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BSF® Lesson 14 Questions

® Matthew

Series III

SCHOOL PROGRAM MEMORY VERSE: “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” — Matthew 13:23 (NIV84).

FIRST DAY: Read all notes and all Scripture references.

1.What specific points from the lecture transformed a part of your life this week?

2.What new or helpful thought did you receive from the notes?

SECOND DAY: Read Matthew 13:31-35.

Jesus did not explain most of the parables in this week’s lesson, so interpretations may vary. Please do not refer to commentaries or study Bible notes until after class.

3.a. To what did Jesus compare the mustard seed?

b.What was Jesus saying in the parable?

c.(Challenge) What is the significance, if any, of the birds? (Some Bible students draw a comparison with verses 4 and 19 of Matthew 13. There may or may not be a connection. See also Ezekiel 17:22-24.)

4.a. In verse 33, what does the picture of the woman and the yeast say about the kingdom of heaven?

b.(Challenge) Bible scholars differ about the symbolism of the yeast; it represents sin or evil in some, but not all, places in Scripture. Compare Leviticus 2:11 and 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 with Leviticus 7:13 and 23:15-18. If you do see the yeast as a symbol of evil in this parable, what would Jesus be saying?

THIRD DAY: Read Matthew 13:44-46.

5.(Challenge) Explain the parable of the hidden treasure. Focus on what the treasure represents.

a.For one interpretation, read Psalm 73:25-26 and Colossians 2:2-3.

b.For another interpretation, read Deuteronomy 7:6 and Psalm 135:4.

c.Which interpretation do you favor, and why?

d.Despite the mystery here, what conclusion can you draw about God, His kingdom and His people that helps you?

6.(Challenge) What is the meaning of the parable of the pearl? See Philippians 3:8 for one possible interpretation, and Romans 8:32 for another.

a.What is the pearl of great value?

b.Who is the merchant?

c.What does “selling everything” to buy the pearl mean?

d.After thinking about the parable, what new understanding do you have of God and even of yourself?

7.Why did Jesus not interpret these parables?

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FOURTH DAY: Read Matthew 13:47-50.

 8. Explain the parable of the net. Give verses for each point.

a.The net

b.The good fish

c.The bad fish

d.The fishermen

e.The two outcomes for the two types of fish

 9. a. What similarities do you find between Matthew 13:39-43 and 13:49-50?

b.Why do you think Jesus gave two such similar parables on this topic?

c.(Personal) How have you responded to Jesus’repeated warning?

FIFTH DAY: Read Matthew 13:51-58.

10.a. How does Jesus describe a person who has “understood all these things,” and what responsibility does such a person have?

b.What “old” and “new” spiritual treasures does every Christian have?

c.How can a person today be instructed about the kingdom of heaven?

d.In what specific ways have you been instructed?

e.How could you bring out treasures God has given you to help someone who is afraid of God’s judgment or death?

11.Why did the people of Jesus’hometown “take offense at him”?

12.a. Why did Jesus not do many miracles in His hometown?

b.Can you share with your group a time when it seemed Jesus refrained from working in your life for the same reason? What was the result?

c.How could you avoid having the same thing happen again?

SIXTH DAY: Review Matthew 13:31-35, 44-58.

13.What did you learn from this passage about what your true treasure is, and how may your group pray for you in regard to this?

14.Homiletics for discussion and administrative leaders: Matthew 13:31-35, 44-58

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