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THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Journeying through Obedience, prayer and Anticipation: Insights from Genesis Psalms and Matthew

Welcome, friends, to our time of reflection and study in God's Word. Today, we journey through passages from Genesis, Psalms, and Matthew, each offering unique insights into God's character and His relationship with humanity. Let's open our hearts to receive wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration as we delve into these passages together.

Scripture: Genesis 6-8

"For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock." - Psalm 27:5

In Genesis 6-8, we encounter the story of Noah and the great flood, a testament to God's judgment and His mercy. Let's explore the themes of obedience, faith, and God's faithfulness in the face of human sinfulness.

Guiding Bible Study Questions:

1. Genesis 6:

a. What prompted God's decision to bring the flood upon the earth?

b. How does Noah demonstrate obedience and faithfulness to God's instructions?

c. Reflect on the significance of God's covenant with Noah and its implications for humanity.

2. Genesis 7:

a. Explore the detailed instructions God gives Noah for building the ark. What does this reveal about God's attention to detail and His desire for redemption?

b. Consider the ark as a symbol of salvation. How does this foreshadow the ultimate salvation offered through Jesus Christ?

3. Genesis 8:

a. Reflect on the moment when the floodwaters recede, and Noah offers sacrifices to God. What does this teach us about gratitude and worship in times of deliverance?

b. Consider God's promise never to destroy the earth again with a flood. How does this demonstrate His unchanging faithfulness?

Scripture: Psalms 5

"Give ear to my words, Lord, consider my lament." - Psalm 5:1

In Psalm 5, David pours out his heart to God, seeking guidance, protection, and justice amidst adversity. Let's explore the themes of prayer, trust, and seeking God's righteousness.

Guiding Bible Study Questions:

1. Psalm 5:

a. What circumstances does David face, and how does he turn to God in prayer?

b. Explore David's plea for God's protection and guidance. How does he express his trust in God's righteousness?

c. Consider the contrast between the fate of the wicked and the blessings of the righteous as described in this psalm.

Scripture: Matthew 3

"I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." - Matthew 3:11

In Matthew 3, we witness the ministry of John the Baptist, preparing the way for the coming of Jesus Christ. Let's explore the themes of repentance, baptism, and the anticipation of the Messiah.

Guiding Bible Study Questions:

1. Matthew 3:

a. Reflect on John the Baptist's message of repentance and preparation for the coming of the Messiah. How does this call to repentance resonate with us today?

b. Explore the symbolism and significance of baptism as practiced by John. How does baptism represent a commitment to turning away from sin and embracing new life in Christ?

c. Consider the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God at His baptism. How does this mark the beginning of His public ministry and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies?

As we reflect on these passages, may we draw closer to God, finding strength, hope, and renewed faith in His promises. Amen.

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