Romans 2:1-29

  1. What four things are said about God’s judgment in verses 2, 6, 11 and 16?
    What else do you learn about it in this passage?
  2. By what general test will God judge men?
    See verses 7-10. How will this bring condemnation on:
    (a) the self-righteous person,
    (b) the Gentile, and
    (c) the Jew?
    Why does God delay the day of wrath?
  3. Verses 25-29. The Jews rested upon circumcision as the seal of God’s covenant with them.
    What else does Paul show here to be required without which the outward sign ceases to have value?
    Cf. 1 Sam. 16:7. How would you frame the argument in relation to Christian ordinances?

Notes

  1. Verses 7 and 10 in no way contradict the truth that salvation cannot be earned by works. Paul is not dealing at this point with the method of salvation, but with the nature of the test in the day of judgment. The test is righteousness (cf. 1 John 3:7, 10). If a man is not righteous in heart and life, he will be condemned. Later Paul will show that the only way to become righteous in God’s sight is through faith in Christ.
  2. Verses 12-15. The meaning is that men will be judged by the light they have had. If they have been under the law of Moses they will be judged by that; if not, they will be judged by the standards they possess by nature through reason and conscience.

 

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Romans 1:1-32

  1. What does the apostle say in these verses about himself?
    See verses 1, 5, and each verse from 9 to 16.
    With verse 14, cf. 1 Cor. 4:1; 9:16, 17.
  2. What does Paul say about the gospel, its origin, content, purpose, power and propagation?
    Have you any eagerness or sense of obligation to preach it
  3. How does Paul show the sin of man to be:
    (a) deliberate, and
    (b) inexcusable?
    How did it begin, and what spiritual, mental, moral and physical effects does it have?
  4. How is God’s wrath said to manifest itself?
    Notice the three stages in verses 24, 26 and 28. Cf. Ps. 81:12; Acts 7:42.
    In what ways do you see God’s wrath at work in the world of today? Cf. Rom. 12:19; 13:4.

 

Note. Verse 17. The phrase ‘the righteousness from God’, here and in 3:21, means a righteousness provided for man by God in Christ. It should be distinguished from ‘the justice of God’ or ‘God’s righteousness’ (3:5, 25), which means God’s character as righteo

Ezekiel 47:13-48:35

Finally the prophet is shown in this vision the boundaries of the land (47:13-21) and the portions of the tribes (48:1-29). The land was to be divided into parallel zones, running from the west coast to the Jordan.

  1. What gospel principle is foreshadowed in 47:22, 23? Cf Eph. 2:11-13, 19; Col. 3:11.
  2. How many tribes had their portion north of the broad zone assigned to the Lord in 45:1 (See diagram 4, P. 404 Diagram 4) and how many south of it?
    Which tribes had portions immediately adjacent to the central zone containing the sanctuary?
    What do you think was the reason for this privilege?
  3. What does the new name of the city reveal about God’s purpose in relation to his people?
    Looking back on the vision as a whole, write down the main lessons that it teaches, and consider how these stand out still more clearly in the light of the revelation given us in Christ.

Ezekiel 47:1-12

The prophet is shown another aspect of what it means when God dwells in the midst of his redeemed and reconciled people.

  1. Notice particularly where the river comes from. What can those who seek reform; whether it be social, political, or moral, learn from the relation given here to Ezekiel? see – Cf. Ps. 46:4; Is.33:21; Rev.22:1, 2.
  2. What is symbolized by the increasing depth and extent of the waters?
    How long is it since you first came to Christ, and became a temple for his indwelling?
    Are the living water flowing from your life in increasing measure?
    If not, what is wrong? Cf. john 7:37-39.
  3. The river of life sought out the most desolate and seemingly irrecoverable region in all the land and healing. Recall how this was also Christ’s method. Cf. Mark 2:16, 17; Luke 15:1, 2; 19; 10; 23:43. What have these things to say to us?

Notes:

  1. Verse 1. The waters flowed from the sanctuary across the inner court, south of the altar, and appeared on the right-hand side of the outer east gate.
  2. Verse 8. ‘The Sea’: i.e., the Dead Sea, in which nothing can live.
  3. Verse 12. Cf. Ps. 1:3; Jer. 17:8; Rev.22:2.

 

 

Ezekiel 46

The remainder is chiefly concerned with the feast and offering (45:18-46:15), but at the end are two notes, one about the right of the prince to bestow part of his territory on his sons or servants (46:16-18) and the other about rooms in the temple courts to be used as kitchens for boiling the flesh of the sacrifices (46:19-24).

  1. What is said three times in 45:15-20 to be the purpose of the sacrifices? If they had not been offered, could the people have had any assurance in drawing near to God? What in the New Testament is revealed as the true ground of atonement? Cf. Heb. 10:4-10; 1 John 2:1, 2.

Notes

  1. 46:19 defines the positions of the priests’ Kitchens, and verses 21-24 define the position of the people’s kitchens.

Ezekiel 45

Not only was the temple different in many respects from that of Solomon, but the whole land was to be divided up in a new way. A broad strip of land, extending right across the country from the Mediterranean to the Jordan and including the temple, was to be set apart for the Lord (45:1-8). How it was to be used is shown in diagram.

Land Division Ezekiel 45:1-8

Verses 9-17 lay down regulation as regards weights and measures, and the dues to be paid by the people to the prince.

  1. How does 45:8-12 Show that the holiness that Jehovah requires is not only religious but moral? What light do these verses throw on God‘s attitude to injustice and oppression, and to commercial dishonesty? Cf. 46:18; Lev. 19:35, 36; prov. 11:1; 1Pet.1:14-16.

Notes

  1. 45:1. The holy district consisted of the area marked on diagram 4; 25,000 cubits was about eight miles.
  2. 45:10-12. There was a vast amount of local variation in ancient Israel regarding weights and measures, and this was the cause of much commercial malpractice. Ezekiel is her demanding strict standardization in God’s name

Ezekiel 43:13-44:31

This section opens with a description of the great altar in the center of the inner court, together with the sacrifices by which it is to be cleansed and purified (43:13-27).The alter rested on a square base and was built of three square blocks of stone, each smaller then the one below, leaving a projecting ledge at each level. The uppermost block had four horns and was twelve cubits square. It was reached by steps on the east side. Chapter 44 lays down three ordinances, the first concerning the use of the east gate (verse 1-3), the second concerning the Levites (verses 4-14), and the third concerning the priests (verses 15-31).

  1. Why had the altar to be cleansed before the offering made on it were acceptable to God? See 43:27 and cf. Lev.16:18, 19; Col. 1:19-22; Heb. 9:23.
  2. What lessons are taught in 44:10-16 regarding God’s judgments upon faithful and unfaithful service? Cf. Luke 19:17; 2cor. 5:9, 10; 1 Tim. 1:12.

Notes

  1. 44:7, 8. It had evidently been the custom before the exile to allow foreigners to officiate in the sanctuary and in its ministry, even though it may have been only in menial duties.
  2. 44:19. They shall not bring their holy garments into contact with the people (Cf. Ex. 30:29).