- Solomon’s request was pleasing to God (3:10), but was it the highest gift he could have asked?
Cf. Exod. 33:13; Phil. 3:8, 10.
What do you put first in prayer?
What do we learn of God’s dealings with man from the way in which he answered Solomon’s request?
- What good things are said about Solomon in these two chapters, and what benefits did his rule bring to his people?
What, according to the writer, was the deepest ground of his prosperity?
Note. 4:4b. this was true only at the very beginning of Solomon’s reign. See 2:35.
- Compare this passage with Luke 5:1-11, nothing the similarities and the differences.
Why did the disciples take up their old work again?
What did they learn from this experience?
- What did the Lord reveal here:
(a) about himself,
(b) about the work that the disciples were to do?
How does this revelation of the risen Lord affect your own life and work?
Verse 14. ‘The third time’: first time, 20:19-23; second time, 20-24; third time, now in Galilee. See Mark 16:7. Probably the third recorded by this Gospel is meant here.
- Why was Mary so concerned that the body has gone from the tomb?
What did Jesus convey to her when he said ‘Mary’?
Why did he say, ‘Do not hold on to me’?
Is it possible for us to miss the best in the Lord while holding on to the good?
- Does verse 19 show that the disciples were still doubting?
What convinced them that Jesus was truly raised from the dead?
Why as Thomas moved to make the complete avowal of faith, to which none of the others had yet attained?
Was it only that he saw Jesus? How can one who has not seen him be led to faith in the risen Lord (verses 29-31)?
- In verses 21-23 the risen Christ commissions his apostles.
By what authority, with what power and for what purpose, does he send them?
Verse 17. Note the distinction, ‘my Father and your Father’. Jesus never said of himself and his disciples, ‘Our Father’, as though their relation to God was the same as his. He is the only begotten Son; we are sons of God ‘in him’.