and not surprisingly, Jesus gave him charge of His mother before He died.

I would challenge you to read the whole book of John before approaching this month’s passage. It will give you a better contextual appreciation as you being meditating and memorizing the truths contained in John 15.1-18.

Take time to go through and mark all of the verbs, reoccurring words, and conditional conjunctions (if).

There are 7 ‘I am’ statements of Christ in the book of John. List them.

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Jesus is speaking in this passage and in the first verse He declares who He is and who the Father is. What figurative images does He use?

Jesus-

Father-

In verse 2 the absolute word ‘every’ used. What does it mean? What are the two options for branches and what are the results? Is there a neutral option?

What makes us clean? (vs3)

Verse 4 gives the secret to bearing fruit, what is it? What does it mean?

Jesus makes a declaration in verse 5. What is it? Is this literal or figurative? How do you know?

In verse 5b Jesus says that we can do nothing apart from Him. How do the following passages relate to this statement?

John 5:59

John 5:30

Who was Jesus dependent on? How does this support the doctrine of the Trinity?

Verses 6, 7 and 10 Jesus uses the conditional conjunction ‘if’. What are the three conditions He lays out?

1.

2.

3.

The word ‘whatever’ is used in the New Testament 52 times (NASB). In this generation it has come to represent a flippant attitude towards responsibilities, decisions and even God’s word.

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Rachael Carman

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) James 1

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) James 1

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) James 1

James 1

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear,slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Repeating words/phrases

All

But

If

Will

 

This is a longer passage this month. Please take the time to read the entire book of James. It will be a better context for you to study the whole book rather than just the first chapter alone. There is more here than we can possibly cover in just a few minutes. I pray that you will allow this passage to wash over you. Dare to dig deeply into it. Don’t try to answer the questions quickly, but rather come back to them over and over and allow them to draw your heart closer to God as you seek Him through this passage.

 

Who is this James? How do you know? (Check out I Corinthians 15.7, Galatians 1.19 & 2.9)

 

After his initial greeting, James goes straight to the point. Under what circumstances is he suggesting we should we be joyful? Why? What result does he offer?

 

Verse 5 talks about the importance of wisdom. Who grants it? How can we ask for more?

 

What is doubt compared to?

 

What is a double-minded man? James uses this same word, double-minded again in James 4.8. How are these two verses related?

 

These two verses give us insight into James’ heart for his readers. What do you hear in his admonishments regarding being double-minded? What are some dangers of being double-minded?

 

Can you think of an example of being double-minded in your own life? Take a moment to pray in faith that God will grant you wisdom and strength to overcome the double-mindedness in your life.

 

James uses three similes (using the word “like” or “as” to compare and contrast) in this chapter to make illustrations of the points he is trying to communicate. List them and their significance:

 

Vs 6

Vs. 10

Vs. 23

 

To what does James compare a rich man’s pursuits in verse 11? How does that compare with Isaiah’s comparison in Isaiah 40.8?

 

Matthew 5 contains the famous beatitudes. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lists those who are blessed because of their attitudes. Who does James say is blessed in verse 12? What is he promised to receive? Why?

 

Name a relationship or situation or trial that you are persevering through right now. Take a moment to ask God to grant you wisdom and strength to continue on for His glory.

 

Does temptation come from God? How do you know? Who is your enemy? Does he tempt you?

 

According to verses 14 & 15 what is the progression that leads to death?

 

Lust is anything you desire, want, or long for more than God. Take a moment to ask God to reveal to you any lust in your heart. Take a moment to pray and ask God to grant you the wisdom and strength to overcome and renew the joy of your salvation.

 

What comes from God? (Verse 17) What attribute of God does this reveal? Name some of the good and perfect gifts He has given you.

 

In verse 2, 16 and now in 19 James refers to his readers as ‘my brethren’ or ‘my beloved brethren’. What tenderness he has for those in his charge. He is modeling speaking the truth in love. Are there some relationships wherein you need to either boldly speak the truth or be more gracious in your conversation?

 

Take a moment to pray that God would grant you wisdom to speak to others in a way that honors His name and encourages the person.

 

In verse 19 what three habits does James say everyone should do?

1.

2.

3.

Which one of these do you think you do pretty well? Which one do you need to work on? How might practicing these three change your marriage? Your parenting? Your friendships?

