Bible Study for April 27th, 2024

Saturday at 10:00 am EST

To rise in the morning and drink in the view —
The home where I dwell in the vale,
The blossoms whose fragrance and charms ever new
Are scattered o’er hillside and dale;

To gaze on the sunbeams enkindling the sky —
A loftier life to invite —
A light that illumines my spiritual eye,
And inspires my pen as I write;

To form resolutions, with strength from on high,
Such physical laws to obey,
As reason with appetite, pleasures deny,
That health may my efforts repay;

To kneel at the altar of mercy and pray
That pardon and grace, through His Son,
May comfort my soul all the wearisome day,
And cheer me with hope when ’tis done;

To daily remember my blessings and charge,
And make this my humble request:
Increase Thou my faith and my vision enlarge,
And bless me with Christ’s promised rest;

To hourly seek for deliverance strong
From selfishness, sinfulness, dearth,
From vanity, folly, and all that is wrong —
With ambition that binds us to earth;

To kindly pass over a wound, or a foe
(And mem’ry but part us awhile),
To breathe forth a prayer that His love I may know,
Whose mercies my sorrows beguile, —

If these resolutions are acted up to,
And faith spreads her pinions abroad,
‘Twill be sweet when I ponder the days may be few
That waft me away to my God.
(Written in girlhood.)

— “Resolutions for the Day”,
from Poems, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 32


Topic: Take away the stone, the raising of Lazarus (John 11:39)

Moderator: Thomas from NY

Readings: John 11:1-45, 54; John 12:1-11

Questions:

  1. What is Perea?
  2. And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. (John 10:40)

    And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan (Matthew 19:1)

    Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. (John 11:54)

    And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. (Mark 10:1)

  3. What can be learned from some of the reactions of people (see below) and how did Jesus respond?
  4. The disciples: Do not go as the Jews sought to stone Jesus (John 11:8)

    The disciples: Lord if he sleeps, he does well (John 11:12)

    Thomas: let us go so we may die too (John 11:16)

    Martha: if you had been here, Lazarus would not have died (John 11:21)

    Martha: I know Lazarus shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day (John 11:24)

    Mary: if you had been here, Lazarus would not have died (John 11:32)

    Some Jews: if Jesus could heal a blind man, why couldn’t he save Lazarus? (John 11:36, 37)

    Martha: Lord, by this time he stinketh (John 11:39)

  5. What interesting observations can be made about the raising of Lazarus from the dead?
  6. How did Jesus raise Lazarus?

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