The Chosen - Season 1, Episode 1, Part 1

Opening:

The following verse plays a key role in Episode 1:

Isaiah 43:1 “But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine

  • What may this verse have meant to the Israelites before the coming Messiah?
  • What does this verse mean for you?
  • Think about the time before Jesus' arrival when people had only the promise of the coming Savior.

○      What impact would it have had on your faith to live in a time where the written Gospel accounts identifying Jesus as the Christ did not exist?

Viewing: The Chosen - Season 1, Episode 1 00:00 - 25:03

Viewing Notes:

Main Characters (listed in order) – For each main character write things you learn

about them: their past, current situation, struggles, personality. While viewing, you can follow along with the scenes and jot answers to the questions to consider. We will discuss the remainder of the questions and information after viewing.

Lilith –

Nicodemus -

Quintus -

Matthew -

Gaius –

Simon –

Andrew –

  1. Introductions to Characters
  1. Nicodemus teaches
    1. Throughout the episode take note of how Nicodemus teaches about God’s Word and the law.
  1. Nicodemus prepares for an exorcism
    1. Throughout the episode and season take note of the relationships and tensions between different groups (Jewish, Roman, Tax Collectors, Pharisees, & Fisherman)
  1. More Introductions
  1. Nicodemus meets Lilith
    1. What words does Nicodemus use to attempt the exorcism?

What God Says and Discussion / Application Questions:

  1. Initial Reactions:
  1. After watching the first half of this episode, is there any new meaning for you in the words of Isaiah 43:1 "Fear not, for I have redeemed you - you are mine."
  1. What does it mean to children that memorized passages in the way shown?
  1. "Demons live within her…" In what way do we see this in society today?
  1. Describe Matthew's lifestyle before being chosen.
    1. What did he give up?
    1. What did he gain?
    1. Put yourself in his place with his knowledge at that exact time. How would you feel?
  1. Describe the differences between Jewish and Roman culture at the time.
  1. What happened when their paths, values, and goals intersected?
  1. How did Nicodemus' attitude and actions, as a key representative of the Jewish religious leaders, impact the culture and society at that time?
  1. The graffiti said "Messiah will destroy the Romans". How was the mission of Jesus misunderstood before He came?
    1. How is it misunderstood today?
  1. What may Simon and Andrew's life like before being called?
    1. How did societal influences impact Simon’s decisions?
    1. Are there any perfect storms in our lives that lead to decisions?
  1. The name “Lilith” is derived from the ancient Middle Eastern term for “female demons.” Put yourself in her shoes. What was Lilith's life like?
  1. What were your impressions of Nicodemus and his helplessness before the demon-possessed Mary Magdalene?
  1. Identify all the ways in which you saw fear portrayed in this section of Episode 1.
  1. What is it that you fear?
  1. In what ways is fear a tool of the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh?
  1. How can we live a fear-free life?
  1. Why does God call people to be “chosen” even though no one deserves it?

Closing Prayer:

Almighty Lord, when we see fear in our hearts, draw us closer to you so that our fear will be driven away. In your loving arms we receive a safety impossible to find anywhere else. As we go from here, allow us the opportunity to share the comfort we have in you with those around us. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Further Study Items:

  1. Read Isaiah 6.
    1. Summarize the fear that Isaiah experienced.
    1. How did this experience make him ready to say “yes” to God’s calling?

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