November 30, 2021

Discover:

  • Who was “Quirinius” (Luke 2:2)? Why would Quirinius lead military campaigns in Cilicia from Syria? Who were the resident Roman governors of Syria during this period? Where does Quirinius fit in?
  • Did Joseph have Mary ride on a donkey? Why is Bethlehem called “the town of David” (Luke 2:4)? Where are “Galilee” and “Nazareth” (Luke 2:4)?
  • Where was the “guest room” (Luke 2:7) that had no space for them? Did Mary give birth immediately after arriving in Bethlehem? What are “swaddling cloths” and “manger” (Luke 2:7)? What does Mary giving birth to her “firstborn” (Luke 2:7) Son indicate?
  • Why make this introduction to shepherds? Does the angel introduce Jesus as the “Lamb of God”?
  • When was “circumcision” (Luke 2:21) performed on Jesus? Why was circumcision performed on Jesus then? What is the significance of the circumcision of Jesus? How do boys heal from the wounds of circumcision? When do levels of vitamin K and prothrombin peak during a man’s life? When was this medical discovery made? What does the name “Jesus” (Luke 2:21) mean?

Respond:

  • How do you feel about the reactions of Simeon and Anna to baby Jesus? Does this validate your faith more?
  • Reading that Jesus was a child leading in the temple, how does this make you view the understanding of children? Should we look down on those who are young in age but great in faith?

November 29, 2021

Discover:

  •  Who is “Theophilus” (Luke 1:3)? What qualified Luke to write his account?
  • What is the difference between the Lord’s “commandments” and ”ordinances” (Luke 1:6)?
  • What was “the altar of incense”? Where was the altar of incense? What did burning incense on the altar of incense symbolize? When was the “hour of incense” (Luke 1:10)?
  • Who is “Gabriel” (Luke 1:19)? Why was Zacharias made “mute” (Luke 1:20)?

Respond:

  •  Is your faith as strong as Mary’s faith? Why or why not?
  • What can you learn and apply to your life from Mary’s song?

November 28, 2021

Discover:

  • What are all the actions of the Holy Spirit in Luke 1?
  • What does Zechariah do wrong?
  • How does Mary give all glory to God?

Respond:

  • Have you given praise to the Holy Spirit recently for what He continues to do in your life? 
  • Pray for an obedient heart and mind. Pray for a desire and discernment for God’s word. Pray that you treat Holy scripture as Holy. Pray for clarity, that biblical truth may ring clearly in your ears and falsehoods would sound like noisy gongs and clanging cymbals.