 

What about your relationship with your heavenly Father? How is Psalms 46.10 related to these three challenges?

 

Verse 21 lists two things to ‘put aside’ and one to ‘receive’. What are they?

1.

2.

3.

James takes the idea of receiving the word to a deeper level when he encourages his readers to do more than just hear the word. What does he say we must become? What does it mean to be a doer? In verse 25 he suggests how to be a doer. What does he say we need to do?

 

As chapter 1 wraps up, James advises us to bridle our tongues. How do we do that? Why is it important? James says that an unbridled tongue would nullify our religion. How?

 

Finally in the last verse of chapter one, James lists three characteristics of ‘pure and undefiled religion. List them:

1.

2.

3.

What do these three activities have in common? These are not meant to create a check list for the legalist in you. These are examples of the ‘doing’ James encouraged earlier. All of these require selflessness and determination. How can you make it a priority to commitment to these three?

 

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Rachael Carman

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) – Proverbs 3:1-13

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) - Proverbs 3:1-13

 

Memorize & Meditate (M&M)

Proverbs 3:1-13

Proverbs 3:1-13  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Rewards of Wisdom

My son, do not forget my teaching,

But let your heart keep my commandments;

For length of days and years of life

And peace they will add to you.

Do not let kindness and truth leave you;

Bind them around your neck,

Write them on the tablet of your heart.

So you will find favor and good repute

In the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your body

And refreshment to your bones.

Honor the Lord from your wealth

And from the first of all your produce;

10 So your barns will be filled with plenty

And your vats will overflow with new wine.

11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord

Or loathe His reproof,

12 For whom the Lord loves He reproves,

Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom

And the man who gains understanding.

 

 

M&M August 2015

Proverbs 3:1-13

 

Repeating words/phrases

Will

Do not

The Lord

Your

Heart

 

Who wrote Proverbs? To whom did he address this passage?

 

According to verse 1 what is the father pleading for? What danger is he warning of?

 

In verse 3 the writer suggests two things that the reader do with the teachings and commandments. What are they?

 

What are some practical ways you can do these?

 

Through out the passage there are 14 imperatives, things that the passage tells the reader to do. List them:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

 

Verses 2, 4, 6b, 8, & 10 lists 10 promises. List them:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

 

Mark the ‘do not’s”.

 

What are some areas/circumstances/issues in which you are leaning on your own understanding?

 

How could you acknowledge Him, His sovereignty, faithfulness, and goodness in those situations?

 

 

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Rachael Carman

 

Memorize & Meditate July 2015 – Ephesians 4:1-16

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) July 2015 - Ephesians 4:1-16

Memorize & Meditate July 2015

Ephesians 4:1-16

Ephesians 4:1-16New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Unity of the Spirit

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When He ascended on high,

He led captive a host of captives,

And He gave gifts to men.”

(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

Repeating words/phrases:

One

In love

 

Note:

Use of the absolute words: all and every

Use of pivotal conjunctions: but and therefore

 

This book is written by Paul to the Christians at Ephesus. I’ve selected a portion of Scripture that begins with the word ‘therefore’. To get the full thrust of this portion of the letter, please take the time to read it in context of the whole book. This part of the book is the thrust of the whole.

 

 

In verse one, Paul gives a charge; what is it?

 

 

Related, what is our collective calling as Christians?

 

 

How are we to achieve this objective?

 

 

I Corinthians 13, also written by Paul is the famous chapter on love, often quoted at weddings and even funerals. What are some characteristics of love that we are called to live out?

 

 

Tolerance is a hot topic. Try to step away what the current culture’s definition. What does it mean biblically? Are the two definitions the same?

 

 

Moving to verse 3, what should we be seeking to protect, to promote? Can this be achieved passively? Why or why not?

 

 

The word ‘one’ is used seven times in verses 4-6. List those things which are exclusive.

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

 

How do these point to John 14:6 where Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Live, no man comes to the Father except through Me.”

 

 

The exclusivity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is liberating and a clear indication of God’s grace and mercy towards mankind because there is a way to the Father. But it is also the most offensive to our culture that wants to be able to choose or make its own way.  Verse 6 goes further when it says, “one God and Father who is over all, and through all and in all. What attributes of God does this verse point to?

