Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Queen Esther Class: The Invitations

In this post I told you that I was working on a special summer series class for little girls ages 5 - 9 on Queen Esther.  I am having so much fun pulling this class together ... and I haven't even started teaching it yet.


The invitations have been made using things I had on hand except for the princess celophane bags, I purchased them at the Dollar Tree for $1.



I hand delivered them to 5 little girls.  

They were thrilled!  I hope they all get to attend!

I've secured a helper for the class ... with that many little girls, I need a helper!

to be continued ...

patsy


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rahab-the-What!

Rahab-the-What!

Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25
 Matthew 1:5
Hebrews 11:31
James 2:25

By Patsy Norwood

© 2003- 2017.  All Rights Reserved!


Lesson 8

How hard do you think it was for Rahab to keep her relatives inside her home for ‘an unspecified’ length of time?  How hard would it be for us to do the same today?  Why? 

 “Waiting” seemed to be the name of the game for Rahab and her family.  Explain how the phrase “God wants us to wait on his terms, not ours” applied to Rahab and her
situation and then think about how it applies to us today.
             
How do you think Rahab felt as the Israelites marched around Jericho?  Do you think she felt a sense of panic and worried that the spies might not keep their end of the deal? 
             
Put yourself in Rahab’s place.  How would you feel as the whole city of Jericho was falling down around you?  How would you keep those within your home from panicking and from ‘running for their lives?’
             
And now for the rest of the story ……

Rahab and her family were saved from destruction.  (Joshua 6:22-23)

She went to live with the Israelites.  (Joshua 6:25)

She married Salmon, an Israelite (History tells us that Salmon may have been one of the two spies.)  (Matthew 1:5)

Their son Boaz married Ruth.  (Matthew 1:5)

Boaz and Ruth were the grandparents of David through whose line Jesus was born.  (Matthew 1: 5-6)

Let’s back up a minute … God told the children of Israel not to intermarry with those of the land in fact, in Deuteronomy 20:16 they were instructed  not to even leave anything alive that breathed.  Explain Rahab the Canaanite marrying Salmon the Hebrew.
           
In order to better understand the previous question read Deuteronomy 20: 17-18.  What reason does God give for ‘utterly destroying” the Hittite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite and the Jebusite?           

Rahab was a Canaanite living in the land of Canaan.  With God’s reason for the destruction of these peoples in mind what do you think would cause Him to allow a Canaanite harlot to be saved?           

In Matthew 1:5 we find Rahab listed in the Messianic line.  With this information in mind, along with this study you’ve just completed, what can one conclude about God?       

Before we conclude this study there is a question that comes up from time to time that we need to look at … is the Rahab of this study the same Rahab mentioned as being in the Messianic line in Matthew 1:5?  Explain your answer.       

- Aren’t you glad God has a true picture of our hearts?

- Aren’t you glad we are saved by grace, not by being good?

- Aren’t you glad God sees the possibility of what we can become? 


…… I know I am.

patsy

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rahb-the-What!

Rahab-the-What!

Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25
 Matthew 1:5
Hebrews 11:31
James 2:25

By Patsy Norwood

© 2003- 2017.  All Rights Reserved!


Lesson 7

Joshua 2:14 tells us that Rahab was given a condition that she must fulfill in order for her and her household to be saved.  What was that condition?     

If Rahab had only believed and done nothing, she along with her family would not have been saved.   The same is true of us today; believing ‘only’ is not enough (James 2:19 tells us that the demons also believe and shudder), what else must we do?
           
It has been said that when it comes to answering Biblical questions, answers are just opinions unless they can be backed up with Scripture. With this thought in mind back up the answer you just gave in the last question with Scripture.

Who were the ‘none of you’ that the spies were referring to in Joshua 2:14 when it says “if none of you tell this business of ours?”  How hard would it have been for Rahab to get everyone to cooperate?   

