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GodSpeak for the Week of May 14



This week, we follow Mother’s Day by considering the stories of faithful moms in Scripture; among them:  Hannah, Mary and the Syro-Phoenician woman.

Day 1…

Read 1 Samuel 1:1-28

  • Answer this – how would you have felt had you been in Hannah’s “shoes”
  • Answer this – could you have given your one and only, long-desired for son to God’s service, as Hannah did?
  • How do you think she was able to do so?

Day 2…

Read 1 Samuel 2:12-20 (focus esp. on v. 19)

  • Answer this – what did Hannah do for Samuel every year?
  • Answer this – what does it say about Hannah’s motherly love that she would do this?

Day 3…

Read Acts 1:12-14

  • Consider this – when this passage takes place, it at that time between when Jesus had been crucified/risen and just before Pentecost.
  • Answer this – who are the primary subjects of this passage (i.e., who does Luke draw attention to the most, here)?
  • Answer this – yet, who else is there?

Day 4…

Read Acts 1:12-14, again

  • Answer this – what does it say about Mary (her character, etc.) that she’s still with the disciples between the death/resurrection of her Son and Pentecost?
  • Answer this – where could Mary have been, instead? What could she have been doing, instead?

Day 5…

Read Mark 7:24-30

  • Answer this – Mark notes that the woman was “Greek.” Why does that matter?  What does that say about her?  How should Jesus have treated her?

Day 6…

Read Mark 7:24-30

  • Answer this – in v. 27, Jesus appears to respond to this mom quite harshly…why would He answer her in that way?
  • Note this – how this mother responds: “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” (v. 28)
  • Answer this – what does it say about this mother’s character that she has the apparent audacity to answer Jesus in this way?

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