Faith in Action Study Bible: Living God's Word in a Changing Worldby Terry C. Muck, Zondervan
Unlike any other Bible available, Faith in Action Study Bible introduces a new and innovative 'commentary style' notes system that's divided into paired notes: 'There and Then' and 'Here and Now.' 'There and Then' notes provide background information and/or explain or amplify the meaning of the text. 'Here and Now' notes explore a variety of contexts, both… See more details below
Unlike any other Bible available, Faith in Action Study Bible introduces a new and innovative 'commentary style' notes system that's divided into paired notes: 'There and Then' and 'Here and Now.' 'There and Then' notes provide background information and/or explain or amplify the meaning of the text. 'Here and Now' notes explore a variety of contexts, both personal and social/cultural, in which the passage may be applied today. The goal is to invite, coach, encourage, and inspire while using open-ended questions and invitations for reflection. Jam-packed with all the study tools needed, Faith in Action Study Bible will not disappoint your Bible customers! Features: *The New International Version---most read, most trusted translation. *A new and innovative 'commentary style' note system. *Over 75 full-page articles and essays comment on particular passages, and highlight the lives and legacies of heroes and heroines of the faith. *Book introductions include at-a-glance outlines and biblical timelines. *Over 175 individually designed in-text charts and graphs comment on the passages or provide current information and/or statistics on issues directly related to a particular verse or text. *Over 75 real-life stories and profiles of well-known and anonymous faith heroes and heroines. *Single-column format with side-column references for easy readability. *12 'Geographic,' maps contain information on different geographical areas. *Extensive study guides on themes covered in various features. *Approximately 30 sets of reading tracks. *NIV concordance is an indispensable aid to informed Bible study. *Index to articles, charts, and stories allows the reader to locate particular features. *16-page full-color map section is complemented by a map index.
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Faith in Action Study Bible-NIV
By Zondervan Bible Publishers
Zondervan Publishing CompanyCopyright © 2005 Zondervan Bible Publishers
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Chapter OneINTRODUCTION TO Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy itself identifies Moses as its author (1:5; 31:9,22,24), and other Scripture passages concur (2 Kings 14:6; Matt. 19:7-8; Luke 24:27; John 7:19; Rom. 10:5-8,19; 1 Cor. 9:9). It's apparent that some portions of the book were later additions (34:1-12) or underwent later editing.
DATE WRITTEN Deuteronomy was probably written about 1400 B.C., just prior to Moses' death and as the Israelites prepared to enter Canaan.
Deuteronomy was written to the Israelites to challenge them to obey God and reject idolatry.
TIMELINE 2200BC 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400
Moses' birth (c. 1526 B.C.) * The plagues; The Passover (c. 1446 B.C.) * The exodus (c. 1446 B.C.) * Desert wanderings (c. 1446-1406 B.C.) * The Ten Commandments (c. 1445 B.C.) * Book of Deuteronomy written (c. 1406 B.C.) * Moses dies; Joshua becomes leader (c. 1406 B.C.) * Israelites enter Canaan (c. 1406 B.C.) *
Deuteronomy records three speeches given by Moses at the end of his life and calling the Israelites to renew their covenant with God. The book contains the following themes:
1. The covenant. The major theme of Deuteronomy is the covenant relationship between God and his people. God's unmerited love (7:6-9) is the basis not only of the covenant, but also of our trust in him. His faithfulness in the past (his provision and protection) encourages faith in him for the future. Covenants, a central focus in Scripture, take on a historical progression: the Noahic covenant (Gen. 9:8-17), the Abrahamic covenant (Gen. 15:9-21), the Sinaitic covenant (Ex. 19:5-6); the Levitical covenant (Num. 25:10-13), the Davidic covenant (2 Sam. 7:5-16), and the new covenant (Jer. 31:31-34).
2. Choices. The covenant exhorts God's people to teach, remember, and obey (6:6-25). God promised that obedience would bring blessing (28:1-14) but warned that disobedience would result in harm (28:15-68). Christians today are called to love God (Matt. 22:36-37) and obey him (John 14:23). As was true of the Israelites, our choices affect our future (Ps. 62:12; Matt. 16:27; Rom. 2:6).
3. The poor. As a reflection of God's love for society's socially vulnerable (10:18-19), Deuteronomy designates special protections and commands involving the inclusion of widows, orphans, resident foreigners, the disabled, and the elderly (5:14; 14:29; 15:7-11; 16:11,14; 24:10-21; 26:12-13; 27:19).
FAITH INTO ACTION
The pages of Deuteronomy are filled with life lessons and role models of faith-people who challenge believers to put their faith into action.
JOSHUA (3:28; 31:14,23; 34:9) was called by God to be a leader, and God blessed him with the strength, courage, and wisdom he needed for the job. What challenge are you facing? Can you trust God to provide you with the tools necessary to accomplish what he's placed before you?
THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL (9:1-3) were encouraged to trust in the Lord and his promises when faced with strong resistance. To whom do you turn when you encounter what appears to be overwhelming opposition?
GOD (10:18-19) loves the fatherless, the widow, the alien, and the poor. How does his love motivate your care for others, especially those who are vulnerable?
MOSES (33:1) was called "the man of God," even though he made some serious mistakes during his life (32:48-52). How does this encourage you as you attempt to live with integrity?