In an earlier lesson we learned where Rahab’s house was located within the city.  In Joshua 2:15 we see the significance of the location of her house.  What is it?

What instructions did Rahab give the spies when she helped them escape?        

Right before departing, in Joshua 2: 17-20, the spies gave Rahab specific instructions that she must follow in order for her and her family’s safety to be secured?  What were those instructions?           
           
Do you think Rahab and her family would have been saved had she deviated from the instructions she had been given and put the scarlet cord in another window instead
 of the window from which she had let them down?  Why or why not?           
           
Thought question …  Are we ever guilty of deviating from God’s instructions …. just a little?  What are the results when we do?   

Why was it important that Rahab tell no one of the men’s business?

To be continued ...

patsy

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rahab-the-What!

Rahab-the-What!

Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25
Matthew 1:5
Hebrews 11:31
James 2:25

By Patsy Norwood

© 2003- 2017.  All Rights Reserved!


Lesson 6 

Verses 12 and 13 of Joshua, chapter 2, show that Rahab was not a selfish person.
Who else besides herself did she ask to be delivered from destruction?

Thought question ….  With Rahab’s example in mind let’s examine ourselves.   Do
we, like Rahab, do everything within our power to save our families from destruction
and bring about their salvation?   Let’s get specific in answering this question ... What
are some things that we as women, wives, mothers, daughters, etc can do to help bring
about the salvation of our families?
           
Let’s pause a moment and look at Rahab the person.  Thus far we’ve been able to
determine that she is a caring person (she could have turned the spies over to the King’s
men, but didn’t), trustworthy (the King’s men believed her when she said the spies had
already left), unselfish (she asked for her household to be saved in addition to herself),
and that she had determination (she was determined to help the spies escape even at
great risk to herself).  Now go back to the first question in the first lesson in this study 
and compare what you’ve written there regarding harlotry and prostitutes with what 
we have learned about Rahab thus far.  What can we conclude about Rahab after 
making this comparison?

To be continued ...

patsy

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rahab-the-What!

Rahab-the-What!

Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25
 Matthew 1:5
Hebrews 11:31
James 2:25

By Patsy Norwood

© 2003- 2017.  All Rights Reserved!


Lesson 5

Verses 8-13 of Joshua 2 are basically a plea by Rahab for her and her family’s lives. What was that plea and what was her reasoning for siding with the spies against her own people? 

Verse 11 gives us Rahab’s proclamation about God, which caused her and her family to
be saved from destruction.  What was Rahab’s proclamation?

Rahab didn’t stop at just making her proclamation; she also backed up her words with
action.  James 2:26 tells us that faith without works is dead.  How did Rahab ‘live’ this
verse?            

Would you say that Rahab’s faith was genuine or in name only?  Why?
           
Explain this statement, “Rahab’s actions grew out of her faith.”  How should this same
Concept apply to us today?           

It’s obvious that Rahab believed in God enough to put her life on the line.  How did she,
living in Canaan, learn about Him? 
           
What response did the spies have to Rahab’s plea for her and her family’s safety? 

To be continued ...

patsy


Friday, May 19, 2017

Rahab-the-What!

Rahab-the-What!

Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25
 Matthew 1:5
Hebrews 11:31
James 2:25

By Patsy Norwood

© 2003- 2017.  All Rights Reserved!


Lesson 4

A lie, is a lie, is a lie and Rahab lied to the King’s men, what was the lie that she told?

Why did she tell the lie?   

God specifically tells us not to lie, but Rahab did, and the outcome was according to God’s plans.  Does this mean that there are times when God sanctions lies?  Explain.     

Where were the two spies hidden while the exchange between Rahab and the King’s men was taking place?            

Why did Rahab take the risk that she did when she lied about the whereabouts of the spies? 

What would have been the consequences for Rahab if her deception had been discovered?

To be continued ...

            
patsy

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rahab-the-What!

Rahab-the-What!

Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25
 Matthew 1:5
Hebrews 11:31
James 2:25

By Patsy Norwood

© 2003- 2017.  All Rights Reserved!


Lesson 3

Verse 2 says that the King of Jericho knew the spies were at Rahab’s house.  How did he know?  What are some ways he could have found out?

Upon being told that the spies were at Rahab’s house the King sent a message to her, what was the message?
           
Who delivered the message to Rahab?
           
How do you think Rahab felt when she realized the King’s men were at her house to question her and not there for other reasons?

This was a critical moment for Rahab, what thoughts do you think might have been going through her mind as she was being questioned by the King’s men?             

What reply did Rahab give to the Kings’ men regarding the spies?        

Thought question … Why didn’t the King’s men search Rahab’s house?  Why did they just take her at her word? 

What does the King’s men’s decision not to search Rahab’s house say about her?

To be continued ...

patsy

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rahab-the-What

Lesson 2 ...

Rahab-the-What!

Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25
Matthew 1:5
Hebrews 11:31
James 2:25

By Patsy Norwood

© 2003- 2017.  All Rights Reserved!


In Joshua 2:1, Joshua sends two men to secretly spy out the land. These two men went to the house of Rahab the harlot and lodged there. Why would the house of a harlot be a good place for spies to hide?            

Where was Rahab’s house located?  Give city and location in the city. 

Now that you know where Rahab’s house is located let’s learn something about a ‘city wall.’ What is the significance of a city wall, what is its purpose? 

To be continued ...

patsy

Monday, May 15, 2017

Rahab-the-What! Bible Study

Lesson 1 ...

Rahab-the-What!

Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25
 Matthew 1:5
Hebrews 11:31
James 2:25

By Patsy Norwood

© 2003- 2017.  All Rights Reserved!

 Background Information

 The children of Israel have been delivered out of the bondage of Egypt by Moses, crossed the Red Sea on dry land, been fed manna from God, wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, and crossed the Jordan River on dry land.  I think we can agree that this was a very eventful period in their lives, but hold on there’s more where that came from, enter … Rahab-the-harlot!

As you will discover during this study of Rahab she was a harlot or in modern day terms a prostitute.  What kind of feelings do the words harlot and prostitute bring to mind?      

What are some things that might cause a woman to become a prostitute?     

Using Bible commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Bible encyclopedias, etc do some research on harlotry and prostitution during Bible times and write down at least two different things you discover.  (I think you will be surprised at what you find!)

To be continued ...

