Family Bible Study Lesson for February 15: Disciplined Bible Study : Friday, Jan. 23, 2004
January 23 2004 by Claude Frazier

Family Bible Study Lesson for February 15: Disciplined Bible Study : Friday, Jan. 23, 2004
Friday, Jan. 23, 2004

Family Bible Study Lesson for February 15: Disciplined Bible Study

By Claude Frazier
Focal Passage: Joshua 1:6-9; Psalm 1:1-6; 2 Timothy 2:15-16

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 2:15

Success

Joshua 1:6-9

God's plan is not dependent on any one human leader. After Moses died, God called Joshua to the great responsibility of leading His people across the Jordan and into the Promised Land. God gave to Joshua His divine plan and vision of what Israel could accomplish through Him.

God revealed to Joshua what the boundaries of the new nation should be, but the biblical record suggests that Israel never occupied the full extent of the promise. The author of Joshua believed this was because the people did not meet God's requirements.

Failure can also result when leaders do not realize their potential and nations do not receive what God intended for them.

God's plan is so much greater than we realize. God never walks out on His promises. Some of our objectives are unrealized because we do not fulfill the conditions given to us.

One condition God gave Joshua was to "be strong." God always does His part but humans must do their part also. Every life has its share in the divine purpose of God.

Another condition to Joshua was "turn not." Obedience is necessary for bringing about the vision. God told Joshua to "be not afraid." The true leader must give of himself without question and face his work with assurance. Fear causes other emotions that can take our mind away from the goal.

God's promise for success was His never-failing presence. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The world seems to change, faces change, conditions change, but God does not change.

Blessing

Psalm 1:1-6

"Blessed" or "happy" describes the one who refuses to follow the way of wickedness, which is ungodly, sinful and scornful. A righteous person "walks," "stands" and "sits" in the way of righteousness. One who is wise delights in the law of Lord and seeks to fulfill the law. The Psalm likened the wise man as a firmly planted tree that yields fruit and is productive, with leaves that do not wither - an image of prosperity and stability.

The righteous are firmly planted in the way of God, learning from scripture godly principles for living. They remain close to the river of grace so they can be continually refreshed and worshiping and communing with God so their spiritual lives will not wither and die.

The latter verses of the text warn against evil. In the judgment of the Lord, the wicked cannot stand, but will be driven about like chaff on the wind. Their lives are not centered on the Lord and they are not comfortable in the assembly of the righteous.

The Lord knows the way of the righteous. The Lord is interested in the life we live, and rewards the righteous.

Godliness

2 Timothy 2:1516

Paul exhorted Timothy to keep the faith and present himself as a real teacher. He told Timothy to study and "rightly divide" or interpret God's teaching in scripture. In other words, He encouraged the habit of disciplined Bible study.

This shows that we need Bible study and prayer to become strong in faith, not fearing. Paul was explaining this to Timothy as the correct response to the threat of false teachers.

Paul described the false teachers' words as godless chatter that amounted to nothing but emptiness. The teachers in question seem to have been teaching false views of the resurrection, stirring up discord and upsetting the faith of others.

Bible studies and discussions that leave us closer to one another and to God are helpful, but if we erect barriers between each other, we also become more distant from God. Our aim should be to help bring others closer to God, to be workmen who handle the word of God with integrity, with no need to be ashamed.
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