Responding to God | Week 4: WiseMen

 

Intellect, knowledge, wisdom, these are all gifts from God. And every gift from God is meant to point us toward him. If we ignore that fact, our focus becomes misaligned and we will miss out on what God is calling us to do and who he has destined us to become. Every aspect of this universe, points us toward God. It is only when we are able to set aside our own interests that we are able to recognize that we have the greatest gift of all in Jesus our Lord.

 

READ John 3:19

 

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people love darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

 

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

After Adam and Eve disobeyed God what did they do? Why? (Genesis 3:8-11)

 

What does light represent in this passage?

 

Discuss other scriptures that compare and contrast light and dark?

 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Matthew 2:1-2.

 

1. What stands out to you about the actions of the Magi?

 

Read Matthew 2:9-12 (questions 2-4)

 

2. Discuss the significance of not finding the “king of the Jews” in a palace or the capital city.

 

3. Does it mean anything that the Magi were not Jews?

 

4. What do you suppose the various gifts represent?

 

5. In Romans 1:18-23, what do we learn about God? What do we learn about our own wisdom and knowledge?

 

6. How is Romans 1:18-23 an answer to the question, “why do we need the Gospel?”

 

7. Look at 1 Corinthians 1:20-25.  How does the story of the Magi help us to understand this passage and vice versa?

 

8. According to James 3:17-18, how does godly wisdom differ from worldly wisdom? Discuss the fruit of embracing godly wisdom in your life.

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