Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe, we’ve just finished reading week two of Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore. Some women are just starting the study and a few are catching up and getting into the routine of reading scripture each day. I enjoyed reading your comments from last week’s group discussion- your individual comments add value to the group study. This week our reading started with a circumcision and ended with the birth of a ministry; we covered a 30-year time span in just five days. There are so many unanswered questions and details not available to us in this part of scripture. The most nagging question for me is why people left Jesus alone as he was growing up, and did not attach themselves to him like modern day paparazzi. Why weren’t crowds of people walking pilgrimages to see this boy who would be King? I found a tiny clue in two scripture verses from our study:
- But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 ( Jesus was just born and the shepherds spread the word )
- Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51 ( Jesus was 12 years old then )
It appears Mary did not tell people who her son really was. She did not gossip and she kept these treasures in her heart, knowing when the time was right, God would call His son to ministry. Mary was obedient to the Lord and she was filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ( Galatians 5:22-23 ) Mary and Joseph raised their firstborn son under the Jewish law of the time. Beth Moore gives us a good visual description of the life Jesus lived while waiting for His calling.
Our bible study started with the birth of the Savior, we see a glimpse of him at age 12, and then His story resumes in Luke 3:21-22 “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”” Instead of a celebration and hymns of praise, Jesus begins His ministry in 40 days of isolation, with a few visits from Satan himself. I hope you saw the key verses listed for Christ’s defense against the enemy, and jotted these down for future use! If they worked for Jesus, they’ll work for you.
- Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone. Luke 4:4
- Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ Luke 4:8
- Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ Luke 4:1
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Christ buys us from our natural parentage, which is sinful flesh, in order to give us to His Father.
- Unfathomable wealth is hidden in Jesus.
- God shielded Jesus’ young life from the complications of divine acts.
- God allows circumstances to exist in our lives to drive us to dependency on Him.
- Faith is not the avoidance of questions. Our faith grows when we seek answers.
- Christ came to show us that the deeply spiritual is very practical.
- God never intended Himself to be viewed within church walls alone.
- If you leave God at church, your life will remain unchanged.
- Challenging God is not only void of faith; it is also foolish.
- Don’t fight Satan with your words, fight back with God’s!
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. Colossians 2:9
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:18
No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. John 6:46
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:18-19
For Next Week
- Read Week Three in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Three Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Three Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- What are some of the characteristics of people who tend to capture your favor? (page 44)
- What do you think “putting God to the test” means? (page 49)
- Give Christ’s ministry a name that summarizes Luke 4:18-19 (page 51).
- Share something from this week’s lesson that was meaningful for you.