CMBC BIBLE STUDY JANUARY 15, 2020

“THE POLITICS OF JESUS”
LESSON TWO

Please Read: Mark 11:15-19, Mark 13:1-2, Matthew 23:16-28 & Micah Chapter 3

Last week, in our first look at the “Politics of Jesus” we saw some of the political strategies of Jesus. We focused on Jesus as the “Messiah and Tactician” by studying the first of his seven political strategies which is “Treat the People’s Needs as Holy.” Today we study Strategy Two, “Give Voice to the Voiceless.”

Please read the Mark, Matthew and Micah texts aloud to prepare to show where you can find the places in our study verses that show the elements of Jesus’ strategy and goals as he gave voice to those who were voiceless:

AS A STRATEGY, Jesus was giving a voice to the voiceless through his demonstration at the Temple. This demonstration had several elements. Please tell us where you see these elements in the verses we are studying and write down the verses that you think match these elements.

1) confronting those in power at the seat of their power to discredit their authority.

2) symbolically occupying the seat of power to discredit the myth of its invincibility.

3) maintaining control of the site long enough to be perceived as an actual challenge to the authorities’ power

4) making all actions, gestures, and pronouncements dramatic enough to capture the people’s imagination

5) leaving the site unscathed, when possible, as an inspiring show of strength

The strategic goals of Jesus’ demonstration at the Temple are below. Can you write the scriptures that we have read that shows these goals of Jesus?

a. to highlight abuses

b. to validate the people’s complaints

c. to invalidate the legitimacy of those in authority

d. to empower the people by demystifying the authority’s power

BIBLE STUDY: JANUARY 8, 2020

“THE POLITICS OF JESUS”
READ THE HANDOUT “WHICH JESUS SHALL WE TEACH”
AND
MATTHEW 6:1-13 AND LUKE 11:1-4
PLEASE ANSWER THESE SEVEN (7) QUESTONS:

  1. Can you read or recite “The Lord’s Prayer” and find it in the Bible?
  2. What are differences between the prayer in Matthew 6:1-13 and Luke 11:1-4?
  3. In your opinion was Jesus political?
  4. What is your favorite saying from Jesus in the Bible?
  5. Where in the Bible can you find a description of what Jesus looked like?
  6. Where in the Bible do you find where Jesus described why he came?
  7. Where in the Bible does Jesus say he came to bring peace on Earth?