 

 

Verse 7 contains ‘but’ indicating a change in direction of thought. After having listed all of the ‘one’s’ now Paul talks about us individually, “each one”. What have we been given in a personal measure, uniquely?

 

 

What is grace?

 

 

What is mercy?

 

 

In verses 11 Paul lists some of the different roles Christ has given to come of us. List them. Which one(s) do you have?

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

 

 

What are two purposes of these gifts Paul gives according to verse 12? The ultimate goals are listed verse 13, what are they?

 

 

Again, there is an echo of I Corinthians 13 when Paul speaks of  “no longer to be children” in verse 14. What should be the result of these giftings and these goals?

 

 

Verse 14 Paul gives some examples of immaturity. List them and give some additional examples of your own.

 

 

In verse 15 we find our second ‘but’. Here the change in direction is away from immaturity and toward maturity. What are we to do? What would it result in?

 

 

Rounding out this passage Paul compares the church, believers as a body. This is a theme he discusses in I Corinthians 12 just before the love chapter. In both places Paul is making an appeal for us to work together as one. What benefits does he also highlight here in verse 16?

 

 

The phrase ‘in love’ occurs three times in this section of Scripture in verses 2,15, and 16. What are we to do ‘in love’? How would it make a difference? In what way can we begin today to live worthy in love?

 

 

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Memorize & Meditate (M&M) – Psalm 91

Join me every month for a little Memorizing & Meditating on God's Word. This month we're diving into Psalm 91 at RachaelCarman.com

 

Memorize & Meditate May 2015

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.

91 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,

My God, in whom I trust!”

For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper

And from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with His pinions,

And under His wings you may seek refuge;

His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,

Or of the arrow that flies by day;

Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

A thousand may fall at your side

And ten thousand at your right hand,

But it shall not approach you.

You will only look on with your eyes

And see the recompense of the wicked.

For you have made the Lord, my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place.

10 No evil will befall you,

Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you,

To guard you in all your ways.

12 They will bear you up in their hands,

That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and honor him.

16 “With a long life I will satisfy him

And let him see My salvation.”

 

 

June 2015 M&M

Psalm 91

This is known as the Warrior’s Psalm.

 

Repeating words/phrases:

Will

My

I (referring to the Lord)

Who

And

Or

He

 

Note:

pivotal conjunction: but

absolute words: no, any, all

 

Print out the Scripture and mark so that you can

 

In verse 1 what does it mean to ‘dwell in the shelter of the Most High’ and ‘abide in the shadow of the Almighty’? How are the verbs different? Are they synonyms? Are the titles the same? (Use BlueLetterBible.org to help.)

 

The psalmist claims God to be-

My ________________________ vs. 2

My ________________________ vs. 2

My ________________________ vs. 2

My ________________________ vs. 9

My ___________________   ___________________ vs. 9

 

How is trust key when you’re in a battle?

 

How is putting trust in the Lord (vs. 2) related to not being afraid in vs. 5. Read Psalm 121 for more insight.

 

What imagery does David use in verse 4?

 

 

Do a word study on the words fear and afraid. How are they related? When is fear appropriate? When is it inappropriate? Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Is that biblical? Are we to fear fear?

 

In verses 3, 5 & 6, what are the things He promises protection from?

 

In verse 7 it says, “a thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not approach you.” What does that mean? My right hand seems awfully close to me-

 

Describe an instance when you experienced His angels charge and guard over you. (Vs. 11)

 

There are several promises here-key word=will (some verses have more than one)

Vs. 1

Vs. 4

Vs. 5

Vs. 7

Vs. 8

Vs 10

Vs 11

Vs 12

Vs. 13

Vs 14

Vs 15

Vs 16

 

What is the promise given in verse 16? What does it mean to ‘see My salvation’?

 

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Rachael Carman

M&M May Challenge – Romans 12:1-21

Romans 12 1 21

M&M May Challenge – Romans 12:1-21

Romans 12:1-21  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Dedicated Service

12 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans can be outlined as follows:

Sin

Salvation

Sanctification

Sovereignty

Service

Our passage for this month falls in about our service as believers. It begins with the word, ‘therefore’. In order to fully understand the meaning of this passage, we must get it into context. Take the time to read Romans 1-11 with the above outline in mind.

Repeated words/phrases-interesting list-very few

Do not

But

If

All

 

Now that you have a better context for Romans 12, notice Paul’s urging in verse 1. How does that set the tone for these verses?

