Jesus continues on, and two men follow him, asking Jesus to have mercy on them, and they call him the Son of David. Jesus goes indoors, and the blind men come to him. He asked them if they believed he could heal them. They answered yes. Jesus touched their eyes, and they could see. He told them not to tell others, but they went out and spread the news instead.
Citizens brought a demon-possessed man to Jesus. He could not talk. Jesus drove the demon out, and the man could speak. The people were amazed by this miracle, saying this has never been seen before. But the Pharisees said it was the prince of demons who drives out demons.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 5: Matthew 9:27-34
13a) They blind men called Jesus the Son of David. They asked him to have mercy on them.
b) Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Then he touched their eyes and healed them. He asked them to tell no one of this miracle. They disobeyed.
14) Jesus came to save his people. He opened the eyes of the blind and unstopped the ears of the deaf.
15a) The miracle amazed the crowd. They said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” The Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”
b) People don’t like authority. They don’t like to submit or be told what to do. People don’t want to give up autonomy or control.
c) Honestly, I’m not around people all that much. I work from home and don’t really go anywhere so I haven’t really ever had this occur to me. But I usually ignor people and pray for them.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 5: Matthew 9:27-34
It’s interesting to me how Jesus didn’t mind some of his miracles known, but that he asked others to be kept secret. It’s hard to fault the men for shouting their joy. Yet, this is a question of obedience. Jesus had compassion on others and healed them, but his primary mission was to bring forgiveness to sinners. He didn’t want his healings to overshadow his ministry. Plus, he knew the timeline he had for his ministry and did not want to draw undue attention to himself.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 5: Matthew 9:27-34
There were more infirmaries in ancient times simply due to their lack of medical knowledge. No one know about germs or infections and nor did they have a cure for them.
For blind people to follow others, they have to be determined to listen. These men were.
Fun Fact: This is the first time in the Bible that Jesus is called the “Son of David.” These men knew Jesus was the messiah. They appealed to mercy.
Fun Fact: No blind person was ever healed in the Old Testament.
Again, faith healed these men, and Matthew emphasizes that point.
Jewish priests believed that they could not help the demon-possessed man becuase they believed you had to know the demon’s name in order to exorcise it. Thus, if a demon made you mute so you couldn’t say their name, you were lost. Thus, Jesus’s miracle both showed this belief was not true and showed the power of Jesus.
However, the Pharisees, so used to absolute power, dismiss and reject Jesus as having the power from Satan.
These miracles prove Jesus’s authority and his divinity as the Son of God.
A ruler came to Jesus to ask him to raise his daughter from the dead. Jesus and his disciples went with the man. At this time, a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up to Jesus and touched his cloak, believing if she did this, she would be healed. Faith healed the woman.
At the ruler’s house, there were flute players and a noisy crowd. He told them to go away because the girl was only sleeping, not dead. The crowd laughed at Jesus, and they were kicked out. Jesus then went to the girl, took her hand, and she got up. This news spread.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 4: Matthew 9:18-26
9) Both are characterized by faith. The woman believed she only had to touch Jesus’s cloak to be healed. The ruler believed Jesus had to touch the girl to be healed. In both cases, what they believed is what happened.
10) How Jesus heals by faith and in different methods and ways: with touch or just by touching his clothes.
11) When accompanied by faith, Jesus can and often does anything, including miracles.
12) I have a lot of needs lately it seems. I’m very unhappy with my job, so I’m looking for a new one. I’m don’t like where I live, so I would like to move sooner rather than later. My kids all have dreams they need help fulfilling, as does my husband. We are all waiting on God to move. This draws all of us closer to Him.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 4: Matthew 9:18-26
I love how faith is the answer in all of Jesus’s healings. Someone has faith that Jesus is God and in his healing abilities. Jesus then responds. This is true for us today. Have faith; Jesus will respond.
Something light-hearted for your week, especially for coffee lovers!
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 4: Matthew 9:18-26
Note how the centurion in Matthew 8 believed Jesus could heal from afar and this ruller requests Jesus to come and touch his daughter. Thus, the centurion had greater faith.
The Woman Who Had Been Bleeding
The woman with blood has great faith Mark 5:21-43 and Luke 8:43-48 . Jews considered the woman unclean, so, odds are, she didn’t even think she could ask Jesus to touch her to heal her. However, her faith was big enough that a garment would suffice.
The garment that Jesus wore was like others in the time (he did not dress like a King). She touched a corner of his garment that had a tassel on it. These tassles of blue reminded those who wore it they belonged to God.