Have you ever thought God didn't love (even hated) you (1:27)? Use the concordance in the back of this Bible to look up verses about God's love. Make a list of your favorites. In times of doubt, consult your list to strengthen your trust in God.
Choose to accept God's discipline (4:21-31), resist the temptation to shift the blame, learn from your mistakes, and warn others to avoid the same pitfalls.
Take your authority as a pastor, parent, or friend seriously when you see those you love being disobedient to God. They need your encouragement and intercessory prayers (9:12-29).
Imitate God in his defense of the fatherless and the widow and in his love for the poor (10:18). Provide generously for their needs (14:29; 15:7-11), exhibiting mercy and compassion (24:10-21).
Evaluate the influences your family members and friends have on you. Are they leading you away from God or toward him (13:1-18; 1 Cor. 15:33)?
Do you have regrets? Be encouraged by the concluding words of Deuteronomy (34:10-12). Despite Moses' sin and its consequence (32:48-52), his life and character were praised. Determine to live your own life so that its summary will be worthy of praise.
I. Preamble (1:1-5) II. Historical Prologue (1:6-4:43) III. Stipulations of the Covenant (4:44-26:19) A. Primary Demands (4:44-11:32) B. Supplementary Requirements (12-26) IV. Ratification; Curses and Blessings (27-30) V. Leadership Succession Under the Covenant (31-34)
Bamboo Shoots Street Children's Center
Leab, eighteen, was a glue-sniffing boy on the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, only two and a half years ago. After years of living on the streets, he met a man who told him about the Bamboo Shoots Street Children's Center. Leab became one of the miracle children. Placed in a loving foster home for almost two years, he "graduated" from the program six months ago and became a peer counselor.
The center's aim is to break the cycle of homelessness and vulnerability by encouraging children to leave the streets and rehabilitating them within the community. Workers comb the area on bikes at night, looking for kids in trouble. They invite them and wait for their response. Access to education, skills training, sports, and cultural activities, including medical assistance, family tracing, and care, also are provided.
Since the center opened in 1992, over 360 children have gone through the program and been reconciled with their families. Another 145 were placed in foster homes. The workers invest a great deal of time researching family situations to make sure placement back in the home is the best solution for a particular child. Often they provide financial assistance to the families so they can better care for their children.
Corrie ten Boom
Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) lived in the Netherlands during World War II. An unmarried woman in need of a vocation, she inherited from her father his watchmaking trade. More importantly, she inherited his political activism, particularly his concern for the plight of Europe's Jewish population. Corrie was, in the most basic sense, a Christian in need of a calling-a calling she found in hiding Jews attempting to escape Nazi-inspired pogroms. For this purpose she and her family used a secret room in their home in Haarlem. Thousands of fleeing Jews received, due to the efforts of this courageous family, the gift of temporary refuge on their way to freedom.
Eventually a fellow Dutchman betrayed the operation. Corrie, her sister, and their father were sent to prison, where Mr. ten Boom died. Corrie and her sister were transferred to a concentration camp in Germany, where they endured nearly intolerable conditions. Corrie alone survived.
Corrie ten Boom was a remarkable and noteworthy woman, but she wasn't unique in serving God. We all, like Corrie, are Christians in need of a calling-and we're in various stages of finding it. Familiarizing ourselves with her story can point up a number of key lessons about serving God, among them:
(1) An organist once came to the ten Booms' church to perform a Bach concert to raise money for a hospital, associated with the work of Albert Schweitzer, in the African jungle. It was a memorable evening, and the family raved about the music. But Betsie, Corrie's sister, protested, "Albert Schweitzer is trying to earn his salvation by doing good works." It was Corrie's turn to object, and she did so with an acute observation she exemplified in attitude all her life: "No. Being in Christ makes you want to do good works. You can't help yourself."
(2) The needless German bombing of Rotterdam, a Dutch city, suggested another lesson about Christian living. The Germans bragged that they didn't need to bomb Rotterdam to occupy it; they did so to erode the resolve of any future Dutch resistance. Corrie took the opposite tack, insisting that undeserved, excessive loving of the unfortunate instills in them passionate, dedicated love for the One who motivates such action-Jesus Christ.
(3) When Corrie was finally released from the concentration camp, her first order of business was to help her Dutch compatriots recover and move beyond their war experiences. That meant forgiveness for their oppressors. The Dutchman who'd betrayed her family was still alive; with sinking heart Corrie resolved to write him a letter. Realizing that a righteous act, no matter how reluctantly performed, can capture and change the recipient's heart, she did so, stating that she forgave him and was sure God would too, based on his repentance. That night Corrie slept for the first time since his betrayal without feeling haunted by bitterness and resentment.
Like the ten Booms, Jehosheba and Jehoiada risked all to shelter a hapless victim of political machinations. Take a moment to compare the gruesome scene at the time of Joash's rescue with the serenity of the ensuing six plus years. Jehosheba and Jehoiada fostered this impressionable future king through infancy, toddlerhood, and early boyhood, immersing him in love and in the things of the Lord, salving his spirit to counteract the effect of losses buried deeply in his subconscious mind from his pre-verbal days.
Corrie ten Boom and Jehosheba stand with thousands of other believing heroines throughout the centuries and millennia in their own unique faith and faithfulness hall of fame.
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Meet the Author
Terry C. Muck is executive director of the Louisville Institute, funded by the Lilly Endowment to support research on the North American church and theological education.
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