The Chosen - Season 1, Episode 1, Part 2

Opening:

  • In the Further Study section from last week, you looked at Isaiah 6 (You can get a refresher of Isaiah 6 - found in the Bible Passages section at the end of this packet).

○      How was Isaiah’s life changed based on his experience with God outlined in that chapter?

  • Jesus is life changing. Perhaps you grew up with a relationship with Him and He has always been a part of your life. Maybe that came later in your life.

○      How has your life changed as a result of Him?

Note: Shabbat = Sabbath

Viewing: 25:03 - End (54:36)

Viewing Notes:

While viewing: On page 2, write down things you learn about each main character: their past, current situation, struggles, personality. Also, you can follow along with the scenes and jot answers to the questions to consider page 3. We will discuss the What God Says and Discussion / Application Questions after viewing.

Main Characters:

Lilith –

Nicodemus -

Quintus -

Matthew -

Gaius –

Simon –

Andrew –

Simon’s wife –

  1. Simon and His Wife
  1. More with Lilith
    1. What different issues is Lilith struggling with?
    1. Throughout the episode what ways to cure her problems does Lilith seek or are suggested / given to her?
  1. Nicodemus reacts to the day
    1. What questions are Nicodemus dealing with?
    1. What are some key points to Nicodemus’ message?
  1. Andrew and Simon go to pay taxes
    1. Describe the interaction between them and Matthew
    1. How did Simon “solve” their problem?
  1. Lilith called by her name
    1. What did it mean for Lilith to be called by her real name and to hear the words she heard?

What God Says and Discussion / Application Questions:

  1. Initial Reactions:
  1. Why was Simon’s fishing on Shabbat a problem?
  1. Did Peter’s marriage surprise you? Why?
    1. Read 1 Corinthians 9:5. Does this verse impact your thinking?
  1. Read Luke 8:1-3. What do we know about Lilith’s (Mary Magdalene) situation before Jesus arrived on the scene?
  1. Lilith felt the pull of two different forces - the evil of the world and the hope of God she had known growing up. What was her reaction to the pull of those competing forces?
    1. What is your reaction when you feel the same pull?
    1. How do you talk to others that are experiencing the same?
  1. Read John 3:1. We see that Nicodemus is a very important man in his day. What is Nicodemus struggling with as the scene with his wife begins?
    1. How does his wife provide a message of what would seem to be reassurance?
    1. What is the real struggle that Nicodemus is experiencing in his heart?
  1. What message does Nicodemus send to his students regarding the incident with Lilith?
    1. Would Jesus agree with it?
  1. How did the episode creators portray God’s intervention in Lilith’s life at the cliff?
  1. What do you think about how enticing wealth was for Matthew and yet how hated he was for his willingness to work for Rome and extort his fellow Jews?
  1. What did Andrew outline as the reasons for their tax debt problems?
  1. Describe Simon’s actions to get them out of debt.
  1. What was Andrew's point of view on Simon's deal with the Romans?
  1. We finally get to meet Jesus. What is Lilith's reaction to him in the bar?
  1. Jesus calls Lilith, Mary. Why is that significant to her?
  1. What significant message were the creators sending in the timing of Jesus calling Mary ahead of all the other characters that we have been introduced to?
  1. Put yourself in the shoes of each of the main characters. Describe the likely reaction of the other main characters to Mary being chosen before them.
  1. What did you think about the timing of the appearance of Jesus?
  1. What were the filmmakers saying about Jesus’ intentionality and timing?
  1. What happens when God calls us by name?
  1. Who was the more identifiable character for you - Nicodemus/Mary Magdalene/Matthew/Simon? Why?
  1. How are each of the main characters introduced to us in Episode 1 living lives that had two sides - a hidden side and a public side?
    1. How can we relate to this same reality?
  1. What would you say to someone who feels unworthy? Overconfident?
  1. We are being shown each character’s“before Jesus” life. What does an encounter with Jesus do to people?
  1. How is your encounter with Jesus changing you?
  1. What parts of your “before” has God redeemed, and which are you most grateful for?
  1. What is wrong about basing salvation on feelings?
    1. Can you back that up from scripture?
  1. How does “I have called you by name, you are mine” impact you today?
  1. What has Jesus delivered you from and for?

Closing Prayer:

Thank you, God, for knowing me and still wanting to be in a relationship with me. I know I am unworthy to be called by you. I have at times been filled with pride, putting myself ahead of you in my heart. I have also known times where I have been beaten into despair. I praise you for calling me in spite of all I get wrong, for sending Jesus to rescue me, and securing my calling until I reach my heavenly home. Amen.  

Further Study Items:

  • Am I worthy in the eyes of the Lord? This question bothered each of our main characters. Heads or tails; win or lose; redeemed or damned? Salvation must be binary. I am either worthy of God’s love and approval or lost and hopelessly unworthy and condemned. How did each of our characters feel?

○      Mary Magdalene

○      Nicodemus             

○      Matthew                

○      Simon (Peter)        

  • The characters in our video were filled with fear. How does Psalm 139:13-18 help us deal with fear? Isaiah 6:1-5? Isaiah 6:6-8?
  • Read Isaiah 43:1 and John 3:16-18. How do these verses challenge you to think differently about your situation in life? What is God calling you to do?
  • What does Ephesians 2:8-10 say about God’s rescue of people through Jesus?
  • Read Isaiah 6:3 and define holy, Lord and glory. How does this influence the way you look at God?
  • Compare Deuteronomy 27:26, Galatians 3:10-13 and Genesis 12:1-3. How do these verses work together?
  • Read Romans 3:10-12. Regardless of how we view our own spiritual performance, what does God’s word have to say about our condition?
  • Read Titus 3:4-7. What comfort do these words provide? What changes come to a person’s life when they follow Jesus?
  • Who is someone in your life who needs to “come and see” Jesus? Pray for that person, then go make the introduction. Trust Jesus to do the convincing.

Bible Passages

Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

1 Corinthians 9:5 Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas[Simon Peter]?

Luke 8:1-3 Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

John 3:1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.

Psalm 139:13-18 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.

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.

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Deuteronomy 27:26 “Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

Galatians 3:10-13 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation,

and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Romans 3:10-12 “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.