Note everyone who Jesus healed had faith in him, not in his clothes, his touch, or his words.
Jesus cured her immediately. He made sure people noticed the woman, although she didn’t want to be seen. Jesus wanted to make sure she knew:
Her faith had healed her
She could now enter society again without questions
The woman would not have to hide her healing
She did not steal the blessing
The ruler saw this healing to strengthen his faith
Jesus calls her “daughter,” a title we see no where else in the Bible given by Jesus to another
The Daughter of the Ruler
The ruler paid the flute players and crowd to mourn, which was common in that day. The crowd did not deter Jesus. Obviously, they had no faith.
Jesus healed this girl out of mercy and compassion. The ruler had enough faith to warrant this, too. While Jesus did not raise everyone from the dead (he will some day) that he encountered, he healed/raised those out of God’s will and when faith was shown.
Jesus arrived in Capernaum. Some brought to him a paralytic. Jesus told the man his sins were forgiven. Some teachers of the law took this as blaspheming God. Jesus said these words so that they would know that the Son of Man had power on earth to forgive sins. He then told the man to get up and walk, which he did. The crowd then praised God for such authority.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 2: Matthew 9:1-8
3) The men who brought the paralytic to Jesus. Mark adds the details that the men made a hole in the roof and lowered the man down to Jesus because the crowd was so thick they could not get through. God can help others through your faith alone.
4a) Jesus healed the paralytic first off. Then, he forgave the man’s sins, saying he is the Son of Man who has authority to do so.
b) The teachers of the law were offended. They thought Jesus was blaspheming God and they said only God has the power to forgive sins. The man who was healed did as Jesus instructed: he got up and walked out, carrying his mat. The watching crowd was absolutely amazed. They praised God for His goodness.
5) Everything. It gives me hope everyday despite my sins.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 2: Matthew 9:1-8
I love this story. So dramatic with the lowering of the roof. Now that would have been cool to see. It shows the faith of the men that they will do anything to get their friend help. It also shows the power of friendship. Do you have friends like this — who would do anything for you?
Great encouraging stories below!
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 10, Day 2: Matthew 9:1-8
We see Jesus as healer of the sick as prophesied by Isaiah. Isaiah 35:5-6
Note that Jesus heals for need, not show. Bible scholars speculate that there’s a lot of need at this time due to a lot of unfaithfulness. Exodus 15:26
Reasons for “Your Sins Are Forgiven”
The friends’ faith is strong. By saying “your sins are forgiven,” Jesus is also strengthening the paralytic’s faith as he is most likely depressed with his lot in life.
Note that with Jesus’ words, he is taking care of the man’s soul more so than his body. This shows us that your heart is more important than your physical condition.
Sin takes precedence over anything else.
The Pharisees see this too.
This emphasizes that Jesus is here to forgive sins first and foremost.
Jesus is claiming to be God with these words.
Note that is the “well-educated” who always object first to what is new.
Note the Pharisees do not object outloud, yet Jesus “hears” them. God knows everything.
This should have proved to the Pharisees Jesus was God since he read their thoughts.
The Pharisees are correct in the fact that it is blasphemous to claim to do something only God can do; they missed the point that Jesus is God by doing this.
Laban’s sons were jealous of Jacob’s wealth. The Lord told Jacob it was time to return to his homeland. Jacob called Rachel and Leah to him and told them how he has worked for Laban despite the wages being constantly changed but God has been with him and has blessed him with their father’s livestock.
Jacob recounts a dream where God acknowledged Laban’s treachery and told Jacob to leave for home at once. Rachel and Leah agree and say all Jacob has gained from their father should be theirs anyways as an inheritance. Jacob and his family left Paddan Aram along with all of his livestock and goods for Canaan. Rachel stole all of her father’s household gods and Jacob left without telling Laban. They crossed the Euphrates.
Laban found out after three days that Jacob had fled. He pursued him and caught up with him in Gilead. God came to Laban in a dream, warning him not to speak to Jacob. Laban, in his infinite wisdom, speaks to Jacob anyways, and asks him why he had fled without saying good bye and why he has stolen the idols.
Jacob replies that he was afraid Laban would take his daughters from him (can’t blame him here) and that if someone has stolen the idols, may they die.
Laban searched and found nothing for Rachel was sitting on them and said she was having her period so she couldn’t stand to greet him. Laban found nothing.
Jacob is mad at Laban for accusing him of stealing. He points out how he has worked 20 years for him, 14 for his daughters and 6 for his flocks even though Laban has changed his wages on him 10 times, and God Himself even rebuked Laban for his behavior.