 

What are the three things Paul pleads with his readers to do in the first 2 verses?

 

How does he characterize God’s will in verse 3? Using blueletterbible.com look these words up in the original Greek. What insight did you gain?

 

In verses 3-8 Paul discusses the varying functions we have as members of the same body. How are we to function together? What about our gifts? What gift has God granted you to share with the body? Are you currently using that gift? How?

Humility is a clear theme in these verses. What specific verses illustrate Paul’s emphasis on our being selfless?

There are 6 pivotal conjunctions using ‘but’. Note each one and the contrast that Paul is stating.

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Throughout this passage Paul writes of practical actions a believer can do.  Depending on how our count there are around 30. Which ones stand out to you personally?

In the last three verses Paul writes about how to get along with difficult people in our lives. What does he encourage? How can we do this practically? (Note the verbs!)

There are four absolutes-3 ‘all’s’ and 2 ‘nevers’. What are the ‘nevers’ in verses 17 & 19 and why are they so important? What freedom do they offer?

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Rachael Carman

M&M April 2015 Challenge – Isaiah 40

M&M April 2015 Challenge - Isaiah 40 with free download.

M&M April 2015 Challenge – Isaiah 40

 

Isaiah 40 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Greatness of God

40 

“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.

“Speak kindly to Jerusalem;

And call out to her, that her warfare has ended,

That her iniquity has been removed,

That she has received of the Lord’s hand

Double for all her sins.”

A voice is calling,

“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;

Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

“Let every valley be lifted up,

And every mountain and hill be made low;

And let the rough ground become a plain,

And the rugged terrain a broad valley;

Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,

And all flesh will see it together;

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Call out.”

Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”

All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

The grass withers, the flower fades,

When the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

Surely the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flower fades,

But the word of our God stands forever.

Get yourself up on a high mountain,

O Zion, bearer of good news,

Lift up your voice mightily,

O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;

Lift it up, do not fear.

Say to the cities of Judah,

“Here is your God!”

10 Behold, the Lord God will come with might,

With His arm ruling for Him.

Behold, His reward is with Him

And His recompense before Him.

11 Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,

In His arm He will gather the lambs

And carry them in His bosom;

He will gently lead the nursing ewes.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,

And marked off the heavens by the span,

And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,

And weighed the mountains in a balance

And the hills in a pair of scales?

13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,

Or as His counselor has informed Him?

14 With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?

And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge

And informed Him of the way of understanding?

15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,

And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales;

Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.

16 Even Lebanon is not enough to burn,

Nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering.

17 All the nations are as nothing before Him,

They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

18 To whom then will you liken God?

Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

19 As for the idol, a craftsman casts it,

A goldsmith plates it with gold,

And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.

20 He who is too impoverished for such an offering

Selects a tree that does not rot;

He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman

To prepare an idol that will not totter.

21 Do you not know? Have you not heard?

Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?

Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,

And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,

Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain

And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

23 He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,

Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.

24 Scarcely have they been planted,

Scarcely have they been sown,

Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,

But He merely blows on them, and they wither,

And the storm carries them away like stubble.

25 “To whom then will you liken Me

That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.

26 Lift up your eyes on high

And see who has created these stars,

The One who leads forth their host by number,

He calls them all by name;

Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,

Not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,

“My way is hidden from the Lord,

And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth

Does not become weary or tired.

His understanding is inscrutable.

29 He gives strength to the weary,

And to him who lacks might He increases power.

30 Though youths grow weary and tired,

And vigorous young men stumble badly,

31 Yet those who wait for the Lord

Will gain new strength;

They will mount up with wings like eagles,

They will run and not get tired,

They will walk and not become weary.

 

 

Repeated words/phrases:

The Lord

He/Him/His

Who

All

Will

 

Make sure you take the time to read the whole passage through. Parts of it will be familiar to you, others might be new, but take in the entire context. Pray that God will speak to you through His word.

 

Mark all of the verbs. Notice how active God is in this passage.

In verse 2 there are three things that the Lord wants Israel to know. What are they?

1.

2.

3.

Verse 3 is a foreshadowing of what the forerunner of Christ would say. Who was he and where is this declaration found in the New Testament?

The Bible is not without the use of beautiful imagery. What comparisons are made in verses 6-8? What contrast is made?

