For the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, June 3, 2001

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Golden Text and Responsive Reading

  1. What does the word Devil mean? (See
  2. According to the book of Revelation, what are other terms used for the Devil? (See Rev 12:9,10, Rev 20:2.)
  3. 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?

Section 1

  1. What form of self-deception is mentioned in this section?
  2. Whose thoughts and words can one trust?
  3. Whose thoughts and words can one not trust?
  4. What is the basis for evil?
  5. What is the basis for good?

Section 2

  1. Who was Esther?
  2. Who was Vashti, and why was she no longer King Xerxes' queen? (Note: In the Persian language Xerxes is known as Ahasuerus.)
  3. What did Haman plot, and why?
  4. Where in twentieth century history are there parallels to Haman's plot? (Note: To answer this, read all of chapter 3 of Esther.)
  5. Why did King Xerxes go along with Haman's plot?
  6. 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)?
  7. What today is our basis for defense against wicked plots?

Section 3

  1. As Haman's plot was revealed to Esther, what was Esther's immediate course of action?
  2. When you are faced with any type of problem, what should be your first resort?

Section 4

  1. According to the account in this section, what good was revealed, which ultimately served as the basis for exposing wickedness?
  2. How does this account coincide with Paul's words, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Rom 12:21, NRSV)?
  3. 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 others?
  4. What power does a person, place, or thing have to injure the children of God?

Section 5

  1. What were the eventual results of Haman's plot on Esther, on Mordecai, and on Haman himself?
  2. Is there truth or life in wickedness?
  3. 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?

Section 6

  1. 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 In the biblical context what is the difference between the Devil (also known by the Hebrew name of Satan) and a demon?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. How is the Lord's Prayer applicable to this entire Bible Lesson? (See

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