For the Christian
Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, June 3, 2001
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Golden Text and Responsive Reading
- What does the word Devil mean? (See http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/satan.htm.)
- According to the book of Revelation, what are other terms
used for the Devil? (See Rev 12:9,10, Rev 20:2.)
- How does "the Temptation of Jesus" account
in Mat 4:1-11 compare with "the Temptation of Jesus" accounts
in Mar 1:12,13 and Luk 4:1-13?
- What form of self-deception is mentioned in this section?
- Whose thoughts and words can one trust?
- Whose thoughts and words can one not trust?
- What is the basis for evil?
- What is the basis for good?
- Who was Esther?
- Who was Vashti, and why was she no longer King Xerxes'
queen? (Note: In the Persian language Xerxes is known as Ahasuerus.)
- What did Haman plot, and why?
- Where in twentieth century history are there parallels
to Haman's plot? (Note: To answer this, read all of chapter 3 of Esther.)
- Why did King Xerxes go along with Haman's plot?
- What is the basis for Isaiah 50 writing, "Their
insults cannot hurt me because the Sovereign LORD gives me help. I brace
myself to endure them. I know that I will not be disgraced" (Bible
citation # 8)?
- What today is our basis for defense against wicked plots?
- As Haman's plot was revealed to Esther, what was Esther's
immediate course of action?
- When you are faced with any type of problem, what should
be your first resort?
- According to the account in this section, what good was
revealed, which ultimately served as the basis for exposing wickedness?
- How does this account coincide with Paul's words, "Do
not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Rom 12:21,
- What impact on their own lives is felt by those who attempt
(or even think) to injure others or to influence someone else to injure
- What power does a person, place, or thing have to injure
the children of God?
- What were the eventual results of Haman's plot on Esther,
on Mordecai, and on Haman himself?
- Is there truth or life in wickedness?
- How do Paul's words in Rom 12:9-21 illustrate the Christly
influence of New Testament theology as compared with Old Testament theology,
including that found in the story of Esther?
- In the King James Version, the Greek word that
should be translated as demon is incorrectly and consistently translated
as devil. (For an example and further explanation, see http://www.bibletexts.com/versecom/mat10v08.htm.)
In the biblical context what is the difference between the Devil
(also known by the Hebrew name of Satan) and a demon?
- Though it is natural for us to be very grateful for our
God-given freedom from (power over) sin and sickness, according to Luk
10:20, for what are we to be most joyful?
- What does it mean to be 'a law unto oneself,' as Paul
described in Rom 2:14, and why is this important in our defense against
malicious thoughts, words, and acts?
- How is the Lord's Prayer applicable to this entire Bible
Lesson? (See http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/prayer.htm.)
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