lesson five
Burning Hearts

His Character & Nature

Spirit of the Lord on Him

(Isaiah 42:1) "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles."


(Matthew 3:16-17) When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

(Luke 4:18) "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed"

Prophet Like Moses

(Deuteronomy 18:15,18,19) The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, . . .18 "I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him."


(John 6:14) Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world."

(Acts 3:22-23) "For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'"

Wisdom & Knowledge

(Isaiah 11:1-4) There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. 3 His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; 4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.


(Luke 2:40, 52) And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. . . . 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

(1 Corinthians 1:30) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God; and righteousness and sanctification and redemption;


(Isaiah 53:9) And they made His grave with the wicked; But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.


(Hebrews 4:15) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

(Hebrews 7:26) For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

(1 Peter 2:22) "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth";

Love of Righteousness

(Psalms 45:7) You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.


(2 Corinthians 5:21) For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Love of God's Will

(Psalms 40:7-8) Then I said, "Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart."


(Luke 22:42) saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done."

Meekness & Gentleness

(Isaiah 42:1-4) "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. 2 He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. 4 He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law."


(2 Corinthians 10:1) Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ; who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.

(1 Peter 2:23) who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;

The Good Shepherd

(Isaiah 40:11) He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young.

(Ezekiel 34:23-24) "I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them; My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 "And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.


(John 10:11-15) "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14 "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep."

Lesson 5

His Character & Nature

Group Discussion Questions

1. By what terms is the Promised One called in Isaiah 42:1 and what does each say of His character?

2. What were the visible manifestations of the Spirit of the Lord upon Christ in Matthew 3:16 & 17?

3. From Luke 4:18, what did the Spirit of the Lord cause Christ to do? How can we participate in liberating captives, restoring sight to the blind, and liberating the oppressed?

4. How was Jesus a prophet like Moses?

5. What happened to those who did not listen to Moses? What does it mean to "hear Jesus"? What happens to those who do not hear Jesus?

6. What attributes of the Spirit are displayed in Isaiah 11:1-4? How did Jesus display His wisdom & knowledge?

7. Discuss how Jesus could be human, yet sinless.

8. What are the direct benefits to us in having a Savior who is sinless? (Hebrews 4:15 & 7:26)

9. How can we as sinners become the righteousness of God?

10. Read Psalms 40:7 & 8 and Luke 22:42. How did Jesus display His love of God's will?

11. If God's law is within our hearts, will we always delight to do His will? Explain.

12. What illustrations are used in Isaiah 42:1-4 for the meekness and gentleness of the Promised Messiah?

13. From the gospels, recall some instances when Jesus displayed meekness and gentleness.

14. What comfort can be found in Jesus' statement, I am the Good Shepherd?

15. Name, define, and discuss these additional characteristics of God displayed in the Old & New Testaments. Put a check mark by those we can emulate, and a star by those we achieve only by the grace if God.

Exodus 15:11; Acts 4:27; Revelation 3:7

Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 1:8; I John 2:29

Psalm 25:8; Matthew 19:16,17; Acts 10:38

Lamentations 3:23; I Thessalonians 5:24

Jeremiah 10:10; I John 5:20; Revelation 19:11

Isaiah 9:7; John 5:30; Romans 3;26

Psalm 32:2, 34:13; I Peter 2:22

Numbers 19:2; Hebrews 9:14; I Peter 1:19

II Corinthians 10:5, Philippians 2:8

Psalms 69:9; John 2:17; 9:4

Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 21:4,5; 11:29

Daniel 9:9; Psalm 94:18; Luke 1:72

Psalm 86:5; Luke 23:34; I John 1:9

Isaiah 53:7; Exodus 34:6; I Timothy 1:16

Psalm 142:7; Acts 10:38; Acts 20:35

Isaiah 53:12; Mark 10:45; Philippians 2:8,9

Isaiah 63:9; Jeremiah 31:3; John 13:1; John 3:16

16. Which of the characteristics of the Messiah in today's lesson impresses you the most & why?

Women IN God's Service

Burning Hearts - His Character & Nature (lesson 5)
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 2 February 1999
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas
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The Character and Nature of Christ
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On the Road to Emmaus
The Preexistent Messiah
The Promised Messiah
The Messiah's Lineage & Birth
His Character & Nature
His Ministry
His Suffering
His Death
His Kingship
His Promise to His Followers

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