What is the significance of verse 8 in a culture, which embraces relative truth?

This passage lists several promises. Name the promise in each verse below:

Vs. 5

Vs. 10

Vs. 11

Vs. 31

List all of the things, which are His. (e.g. Vs. 10 ‘His arm’)

What has He done according to verse 12?

Name the attributes of God according this passage.

How are the nations characterized verses 15-17?  What is the significance of this truth.

There are several similes in this passage. List them.

There are two pivotal conjunctions in verses 8 & 24. What contrasts do they underscore?

Verse 26 admonishes the reader to ‘lift us your eyes on high’. Why is it important to lift our eyes up to God? What Psalm encourages us to do this?

What is the conditional laid out at the beginning of verse 31? How do we do it? What are the rewards associated with doing it?

 

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Rachael Carman

M&M February 2015 Challenge – Matthew 5:1-16

Memorize & Meditate {M&M} February Challenge

Memorize & Meditate – February 2015

Matthew 5:1-16  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Sermon on the Mount; The Beatitudes

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

 

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This month’s M&M is familiar. Try to set aside all you already know, or think you know and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you. Read it several times over before continuing on to the questions below. Really soak in it and allow yourself to become saturated.

 

Repeating words/phrases

Blessed are

For they shall

Persecute/persecuted

Heaven

You

But

Light

Heaven

In verse 1-2 Jesus acts. What does He do?

Many of us have read and even memorized the beatitudes at some point in our lives. It is easy to read over them and not think about what they mean. Using some kind of a Bible study tool, research what they following phrases mean:

  1. ‘poor in spirit’
  2. ‘those who mourn’
  3. ‘gentle’
  4. ‘hunger and thirst’
  5. ‘merciful’
  6. ‘pure in heart’
  7. ‘peacemakers’
  8. ‘persecuted’

Similarly, what is the significance of these phrases?

  1. ‘the kingdom of heaven’
  2. ‘be comforted’
  3. ‘inherit the earth’
  4. ‘be satisfied’
  5. ‘receive mercy’
  6. ‘see God’
  7. ‘be called sons of God’
  8. ‘theirs is the kingdom of heaven’

There are three imperatives, two in verse 12 and one in verse 16. List them.

How do these seem challenging in light of the whole passage?

Jesus compares believers to two things in verses 13 and 16. What are they?

What does it mean to be salt? What difference does salt make?

What does it mean to be light? What difference does light make?

How can we be world changers as we live our daily lives?

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Rachael Carman

M&M January 2015 Challenge – Philippians 4:1-13

Memorize & Meditate (M&M) Philippians 4:1-13 {January 2015}

M&M January 2015 Challenge

Philippians 4:1-13New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Think of Excellence
Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

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Repeated words/phrases
But
Will
Let
Whatever
Learned
Rejoice/rejoiced
all
And
List the imperatives:
  1. Stand firm in the Lord vs 1
  2.   
Three uses of the conjunction ‘but’, what are the comparisons/contrasts?
1.
2.
3.
Two promises:
Vs 7-
Vs 9-
List the 8 qualifiers for the things we should think about
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Which one of these is the most challenging for your personally?
Paul is the author of the book of Philippians. Read 2 Corinthians 11.23-27. Paul knew the hardships associated with being a Christ follower, a proclaimer of the Good News. Through it all, what had he learned? (vs 11-12) Have you learned this? How? Through what life circumstance?
How does vs 13 sum up this passage?
What is the issue in your life right now for which you need His strength to sustain you? Are you willing to give it to Him and trust Him with it?
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Rachael Carman

Memorize & Meditate {M&M} – John 10:1-18

Memorize & Meditate {M&M} - John 10:1-18

Memorize & Meditate {M&M} 

John 10:1-18

It’s already time for our next M&M challenge passage. This time it is a classic that you have probably read over many times. I find it especially interesting that I choose these verses before we decided to do the Summer Bible Study of I John. I love how God weaves everything together for His glory.
Take the time to print out this PDF and mark it up as you meditate on it this month. Make it yours. Read over it and make notes on it. As you do so, allow it’s truth to soak into your mind. The more that you meditate on it the more the Holy Spirit will teach you through it.
Enjoy this month’s meeting with the Good Shepherd. Rest in Him.
1“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them. So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

 

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Rachael Carman