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Master Sheet The Favor Of The Lord Pt 2
Lesson: The Favor of the Lord, Part Two, Questions and Answers
Series: The Blessing of the Lord
August 05, 2022
Answers compiled by Wanda B. based on the lesson by Dr. Mary Craig

1. Pertaining to God, to what does “favor” refer?
Student Answer
The favor of God refers to the divine influence on the heart and its reflection in the life

According to Pastor Jerry Vargo, what three things apply to finding favor with God? Comment on each as to what these might involve?
Student Answer
(1) Total Unconditional Surrender, meaning letting God be God without limiting Him and putting conditions on our surrender to His will with the mind of Christ and the heart of the Holy Spirit.
(2) Absolute Purity, which involves acknowledging our sinful nature and the iniquity of our hearts and receiving the love of God for us. God’s love is a true love, a love without a lie, a love that does no harm, a love that covers a multitude of sin, and a love that comes from God’s holy heart, which is pure and undefiled. We are to purify our hearts, but this involves humbling ourselves before a Sovereign Lord, confessing the truth of the Word of God, and without rebuttal, without debate, without rebellion, without resistance, letting the Holy Spirit sanctify us as He is a refining fire. We embrace holiness and seek to live worthy in our relationship with the Holy Spirit, who applies to us what Christ has accomplished for us and in our place.
(3) Having the Mind of Christ. This means acknowledging the Truth, aligning ourselves to the Truth, seeking to comprehend God’s perspective and purposes and ways, and praying to think thoughts coming from the Lord and not the thoughts of a man. It is bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
When God gives us a mission, He gives us favor to accomplish the task. Our hearts are desperate. Jesus merited. Others obtain favor In Christ. We can’t possible do this.--Not a cop out.-- Press on, Only Jesus is perfect. Favor not merited.

2.Summarize how Lance Wallnau defines favor in the lesson.
Student Answer
"The favor, honor, special value or affection God places on you releases an influence or charisma (anointing), so that others are inclined to like you, or to cooperate with you." We can go to God and ask Him for this grace, this favor.

Proverbs 16:7  When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 

One interpretation: The Bible is a revelation of Jesus Christ from Genesis to Revelation. He is the focal point. The ways of Jesus Christ please the LORD, and He makes even us who are at enmity with Him, to be at peace with Him.—Class Discussion

3. When God gives us a mission, He also gives us favor to accomplish the task. How was this “played out” in the lives of Ruth with Boaz, Hannah and the Priest Eli, Nehemiah and the king, Esther and the king, and David—even though he would sin “royally,” and the covenant God made with David in 2 Samuel 7?
Student Answer
(1) Ruth with Boaz. A Moabite widow, Ruth, found favor with God as she honored her destitute widowed Jewish mother-in-law and her God by leaving Moab and following Naomi home to Bethlehem in Judah.
Ruth married a wealthy Jewish near-kinsman, Boaz, who was a type of Christ. Ruth is listed in the genealogy of Jesus.
Ruth 2:1-2 There was a relative of Naomi's husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter."
Matthew 1:5-6a “Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king…”

(2) Hannah and the Priest Eli. Hannah, while beseeching God silently for a child, was noticed by Priest Eli who petitioned that her prayer for a child be granted. She had a son, Samuel, the prophet and judge.
ISamuel 2:26 "And the child Samuel grew on, and increased in favor both with Jehovah, and also with men."
God wants a prophet; Hannah would have a mission. She said she would give the child to God and Priest Eli raised Him. God used Samuel to save the nation.
1Sa 1:24  After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh.

(3) Nehemiah and the king. Nehemiah, while in captivity in Babylon was the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes. He prayed earnestly to God to send him to restore the broken-down wall of Jerusalem. Nehemiah found favor with the king and was sent to restore the Jerusalem wall.
Nehemiah 2:6 “Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), "How long will your journey be? And when will you return?" So it pleased the king to send [favor] me; and I set him a time.
(4) Esther and the king. Esther, a Jewish exile, was made Queen to Ahasuerus in Babylon, as she found favor with all who saw her at the palace including the king. She, with the advice of her relative Mordecai, risked her life and persuaded the king both to stop an evil plot to annihilate her people and to destroy their adversaries. The Jewish feast of Purim celebrates this deliverance of the Jews to this day. TSK
Est 7:3 Then Queen Esther answered and said, "If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.
(5) David, even though he would sin “royally,” and the covenant God made with David in 2 Samuel 7. God favored David in his youth by having him anointed king to replace Saul. Although David sinned, including adultery and murder, his heart was after the things of God.
Later when David wanted to build a house for God, God made a covenant to build the House of King David in his seed [Jesus] and establish the throne of His kingdom forever.

