2 Chronicles 16:9 / God’s All-Seeing Eyes

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Assignment:  Compare / Contrast Dr. T. J. Eckleburg’s All-Seeing Eyes with that of the Lord’s All-Seeing Eyes.  Note the difference between the billboard eyes when judging sin and the Lord’s eyes when forgiving sin.  (This is an analysis response.  Please write accordingly.)

Question:  What is this Bible passage suggesting to the reader?

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The All-Seeing Eyes

Image result for the great gatsby dr tj eckleburg eyesIn the novel, Dr. T. J. Eckleburg symbolizes the eyes of God.  For the following assignment, you will need your Bible.

  1.  Define omniscient.
  2.  Locate 7 scripture verses that refer to God as omniscient.
  3. Of the verses, which one, if any appeals to you the most?
  4. What is conviction?
  5. What is condemnation?
  6. Locate a scripture verse that refers to condemnation.  Explain its meaning.
  7. What is Fitzgerald hinting to the reader about his religious life, possibly, and that of the characters in the  novel? Perhaps, he is not hinting anything.  If so, provide analysis that proves that point as well.

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What is the American Dream?

Assignment:  Create a collage for 1920’s American Dreams, 1950’s American Dreams, 1980’s American Dreams, 2016 American Dreams – (20 pictures minimum, 5 pictures per decade)

?What factors (historical reasons…wars, advertising… etc.) affect the differences in the American Dreams from different time periods?  RESEARCH these factors, please, for accuracy!! 🙂

Note:  Research factors for the 4 different time periods

(Provide at least 2 factors per time period, = 8 total factors)

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Chasing the Wind

Yet, when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” —Ecclesiastes 2:11

As you read the novel,  look for a character who reaches the mirage of the American dream only to be consumed by it.  Defined through the world’s lens as a success, this person is a miserable shell of a person; happiness is exchanged for the pursuit of idols.

The Bible identifies 5 wind-chasing areas, “idols” that may come between us and God in Ecclesiastes:

  1. Chasing the Wind of Materialism
  2. Chasing the Wind of Selfish Ambition
  3. Chasing the Wind of Beauty
  4. Chasing the Wind of Worldly Wisdom
  5. Chasing the Wind of Pleasure

Assignment:  Describe examples when this character chases the wind of Materialism, Selfish Ambition, Beauty, Worldly Wisdom, and Pleasure.  Give additional examples as you notice other characters “chasing the wind.”

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Chapter 1 Assignment

     In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

‘Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’

Background:  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920’s novel introduces us to a narrator who has been advised to see life from the perspective of a privileged upbringing.  The narrator comes from a background where certain understandings about life were taught.  Although not wealthy, he has received a large share of gifts and opportunities that many others his age have not.

Assignments Chapter 1:

(A) Answer these questions:  Why might F. Scott Fitzgerald allow the reader to have this background information about the narrator?  What might he be suggesting about situations that may arise in the novel?

(B) Read Chapter 1

(C) Answer Packet Questions

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