So Laban and Jacob made a covenant, asking Jacob not to mistreat his daughters or take any more wives and neither will cross the other’s “side” to harm each other. They offered a sacrifice, spent the night, and the next day Laban bid his daughters farewell and left.
Summary of Hebrews 12:3-15:
The Lord disciplines those He loves and punishes everyone He accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline for God is treating you as a son. For if you are not disciplines then you are not sons of God. Everyone is disciplined. God disciplines us for our good so we may share in His holiness.
Discipline is never pleasant, but it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace. Make every effort to live in peace and be holy; without holiness, no one sees the Lord. Do not be bitter.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 20, Day 5: Genesis 31 and Hebrews 12:3-15
11) Jacob had noticed that Laban’s sons believed he had stolen Laban’s wealth, and Laban’s attitude towards Jacob had changed, too. But it was God who told Jacob to return.
12a) ) Verse 7 “God has not allowed him (Laban) to harm me.” verse 9 “God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me.” Verse 11-13 “I am the God of Bethel” and God made the animals born spotted. verse 42 “If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you (Laban) would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.” They made a covenant together that resolved the bitterness.
b) Pray and thank God.
13) Verse 3 “And I will be with you.” Verse 42: But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you. It encourages me that all my work is worth it, and God is with me.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 20, Day 5: Genesis 31 and Hebrews 12:3-15
Unsure whey we read Hebrews here since we weren’t asked about it. Rachel is most definitely smart in hiding the idols. However, taking them? Not so smart. She has God. She needs nothing else.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 20, Day 5: Genesis 31 and Hebrews 12:3-15
Just as Rachel is jealous of Leah, Laban’s sons are jealous of Jacob’s wealth. Love does not envy (1 Corinthians 13:4). Envy is bad; it killed Jesus. (Matthew 27:18).
God is nudging Jacob back home (Genesis 30:25) and encouraging him, too.
God reminds Jacob of his Bethel (Genesis 28:10), where God has spurred him on to find Rachel. It’s good for all of us to remember times and places where God has shown up. This strengthens us and encourages us in times we feel God is far away.
It was important for Jacob to have the support of his wives. After all, they would be leaving their family for the first time ever, taking their kids with them, to an unknown land. Both women agreed for once and were ready to help in any way they could.
One cool detail you might have missed is that Jacob’s entire family road camels. This is like saying everyone drove their own car here in the US. It’s a sign of Jacob’s immense wealth.
Jacob snuck away when he did not need to. God had already told him to go. It’s evident he would be protected. Perhaps Jacob is so mad at Laban at this point he just wanted to leave.
Rachel Steals her Father’s Idols
We are not told why Rachel stole the idols. Obviously, you should not steal, especially from your mother and father (she broke two of God’s ten commandments here yet to be given to Moses). Scholars debate the reasons:
She herself secretly worshipped these idols
She didn’t want her father to worship these idols
She didn’t want her father to catch them through divination
Idols were traditionally used as deeds to property
She didn’t like her father, so she took something of his to anger him
She wanted protection on the long journey
The reason didn’t matter. She stole; this is wrong.
They left Paddan Aram and Haran for Gilead, which is about 300 miles away and close to the sea of Galilee. Since it took 3 days for Laban to notice, the families must have lived a considerable distance away from one another. Note that God cautions Laban to deal fairly with Jacob. Laban was probably angry and did intend to harm him. God’s warning meant “you touch him and you will pay.”
Jacob and Home
Jacob is close to home when Laban catches up. It took Laban 7 days to catch up to Jacob who is now near the Jordan River and very close to home. Laban tried to shame him with a celebration and a chance to say good bye to his family. He threatens harm as well. Jacob fervently denies he stole the idols, not knowing Rachel had.
Jacob let Laban have it, citing all he had done for him in 20 years and showing him how ungrateful he was being. He was angry over it all, maybe even remembering the trickery of Leah. He helped Laban. Jacob replaced any lost animal of Laban’s with his own and tells him that God sent him away.
Note that Jacob does not claim God as his own, only Abraham and Isaac’s.
Mizpah meant God is watching and He will repay you if you sin. Laban still claims everything is his, but says he’ll let Jacob have it. The pillar was a sign of their separation. It appears they still left with much animosity between them. From here on out, Jacob’s family will be separated from everyone else.
Laban will never see his daughters or grandchildren again. He now disappears from Bible history, presumably returning home and living out his life as he always had. The separation between Laban and Jacob had to happen. Like this example shows us, it is not always pretty.
