Do you want to get the most out of your personal Bible study? Ask questions! Good questions lead to discovery.
God did! In Genesis 7:16 we read that once Noah, his family and all the animals were on board, “God shut him in.” That’s fascinating! The Hebrew word used for “shut” also means “to close” in an absolute sense. The idea is that God sealed the door. This same word is also used in Scripture to describe being confined or imprisoned. In other words, once God shut Noah and party inside the ark, no one was going to open the door.
I am often amazed at how hard I can go after the things I really want. Can you relate? Unfortunately I don’t always pursue Godly character. I am afraid it will cost more than I am willing to give. How do you think the Lord desires for us to be described? Consider some of the following: Strong and Courageous – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
In Mark 3:1-6 we read that Jesus once again entered the synagogue and the Pharisees were there to watch Him. They had been hearing stories about the Man from Galilee and they were growing more and more concerned. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were angry because Jesus forgave a man’s sins, ate a meal with sinners, refused to honor their rituals, and allowed His disciples to pick and eat grain on the Sabbath (Mark 2).
In Mark 2:1-12 we read of four men who went to extreme measures to get their friend to Jesus. Their friend was paralyzed and there was no known cure for his condition. These men had heard about, or maybe even witnessed, Jesus heal others. They realized Jesus was the only remedy for their friend’s great need. Their desperation birthed a great determination to get there friend to Jesus.