Monday, May 4, 2015

Wonderfalls Bible Study Weeks 8-9

Episode 8: Lovesick Ass

Matthew 19:11-12
Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.

Ruth 2

Ruth 3

Why is Jaye resistant to a relationship with Eric?

Should she be? Why or why not?

Reflect on this quote: “why can’t I just be celibate?”

Why do you think Jesus suggests celibacy might be a higher kind of existence?

What qualification does He give when He gives this instruction?

Reflect on this quote: “girl needs a boy.”

Why did Ruth ‘need a boy’?

Reflect on this quote: “girl may find time to have a boy if you’d ever shut up.”

What would it be like to be stood up like Catya?

Why does Jaye believe Eric is interested in Catya’s situation?

Why is Naomi so concerned with Ruth’s love life?

What burning question does Eric ask Jaye? Why does love make Jaye uncomfortable?

Is Jaye ‘closed off’? Why or why not?

What effect does the chapel have on Eric?

What do you think of Peter and what he did?

What do you think of the way Ruth and Boaz get together?

What convinces Jaye that she’s never been in love?

What does Eric say about love?

What do you think of this?

What kind of vulnerability is Jesus talking about?

How did Ruth make herself vulnerable? How did Boaz?

Reflect on this quote: “don’t you ever wish you had someone you could just be yourself with?”

Reflect on this quote: “all of us are alone…essentially.”

Why were Ruth and Naomi alone? How did they transcend this loneliness?

What does Eric say Peter needs? What is the substance of his conversation with Peter?

What argument does Eric make that Peter is making a mistake? What is Jaye’s argument?

How do Jaye and Eric’s relationship tension leak into the conversation with Peter?

Reflect on this quote: “I kind of like having a wife.”

What do you think of Catya’s explanation for her situation?

What do you think of Peter’s masochism?

What does Peter say to his father?

How do Ruth and Naomi both find themselves in a situation similar to Peter?

Reflect on the image of romantic love as expressed in the book of Ruth?

What was Peter looking for? What was Ruth looking for? What was Boaz looking for? What was 
Jaye looking for? What is Eric looking for?

What do you think of Catya and Peter’s dad getting together?

What is Eric’s argument that Jaye and he should have a date?

What do you think of this argument?

How is their getting together similar to Ruth and Boaz? How is it different?

Episode 9- Safety Canary

Proverbs 30
The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.
This man’s utterance to Ithiel:
“I am weary, God,
    but I can prevail.
Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
    I do not have human understanding.
I have not learned wisdom,
    nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
    Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
    Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
    Surely you know!
“Every word of God is flawless;
    he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
    or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
“Two things I ask of you, Lord;
    do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
    give me neither poverty nor riches,
    but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
    and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
    and so dishonor the name of my God.
10 “Do not slander a servant to their master,
    or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.
11 “There are those who curse their fathers
    and do not bless their mothers;
12 those who are pure in their own eyes
    and yet are not cleansed of their filth;
13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,
    whose glances are so disdainful;
14 those whose teeth are swords
    and whose jaws are set with knives
to devour the poor from the earth
    and the needy from among mankind.
15 “The leech has two daughters.
    ‘Give! Give!’ they cry.
“There are three things that are never satisfied,
    four that never say, ‘Enough!’:
16 the grave, the barren womb,
    land, which is never satisfied with water,
    and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’
17 “The eye that mocks a father,
    that scorns an aged mother,
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,
    will be eaten by the vultures.
18 “There are three things that are too amazing for me,
    four that I do not understand:
19 the way of an eagle in the sky,
    the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
    and the way of a man with a young woman.
20 “This is the way of an adulterous woman:
    She eats and wipes her mouth
    and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’
21 “Under three things the earth trembles,
    under four it cannot bear up:
22 a servant who becomes king,
    a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,
23 a contemptible woman who gets married,
    and a servant who displaces her mistress.
24 “Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
25 Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;
26 hyraxes are creatures of little power,
    yet they make their home in the crags;
27 locusts have no king,
    yet they advance together in ranks;
28 a lizard can be caught with the hand,
    yet it is found in kings’ palaces.
29 “There are three things that are stately in their stride,
    four that move with stately bearing:
30 a lion, mighty among beasts,
    who retreats before nothing;
31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat,
    and a king secure against revolt.
32 “If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
    or if you plan evil,
    clap your hand over your mouth!
33 For as churning cream produces butter,
    and as twisting the nose produces blood,
    so stirring up anger produces strife.”

Reflect on the Bible passage in light of the episode.
How accurate is the zoo keeper’s description, indirectly, of Jaye and Eric’s relationship so far?

What would be like to be ‘making out’ with your date and have the bird talking to you, telling you to do something, as Jaye experiences?

What does Sharon say about Jaye’s love life?

What is a ‘man eater’?

What types of ‘man eaters’ are found in the passage?

What is it like for Sharon and Thomas to meet each other again?
What do you think of Thomas’ life?

What does Lucas say about Penelope and fairies?

What does Jaye say about Penelope and what happened, at first?

Reflect on this quote: “some things happen for a reason.”

How does Agur comment on the unknowable plans of God?

What problem does Penelope say that Jaye caused?

Reflect on this quote: “you killed their love.”

What is Penelope’s big problem in life?

Have you ever known anyone who is more comfortable with animals than humans?

How did Jaye “slander a person to their employer.”

What is the substance of Sharon and her girlfriend’s argument?

Reflect on this quote: “you are a huntress…you stalk and murder love.”

Reflect on this quote: “there is no love to kill…yet.”

What is the significance of Jaye’s new command: “save the love birds.”

Reflect on this quote: “we answer to a higher law.”

Why and how does Agur answer to a higher law, according to the passage?

How is Jaye “pure in her own eyes” but “not free from filth”.

Reflect on this quote: “he only liked you before, now he’s worshipping you.”

How do these word affect Aaron?

Reflect on this quote: “love can be cruel…and beautiful.”

Reflect on this quote: “he did seem like a man marked for heartbreak”.

How does Agur see men like Eric?

What does Agur seem to think about romance and love?

How does Agur see the animal kingdom?

Contrast this with the episode.

Why do Mahandra and Aaron get together, do you think?

How does Eric respond to Jaye’s attempt to ‘keep him safe’?

What does Jaye tell Penelope about her relationship with the birds?

Why is this significant?

How do we see something similar in the Bible passage?

How do we see the messiness of human existence at the end of the episode?

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