1Sa 13:14 But now your [Saul’s] kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you."
2Sa 7:14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
2Sa 7:15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
2Sa 7:16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever."
Psalm 51:17 [David] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.

This is the struggle in Romans 6-8. David has a mission work of God in God’s mind. The dynasty of David will continue. The sure mercies of David expand to David’s descendants, to the elect. God will keep covenant. Some try to abuse the covenant of grace.

Romans 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin
Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of David.
Act 13:34 And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: "I WILL GIVE YOU THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID."

4. Look up John 15:16-27. Does having God’s favor ensure that no one will hate you and/or that life will be a breeze?
Student Answer
This favor can also bring jealousy, envy, and even hatred; for example, Cain and Abel, Joseph and his brothers, Esther and Vashti, Saul and David, Jesus and His followers. John 15:16-17 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” 
John 15:18-21 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world,
therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

John 15:22-27  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 
Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father  But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’ “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

Excerpt from Listen and See--The Favor of the Lord, Part Two
How Jesus was treated. Favor does not mean “everything will be coming up roses.” We think about the life of Christ. He grew in favor with God and man, He had the Holy Spirit without measure and was fully God and fully man. His favor was for a mission--He was sent by the Father to save and He had a mission and a message. Certainly,
the favor of the Lord was there. But He had to endure hatred from people, he was called all kinds of names, they tried to kill Him. They conspired against Him. Think of how Jesus was treated, and He's
God! Jesus Christ is God and came as God in flesh, God incarnate. And He had no sin. There was nothing in His heart of iniquity, He had no bent, no crooked places. It wasn’t in Him to bring any rebuttal or rebuke against the Father, He didn’t resist. He is meek and lowly, or humble in heart and He obeyed even unto death on the cross in
payment for our sin.
Think about it. He had the favor. We have to realize this so that we stay humble before the LORD. If the favor of the Lord comes on someone, God may give name and fame and glory that a lot of people want. But look at the example of Jesus. That is not the heart of Jesus Christ. And so we need to consider the life of Christ when we are
talking about the favor of God. If we have a mission, it does not matter if it is a small assignment or a great big assignment. We want to obey the command of God in our lives. There is the call, and there is the commission and then there is the specific command of God and the commitment of God. (Continued in Question 7)


Identify the mission of the Apostles.
Student Answer
The apostles were favored to continue the work of Christ, by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit of Christ and God and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen."
1Peter 4:13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

Think about who hated Jesus and comment on Gill’s Exposition:
“ye know that it hated me before it hated you; which words are an appeal of Christ to his apostles, for the usage he had met with from the wicked and unbelieving world of the Jews; how they had expressed their hatred, not only by words, calling him a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a sinner, a Samaritan, a madman, one that had a devil, yea, Beelzebub himself, but by deeds; taking up stones to stone him more than once, leading him to the brow of an hill, in order to cast him down headlong, consulting by various means to take away his life, as Herod did in his very infancy; which was done, before they showed so much hatred to his disciples; and perhaps reference may be had to the original enmity between the seed of the woman, and the seed of the serpent, mentioned Genesis 3:15; as well as to these instances. Moreover, the words, rendered “before you”, may be translated “the first” or “chief of you”, your Lord and head; and denotes the dignity, excellency, and superiority of Christ; wherefore it is suggested, that if he, who was so much before them in personal worth and greatness, was hated by the world, they should not think it hard, or any strange thing, that this should be their case.” Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible.
Student Answer
The wicked and unbelieving world of the Jews hated Jesus with their words and deeds. King Herod tried to take His life in infancy and the seed of the serpent, the devil, hated the Seed of the woman. Sin, self, the flesh, the world system and the devil aligned to try to kill Jesus Christ and take his place and be worshipped as idols in place of the incomparable, unconquerable One True and Living God.

5. Read 1 Peter 5:10-11: Having the mind of Christ includes having God’s perspective on life.
What might be some of our fears relative to fulfilling the mission God has given us and handling the favor of the Lord in the midst of experiencing hatred from the world?
Student Answer
Assurance of the specific call, command, commission and commitment of God . That His presence will go before us and be our rear guard. Trusting God for our temporal needs as well as for spiritual strength in Him.
1 Peter 5:10, 11: In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen. NLT

Look up 2 Timothy 1:7. Apply the verse to what we need relative to our fears.
Student Answer
We need trust in the promises of God that we have the power of the Spirit of God and the Mind of Christ to do the Will of the Father in love.

