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Discussion Questions: Marriage & Relationship, Part 5

Marriage & Relationship: Modern Concepts vs. Biblical Principles, Part 5

Elizabeth/Zechariah and Mary/Joseph
Discussion Questions

Study Recap

Part 1:

  • Naomi, Ruth & Boaz (Book of Ruth)
  • Jacob, Leah, Rachel (Genesis 29-31, 34-35)

Part 2:

  • Abram/Abraham & Sarai/Sarah (Genesis 12-13, 15-18, 20-22)
  • Hosea & Gomer (Book of Hosea)

Part 3:

  • Adam/Adamah & Chavah/Eve (Genesis 1-5, Revelation 22)

Part 4:

  • Elkanah & Hannah (1 Samuel 1-3) 
  • Manoah & His Wife (Judges 13) 

Part 5:

  • Elizabeth and Zechariah (Luke 1)
  • Mary and Joseph (Matthew 1, Luke 1-3)

Part 5 Themes

  • Spiritual pregnancy and purpose
  • Favor
  • Lineage
  • Identity

Study Questions

  • How is faith represented in these stories?
  • What errors do the righteous make in the presence of God or with His messengers?
  • Disbelief is shared between genders as is immediate faith. Was Zechariah punished or given an opportunity? Why do you think he was sentenced to silenced for his question and Mary wasn’t? For that matter, neither were Abraham and Sarah. Why does Zechariah stand out in his disbelief? 
  • How are the prayers and prophesies of Hannah, Mary/Elizabeth and Zechariah similar?
  • What correlations do you see within the stories we’ve reviewed (re: couples, friends, family, community, relationship with God)?
  • The following women are not given origins in their narratives: Sarai, Manoah’s wife, Mary. What do you read into this or take away from it?
  • What is the role or importance of barrenness, children and adoption in the stories?
  • How does travel impact Mary and Elizabeth in their stories? What role does travel play in the other stories?
  • What are the similarities between the conception, pregnancies, instructions for and lives of Samson, Samuel, John and Jesus?
  • Where is God in the relationship and story?

The discussion for Part 5 will be on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:00am MT. All are welcome to join. Email BibleStudy@Harvest-Life.org for link.

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Discussion Questions: Marriage & Relationship, Part 3

Join me Tuesday, November 17, 2020 for Part 3 of the Marriage & Relationship: Modern Conflicts vs. Biblical Principles virtual study. We will explore the marriage of Adam/Adamah & Chavah/Eve and the relationship between Man/Woman and Human/Spirit.

Text: Genesis 1-5, Revelation 22

Discussion Questions

  • What are your ideas of manhood and womanhood?
  • When you think of two people joining in marriage, what does that represent to you?
  • Do you see husband and wife as an equal partnership or as an hierarchal relationship?
  • What is your interpretation of the following verses?
    • The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” (Gen 2:15-17)
    • Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” (Gen 2:18)
    • Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.” (Gen 2:23)
    • Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. (Gen 2:24)
    • And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed. (Gen 2:25)
    • “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” (Gen 3:16)
    • cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Gen 3:17-19)

Questions from Study Partners

Dorina:

  • What’s the situation with a believer marrying a non believer?
  • Do we have to walk with other Christians or can you walk alone?

Key Words to Explore

  • join/cleave
  • side (translated as rib)
  • desire
  • human
  • spirit
  • man
  • woman
  • breath

Here are some resources I’ve been digging into for this discussion. 

PS: There’s no obligation to read what I read 😉 but it should all be very helpful for your studies.