The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study http://biblestudyforcatholics.com 73 Books. One Story. Your Story. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:15:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 90 Day Challenge – Day 27 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-27/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-27 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-27/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:15:43 +0000 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/?p=2222 Just Getting Started? Read what you’ve missed and check out Bible reading resources

Bible Time Period: Desert Wanderings

You taught Israel to walk in faith through 40 years’ wandering in the desert: Help me to trust in you today, O God.

Reflection

Chapter 17 explains how Aaron’s staff became a sign of his high priesthood.  You may have heard before about “Aaron’s budded rod” as something that is later kept along with the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments and a jar of manna in the Ark of the Covenant as a permanent witness to these days.  They also are a sign of the One who is to come, who really IS God’s presence on earth:  Jesus is the High Priest that Aaron’s staff represents; he is the Word signified by the tablets of stone; and he is the Bread of Life typified by the manna, “food from heaven” for their journey.  The Church Fathers saw the Ark of the Covenant, which contained these things and which was the seat of God’s presence, as a type of Mary, who bore the Word to the world.

Chapters 18-20 explain some of God’s instructions regarding the priests and Levites and the famous sin by which Moses and Aaron lose entry to the Promised Land.

Today’s Reading

Numbers 17-20

Today’s Question

Recall how God tells Israel who he has chosen to be their spiritual leader and high priest (chs. 17-18).  Why do you think he uses such dramatic means?

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Where to find great Catholic Bible scholars http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/coming-soon-national-catholic-bible-conference-2015/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coming-soon-national-catholic-bible-conference-2015 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/coming-soon-national-catholic-bible-conference-2015/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:06:47 +0000 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/?p=5278 In Sacred Scripture, God calls us to do more than just believe in him. He calls us to a life-changing, and life-giving relationship with him – to be a part of his Divine Family. At the 2015 National Catholic Bible Conference June 19 and 20, you will experience the immense love that God has for you. You will discover how being a part of God’s family has profound implications for your own family. At this conference at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa., not only will you have the chance to hear great Catholic speakers. You will also learn how to live out your calling as a witness to God’s unfailing love for each and every person in your life.

Conference Speakers

Jeff Cavins is the director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. Over the past several years, he has dedicated his life tobible-teacher-jeff-cavins developing The Great Adventure, a practical, interactive Bible study program that enables students to understand the chronological flow of Sacred Scripture. Jeff holds an MA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He resides with his wife, Emily, and their daughters in Minnesota.

Mark Hart, affectionately known as the “Bible Geek,” serves as Executive Vice President for Life Teen International. Mark is a popular speaker, award-winning mark-hartauthor, and host of “Fired Up” on SiriusXM 129. Mark’s Catholic teen DVD Bible Study series, “Encounter” and “T3″, and free weekly Life Teen audio and video podcasts help hundreds of thousands of Catholics, young and old, explore Scripture in a new way. He has written over a dozen books and lives in Arizona with his wife, Melanie, and their children.

Dr. John Bergsma is Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the author of Bible Basics for Catholics. Dr. Bergsma’s articles have appeared in several academic journals as well as Lay Witness, the magazine of Catholics United for the Faith. He has appeared as a guest on EWTN’s The Journey Home, Franciscan University Presents, and Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show.

Sarah Christmyer is the editor of The Great Adventure Bible Study series, author or co-author of several Great Adventure studies, and author of The Bible bible-teacher-sarah-christmyerTimeline Guided Journal. A Bible study teacher since 1999, Sarah helped launch Catholic Scripture Study (CSS) for Catholic Exchange and is co-author of two Bible studies on Genesis, published by Emmaus Road. She lives near Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, and their children.

Dr. Mary Healy is associate professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She was appointed by Pope Francis on the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and serves as chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. She is the author of several books, the general editor, with Dr. Peter Williamson, of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and The Letter to the Hebrews (2015).

Thomas Smith was a Protestant minister before being received into the Catholic Church in 1996. He previously served as the director of the Denver Catholic
Biblical School and the Denver Catechetical School. A repeat guest on EWTN and Catholic radio as well as a sought-after parish mission and conference speaker, he is the co-author of 
Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come, a Great Adventure Bible study.
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Bible Time Period: Desert Wanderings

You taught Israel to walk in faith through 40 years’ wandering in the desert: Help me to trust in you today, O God.

Reflection

Israel’s complaining, lack of faith, and refusal to trust the Lord to give them the land that he promised, leads to judgment.  As a result, the generation that saw God’s deliverance from Egypt will lose their share in the land as they spend the next 40 years wandering in the desert.

In chapter 16, Korah is a Levite who wants to be a priest.  The other challengers are from the tribe of Reuben.  When you read about their rebellion, recall that after the golden calf, God set the Levites apart in place of the first-born of the nation to serve him.  Among the Levites, Aaron and his sons alone were given the priesthood. When Korah and the others  challenge Moses, they are really challenging God.

Today’s Reading

Numbers 13-16

Today’s Question

Chapters 13-14 are key chapters in the book of Numbers.  Is Israel ready to conquer Canaan?  Why or why not?

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Bible Time Period: Desert Wanderings

You taught Israel to walk in faith through 40 years’ wandering in the desert: Help me to trust in you today, O God.

Reflection

The Ark of the Covenant leads the people as they go out from Mt. Sinai as a conquering army.  This is an ongoing reminder that God is establishing this kingdom, and it is his power – not theirs – that will determine the victory.  In the readings today, Israel prepares to leave and departs from Sinai, heading to the plains of Moab.  Chapters 11 and 12 show some of the growth pangs in leadership as a tribe is formed into a nation.

Today’s Reading

Numbers 9-12

Today’s Question

God continued to provide for His people in the desert.  How did they respond, and what was the result?

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90 Day Challenge – Day 24 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-24/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-24 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/day-24/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:15:29 +0000 http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/?p=2214 Just Getting Started? Read what you’ve missed and check out Bible reading resources

Bible Time Period: Desert Wanderings

You taught Israel to walk in faith through 40 years’ wandering in the desert: Help me to trust in you today, O God.

Reflection

Numbers 5 looks at obvious aspects of uncleanness and also at those that are hidden, like wronging another person or being unfaithful a spouse.  The instructions in the latter case are meant to keep others from making unfounded accusations.

As you read all of these laws and instructions, you are bound to have questions regarding the details of particular customs.  Don’t let them sidetrack you from seeing the big picture!  Jot down anything you’d like to go back to later, so you don’t forget it.

Today’s Reading

Numbers 5-8

Today’s Question

Meditate on the well-loved blessing (known as the Aaronic benediction) in Numbers 6:22-26.  What does this mean to you?

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