Sarai told Abram to sleep with her servant in order to have a child. Once Hagar got pregnant, she got an attitude (probably thought herself better than Sarai) and despised her mistress. Then Sarai blamed Abram for this. Abram gave Sarai permission to do what she wanted with Hagar. She mistreated her, and Hagar fled.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 10, Day 4: Genesis 16:1-6
11a) They knew God would give them a child, so they decided to help God out by using Hagar (which was acceptable back then). They believed God, but didn’t have any patience and thought they knew the method better.
b) Personal Question. My answer: We can believe one thing, but do another. Our fears and our doubts can make us do irrational actions even though we know they aren’t the best decision.
12a) Abram slept with Hagar (not his wife as God ordained). Sarai willingly gave Hagar to Abram (not ordained either). Both in a sense committed adultery.
b) There is nothing good that comes from sin. Ishmael was born, whom the Islamic faith comes from. They are non-Christians. Short-term, Sarai was angry at Abram when it was her fault, so their marriage was not doing well.
13) Everything is a wait game. You can’t push God’s timing.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 10, Day 4: Genesis 16:1-6
You think Abram and Sarai would have learned after Sarai was prostituted out to Pharaoh, but nope. Only thing that came out of this was pain from everyone involved.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 10, Day 4: Genesis 16:1-6
Hagar was a slave they got when they went to Egypt the first time against God’s orders.(Genesis 12:16). As you can see, sin compounds sin.
Sarai was tired of waiting for a baby. She was probably feeling hurt and sadness for not having a child yet. She could have thought God did not want her as the mother of the nations, only Abram as the father. She may have been angry at God, too. All of her feelings culminated in the sin of adultery.
Sarai didn’t believe God’s promise anymore.
She responded in sin against a covenant marriage.
Abram goes along with it. Ten years probably seemed like a long time to them. We must remember we can’t rush God. God is testing our patience and our obedience.
Note they did not pray about this decision. They just did it.
Some Bible scholars think that Hagar would sit on Sarai as Abram inseminated her. They point to Genesis 30:3 of Rachel giving Bilhah to support this. We don’t know. All we know is that having a surrogate mother was common in ancient times.
Having a baby with Abram gave Hagar clout, which she wielded against Sarai.
Sarai blames Abram, which is true. He was the head of the household and should have said no. Abram could have handled the problem, instead he defers to Sarai. This is what it is. Abram probably wanted to stay out of their squabbles. Hagar flees, probably back to her home in Egypt.
God also reiterates to Abram that He brought him from Ur to give him this land. Again, Abram questions God, asking for reassurances of this promise. God tells Abram to bring him a heifer, goat, ram, dove, and a pigeon. Abram cut these in half (except the birds). As Abram awaits God’s arrival, birds of prey come to feed on the carcasses so Abram drives them away.
Abram fell asleep, and the Lord revealed that Abram’s descendants will be strangers and enslaved for 400 years. However, God would punish this nation, and they will emerge with great possessions. Abram will die in peace and at an old age.
Then the Lord appeared (many believe) in the smoke and united the pieces, making a covenant with Abram, giving his descendants this land.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 10, Day 3: Genesis 15:7-21
7) God answers Abram’s request of reassurance of God’s promises of an heir and land. He unilaterally passes through the pieces of the sacrifice, presumably consuming them most Bible scholars think, and makes a covenant with Abram to give his descendants the Promised Land. However, in Ezekiel 37:1-28, God puts parts together, including dry bones, so God may have united the pieces as well.
8 ) Your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated for 400 years. (Exodus 12:31-40 tells of Pharaoh freeing the Israelites and they were prisoners for 430 years.)
He will go to his fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age. (Genesis 25:7-8 tells us Abram died at the age of 175, and he died at a good old age)
In the fourth generation, your descendants will return, for the sin of the Amorites will not yet have reached its full measure. (Exodus 6:11 records God setting the Israelites free from Pharaoh).
9) Personal Question. My answer: Abram believes but asks for confirmation and reassurance. We do this in our lives too. We know in our hearts the truth, but are so fearful of the wrong decision that we ask for confirmation. Here, Abram does the same thing.