2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. NKJ 
Prayer for Spiritual Strength
Eph 3:14-21 
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 
17  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 
18  may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 
19  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 
20  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

6. Look up Exodus 20:18-21. What was going on?
Student Answer
Previously In Exodus 20:1-17 The Ten Commandments are spoken by Jehovah to the Children of Israel on Mount Sinai. The people are afraid and trembling in God’s presence and Moses comforts them. In Exodus 20:18-22, and in the three chapters which follow, we find a series of laws delivered by God to Moses for the children of Israel.

Exodus 20:18-21.
18 When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sounding of the ram’s horn, and the mountain enveloped in smoke, they trembled and stood at a distance.
19 “Speak to us yourself and we will listen,” they said to Moses. “But do not let God speak to us, or we
will die.”
20“Do not be afraid,” Moses replied. “For God has come to test you, so that the fear of Him may be before you, to keep you from sinning.”
21 And the people stood at a distance as Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

Exodus 20:18-22 cf. (Exodus 20:18–21;Berean See also (Hebrews 12:18–29).

They all found favor with God but they all perished in the wilderness. Only Joshua and Caleb made it. Israel did not keep its witnessing mandate. They were to be the demonstration people of God. They failed in their mission. They wouldn’t and couldn’t keep the commandments they said they would do. All people are desperately wicked. They don’t have the ability. Some realized God isn’t pleased with the work of man’s sacrifice. This is a picture of the remnant. It came down to only Jesus is the true Witness. Don’t mess with a Holy God. These are hard things. Jesus wept over Jerusalem. They limited the holy one of Israel and limited God Psalm 78
Psa 78:41 Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.

Look up Exodus 3:19-22
Identify three things the children of Israel had seen and experienced.
Student Answer
(1) God granted favor in the presence of His enemies (v. 21). The children of Israel had seen this for themselves.
(2) The children of Israel saw how the Egyptians cooperated (vs. 22)
(3) Their deliverance was God’s favor. Why? Because they had a mission to fulfill.

Exodus 3:19-22
19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go unless a mighty hand compels him.
20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders I will perform among them. And after that, he will release you.
21 And I will grant this people such favor in the sight of the Egyptians that when you leave, you will not go away empty- handed.
22  but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

7. In the lesson we considered Moses and Exodus 33:1-17. What did Moses want (v. 13)?
Student Answer
Moses wanted certainty that he had found favor in God’s sight and His commitment was to the children of Israel as His people.

13 Now if indeed I have found favor in Your sight, please let me know Your ways, that I may know You and find favor in Your sight. Remember that this nation is Your people.”

How was Moses to know if he had favor?
Student Answer
God’s presence will go with the Children of Israel as they leave Sinai.

14And the LORD answered, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15“If Your Presence does not go with us,” Moses replied, “do not lead us up from here.
16For how then can it be known that Your people and I have found favor in Your sight, unless You go with us? How else will we be distinguished from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

(v.14-16). What did Moses want God to do specifically?
Student Answer
Answer To go with them so that Moses and the people would know they have found favor in God’s sight and they were distinguished from all people on earth.

What did God say to Moses in Exodus 33:17?
Student Answer
So the LORD said to Moses, “I will do this very thing you have asked, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.” (v. 17)

Exodus 33:1-17
1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of the land of Egypt, and go to the land that I promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’
2 And I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
3 Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people; otherwise, I might destroy you on the way.”
4When the people heard these bad tidings, they went into mourning, and no one put on any of his jewelry.
5 For the LORD had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I should go with you for a single moment, I would destroy you. Now take off your jewelry, and I will decide what to do with you.’ ”
[God is holy].
6 So the Israelites stripped themselves of their jewelry from Mount Horeb onward.
The Tent of Meeting
7Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it at a distance outside the camp. He called it the Tent of Meeting, and anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the Tent of Meeting outside the camp.
8 Then, whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would stand at the entrances to their own tents and watch Moses until he entered the tent.
9 As Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and remain at the entrance,
and the LORD would speak with Moses.
10 When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they would stand up and
worship, each one at the entrance to his own tent.
11Thus the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young assistant Joshua son of Nun would not leave the tent.
The Promise of God’s Presence
12Then Moses said to the LORD, “Look, You have been telling me, ‘Lead this people up,’ but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have found favor in My sight.’
13 Now if indeed I have found favor in Your sight, please let me know Your ways, that I may know You and find favor in Your sight. Remember that this nation is Your people.”
14 And the LORD answered, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15“If Your Presence does not go with us,” Moses replied, “do not lead us up from here.
16 For how then can it be known that Your people and I have found favor in Your sight, unless You go with us? How else will we be distinguished from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
17 So the LORD said to Moses, “I will do this very thing you have asked, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.
” -Berean

Discuss the significance of God knowing Moses by name and what it means for those “in Christ.”
Student Answer
Moses begins with “If indeed I have found favor.” He wants God’s presence to go with the children of Israel to establish that His people are distinguished. ”Let me know your ways that I may know you and find favor in your sight.” God gives his commitment. His presence will go with them to establish God’s people.

