Lectionary Guide

Lectionary Study Guide, April 28, 2019

Second Sunday of Easter, Series C, ESV

Acts 5:12-32, Many Signs and Wonders Done

Solomon's Portico , verse 12, was a sheltered area on the east side of the temple, with a roof supported by columns that provided some protection from the weather, seemingly the apostles' favorite retreat.

Why did None of the rest of the believers dare to join them in verse 13? Acts 5:1-11

What are the words of this Life, verse 20? John 6:63, 68-69; John 12:47-50; Philippians 2:14-16

The captain of the temple, verse 24, was the chief of temple police, a Levite second only to the high priest in the temple hierarchy.

Verse 28 indicates the high priest's guilty conscience when he says, you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

What happened to Peter and the apostles after they answered the high priest in verses 29-32? Acts 5:33-42 Who had predicted everything the apostles had just gone through? Luke 21:12-15

Psalm 148, Praise the Name of the Lord

The third of five hallelujah psalms, it moves from the heaven to the earth and catalogs the whole range of the created order. Format: Verses 1-2, angelic praise; 3-4, heavenly praise; 5-6, God's creative power; 7-8, God created the sea and the sky; 9-10, He created earth and life; 11-12, kings and commoners praise Him; 13-14, Israel belongs to Him.

heights , in verse 1, are the heights of heaven, literally translated, "the heaven of heavens". Matthew 21:9

hosts in verse 2 literally translates as army. God calls Himself the God of the armies or of the hosts, that is, not only of the angels or of the spirits but of the entire creation, including us, which carries on warfare for Him and serves Him, though in verse 2 it seems to specifically indicate hosts of the heavenly realm.

In verse 3-4, the psalmist asks inanimate objects to praise God, and yet, the created order does testify to God's glory.

What are waters above the heavens, verse 4? Genesis 1:7 Described in terms of human experience, to the Israelites, a blue sky and falling rain indicated that there was water above the layer of the air. The seas and the water that emerges from the ground in springs and wells indicated that there was water below. The layer of air serves to divide these two sources of water.

Regarding verse 6, God establishes each entity as it is. Laws of nature are set by God's Word, and His creatures cannot change them. Romans 8:18-25

horn , verse 14, an image of power (as on a horned animal) and indicates not only a king, but points to Christ. Luke 1:67-69

Revelation 1:4-18, Greetings to the Seven Churches

Throughout Scripture, the number seven symbolizes completeness, Genesis 2:1-3. Accordingly, seven churches, verse 4, may represent the whole Christian Church on earth and the challenges churches face. who is and who was and who is to come, is a paraphrase of the divine name from Exodus 3:14-15. Compare the paraphrase with Hebrews 13:8. The Holy Spirit is referred to as the seven spirits, or "the sevenfold spirit". Revelation 3:1, 4:5, 5:6 What are those seven traits? Isaiah 11:2

the faithful witness in verse 5 is foretold in Isaiah 55:3-4. To what is Jesus witnessing? John 18:37 Not only is Jesus the firstborn of the dead , verse 5, what other firstborn is Jesus? Colossians 1:15-18

In verse 6, who has Christ made to be priests? 1 Peter 2:5; Revelation 5:9-10

In verse 7, the Lord will pour out on all tribes spiritual gifts that will cause them to mourn and plead for mercy, even those who pierced him. Zechariah 12:10 provides greater depth.

In verse 8, Jesus says, I am the Alpha and the Omega, which are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Revelation 1:17-18

What does Jesus say about tribulation, verse 9? John 16:33 Patmos is an island in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of modern day Turkey. The imperial authority had exiled John to this island.

In John's vision, written in verses 12-18, what do thelampstands and the stars represent? Revelation 1:20 The angels are assigned to guard the seven churches. The fact that Jesus held these seven stars in His hand means that He plays an active part in protecting and caring for His people. What does the sword represent? Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12

John 20:19-31, Jesus Appears to the Disciples

The once-crucified Jesus appears to His disciples in verses 19-23, commissioning them for their work and equipping them with the Holy Spirit.

Verse 19 begins, On the evening of that day. What day is that? John 20:1-18 fear of the Jews, the disciples were afraid that they would be arrested for supporting Jesus' alleged conspiracy against the authority of imperial Rome. John 14:27

Regarding verse 21, Christ sends forth His disciples, i.e., us, in equality, without any distinction. Christ says that He sends them individually in the same way He Himself was sent. John 12:44-50 Jesus said, "I am sending you." What are those who are being sent, to do? Isaiah 61:1-3

breathed on , verse 22. Jesus' words, formed by breaths of air, delivered the Spirit to the disciples. Genesis 2:7

1 Corinthians 5 provides an example of Christ's directive given to the church in verse 23.

Eight days later , verse 26, is the following Sunday (John 20:19), calculated by using Jewish inclusive reckoning. Matthew 16:21

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed

, verse 29. 2 Corinthians 5:1-7 details this process.