Prayer Psalm: 3
Prayer Point: King David wrote this prayer as he was running for his life from his son Absalom. He was attempting to seize the throne by force and he nearly succeeded. This psalm is a study of how to pray in the midst of fear. Notice how David describes God in this prayer. Notice what he asks for. Pray that God will give you the faith to trust him, not only for your safety, but also for justice, so that you will not pursue it yourself.
‘Moses’ seat’ is a symbolic reference to the authority of Moses. The Pharisees act as interpreters of the law for the Jewish people and therefore were the successors of Moses.
Why should the Pharisees be obeyed? Why shouldn’t they be copied? What is the problem with the Pharisees’ practice of the law?
What is Jesus’ vision of leadership and how does it to contrast the Pharisees’ view of authority?
How does the Holy Spirit help us with prayer? What is the ‘good’ that God works all things for? For whom does this promise belong?
Salvation, as Paul describes it, is a past event, an ongoing process and hope set in the future.
Past: God foreknew us, called us and justified us. ‘Justified’ is a legal term. It means that we are declared innocent and righteous once and for all because of the death and resurrection of Christ.
Present: God right now is changing sinful people into the likeness of Jesus. God does this by working through all things including our failures, successes, tragedies, triumphs, joys and sorrows.
Future: We will be glorified, that is we will be without sin and perfect mirror images of Jesus (although we will not be God as Jesus is).
Numbers 32:1-6, 16-27 The Land East of the Jordan
What is it that the Reubenites and the Gadites ask of Moses and why? (The Reubenites and the Gadites are asking Moses for the land east of the Jordan because the land is suitable for livestock.)
What is Moses’ concern if the Reubenites and Gadites take possession of the land east of the Jordan? (It is clear that the Israelites will have to go to war against the inhabitants of the land. Moses does not want the remaining tribes to become discouraged (verse 7) as they had been when the spies came back from surveying the Promised Land with an “evil report”.)
What kind of understanding do the Reubenites and Gadites come to with Moses with regard to the land east of the Jordan and their brethren going across the river? (The plan of the Reubenites and Gadites is that they would build pens for their livestock and fortified cities for their women and children to live in. They will then accompany their brethren and not desert them until they have subdued all their enemies. Finally, they disavow any inheritance in the land west of the Jordan (no double dipping here!).)
What is the fate of the Reubenites and Gadites if they do not perform their vow in this regard? (“But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23 NIV))