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Read Luke 1:67-79
- What provokes Zechariah to prophesy?
- Why does Zechariah praise the Lord?
- Why does he say God has done this? According to what?
- Who is the child he addresses in verse 76?
- What is he called?
- What will he do?
- Why will he do those things?
- Read Isaiah 9:2, 40:3-5. How does this inform the meaning of Zechariah’s prophecy?
- What informs Zechariah’s praise?
- Zechariah has been longing for a child for years. But his prophecy has less to do with his family and more to do with God’s plan of salvation. Why is that?
- As we think about God’s faithfulness to keep his promises, how should that apply to our lives?
- How can we grow in theologically rich thankfulness, like Zechariah? What would that kind of thankfulness look like for us?
Jesus has life-giving power
Read Mark 5:21-43
- Describe the opening scene of this passage
- Who comes to Jesus? What does he want?
- What happens on the way to the house?
- How is the woman healed?
- How does Jesus explain what has happened?
- What news does the ruler of the synagogue receive in the meantime? How does Jesus respond?
- How do the crowds at the house respond to what Jesus says?
- What does Jesus do?
- How does the passage conclude? Why does Jesus tell the family not to tell anyone about this?
- What is the relationship between the two stories?
- What do these stories tell us about Jesus’ authority?
- What is the role of faith in these stories? How should that affect the way we think about our own faith?
- What kind of people does Jesus care for? What does this teach us about who we, as Jesus’ followers, should care for?