10) 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14 tells us God uses the Holy Spirit to reassure us of what is to come.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 10, Day 3: Genesis 15:7-21
It’s like Abram keeps asking, “Are you sure, God? I mean, are you ABSOLUTELY sure?” We do this today, too. We believe God, but we need to have peace with it because we are weak and need God’s support. As this example shows us, this is okay and normal, and God will meet you where you are at in your need to be comforted and reassured.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 10, Day 3: Genesis 15:7-21
Cutting animals in half and putting them back together again makes no sense to us. But in Abram’s day, this was the way covenants/promises were made. The two people would walk through the animal parts, repeating the promise. In factGenesis 15:18 translates as “the LORD cuta covenant.”
The covenant is sealed with blood (according to custom in those days). If you break the covenant, the blood is on you.
God was probably tired of this doubt, so He made the covenant final.
Note that Abram waited, long enough for vultures to find the carcasses. This is often the case. God’s timing is not ours.
God causes Abram to sleep so He can appear to him in a dream. God says Abram will have all this land, but at a cost — his descendants will be slaves. (Exodus 1:1-14). Yet, in the end, his descendants would inherit the land.
God walks between the pieces Himself as a smoking firepot and a blazing torch, signifying that this was a unilataral covenant having nothing to do with man. This covenant is unconditional on anything man could ever do.
God as Smoke in the Bible
As a cloud when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, seeking the Promised Land (Exodus 13:21-22).
God came to Abram and said, “Do not be afraid.” Abram questioned God since he had no children yet. God tells him he will have a son to inherit the land and that his offspring will be as numerous as the stars. Abram believed the Lord, and God credited it to Abram as righteous.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 10, Day 2: Genesis 15:1-6
3) God is our shield and God rewards. Many places in the Bible God is called our shield. When times are tough, God will shield you.
4) I’m not sure it did. After all, Abram follows up God’s promise with a doubt. Although, Abram was probably afraid of retaliation by the 4 kings, and he did just give up a fair amount of riches (although he’s rich enough). God is our ultimate reward.
5a) He believed the Lord’s promise of an heir.
b) When you believe in God, you are made righteous by grace through faith, so you can then stand before God in His presence. Abram believed God’s promise of an heir and descendants, so he was then credited or made righteous before God. The same holds true for us today.
6) Personal Question. My answer: God comes to us when we need Him the most. He knows our doubts without us speaking. He knows when we need to hear Him. Hu understands we need to hear things more than once to believe. He is gracious. This is comforting, indeed.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 10, Day 2: Genesis 15:1-6
I love how God just appears to Abram for the sole purpose of comforting him and allaying his fears. God does this today for us if we will listen close enough.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 10, Day 2: Genesis 15:1-6
God spoke to people in many different ways in OT times: voice, vision, dreams, angels, the Holy Spirit, and through others. Here, it’s a vision.
Abram was probably afraid of retribution by the four kings. Do not fear, God says. He will protect Abram (be his shield) and He will be his reward (since he just gave up the plunder and reward from the king of Sodom (Genesis 14:21-24)). Interestingly, God did not tell him to do this; yet, Abram may be regretting it here.
Eliezer of Damascus was Abram’s servant.
Abram dismissed God’s promises here because he was concerned about a son. He tells God that he wants to believe him, yet he doubts. It’s okay to doubt God when you want to believe Him. It’s not okay to doubt God because you reject Him.
Abram tells God how he feels honestly. This is a great prayer example for us today.
Abram is still waiting for God’s promise of a son Genesis 12:2 and 13:15-16. Still, God reaffirms this promise, but Abram has another 15 years before the birth of Isaac.
God makes this promise crystal clear; it would be a physical son. We often misunderstand God’s promises.
He would have millions of descendents.
This last sentence can be confusing. Abram believed the Lord; the Lord credited this as righteousness to Abram. This is the righteousness you have when you believe in God and believe God. There is a righteousness on your own accord. This is not that one. This is God granting it.
The Message says this, “6 And he believed! Believed God! God declared him “Set-Right-with-God.” Righteousness is right with God.
Here, we see the truth of salvation by grace through faith. We see this verse quoted 4 other times in the Bible:
Summary of passages: Romans 4:13-25: Abraham received God’s promise by faith, not by works or by following the law (which didn’t exist or hadn’t been given in Abram’s time). For if you follow the law, then why would you need faith?
God’s promises are by faith in Him and by His grace to all who believe not just to those who follow the law. Through hope and faith Abraham believed God when God said he would be a father of nations even though he and Sarah were almost 100 years old and were close to death.
Abraham was strengthened in his faith and gave God the glory when he had a son. It was through his faith Abraham was righteous and it is the same for all believers who believe Jesus died for our sins and was raised from the dead for our justification.
