It’s Paige’s last lecture in the Elijah/Elisha series, and I (and others I’ve talked to) agree it is the best! She’s calling her last 3 teachings “wordel studies.” Faith, Grace, and this week: Sight. This is about a God who opens eyes, who helps us to really see: to see Him, to see the invisible armies, and to see people, not as trees walking, but as souls that may be open to the One True God.
Jesus told the Pharisees that they were:
We are to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
One of the many names for God, which Martin Luther uses in “A Mighty Fortress,” is Lord Sabaoth – Lord over all armies, earthly and spiritual. That’s what Elisha wants us to see.
Near the end, Paige mentions the images from the James Webb telescope. Take a look:
In her closing she read aloud from my favorite gift to give a new baby:
Paige often prays:
To see Thee more clearly, to love Thee more dearly, to follow Thee more nearly.
A very good song with which to begin, and which to pray with all our hearts.
What’s Next for Bloggers? 21 Days of Thanksgiving using Psalms 8, 42, and 104. We’ll stay on Thursdays until Advent. Hope you’ll join us next Thursday, November 10th.
Thursday: Introduction and Link to Paige
Starts at 9:36
1. Read 2 Kings 6:8-17 (Paige read out of ESV)
A. In verses 8-10, what helpful truth did Elisha have for the King of Israel?
B. In verse 11, what did the king of Syria think was happening?
C. In verse 12, what did his servant tell him about Elisha and his God?
D. What did the king of Syria do in verses 13-14?
E. What humor do you see in this passage?
F. What happens in verses 15-17?
2. Listen to Paige for the first ten minutes (She begins at 9:36. Stop at 19:36 when she begins the first point: The God Who Opens Eyes.)
A. What did Helen Keller say would be worse than being blind? What did she mean?
B. What did Jesus tell the Pharisees?
C. Paige quoted “some people are all about seeing and being seen.” That is usually used in a disparaging way about those who want to make an appearance somewhere (church, a cocktail party…) for their own selfish purposes but don’t want to really connect. But she turned it around to talk about what this lesson is really teaching. Explain.
D. She said we aren’t really sure which King of Syria, or which place — because that isn’t what this is all about. Elisha is the only properly named person. What does his name mean?
E. What others comments do you have about this opening? I found “he hears you in your bedroom” both funny and sobering.)
Friday: The Source of Sight
Listen to Paige from 19:36 to 26:20
1. The Syrian king assumes there is a spy and has to be told flat out that there is a prophet who hears and sees everything. It doesn’t matter where you are, God sees. What did Paige say is the Hebrew equivalent of “such and such a place.” What is her point?
2. How is the Syrian king going to solve the problem and why is this funny? (How did you like the blond joke?)
3. Review 2 Kings 6:17.
A. What does Elisha pray?
B. What is prayer an acknowledgment of?
C. How could you apply this throughout the day? Give specific examples.
4. Read 2 Kings 6:18-23
A. In verses 18-19, what does Elisha ask the Lord to do for the Syrians, and then where does he lead them?
B. What prayer does he pray in verse 20? How is the same prayer, yet a different purpose?
C. What does the king of Israel ask Elisha and what does Elisha tell him to do? (20-22)
D. How does this story end? (verse 23)
Saturday: The Sense of Sight
Listen to Paige from 26:20 to 39:20 after she talks about Saul being struck blind.
5. What was Tim Keller’s point in his illustration of a woman born blind asking what the color red was like?
6. Sight is not a skill but a sense. What happens when a person who is blind is healed and can see? How much does it change them? What is the parallel?” How is this like the difference between becoming religious and becoming a new creation?
7. In what ways do you have an entirely new sense of seeing? Be specific!!
8. How is the way our eyes see (upside down) but turned around by our brain, like what happens to a person who is born again?
9. This world sees upside down. Recently in reading Tim Keller’s new book on Forgiveness, I found out that forgiveness is now looked down upon by many in the world. (He mentioned Black Lives Matter and the Me Too movement.) What else does the world see upside down from God’s way of seeing things? How does this make us aliens?
10. How is faith a way of seeing right-side-up compared with the way the world does things? How is grace a way of seeing right-side-up compared to the way the world sees getting right with God?
11. How was the servant’s sight subverted before Elisha’s prayer? (verse 15)
12. How were the Syrians’ sight subverted before Elisha’s prayer?( verses 21) How is this story like Saul of Tarsus? What did both need to see?
13. What is the most common command in Scripture? Give some examples. (Paige did — you may have more.) Include the “for”
14. If you were to make a list: Things I need to see today — what might be on it?
God Hunt Sunday
15. How have you “seen” God at work in your life this week?
Monday: The Subversion of Sight
Listen to Paige from 39:20 – 52:45 when she says “The Second Thing I Want You To See”
16. Paige dug out her notes from a Covenant Seminary Chapel Lecture by Dr. Calhoun who taught on Jacob’s ladder while going through cancer.
A. What do you remember about this?
B. What is the miracle and main point of this story?
17. Describe what happened with her friend Sarah who was dying.
18. Why didn’t Elisha pray the same prayer for everyone?
19. Did you ever have a moment when you saw the depth of your sin like this?
20. What did she say is the message of Covid around the globe?
21. What do you learn about God from the way Elisha responds to the servant’s question in verse 21? How is this like the Philippian jailer?
22. Summarize what you learned about C. S. Lewis’ conversion.
23. Pray Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:18 for yourself and others. Do it here.
Tuesday: The God Who Sees
Listen to Paige from 52:45 to the end.
24. What is the point of every true Bible study? (Good test for a good study!)
25. What does God see? Just in the context of this study — what were some of the things God saw? Why is this important to you?
26. How does God’s sovereignty help you live in this fallen world? Give a specific example.
27. Whom God God see? Give examples from our study. What else stood out to you from this section and why?
28. How does the Westminister Children’s Catechism answer: Can you see God?
My favorite part – every story points to the gospel.
29. Beginning at the start of the 2nd hour, Paige shows the parallel with Jesus. Write down the parallels.
30. What is the New Testament parallel to 2 Kings 6:16?
31. What comments do you have from her story of telling the story from Read Aloud Bible Stories to her toddlers in the dark?
32. Share at least two ways these studies have impacted your heart and life.