Resting Day 10 Purposeful Pace: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days...are a pretty big deal at GT!

We search God's Word together, ask questions as we read, dig around to find the original intentions at the time of writing, and then make some applications to our everyday lives.
Along the way, we hope you'll pick up some new tools to study Scripture and you'll see truth in a new and accessible way!
Dig In!

The Passage

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John 11:17-27 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

The Questions

1) What do we learn about Martha from her comments in verses 21-22?

2) What does Martha’s comment in verse 24 indicate?

3) What does Jesus mean by life and death in verses 25-26?

The Findings for Intention

1) What do we learn about Martha from her comments in verses 21-22?
Martha knew that Jesus could heal her brother from his illness, so she definitely believed in Jesus’ power. Her faith went a step further than just believing the reports she had heard about Jesus, though. When she said that she knew God would give Jesus whatever He asked, she showed that she believed Jesus was who He said He was—the Son of God.

2) What does Martha’s comment in verse 24 indicate?
Again, Martha shows her faith in Jesus, believing that her brother will one day rise from the dead. She also shows that she has been a good student of Jesus’s teachings; she has listened to what He has taught about what will happen to believers in the last day, and she is confident that her brother will be resurrected.

3) What does Jesus mean by life and death in verses 25-26?
Jesus is talking about both spiritual life and death and physical life and death. A believer in Christ may pass away physically, but his spirit will live on for eternity in heaven—it will never die. This is the hope of salvation that gave hope to Martha concerning her brother, Lazarus, and gives hope to believers today.

The Everyday Application

1) What do we learn about Martha from her comments in verses 21-22?
I love this example of faith from a godly woman. Martha, even in her grief, shows her great faith in Jesus. Even if Lazarus had not been raised from the dead, Martha’s faith in the resurrection would have sustained her. Women, let’s follow this example of hope, even when we grieve!

2) What does Martha’s comment in verse 24 indicate?
Martha’s faith was based on Jesus’s teachings. She knew what He had taught concerning the resurrection, and her understanding fueled her faith, even in hard times. Do you have enough knowledge of the teachings of Scripture to fuel your faith through times of grief or uncertainty? Let’s study and know our Bibles, so we can stand firm in hope when times of trial come!

What does Jesus mean by life and death in verses 25-26?
Praise you, Father, for making a way for us to live eternally with you! Thank you, Jesus, for willingly giving your life to pay for my sins and satisfy the wrath of God against me. Help me to hope in this resurrection and to tell others of the hope that I have!

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I Can Do That!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

The Community!

Thanks for joining us today as we journeyed into Resting Week Two!
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The Tools!

We love getting help while we study and is one of many excellent resources.  Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom! It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Why!

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus.
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