Year 2, Week 03

Week 3

9.  Pont du Gard, an aqueduct is completed near modern  Nimes in Gaul, 14 A.D

Pont du Gard is an aqueduct is located in modern France.  An aqueduct  was one of the greatest engineering feats of the 1st century, it carried water over a long distance, much like our plumbing. Because the Romans did not have high-pressure piping to push their water to their cities, they had to use aqueducts that used gravity to bring water to its destination.  Every 300ft that the water traveled drop 1 inch. The top of the aqueduct would be covered to protect the water from the elements. The great thing about this bridge was that they architects had to calculate how to build it so that the 1 inch to 300ft ratio would not be contaminated. For more on Pont du Gard watch the video below :] by Douglas

Ari asked for candy this week for his absolutely fabulous cards.  I tend to agree.  But for candy, I think the cards should be wonderful, presentation superb AND some thinking questions should be answered.

ThinkIt!

  1. What architectural mistake was made in the construction of Pont Du Guard? (see the second video)
  2. Would Jesus have seen the Pont Du Guard?
  3.   If an aqueduct started from your kitchen sink,  where would it end if it was the same length of the Pont Du Guard?

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10.  John the Baptist, 4 B.C. – 31 A.D.

There are so many aspects of John the Baptist that we could cover!  I would like to focus on Repentance this week.

Mark 1

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God,as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” from BibleGateway, NIV

John came preaching the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins!  Wow!  Read Isaiah’s verse again.  “I will send a messenger ahead of you” that is John the Baptist.  “Who will prepare your way” (John the Baptist) How will he prepare your way?  By leading you to repentance of your sins.

What is repentance?  Repentance is honesty.  It is death of excuses.  You are a sinner.  I am a sinner.  When God speaks to your heart and says “you hurt that person with your gossip”.   It is not replying “well, God, that person hurt me too!  what she did was MUCH worse than what I did”.  That is NOT repentance.  Repentance is answering “yes, Lord.  I am a gossip and I hurt that person”.   It is answering the truth.

What happens when we say “yes, Lord, I have sinned”?

Isaiah 40

Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Bible Gateway

Wow!!!!  When we repent.  When we come clean with who we really are.  When the gig is up on protecting our own self image, ego (ego may very well be an acronym for edging God out) is finally put away “EVERY VALLEY SHALL BE RAISED UP, EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL MADE LOW…. AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD WITH BE REVEALED” .  When we repent hindrances will be taken away and we will see the Glory of God. wow.

ThinkIt!

  1. Read Luke 1.  Why did Zechariah lose his ability to speak?
  2. What did John eat and wear in the wilderness?
  3. Who killed John the Baptist?
  4. What could ego be an acronym for?

11.  Nathaniel, John 1

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”  Bible Hub

Be like little children.  Blessed are the pure at heart.  “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is not deceit.” (John 1, Bible Gateway) Nathanael simply spoke the truth and Jesus praised him for it.

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