Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gospel--People and Places

1. Multiple choice: Who feared John the Baptist because he was a just and holy man? (a) The Pharisees; (b) Herod the tetrarch; or (c) the Roman soldiers.

2. The Pharisees were separatists who rejected contacts  with the  Roman occupiers. The Herodians were collaborators  with the Romans. What cause, recorded in the Gospels, united the Pharisees and Herodians? (a) Building the temple; (b) hatred of Herod;  or (c) a plot to destroy Jesus.

3. What was the connection between Mary  the mother of Jesus and Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist ? (a) next door neighbors; (b) the same age; or (c) blood relatives.

1.(b) Herod the tetrarch (Mark 6:20). John the Baptist had preached against Herod for marrying the wife of Herod's  brother Philip. Herod arrested John  to silence him, but he wanted to protect John because he respected and feared  him (vv. 17, 18).
2. (c) A plot to destroy Jesus (Mark12:12,13).Both felt their plans threatened by the spiritual kingdom of Jesus.
3. (c) Blood relatives (Luke 1:36).

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