8. Read Exodus 33:18-20. What did God say to Moses when Moses asked God to show him His Glory?
Student Answer
“I will cause all My goodness to pass before you, and I will proclaim My name—the LORD—in your presence.”(vs. 19)

God responds while maintaining His sovereignty. What was God’s response; what will God proclaim?
Student Answer
God responds while maintaining His sovereignty. God would specifically cause all His goodness to pass before Moses (because God is who He is, Moses could not see His face and live) and He would proclaim His name, the LORD, (YHWH) --God’s name in covenant.
With increased favor with the LORD comes an increased knowing of His ways and His person. God’s names reveal His person, His attributes and, thus, His glory. When the Bible talks about the glory of God, look for specific attributes/characteristics of God. In this case it is specifically goodness. We can call upon the names of God. For example, the name of God in Song of Solomon is “Jah” Godis a consuming fire. Love jealously guards the ones He elects to love.
“Hallelujah” is “praise the Lord”.

Song of Soloman 8:6 Set me as a seal on thy heart, as a seal on thine arm, For strong as death is love, Sharp as Sheol is jealousy, Its burnings are burnings of fire, a flame of Jah! 
Exodus 33:18-20
18 Then Moses said, “Please show me Your glory.”
19 “I will cause all My goodness to pass before you,” the LORD replied, “and I will proclaim My name—the LORD—in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have
20 But He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.”
Excerpt from Listen and See--The Favor of the Lord, Part Two
(Continuing from Question 4)
There is the call, and there is the commission and then there is the specific command of God and the commitment of God.
In a way that was what Moses was looking for-- God’s commitment. He wanted God’s presence; he wanted God Himself to go with Him.
Exodus 33 is a very important passage in the word of God. Give it some thought. God didn’t just give Moses everything he wanted. God remains completely sovereign, a sovereign and holy God. Sovereign and holy, who is your friend, but He is not your buddy.
And so always keep God in His place, and keep yourself in your place. And we have to pray for each other that we all keep ourselves in our place before the Lord. So that we kind of get over ourselves. It is not about us. We are just a messenger, just an instrument in the hand of God, no matter what. And God wants to bless us. When the
blessings come, that is a real test. That’s a very big test to see if we are going to take all the credit or give the glory to God because we know it came from God. It didn’t come from us.
The living God, the covenant keeping Lord calls us by name and we belong to Him. He is the God of all grace, the Father of mercies and is known for His goodness. He is faithful to reveal to us His names which reflect the many facets of His glory. He knows His own and desires that we know Him and Jesus Christ whom he has sent. His
love is an everlasting love. The bond of covenant of grace in Christ is a blood covenant. It’s a bond in blood that cannot be broken. Jesus Christ offered Himself once for all time as a sacrifice. Jesus satisfied sufficiently the divine justice of God, paying the penalty for sin for offending a holy and sovereign Creator. Jesus bore the wrath of God mediating reconciliation with God, redeeming a people who would be marked with the brand mark of Jesus Christ. He delivered, He is delivering and will deliver His own from His enemies--including death.
He destroys the works of darkness. He overcomes and His own will
have rest in His presence. Amen.


9. Saul did not seek the Lord’s favor. 1 Samuel 13:7-14. What resulted?
Student Answer
Saul lost his authority and his kingdom because he did not seek the Lord’s favor and because he did not pray to know the ways of God and the Person of God, as had Moses. Other factors also contributed to the downfall of Saul’s kingship, but for us today we must point out that there is a danger in not seeking the favor of the
Saul’s Unlawful Sacrifice

1 Samuel 13:7-14
7Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear.
8He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. 9So he said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings." And Saul offered up the burnt offering.
10Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.
11"What have you done?" asked Samuel. Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash,
12I thought, ’Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering."
13"You acted foolishly," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had,
he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.
14But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command."

Seek Favor. There are other thrones but we are to come to the throne of grace.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

10. Look up Proverbs 3:1-4. List five exhortations in this passage.What is promised?
Student Answers
(1) Do not forget my teaching
(2) Let your heart keep my commandments-- (Promise) for length of days and years of life, and peace they will add to you.
(3) Do not let kindness and truth leave you
(4) Bind them around your neck,
(5) Write them on the tablet of your heart.--(Promise) So you will find favor and good repute (prudence, understanding, and success) in the sight of God and man.

Proverb 3:1-4 My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life, and peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find FAVOR and good repute (prudence, understanding, and success) in the sight of And Father God may we be blessed with the favor of the Lord and may the peace of Jesus Christ be with us. Amen.

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