The King in His Beauty 5

Wednesday July 20, 2016

The King in His Beauty
Thomas Schreiner

A Study Guide

Ezra/Nehemiah

  1. Read the following for more context: Ezra/Nehemiah
  2. What do these two men accomplish together? (209)
  3. What are these two books designed to do? (210)
  4. What is syncretism? Why is it dangerous? (210)
  5. Make the connection between the narrative of these two books at Genesis 3:!5. (211)
  6. Was Ezra merely an intellectual? Why not? (212)
  7. What was Israel’s primary problem? (215)
  8. What was the central distinctive of Israel’s covenant with God? (218)
  9. Dempster says: “The exile continues even though Israel is in the land.” How is this true? (219)
  10. Summing Up: What are the deeper realities that Israel’s history up through this point, point to?

 

Esther

  1. How is theology communicated in this book? (220)
  2. What is the main theme? (220)
  3. What is significant about Haman being an Agagite? (221)
  4. Sandra Berg says: “the fasts for Israel’s protection have turned into feasts.” What deeper storyline does this hint at? (224)
  5. Jot down a couple ways in which Schreiner hints at the sovereign hand of God at work in this story. (221-224)
  6. Summing Up: How does this book edify us today?   

 

Interlude Summation

  1. How does Joshua anticipate Jesus? 
  2. What are we left wanting at the end of Judges?
  3. What does the book of Ruth point to?
  4. Once again, how do the two songs bookending 1&2 Samuel summarize the story of this book? To what do the two songs point?
  5. What is the author’s intention in chronicling Israel’s sad history?
  6. Compare the final verses of 2 Chronicles to the final verses of Matthew. Why is this significant?
  7. What are the deeper realities that Israel’s history up through this point, point to?
  8. How does the book of Esther edify us today? 

 

Interlude Application

  1. What do the history narratives teach us about ourselves?
  2. With the temple as a backdrop, how does God want to be worshipped?
  3. What should be our attitude and posture in worship?
  4. How does Israel’s history bolster our own faith?

 

Part Three: Israel’s Songs and Wisdom

 

Job

  1. What does each wisdom book, including Job, emphasize? (233)
  2. What question does each book ask of the reader? (233)
  3. Briefly identify the four main sections of Job. (234)
  4. Finish this sentence: “Job and all human beings live_____________.” Why is this significant? (235)
  5. Was Job actually guilty of wrongdoing? (236)
  6. What does Schreiner mean by “the eschatology of the narrator”? (236)
  7. What does Job want? (237ff)
  8. Why aren't Job’s friends able to answer him? (237ff)
  9. What do they do instead? (237ff)
  10. What is the meaning/significance of Job 19:25-27? (240)
  11. What is wisdom? Can men get it by themselves? (242)
  12. True wisdom doesn't do what? (243)
  13. What does wisdom require? (243)
  14. Why is Elihu’s speech complicated? (244)
  15. Though righteous, in what ways did Job miss the boat about the nature of sovereignty? (245)
  16. What are God’s questions designed to do? (246)
  17. Complete Fyall’s quote: “We are being forced to the conclusion that_______________” (246)
  18. Why is mystery integral to worship? (246)
  19. The final two beasts God describes could possibly refer to what? (247)
  20. In light of Garret’s block quote, what does this indicate about the nature of God’s “Godness”? (248)
  21. What makes life worth living? (248)
  22. What do those who are wise realize? (249)
  23. Summing Up: How does the book of Job increase our faith?