Outline of Passage
I. Both Jews and Greeks Are Under Sin (Verse 9)
II. List of Bible Verses Woven Together To Show Universal Problem of Sin (Verse 10-18)
1. Heart and Mind Issues Psalm 14:1-3 or Psalm 53:1-3
2. Throat and Mouth Issues Psalm 5:9, Psalm 140:3, Psalm 10:7
3. Feet and Paths Issues Proverbs 1:16; Isaiah 59:7; Psalm 36:1
III. The Whole World Accountable (Verse 19)
IV. The Law Does Not Justify But Brings Knowledge of Sin (Verse 20)
Key Words: Both, Whole World, Every, One, All, None, No One, Justified
Theme: There is a universal problem of sin and the law merely gives knowledge to that and is not the solution in and of itself.
1.In the prior section it says the advantage that the Jews had was that they had the Word of God. (Romans 3:2) Who has the Word of God today?
A. The Church
B. Many People
C. Zondervon Publishers
D. The Jews
2.In what sense were the Jews not any better off?
A. They did and did not have an advantage. They had the Word of God but it did not justify them. They needed faith in Christ just like everybody else.
B. They were no better off because everyone can have a Bible today.
C. They were no better off because they were missing the New Testament.
D. They were not better off because they did not have ice cream floats.
3.What is the main idea behind Psalm 53?
A. Life is a bummer.
B. All have sinned and need a savior.
C. Choirmasters should use four/four beat.
D. There are evil people among us, even we ourselves are evil, so God help us.
4.Psalm 14 has a very different message from Psalm 53.
True or False
5.Why would the order of the mouth parts be throat, tongue, lips then mouth?
A. Alphabetical listing
B. Bar code order
C. This is how our words are formed on the inside and exit from our mouths.
D. As good as any list
6. Does Psalm 5:9 show a universal problem of sin? (Read the context to help you decide.)
A. Yes, or else Paul would not have used it.
B. No, but it does show how sin controls people's speech.
C. Yes, any one could mis-speak on an issue.
D. No, but it fits Paul's progression of addressing heart, mouth and actions.
7. Why would the writer of Psalm 140 say the venom of the asp is in its lips?
A. It is imagery of how evil words come from a person's mouth, not science about who venom is injected into its victim.
B. The lips are those who sin, not the snake's.
C. The lips of a snake are close to the fangs.
D. The asp does not have fangs like other poisonous snakes. It is dispensed via the lips.
8. In Psalm 10:7, what is the sinner primarily accused of being? (Read context)
9. How do feet shed blood?
A. You step on someone.
B. You don't.
C. It means your feet take you to the place where you do this.
D. You kick someone.
10. If we are not directly involved in war, we are not doing what this says.
True or False
11. How does fear of God sum up the listing?
A. Fear of the Lord does not sum up the list.
B. Fear of the Lord is a total disposition of being submissive to God.
C. Fear of the Lord means you are too scared to sin.
D. Fear of the Lord means you induce fear in others.
12. How is every mouth stopped and the whole world held accountable if the law speaks to only those under the law?
A. Those who are not under the law usually don't have the same problem of self-righteousness. Those who are self-righteous without the scriptures usually have a standard besides the Bible by which to judge their righteousness. This functions as law.
B. The Greeks Paul's day knew they were sinners.
C. The gospel will spread and everyone will someday hear the scriptures. Then everyone will know their sin. Some will know the savior too.
D. This is a bunch of hogwash. Everyone is a sinner.
13. If the purpose of the law is to give knowledge of sin, how are we justified?
A. We are justified by the work of Christ on the cross of Calvary.
B. We are justified by a declaration of God that we have the righteousness of Christ.
C. We are justified when acknowledge we are a sinner and trust in Christ alone for eternal salvation.
D. Justification is an act of God's free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.