We must remember Paul is writing explaining the Christian faith and just got done in Romans 3, saying we are righteous only because of faith in Jesus and nothing else.
Galatians 3:6-9, 16, 29: Abraham believed God and was thus righteous. Therefore, those who believe are children of Abraham and are blessed along with him. The Scriptures say that God justifies the Gentiles though faith as evidenced when God said he would bless all nations through Abraham.
God’s promises apply to all if you belong to Christ.
Hebrews 11:8-19: Abraham when called obeyed by faith to go to the promised land and make his home there for he was looking forward to the city with foundations (heaven). Abraham became a father by faith and had descendants as numerous as the stars.
All of these people when they died were living by faith for they did not receive the promises in their lifetime on earth. They were strangers in this land for their home was in heaven.
Abraham offered his only son Isaac as a sacrifice to God for he had faith that God could and would bring him back from the dead.
9) Personal Question. My answer: It all comes down to faith in God, who He is, what He says, and what He does. We have nothing to worry about if we have God.
10) Genesis 12:3: God says “…all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Galatians tells us that all who believe are children of Abraham and are thus righteous and blessed as God blessed all through Abraham.
11a) Personal Question. My answer: He had unquestioning faith. He never questioned. God spoke; Abraham obeyed. Even when it was scary, uncertain, or painful (like called to sacrifice your only son). He believed in God’s promises.
b) Genesis 21:12: God says, “…it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” The ultimate blessing is our forgiveness of our sins and salvation through Jesus Christ, a descendant of Isaac and Abraham.
c) Personal Question. My answer: God’s promises have been the same since the Fall. That He would provide us an eternal home with him. He would cleanse us of our sins and redeem us. He would provide the way. And not only for God’s chosen people, the Israelites, but also for the Gentiles. All through faith.
Conclusions: Definitely dreaded this lesson after yesterday’s, especially when I noted nothing from Genesis (or the Old Testament) in the reading AND Hebrews 11 AGAIN!
Interesting how often the Bible does repeat itself or the same idea (like in these passages about Abraham’s faith) just in different ways. Guess we have to drill it into our heads to get it!
This lesson brought to mind the study of Isaiah where the importance of Israel and the Gentiles was prominent. Here, I first learned the significance of both and the difference.
Summary of today: God’s promises are for ALL. Which includes salvation.
Summary of passages: Genesis 11:26-32: The account of Terah from the line of Shem who was Abram’s (later Abraham’s) father. Lot was Abram’s nephew. Abram married Sarai (later Sarah) and she was barren (had no children).
Terah, Abram, Sarai, and Lot left Ur for Canaan but settled in Haran where Terah died.
Acts 7:2-8: Stephen tells us the back story: God appeared the Abram/Abraham while he was still in Ur in Mesopotamia before he left for Haran and told Abram to leave Ur and to go to Canaan. So he went to Haran. Then after Terah, his father, died God sent Abram to Canaan.
God gave him no inheritance in Canaan but He promised him his descendants would possess the land. God told Abram his children would be strangers in the land and would be enslaved for 400 years. But God would punish that nation and afterward they will come back to Canaan to worship Him. Here, God instituted the covenant of circumcision as a sign of this covenant.
Then Abraham had Isaac whom he circumcised. Isaac had Jacob who became the father of the twelve patriarchs.
7a) Ur, a city in Mesopotamia where the Chaldeans or Babylonians ruled at that time (approximately 2091 BC).
b) Personal Question. My answer: That God told Abram beforehand that they would suffer and be enslaved before they would have their inheritance of the land. Also, the covenant of circumcision was a sign of this promise.
8a) Personal Question. My answer: I learned that Lot was Abram’s nephew and was one of those chosen along with Abram to share in God’s inheritance of Canaan.
b) Personal Question. My answer: This one is pulling teeth. Not sure how the facts of Abram’s calling encourage my family.
Conclusions: My favorite part of this lesson was writing the summary. The rest I could have done without.
I gave up on 8b after 20 minutes. Couldn’t think of one thing.
This one was definitely a filler lesson in my opinion.
Recommendation: If you are interested in map work, I would purchase a good Bible Atlas. The one I own is Zondervan’s Atlas of the Bible by Carl S. Rasmussen. This has a much, MUCH better map of Abraham’s possible route than I could find on the Internet as well as detailed background information, dates, and what’s going on in the known world in the same time period.
I’m sure there are many more wonderful ones out there but the detail given in a book is invaluable to me as I need to picture Abram trekking through the desert in order to understand a world more than 4 millenia before mine.