patsy

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lydia's Example

Lydia’s Example
Acts 16: 13-15, 40

          What do we know about Lydia? Right off the top of our heads we know that she was a seller of purple and that she became a Christian after hearing Paul preach by the riverside in Philippi, but there’s more to Lydia than those two facts. 
In Acts 16: 13- 15, it says ….
And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled. (13)  A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. (14) and when she and her household had been baptized she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.”  And she prevailed up on us. (15)
Before we delve into Lydia’s life though, let’s ‘fill in the blanks’ on a couple of things we just read so we’ll have a better understanding of the passage.
The “We” in verse 13 is Paul, Timothy, Silas and Luke, and the “A place of prayer” mentioned, also in verse 13, refers to the place where Lydia and other women met to worship on the Sabbath since there was no synagogue.
So, what are some things we learn about Lydia?
We notice from reading this passage that Lydia was from Thyatira but lived and worked in Philippi.  We can conclude that she evidently had a big house complete with servants and that she was a successful business woman.  It seems her business was dying and selling purple cloth. 
These few Scriptures also tell us a lot about Lydia’s spiritual life.  They tell us that she was a worshipper of God, but … she was not a Christian.  She did not know the whole truth!  She met with other women worshippers of God down by the riverside on the Sabbath Day and not the first day of the week like we do today.  This is because the gospel of Jesus Christ had not been preached in Philippi yet, the Church had not yet been established there and they did not know … they were still worshiping God under the old law.
But once Paul and the others joined them and Paul started preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, we read that ‘the Lord opened Lydia’s heart.’  Ignorance was responsible for Lydia’s closed mind and heart, but as she sat and listened to Paul, the light dawned and her ‘eyes were opened’ so to speak.  She understood and her heart was receptive to what she was hearing.  She now knew the whole truth!
So, what did she do with this truth?  Lydia believed and was baptized. She became the first Christian convert in Europe that we have record of.
Now, we’re going to start seeing Lydia spring into action!  We’re going to see how she made a difference in the Lord’s Church.
First of all we see that she shared her faith.  Did you notice that she and her household were baptized?  Her household could have been her servants, possibly family members or even some of both.  Scriptures are unclear on this point, but non-the-less her household was baptized.  Can we say that?
The next thing we find showing Lydia in action was that she was hospitable.  In verse 15, we find that she ‘urged’ them … she didn’t just ask and then leave it alone, she ‘urged’ them to come to her house and stay, Her exact words were, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.”  She was so grateful for her salvation that she pled with the missionaries to use her house as their headquarters.  She really wanted to help God’s servants!
Reading between the lines it seems that Lydia’s house became the center for Christian fellowship and quite possibly could have been where the first Christian church in Philippi was formed.  She did not step back from using what she had to help further God’s kingdom.  Can we say the same?
Finally, in verse 40, we see Lydia was not ashamed of the Lord’s prisoners. We read that, ‘they (which was Paul and Silas) went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.’  Lydia gladly received Paul and Silas into her home after their discharge from prison.  She was not ashamed of them or the reason they had been imprisoned.
So, what was Lydia’s impact upon the Church?  I’m sure we will never know it all this side of heaven, but right off the bat we can see that by sharing her faith others learned the truth and by being hospitable she provided a place for not only Paul, Timothy, Silas and Luke to rest and to work from, but also a place for other Christians to meet, worship and fellowship as well.
What an example for us women!
Lydia was just one woman like each of us, with a busy schedule, like all of us, but she didn’t let that stop her from doing what she could with what she had to help further the Gospel.
Do you know someone like Lydia?  Someone who allows her home to be used for God!  Someone who genuinely cares about the Lord’s servants and goes out of her way, even to the point of sacrificing her own wants and needs, to help make sure their needs are met?  Someone who gladly shares her faith with others?  Are we that someone?  Could we be that someone if we tried?
It’s not impossible to follow Lydia’s example in this modern world we live in.  We don’t have to have big homes or lots of money as Scripture indicates Lydia had, but what we do have to be willing to do is to make God a priority in our lives, use what He has blessed us with and be willing to be obedient to His word.
I want to close with the following poem.  I hope you can see that it applies to the life that Lydia chose to live and that it can apply to the life we choose to live as well.


The Power of One!  (author unknown)
One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring
One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start each journey
One word must start each prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care
One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what's true
One life can make the difference
You see, it's up to you!!

I hope you have enjoyed what you've read and that it will encourage you in your walk with God.

patsy

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Feelings!

Feelings aren't a safe guide!

There is a way which seems right to a man, but it's end is the way of death.  Proverbs 14:12

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Integrity!

Don't do things you have to hide.

He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out.  Proverbs 10:9

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Friday, May 5, 2017

Our Speech!

Avoid perverted or suggestive speech.

All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing crooked or perverted in them.  Proverbs 8:8

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Guarding Our Heart!

We need to guard our heart for when we guard our heart, the rest of our body will follow!

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.  Proverbs 4:23

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Guarding our Tongue

We need God's help guarding our tongue!

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Psalm 141:3

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Heart Check?

When we start feeling like God is distant, it's time to do a heart check.

For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.  Psalm 138:6

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Monday, May 1, 2017

Choosing!

Choosing to keep our eyes on the Holy Word of God will make it easier for us to look away from the unholy.

Make me understand the way of Your precepts, so I will meditate on Your wonders.  Psalm 119:27

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could