What verse/passage of scripture has had the most profound impact in your life?
The Old Testament Priests based their way of life on the Word of God. The different functions they performed were all also based on the Word. We can learn a lot from the way the Priests treated the Word:
- They put the Word right next to the Ark of the Covenant in the temple. This means that the Word was always in God’s presence. The Word and the presence go hand in hand.
- They were called to read the Word in the presence of Kings to give guidance to important decisions for the nation.
- They were called to read the Word over the people as a way of ministering to them.
- They were called to encourage Parents to read the Word in their homes so that children would grow up in the ways of the Lord.
Just as the Old Testament Priests were called to be custodians of the Word with these functions, we too are called now as Priests to minister to those that God puts on our path, to be guided by the Word in our decisions, and to put a love for the Word in our children.
John 1 vs 1 to 5, & 14
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
1) What do we learn about the Word of God from verses 1 to 5?
(Leaders guide – Discuss that the Word has existed since the beginning, since the Word is God Himself. With this you can also discuss the power and authority the Word has therefore.)
2) What does verse 14 “the Word became flesh” mean?
(Leaders guide – Look at how our God has made His Word Real and Alive to us through sending Jesus. Discuss how Jesus’ 1st coming has made the Word Alive to mankind. That He is in the flesh what the Word of God speaks about. The Old Testament spoke of His 1st coming, and the New Testament accounts for His life on earth and looks forward to Him coming again.)
3) How can we take this Word and practically learn from it and apply it as Priests in our daily lives?