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“THE FAVOR OF THE LORD, Part One” Questions
June 10, 2022
Dr. Mary Craig
Mary Craig Ministries, Inc.

Question 1: Look up Hebrews 4:12-16. What is the definition of the Hebrew OT term 2580 and the NT term 5485?
Comment on your findings relative to God’s favor.

Question 2: People find favor with God. Identify ten things a person can do that might lead to obtaining the Lord’s favor.

Question 3: Why is brokenness most often a necessary step in finding favor with God?
Discuss the danger of pride and selfish ambition in the pursuit of favor with God. Favor is an endowment; some think of it as an anointing.
Discuss the objective of desiring to do the will of the Father with the mind of Christ and with the heart of the Holy Spirit as He empowers.

Question 4: Throughout the Bible, it is said that we will not find anyone who had a mission from God who did not also have God’s favor. Look up Luke 1:28-35. What did the angel Gabriel say to Mary?
How did Gabriel address Mary?
With what was she endowed?
What was Mary’s mission to be? What reason did Gabriel give in answer to any fear?
What was Mary’s response to all this? How did she view herself? How did she demonstrate her submission to God’s will?

Question 5: How might we think of “favor”?
Discuss what it means that God is with someone. What does it not mean?
In the face of all opposition to the mission of God, what must be our confidence?
If we really believed that the Living God is “with us,” how would it affect our thoughts, our will, and our emotions?

Question 6: Review Genesis 6:5-14. What reasons are given for the Lord’s regret and grief of heart?
What did He purpose to do?
Noah found favor with God. Identify three aspects about Noah that brought favor to him and his family. After telling Noah the plan and giving Noah his obedience, what did God promise Noah as to what would happen? (v.17-18). Reflect on the fact that “Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” (v. 22). What seems remarkable about this level of obedience and the apparent lack of rebuttal, resistance, anxiety, excuses, etc. on Noah’s part?

Question 7: Noah was counted righteous, blameless. He walked with God. God promised to establish His covenant with Noah. What was Noah surrounded by?
What does this tell us about “resolve,” “focus,” etc.?
Ultimately, what was Noah’s mission? How does “favor” factor into the empowerment of such a level of obedience?

Question 8: Read Genesis 39:1-12. Trace the aspect of suffering (or being punished) for doing right in this passage about Joseph’s life. Discuss the significance of verse 2. What cause is given for Joseph’s success (v. 3)? How did the Lord’s favor, and being “with Joseph,” become evident to Potiphar and then the Chief Jailer and then Pharaoh?

Question 9: While Joseph was being honored for his faithful service as steward and trusteeship, his responsibilities also increased. As this was going on, however, how did God prepare Joseph to be in the position of prime minister? In this regard, consider Joseph’s handling of temptation, remaining an Israelite in Egypt, staying faithful to God and his human overlords, dying to self.

Question 10: Look up Genesis 41:16. 16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” NKJV. Reflect on the forging of Joseph’s character from his boyhood and the time of his coat of many colors unto his time before Pharaoh.
Look up Genesis 41:39-41. What did Pharaoh see in Joseph?
Why do you think so many Christians say, “The way up is down.”?

Question 11: Look up Psalm 30:5-7; Proverbs 16:1-9. What strikes you in these verses as you think about them relative to the favor of the Lord, His empowering grace, His holiness, and His sovereignty?
And remember, having the favor of the Lord is a progressive process. Luke 2:52.

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